Back to School Toolkit Giveaway

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Back-To-School-Toolkit-Giveaway

It’s “Back to School” time! Are you ready? I’ve teamed up with iHomeschool Network bloggers to bring you a giveaway that will bless you as a mom and help you start the new school year.

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Win a Back to School Toolkit

I’m giving away the following “Back to School Toolkit”:

  • Currclick $5 eGift Card
  • Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
  • Finding Joy in Depression PDF ebook by me

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Your Turn!

What’s your biggest struggle in or tip for starting a new school year? Jump down to the comments and share with us!

More Back to School Toolkits

There are lots more Back to School Toolkits being given away by iHomeschool Network Bloggers. Take a look below at all the awesome toolkits and head over to the other blogs to enter.

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(1) Back to School Toolkit from Milk and Cookies
(2) Back to School Toolkit from These Temporary Tents
(3) Back to School Toolkit from Spell Outloud
(4) Back to School Toolkit from Great Peace Academy
(5) Back to School Toolkit from Gricefully Homeschooling

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(6) Back to School Toolkit from Raising Lifelong Learners
(7) Back to School Toolkit from WriteShop
(8) Back to School Toolkit from Preschoolers and Peace
(9) Back to School Toolkit from Starts at Eight
(10) Back to School Toolkit from Joyful Mothering

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(11) Back to School Toolkit from Harrington Harmonies
(12) Back to School Toolkit from Ponder the Path
(13) Back to School Toolkit from Forever, For Always, No Matter What
(14) Back to School Toolkit from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(15) Back to School Toolkit from Habits for a Happy Home

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(16) Back to School Toolkit from Curriculum Choice
(17) Back to School Toolkit from See Jamie Blog
(18) Back to School Toolkit from Beautiful Motherhood
(19) Back to School Toolkit from Sam’s Noggin
(20) Back to School Toolkit from This Reading Mama

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(21) Back to School Toolkit from Teaching Mama
(22) Back to School Toolkit from Adorable Chaos
(23) Back to School Toolkit from The Pelsers
(24) Back to School Toolkit from Hodge Podge
(25) Back to School Toolkit from Sallie Borrink

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(26) Back to School Toolkit from The Kennedy Adventures
(27) Back to School Toolkit from Flourish
(28) Back to School Toolkit from Our Journey Westward
(29) Back to School Toolkit from Meet Penny
(30) Back to School Toolkit from On Faith and Coffee

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(31) Back to School Toolkit from Our Abundant Blessings
(32) Back to School Toolkit from Holistic Homeschooler
(33) Back to School Toolkit from The Encouraging Home
(34) Back to School Toolkit from Motherhood on a Dime
(35) Back to School Toolkit from The Homeschool Scientist

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Comments

  1. Caryn Block says:

    I love these giveaways! Thanks for participating!

  2. Laurie R says:

    What a great giveaway! Crossing my fingers :-)

  3. Jessica Evans says:

    Oh my gosh, my biggest struggle is willing myself to be organized! I WILL be organized, though! My tip? Forcing yourself to spend time looking over your curriculum choices, familiarizing yourself with layouts, and being ready to use them. And lists of materials needed in advance are always nice-no one likes surprises! Planning as we speak! ;)

  4. Dorothy says:

    Biggest struggle is time management.

  5. Debra LeAnn Scott Tangren says:

    My biggest struggle is just getting the beginning of the year organized. Great giveaway!

  6. Marcella says:

    I’d really love to win Educating the Whole-Hearted Child book!
    Thanks!

  7. RaShell S says:

    My biggest struggling in redoing the schedule to accomodate the younger children who are beginning more formal education.

  8. My biggest struggle has been knowing where to start.

  9. My biggest struggle is that I am always second guessing myself.

  10. Leah Wall says:

    My biggest struggle is keeping my word to my kids – especially about scheduling…

  11. New to homeschooling this year, so processing all the information available is challenging when getting started.

  12. My best tip? Stock up on tea! :-) (Earl Grey is what gets me going in the mornings!)

  13. Its my first time – ITS ALL A STRUGGLE but one im so glad to be in !

  14. My biggest issue is trying to maintain some kind of routine for the kids when my husband has no routine at all!

  15. Amanda Roach says:

    My biggest struggle with home schooling is believing I CAN home school my kiddos.

