I hope this Homeschooling Freedoms Gratitude Giveaway is a blessing to your homeschool! I also hope that it is a source of encouragement for you as we head into the holiday season of what has been a most unusual and often stressful year.

No matter how rough our year has been, we still have our homeschooling freedoms and blessings. And so we can give thanks that those of us in America have the right to educate our own children according to our beliefs.

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November Trends

A popular trend the past few Novembers is to post daily on social media during the month things for which we are thankful or grateful.

(Another popular trend in November is No-Shave November which my husband loves even though the kids tell him it makes him look “really, really old!”. 😊)

The popularity of living the simple life, having a gratitude tree, and posting our blessings have certainly made us more aware that we should be grateful for what we have.

But there’s also the meme:

“BLACK FRIDAY: Because only in America do we wait in line and trample others for sale items one day after giving thanks for what we already have.”

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It’s funny because it’s true. And it is such a sad comment on our culture.

Despite the many advantages and comforts that we have been given, we are always seeking that elusive “something more” that would make our life more complete or easier or (fill-in-the-blank with your own adjective).

Most of us struggle to find contentment with what we already have, at least part of the time, right?

However, I kind of suspect more homeschooling families are content and thankful than the average traditional schooling family. Most of us live on a single-income. So we have learned to give up the “extras” in return for giving our children the best childhoods and education that we can.

Freedom to Homeschool

Homeschooling families also know how precious it is to have our homeschooling freedoms. These freedoms allow us the ability to educate our children in ways that are best for them.

A generation ago parents did not have the same homeschooling opportunities that we do now. Many of the homeschooling pioneers in the 1980s had to fight for their parental rights just to legally educate their children. They didn’t have internet groups like our Whole Family Homeschooling group, downloadable resources, like our Free Resource Library, or even local community support!

I never would have dreamed twenty years ago when my family started homeschooling that homeschooling would become trendy and almost mainstream!

Thankful for Homeschooling Freedoms

However, just because homeschooling is very popular in the U.S. right now, doesn’t mean that we should take it for granted. There are still many places in the world in which educating your own children is illegal.

You may remember the story a few years ago about the German family, the Romeike’s, who fled to the USA from Germany. They faced the removal of their children, as well as imprisonment, for homeschooling their children in Germany. Other families in Europe have also faced similar persecution for choosing home education.

This November as we gather with our families for Thanksgiving, please take a moment to pray for persecuted homeschooling families in other countries.

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Thankful for Homeschooling Parents

I’m particularly thankful for homeschooling parents who are willing to sacrifice their time, resources, and talents not only for their own children but also for the other families in their homeschool communities, co-op activities, and classes when they volunteer to chaperone, coach, support or teach. Thank you one and all.

This year, I am so very thankful for both the ability to continue homeschooling my kids and the opportunity to help other homeschooling parents in their journey through this website and our Facebook group, Whole Family Homeschooling.

Gratitude & Blessings of 2020

And so to show my appreciation for all of you who make up the Whole Child Homeschool Tribe, I have two big rewards for you all!

Homeschool Mom Life Daily Planner
Homeschool Mom Life Daily Planner

First, I created a Homeschool Mom Life Daily Planner printable for you (in 2 styles and 5 different color combos) that you can find for {FREE!} in the Free Resource Library.

These planners can double as a journal and have room to write something for which you are thankful everyday.

And I joined up with some other homeschool mom bloggers to bring you the Gratitude & Blessings of 2020. It’s a combination of products that are on sale PLUS a group of products to be given away…everyone wins!

Gratitude and Blessings of 2020 Sale and Giveaway.. over 7 coupons from your favorite parent, motherhood and homeschool bloggers. Plus giveaway!!

Check out these amazing sales!! (Scroll to the bottom to learn about and enter the giveaway)

Charlene from Hess Unacademy has her Thanksgiving Bundle on sale. The Thanksgiving Bundle includes 2 unit studies, a gratitude journal, gratitude themed coloring pages, a 30-day gratitude challenge, and some thankful door leaves. Use Code thankful2020 at checkout.

Yvie from Homeschool on the Range has 50% off Online Courses! Family-style online courses in history, science, and music, including hands-on activities, video, and informational readings. Semester and year-long options available. Six courses are available. Use code GRATEFUL50 at checkout.

Betty from Peace Creek on the Prairie has 40% off her entire online store. There is something for moms, children, and more. Use code blessings40 at checkout.

Sarah from Homeschooling 4 Him has 50% off her entire store. Use code gratitude50 at checkout.

25% off at Brookdale House Our books feature inductive lessons that allow children to interact with information and make connections that stay with them. Because our books rely heavily on child-centered learning, children are able to engage with big ideas in a child-friendly manner. Our books work because they are designed around the natural way children learn. Use code thankful25

Dana from The Art Kit has Fun and educational printables for kids has 30% off the entire printable shop at The Art Kit use coupon code GRATITUDE30 at checkout.

Felice from Media Angels & Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network has her Character Counts – Planners For Kids Bundle on sale. Use code Character2020 at checkout.

Jennifer from Whole Child Homeschool $15 Gift Card to Whole Child Homeschool Resource Store Here’s a coupon for 50% off any/all item(s); GRATEFUL50 , I hope it blesses your family!

Shannan from Captivating Compass Our family loves to use the world as our classroom. With so many venues closed or limited, I’m hugely thankful for museums offering virtual tours, live classes for learning at home, and creative ways for the entire family to be flexible and have fun learning in a different way. Take 25% off any Captivating Compass product in the shop and have fun using the world as your classroom too! Use Coupon code Gratitude2020 at checkout.

Sofia from Fun with a Message has Family Keepsake Journal: Christmas Through The Years A wonderful keepsake for any family to treasure forever. Remember all the fun things kids did during Christmas plus record your Christmas traditions. HARDCOVER PRINTED Journal by FUN WITH A MESSAGE can be personalized with your family name. 25% off PROMO CODE ChristmasMemories25

Giveaway Prizes

Energy Science (Year-Long Course) $25 Broad topics covered include Geography, History, Economics, Ecology, Safety, Production, Fluids, Physical Science, Geology, Sound Waves, Graphing, Lab Equipment, Usage, and Engineering. Each topic has several lessons within it.

$20 gift card to Homeschooling 4 Him Store $20 to spend on homeschool resources at the Homeschooling 4 Him store.

$10 gift card to The Art Kit.

$15 Gift Card to Peace Creek on the Prairie

$20 Gift Card to Brookdale House

Character Counts: Gratefulness Family Planner $15.00 – The character counts series is a family study on various aspects of character qualities we want to see in our children. With the entire family involved, it becomes a fun exercise in developing family values.

Virtual Digital Learning Bundle Here’s What’s Included In The Virtual Field Trip Digital Learning Bundle: Virtual Field Trip Journaling Pack; Egyptian Mummies Virtual Museum Tour & Unit Study; Roman Britain Virtual Museum Tour & Unit Study & a list of Virtual Museum Tours for Doing School At Home. Value $19

$15 gift card for any item or combination of items in the Whole Child Homeschool Store.

Upper Elementary Students Christmas Bundle A FUN CHRISTMAS BUNDLE FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY: WRITING & MATH UNITS. Make art using math and then, help your student practice writing with a fun Christmas journal. Value $17.99

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I hope and pray for contentment and peace for all of us and for continued homeschooling freedoms to educate our children.

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