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The First Four Years Copywork This free copy work page includes quotes from The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
What to do in Spokane WA - February 2019 Edition I didn't want to wait too long into the end of this month to share February events as some of them can fill up and then you can no longer register for them. there might be a few shared from my last post in this post, but only because they are ongoing and/or still open in case you haven't signed up yet.
These Happy Golden Years Copy Work This free copy work page includes quotes from These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
Our Unconventional Homeschool Miriam-Webster defines "home school" as. For some people this looks like taking a traditional classroom setting and simply recreating it at home. The desks, the chalkboard, the lesson books and work sheets all done just like they would be in a 4 walled school with 15-20 or more other children in a room.
A Letter to My Son Please do not think that just because you are growing up means giving up on who you are. Your truth. Your essence. The light of who you were created to be. Please do not misunderstand, that becoming a man requires you to harden your heart. The truth is instead, manhood asks more.
Little Town on the Prairie Copy Work This free copy work page includes quotes from Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
The Long Winter Copy Work This free copy work page includes quotes from The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
By the Shores of Silver Lake Copywork This free copy work page includes quotes from By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
Homeschool Will Not Save Them Personal sacrifice had led to an unwarranted sense of entitlement. My child would be a Christian because I had given up so much. I had sacrificed career and income; her faithfulness should be my reward. These were false beliefs. The truth is that only Christ can move upon human hearts inclined toward sin and do a work of regeneration.
How to Balance Multiple Age Levels Effectively It can be challenging to balance multiple age levels when you homeschool. These practical tips from Sara can help you achieve that delicate balance. #homeschool #homeschooling. If you homeschool a wide age-range of children, you know that it is challenging trying to balance multiple age levels.
On the Banks of Plum Creek Copy Work This free copy work page includes quotes from On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
Little House on the Prairie Copywork This free copy work page includes quotes from Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
Farmer Boy Copy work This free copy work page includes quotes from Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
Poetry #8 Here is some poetry for your enjoyment:. Chris. By Rae Mae. I saw you walk in. Knew I wanted you. Thought I loved you. Longing. For you. Wanting to be with you. Maybe I love you. Spill my secrets to you. You make me feel. Comfortable. I feel loved around you.
Kari's homeschool day in the life Teaching language arts with a latched-on breastfeeding baby is my new norm, and while it calls for creativity, I wouldn't trade it for the world. So, without further ado, here is our current day-in-the-life::. Morning:.
A New Perspective on Homeschooling You are your child's first teacher. How many times have you heard that adage? The beautiful thing about it is that it's true, whether you homeschool your children or not. Unfortunately, I believe this message has been lost in the shuffle of schooling, experts, and degrees.
Sweet Memories I told Lydia that she was so goofy and she said no I'm Minnie Mouse. Grace made everyone lunch yesterday. Even my dad. She's turning into such a big helper. Then she sat on the couch and said ok now the cooks can eat. Today she made marshmallow soufflé which was crackers with banana, marshmallow and cheese.
Homeschool mornings Homeschool mornings by AnneMarie Hamant on the Click Pro Daily Project, a group photography blog for photographers.
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Little House in the Big Woods Copy work This free copy work page includes quotes from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
11 New Pig Crafts! With 11 brand new pig crafts to choose from, we are sure you will be able to find something to do with the kids for Year of the Pig!
Unschooling - What is it? I am not an expert in any area of homeschooling or unschooling. I do not have a degree in child development, nor teaching. But I am an expert in my own children, and I have talked to various friends about their homeschooling methods or curriculum and what they have learned.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Copywork 2 This copy work page contains a quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Writings to Young Women. This is a great way to practice handwriting and grammar while learning about the author. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copy work pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
Minimalists Find Life - Offline Minimalists too can become easily distracted from the truth we seek. In an effort to purge and declutter we often miss the bigger picture: to love God, our family and others in the process. Maybe this means for each item we purge we pause and thank the Lord for gifting it to us in the first place?