  16. My biggest struggle is finding a curriculum that works for everyone.

  17. Andrea B says:

    Getting a routine established is hard after time of no real routine.

  18. Biggest struggle is finding time to plan.

  19. NW Homesteader says:

    starting! great giveaway :D

  20. Trisha Kilpatrick says:

    We start school in July because July is a miserably hot month in Memphis. We take May and June off as our summer because they are much more pleasant months. I think my best tip is finding a school year calendar that works for your family. I have been researching Sabbath schooling, too. I think a lot of people experience end of year burn out because they didn’t really start the school year with a school year calendar plan that really works for them.

  21. Courtney says:

    A couple of things: getting everything from the previous year actually filed and organized so that I can begin to get curriculum and supplies organized for the coming year. Tip: do it all through the year instead of leaving a ton of work for the end of the year! As far as organizing supplies/curriculum/schedules for coming year: start small, and just get in there and do a little at a time. Much easier if it’s all done before we start. It’s also hard to just get back into the routine.

  22. Rykiel Pritchett says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! My biggest struggle is getting organized.

  23. Dazieblue says:

    Getting back into the routine of things is the hardest.

  24. Thegirlwhopaintedtrees says:

    Organization is my biggest struggle and it is my main goal this year to get organized!

  25. The hardest part of starting up a new school year in my experience so far is the time needed to devote to the schooling while putting off other things that need attending to, losing some of our freedom, and the ability to occupy an active 1 year old whilst focusing on the others’ schooling. One of my all time tips I remind myself of is to remind yourself that you only get this one shot with them. And, it flies by, no rewinds or take backs. Enjoy the and hug them while you can.

  26. Sasha Peterson says:

    My biggest struggle starting the school year is actually starting! :) We went into total relax mode and I know its going to be hard to get back into a routine!

  27. getting back on track

  28. My biggest struggle with the new school year is getting back into a routine!

  29. Jess McCarthy says:

    I have to plan EARLY for the next year so I am not scrambling at the end.

  30. Christina Hirst says:

    Biggest struggle: finding a good rhythm
    Greatest tip: have grace with yourself and kids…homeschooling is suppose to be fun!

  31. Michelle says:

    Getting everything organized!

  32. After homeschooling 28 years, being consistent sometimes.

  33. Jeanine says:

    My biggest struggle is teaching 5 different grades!

  34. mellymomma says:

    Thank you

  35. Christina F says:

    My biggest struggle is figuring out how to juggle it all.

  36. Deciding between curriculum — when I think 2 things look great, and I can’t decide between them.

  37. zekesmom10 says:

    The hardest thing for me to do is LIMIT what I want to get in during the year. Thanks for the chance.

  38. Tammy Jones says:

    My biggest struggle is to get my son (11 years old) to engage. He just wants to do his own thing which in turn causes issues with the other kids seeing him not participating like they are. Any suggestions anyone? My thoughts are to focus more on character and leave behind acedemics till we get this right.

  39. Sarah W. says:

    This is our first year homeschooling so it is just trying to get in the rhythm of things and also remembering to take it easy and slow pace! I want to enjoy this!

  40. April Pachuta says:

    My biggest tip at the beginning of the school year is to make sure that the curriculum or method you use is still working for the kids and the teacher!!!

  41. LCDR Sweeney says:

    Staying organized.

  42. Laura Forman says:

    I love giveaways! :)

  43. Finding routine

  44. Jessica says:

    Everything…esp since this is my first time.

  45. Brooke Irwin says:

    I find it hard to get organized and everything together!

  46. Kayla Arrowood says:

    Biggest struggle this year is just having the heart for it…

  47. Heather Lynn Yorek Bessman says:

    Struggle would be getting myself into a routine!

  48. Time! I am still learning/struggling with making a schedule!

  49. I think for me it’s so hard to be self disciplined to get me and my kiddos into a routine and schedule and stick with it!

  50. My biggest struggle this year has been choosing books and lesson planning! There are so many good resources that it’s hard to narrow down, and lesson planning takes a lot of time!

  51. Christina Lyon says:

    Great basket!

