Homeschooling is supposed to be FUN! Now is the day to seize the time you have with your children and do the things you've always wanted to do. Whatever will inspire you. Whatever will enrich your lives. Whatever will challenge you and help you grow. Whatever will stretch your imagination. Whatever will keep you engaged and learning for a lifetime.
I started a bucket list in 2017, and I've been slowly checking items off since then. That doesn't happen by accident, though. It takes purposeful planning and action. It's so worth it, though.
I'm including my bucket list below both as a way to keep myself accountable to continue doing them and as an example for you to start yours! You'll notice most are things I plan on doing with my family, while some are for me and my husband, a few are personal, and the very last ones are for this community. I encourage you to do something similar.
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Attend the Carefree Pumpkin Fest.
Attend a Skillet concert.
Hike the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Park.
Visit Riverview Park.
Attend a Bon Jovi concert.
Hike Heart of Rocks in the Chiricahua National Monument.
Do the Hot Chocolate 5K.
Make homemade gummy bears.
Backpack and camp at Havasupai Falls.
Visit Chocolate Falls while it's flowing.
Visit Bryce Canyon.
Backpack and camp in Zion National Park.
Tour Taliesin West.
Do a tour and lunch at Wrigley Mansion.
Take a field trip to the Heard Museum.
Do a behind-the-scenes tour of the Titan Missile Museum.
Take private ballroom dancing lessons with my husband.
Take the kids to Disneyworld after the Star Wars area is done.
Get a tattoo.
Get a hot stone massage.
Do an obstacle run.
Visit Glacier National Park.
Do a session at iFly.
Visit Yellowstone National Park.
Do a boudoir photo session.
Attend a Pink concert.
Do a Disney 15K run.
Attend an adult slam show at the Arizona Puppet Theater.
Date night at Modern Round.
Dye my hair silver-lavender.
Raise $300 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Stay at Great Wolf Lodge.
Attend Lights of the World in 2018.
Hike The Wave.
Take my husband and girls to Waterholes Canyon.
Tour the Hoover Dam.
Get SCUBA certified.
Vacation in Belize.
Visit the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.
See a Cirque de Soleil show.
Take a Segway tour somewhere.
Try a pole-dancing class.
Take private swing dancing lessons with my husband.
Spend two weeks sightseeing in New York City.
Go on a mission trip.
Tour the Holy Land.
Read the entire Bible.
Do a cartwheel.
Make a collage of all the pictures of beautiful scenery I have for my dining room.
Go sledding in Flagstaff.
Go to the water park in McMinnville.
Take ice skating lessons.
Crochet a big, chunky blanket with my arms and hands.
Visit the botanical gardens in Flagstaff.
Visit Meteor Crater.
Visit the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest.
Do a field trip at the Pueblo Grande.
Do a field trip at Caywood Cotton Farm.
Have a meal at the Caverns Grotto Restaurant.
Make homemade marshmallows.
Visit Bedrock City.
Tour the Museum of Tolerance.
Visit Kartchner Caverns.
Visit the sites made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Ride a unicycle.
Visit the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.
Take a field trip to the Arizona Heritage Center.
Visit Montezuma's Castle and Well
Hike to and soak in the Arizona Hot Springs.
Visit Yosemite National Park.
Write and publish a book for homeschoolers.
Go through Toastmasters' program.
Speak at a homeschool or alt-education conference.
Publish an article on FEE or Alternatives to Education.
Interview Brendan Burchard.
Interview Robert Kiyosaki.
Interview Lewis Howes.
Attend an unschoolers' conference.
Finish all 10 of my free coaching calls.
Collaborate somehow with others, both in the alt-ed community and in success/personal development, in some meaningful way.
Before you buy this booklet, you need to know that I am an unabashed proponent of self-directed learning and that will be reflected in everything I share about my own experiences as a homeschooler.
I’m giving this disclaimer so you aren’t surprised by the clear bias I have toward unschooling.
I want you to know, upfront, what you’re getting and what to expect from me. The advice I give and the questions I ask you to ask yourself are all valuable and valid no matter what style of homeschooling you ultimately embrace, though.
About the Author
Becky Ogden has been homeschooling since 2003, and graduated her oldest in the spring of 2017. In her early years of homeschooling, she too struggled with feeling overwhelmed and inept. In trying to do right by her children, Becky found herself embroiled in battle after battle with them over their schoolwork. Until…
Until she found a better way. One that empowered her children to self-direct their own educations. One that respected their autonomy. One based in “right on time” rather than “just in case” learning.
Without many veteran homeschoolers around to serve as mentors, Becky had to muddle through it on her own. She spent hours of time in research and reflection.
In the years since then, helping other homeschoolers find their own way and solve their problems has become a source of great joy for her.
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