Thursday, December 20, 2007

Group Leader Teleseminar was Outstanding!

It was really wonderful.

If you didn't get to join with us on Tuesday for the teleseminar with THSC's Lyndsay Lambert, you missed out! She really shared her heart with us. Her words were exactly what was needed to encourage and strengthen leaders before, during and after conflict.

This recorded talk with Lyndsay Lambert is so important that we are looking for ways to have it available to you and all other homeschool group leaders. It is so important because she explained beautifully the steps to take that truly work to resolve conflict; the deeper roots that can lead to win/win negotiations; and the hidden paths to full forgiveness. Not every conflict will always work out, but she encouraged us to never give up praying for the others or for resolution.

Keep checking back with us, so that you can find out how to get your copy of "Conflict Resolution with Lyndsay Lambert" from

Have a peaceful day,
Denise & Kristen

Monday, December 10, 2007

Big News! Support Group Leader Teleseminar

It's coming up in one week!

Lyndsay Lambert has graciously volunteered for a teleseminar with homeschool group leaders. She will be addressing the subject of conflict resolution with her personal been-there-done-that stories and wisdom.

This often-avoided subject of conflict resolution is one that everyone needs to hear. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Lyndsay Lambert will be giving you that prevention and pouring out the cure as well. You will be blessed by her words of knowledge and wisdom as you listen.

If you are not familiar with Lyndsay Lambert, you have missed out. She is a delightful speaker who prepares and encourages homeschoolers and group leaders alike. Her years of experience and understanding outlook have lifted up many who have attended her workshops and conferences. Read her full bio here.

Please join us and others on this teleseminar (this is a seminar where you listen in over the phone) on Tuesday, December 18, at 1:30 pm. To register and get the call information, go to and enter your first name and email.

We look forward to joining you there!
Denise & Kristen

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Top Four Traps for Homeschool Group Leaders to Avoid!

We are excited about offering this free mini-course for leaders.

Born of our own experiences, this course is designed to warn you of certain pitfalls that homeschool group leaders can face.

For example, we remember how in the beginning we were clueless on how to handle a lot of different, strong personalities on the leadership team. As a team, we had to learn the fine art of giving up one's own rights for the rights of another.

This course will give you an alertness to those dangers that we didn't have and hopefully save you a lot of time and pain. When you heed the warning signs out there, you can steer clear of the danger and successfully lead your group.

To get your FREE copy of the mini-course on "The Top 4 Traps for Homeschool Group Leaders to Avoid!," then click here .

Happy Trails!
Denise & Kristen

Expanding Your Newsletter for Homeschool Families

Homeschooling is all about

  • loving to learn

  • learning for life &

  • living to serve.

You, as the homeschool group leader, can facilitate all of this and more in your group's families when you expand your newsletter to include student work.

Give volunteer assignments to the students of your homeschool group covering the topics you need written in the newsletter. Each writer will learn crucial interviewing skills, journalism techniques, and grammar applications. Let them use and become proficient in the publishing software programs. Add an optional photo to the assignment and watch them shine as they put it all together in a great article.

As they have fun learning, they will gain practical skills they can use in the "real world." Their contributions will serve the whole group. And you will be able to share your work-load. It's a win-win!

**We have some exciting news coming up--maybe as soon as our next post!

Denise & Kristen

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More Tips on Starting a Homeschool Group Newsletter

Your tasteful design will draw readers to your newsletter which helps you reach your group with the important information they need.

Good taste in design usually is synonymous with simplicity--thus an uncluttered look.

A well-chosen graphic line, lines or clip art add interest and polish, but don't overdo it. You want the graphics you choose to draw attention to your content, not to itself.

Keeping the clutter to a minimum is also achieved by keeping your writing to 2-3 fonts and sizes. There are some exceptions, but a clean, polished look that works together is best for clear readability.

Use the interesting templates on Word or Publisher or other software to quickly make your newsletter. To make your own template, you can make one large text box with 3-4 columns as your guide. Then add text boxes within the columns for each article. Fill in the great graphics; add your calendar and send it out.

Your homeschool group will love it and reference it often!

Denise & Kristen

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

More: Starting a Homeschool Group Newsletter

Make things as easy as possible for the others reading your newsletter.

When you are putting together and publishing the coming events, an actual calendar look with the dates and holidays is so much easier than a list of dates.

While the list of activities may look nice and be less work for you to compile and type, it's not easier on your homeschool group families. They will have to copy the list onto their own calendar. This is an extra step that some families may never get around to doing.

With your calendar, they can just display it on the fridge or bulletin board. Then referring to it is a snap. More than likely, they will then take the time to read your exciting descriptions and attend the featured functions.

Next Topic: Keep it easy to read your newsletter by having an uncluttered layout.
May you have a successful homeschool support group!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Denise & Kristen

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Starting a Homeschool Group Newsletter

Communication is key!

Starting a newsletter for your homeschool group is a great way to create a cozy feeling within your group. Not everybody can participate in everything, but they like knowing what's going on.

The simplest way to start is with a calendar of events. They can post this on their fridge or in another visible place.

You can add articles about the upcoming activities in your homeschool group. This keeps people informed, boosts involvement and builds excitement.

The newsletter is a great place to interview members of your group so that everyone gets to know one another and feel like family.

If your members feel connected to more than one other family, they will keep coming back.

You can find calendar and newsletter templates on Publisher and Word that can make your newsletter come alive. We hope these ideas are a help to you. Got questions? Just ask.

Denise and Kristen

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Vision for this Homeschool Group Leader Blog

About Us~

We're two friends who got know each other through our local homeschool group. We then worked side by side as officers of the homeschool group--Kristen served as President and Denise as Field Trip Coordinator. Refined through the fire of leadership, a lifelong friendship was formed.

Together we wish to share hindsight wisdom gained from our experiences and the experiences of other veteran homeschool group leaders. You are invited to laugh and cry with us, witness the times we failed while doing it our way, and the times we succeeded doing it the Lord's way. We've learned so much and hope our input will shorten your learning curve as a homeschool group leader.

This blog will serve as the central place for leaders to come for solutions to leadership questions, to find encouragement and hope, as well as current tips, trends, and rockin' resources.

Denise and Kristen

Friday, November 2, 2007

Welcome to the Homeschool Group Leader Blog!

We're so glad you're here!

Pull up your chair and visit awhile with us. We welcome your comments and questions about homeschool group leadership.

Postings to come soon about many things related to starting or leading a homeschool group. Check back soon!

In the meantime, check out our web site at Homeschool Group Leader.

Denise & Kristen