  52. Becca W says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Our biggest struggle is staying organized…! We are all learning to get organized and stay organized, one step at a time :)

  53. My biggest struggle will be getting everyone on a new schedule but making sure it fits the family. Working through creating curriculum for the kids is right up there though! Thanks for the giveaway.

  54. Sonja A. says:

    Great giveaway! My tip is do NOT compare you school to others. Whether you’ve been in for 1 year, 5 years, or just starting, your schooling is your schooling. You’ll be better off! :)

  55. We struggle with being organized and staying on track. I hope to get things off to a good start.

  56. StephJem says:

    My biggest struggle is feeling like I’ve prepared well enough.

  57. Chenell says:

    My biggest struggle is starting! :) This is our first year to homeschool.

  58. My biggest struggle is with diligence….my own! With prayer and accountability, I hope to start strong & finish strong.

  59. Crystal Nichols says:

    I think my biggest struggle will be getting my son to realize that we are going to be learning and working, not just playing around. This is going to be our first year.

  60. My biggest struggle is meeting with other children!

  61. Roxanna Alcantra says:

    My biggest struggle is time management!

  62. Stephanie Brewer says:

    My biggest struggle is getting over my inferiority complex. I am terrified for my first year of homeschooling.

  63. Alicia Winkler says:

    Routines and organization

  64. Amanda H says:

    Getting everything back on track! Early rising again :)

  65. Ashley B says:

    Getting organized

  66. Don’t be afraid to change curriculum and/or customize it to your needs. It is not unusual to change curriculum, approaches, even philosophies :D

  67. My biggest struggle right now is that this is our first year of formal home schooling and I have no idea where to start or what to expect. I’ve known we would home school since I got pregnant and I’ve been reading and preparing for over 6 years, yet here I am, still feeling completely clueless and inadequate!

  68. Start slow!

  69. Charlene says:

    My biggest struggle is settling on curriculum. Sometimes so many options is too many options ;)

  70. I plan on easing back into routine because I want to gradually get back into full swing.

  71. Lisa Ehrman says:

    Planning the course schedule.

  72. Darlene Collazo says:

    My biggest challenge is not getting ahead of myself.

  73. My greatest light bulb moment for this coming year was to NOT plan by putting days and dates but instead just put Week 1 Day 1, etc. that way I don’t feel behind when I was suppose to do the lesson on the 13th and it’s the 20th and we are just getting to that day,lol.

  74. My biggest struggle is not trying to plan twice or three time as much into the coming year than we can realistically accomplish.

  75. brandi hoff says:

    I’m just getting started on our homeschool journey with my preschooler, so I’m not sure yet!

  76. Leah Williams says:

    Getting into a good routine.

  77. This year — not having the summer to prepare — we are traveling around the world and return home on the 9th of Sept and need to begin right away.

  78. Belinda Hardesty says:

    Greatest struggle is getting the school room organized and having all our books and supplies ready.

  79. Time management! I really struggle with this.

  80. Christi A says:

    Staying organized is my biggest. With all the hands reaching for this and that and babies not putting things back where they go! LOL!

  81. Casrol Beuth says:

    This looks like a wonderful giveaway! Whoever wins will be blessed.

  82. My biggest tip is to limit outside distractions and avoid over-committing so that we can focus on our homeschool giving it top priority.

  83. Love the giveaways! Thank you for offering a wonderful basket.

  84. Jackie Gallagher says:

    Right now I would have to say finding the right curriculum to suit each of my boys!! We have tried a lot so far and haven’t found a perfect match for all the subjects!!

  85. Katherine says:

    Not wanting to sign up for and do everything there is out there is probably my biggest struggle. Hope I win!

  86. The hardest thing about starting the new school year is that it opens with way too many possibilities. It is very difficult for me to narrow down what we will do when there is SO much fabulous curriculum out there!

  87. jeannie says:

    Make sure I am organized well

  88. Holly Brown says:

    I’m nervous about how to get started, this is my first year so I’m a wreck trying to figure out what all I need and how to get organized

  89. michelle h says:

    this will be my first time homeschooling! kids are 9, 6, and 3~

  90. My biggest struggle this year is getting everything organized! I tend to be over organized.

  91. Danielle Hull says:

    I enjoy planning, but figuring out what all to buy (or not buy!) and which subjects two or more kids can do together is getting challenging!

  92. My biggest struggle is trying to everything done that I want to do.

  93. judith martinez says:

    My biggest struggle is coming up with the money for the last few curriculum items I need. Number two is coming up with a couple of free hours to plan!

  94. Laura Smith says:

    My struggle is teaching my 5 year old to read. Has me a little nervous.

  95. My biggest struggle is making a schedule that works.

  96. Jessica G says:

    My biggest struggle is figuring out a schedule that works and then sticking to it! My biggest tip would be to keep expectations reasonable. I’m terrible at starting out with super high expectations and when things don’t go as planned I tend to lose my patience. I would love to win Clay and Sally Clarkson’s book! It’s been on my wish list for a while! Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. tracy h says:

    My struggle is the whole planning before it starts part. I stress to much about it

  98. Jessica A. says:

    My best tip would be to pray for God’s guidance and direction when planning the new school year!

  99. Angela Robbins says:

    I get easily overwhelmed! :/ Thank you for this great giveaway!

  100. Jessie Musquiz says:

    My biggest struggle is getting my child motivated. My best tip is to make learning fun, and simplify your life.

  101. Carol G says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway!!
    Biggest struggle…after years of being (too) laid back I want to really be in school mode this year. 2 15yo girls and 1 9yo boy. Love learning, teaching, letting them learn just want to be better at it. And the other struggle is budeting. finding funding for curriculum. even with all the freebies out there.
    Homeschooling seemed so much easier when my olders were younger. (4 older boys, 19-28).

  102. Mama Fry says:

    I like to buy a new or special item for school supplies. I bought lots of postits for the girls to use and a great selection of pens and pencils. Special journal books and change the color scheme.

  103. Jennifer Ganley says:

    Getting everyone excited to start a new school year!!

  104. Love this giveaway! My biggest struggles are patience and enjoying the journey!

  105. Laura Sanders says:

    My biggest struggle is to stay on a schedule! We all do better when I am consistent!

  106. My biggest struggle is time management and dealing with pain. I was diagnosed with fibro in the spring. My kids are great though, and when I look at them I remember why I’m doing all this.

  107. Just getting organized and pulling together the right mixture of curriculum for the new year!

  108. Somethings Cookin says:

    I’m great at starting things-sticking with them, not so much!

  109. Edna Garcia says:

    this is great thank you

  110. beckymilstead says:

    My biggest struggle is not over planning & keeping room in our schedule for fun!

  111. Heather Shoemake says:

    When to start the day

  112. joanncalderone says:

    Thank you for participating in the giveaway. New ideas, and new products are always welcome. Remember that there will be good days and days where you will just want to climb the walls but most of all remember that you are doing this because it is what is best for your child.

  113. Lisa Maille says:

    Oooooh! I’ve been sharing this prayer of mine with everyone I possibly can! Before you start the year (or even before you plan it if you haven’t already done so), pray about what God wants to see you do with your children for the year. Not what you feel you have to do or you think is best, but God’s will! The results are amazing and it’s so freeing knowing that you are doing everything exactly right, because it’s God’s will!! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway! God bless!

  114. RejoicedOver says:

    My biggest struggle is figuring out the schedule that will work for our family. A tip that has helped me out — using my (four) slow cookers to prepare meals and prepping meals in advance (freezer cooking).

  115. Melissa says:

    My biggest struggle is staying motivated and organized in the midst of the chaos!

  116. mary cousins says:

    staying organized

  117. danielle says:

    My biggest struggles are organizing in advance so that I’m not scrambling last minute, and maintaining a routine.

  118. Heather Bardin says:

    My biggest struggle? Finding grace, for myself, for my daughters… consistently modeling His character and not simply reacting in myself. Biggest tip? Staying deeply rooted in the Bible (personal time, in deep study) and deeply rooted in my relationship with my husband, there is more to my coming year than homeschool! ;)

  119. Jennifer E. says:

    Trying to get everything ready and prepped so we can jump in at the right time.

  120. My biggest tip for starting out the new school year is to start with a fresh set of eyes and goals–not letting failures or frustrations from the past year taint the excitement and possibilities of this year!

  121. alisha breithaupt says:

    My biggest struggle is finding time to get everything I want to do and everything I need to do all to fit into a day. With three school age kids and a baby my day gets really chaotic really fast.

  122. chawksgirl4ever says:

    Staying organized

  123. Tom & Marie Franklin says:

    Staying Organized

  124. Delia Jones says:

    This year my struggle will be going from one child to schooling three and keeping baby happy. God is good and I know he will not give me more than I can handle.

  125. Stephanie Branch says:

    My biggest struggle starting a new school year is organization.

  126. Laura L. says:

    Getting the routine going. Thanks!

  127. Our biggest struggle is organization.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

  128. great basket

  129. Getting organized

  130. We school year round, so we never have to start a new school year!

  131. Lesley M says:

    This will be our first year, so I am nervous :/

  132. Getting it all together without overdoing it!

  133. My biggest struggle- is energy! I am expecting another baby & worry about having the energy to do it all.

  134. Our biggest struggle is getting back into a routine.

  135. devotionmama says:

    Biggest tip is to take a picture the first day. They grow so fast!

  136. Kristine says:

    My biggest struggle right now is enough energy for the whole day with homeschooling when I have depression
    I can’t make the thing work. My name is Kristine and my email is kristineeclark@yahoo.com

  137. lots of prayers! I love to prepare…but when the day comes I just need a peace from God that I am where I need to be…He is in control!

  138. The hardest part for me is all the planning and figuring out what will be the best curriculum to use. (its our first year)

  139. ontiptoe says:

    My struggle is to stop finding resources and actually start planning. :)

  140. Have a long range plan in mind…

    Hope I win – great basket

  141. Tracey M. says:

    Getting organized is my biggest struggle this year especially since we just moved AGAIn and my hubby just had surgery. Thank you for the chance to win.

  142. Melissa M. says:

    My biggest struggle is letting God take the lead and not second guess my decisions. :)

  143. Kelly Schmidt says:

    Our biggest struggle this year will be helping my youngest with Math… she is having a hard time understanding it

  144. My biggest struggle is finding the right materials for an advanced reader…

  145. Merry Jo says:

    Wanting everything to be fun, but knowing it can’t all be…

  146. This is my first year homeschooling and my biggest struggle has been in choosing curriculum.

  147. take it one day at a time.

  148. Krista Flanagan Collins says:

    My tip would be to relax, I think sometimes we plan and plan and plan and then stress ourselves out when it does not go according to our plan. I say enjoy, love and have fun!

  149. Jennie t says:

    Keeping a schedule , and some times keeping on task. Thanks for the give way

  150. Princess says:

    Being organized and prepared before the school year starts. Prayer…plenty of prayers!

  151. Amanda Burt says:

    My biggest struggle is getting my girls to want to do school. I keep getting the whining and moaning about “do we have to?” and the almost 3 yr old getting into everything.

  152. Jennifer Harwood says:

    Actually getting started each day. :-/

  153. Christine Forlano Tawil says:

    since I have kids in brick and mortar and at home I see how even when I feel like we are not “working” as hard as I feel we should, we are getting so much more done…the classroom teacher has 30x as many people to deal with and we can spend as much time or as little time on each area as we want.

  154. Amie Carroll White says:

    My biggest struggle isn’t starting, it’s maintaining. I’m out the gate like a pro, but peter out by October.

  155. Alicia Charmbury says:

    Have your records in order.

  156. My biggest struggle with starting the new year is keeping myself organized! If I can get that way in the first place, I’ll be okay.

  157. This year it is money!

  158. Veronica says:

    The beginning of a school year is never a problem. It’s when we get a couple months into it that I lose motivation and get tired.

  159. Kristin Bushnell Frank says:

    My biggest struggle is wanting to have everything planned out, so I put off starting and still don’t get everything planned as much as I’d like.

  160. MommaElspeth says:

    My biggest struggle is finding our balance between independent and assisted work.

  161. Jennifer Vasquez says:

    My biggest struggle is planning and just generally getting things together and ready to go because my husband works very late hours this time of the year.

  162. Jacquelynn S says:

    Remembering that His ways are not my ways, and that His are the right ones!

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