Sorting by Size - With a Winter Theme Younger children will enjoy these new size sorting activities, all with a winter theme. Sort snowflakes, snowmen, snowy winter trees and more!
Learning About Rosa Parks With Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month coming up soon, we thought that it would be a good time to learn a little about Rosa Parks - a brave lady who made a big change by taking a stan.
Guest Post - Having Fun with Paper Dolls Paper dolls are a timeless toy. They have been around for centuries, but were popularised in the early 1800s. I don’t think there would be many of us who wouldn’t remember playing with them as children. My children love them.
Topping Up Our Year of the Pig Puzzles We've just added 3 new mazes, a match up puzzle for little ones and a fun pig word search to our Year of the Pig puzzle collection.
New Year of the Pig Worksheets This new collection of worksheets - spanning a range of ages and skills - are all based on pigs, so perfect for Year of the Pig coming up…
Even More New Colouring Pages… In fact we've got piggies galore for you to choose from…
A guide to teach Arabic to your child in 30 minutes a day. The following is a basic guideline containing the steps and resources that my 5 year old son and I used to learn how to read, write and speak Arabic in one year. We started from scratch without any previous knowledge of Arabic.
2019 January Homeschool Blahs It's January and no one here wants to go back to school! That means it's time for my annual January Homeschool Blahs post! Honestly I do this annually now, not only to motivate me, but hopefully also motivate some of you as well!
My Thoughts on Homeschool, Thus Far Life has been so full that I'd put writing aside, but I'm feeling the itch again. We've survived a full semester of homeschooling, which feels like something worth documenting. I think I've learned as much as the kids have, probably more.
Cultured Wednesday: Isaac van Ostade Isaac van Ostade was a 17th-century Dutch painter of peopled landscapes, so to speak: Country scenes, often in winter, fairs and the outsides of inns, but also some interior scenes. His brother Adrian taught him, and although Isaac died before the age of 30, he still left about 100 paintings.
Nail Preschool Math Without a Curriculum In the preschool years, you are introducing the very basics. And you don't need a curriculum to do it! Incorporating math concepts into play and everyday activities is our favorite way to nail the subject. Here are some ideas to get you started. And this is NOT a must-do list by any means!
Boymom pro-tip: Mad Mattr You know that one gift your kid gets for Christmas that is still an all-day, every-day hit in mid-January? Yeah, I haven't had one of those, either.
What We're Doing Now: Grade 3 The easy approach would be to say: ditto to the entry I wrote for What We're Doing Now: Grade 6. But that would be akin to cheating in the blogging world. That said, there isn't a lot more I can add, other than to say that what we are using for our daughter, does not in any way resemble what we are using for our son.
What We're Doing Now: Grade 6 Homeschoolers love to share "their plans". I think it's because we drive ourselves crazy making them. So once finally complete, there's a certain satisfaction in having others "like" or comment favorably on said plans.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Copywork This copywork page has quotes attributed to Laura Ingalls Wilder for your student to use in practicing their handwriting. You might also like our other free Laura Ingalls Wilder copywork pages with quotes from her Little House on the Prairie book series.
Unschooling by state It is legal in all 50 states, even the states with the strictest educational laws. Unschoolers are as accountable to the government as homeschoolers, and can show "educational progress" just like children who learn by textbooks at home.
Slavery in America Slavery was a popular theme throughout the United States's history, many of the Founding Fathers being slave owners, and promoting the slave trade further. Overtime, treatment over the African-Americans got worse and more cruel. This didn't go ignored, as the cause for abolishing slavery came around and spread in the 1800's.
Tuesday Prayer: Expectation Lord who hears us and who answers prayer, we praise You today for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness. Blessed be Your name and Your Kingdom, and may Yours be all glory and honor now and forevermore! Thank You that even though You are the Almighty God, the Creator, You take the time to listen to the prattling of Your children.
Topic Essay 10 Topic: Is most of what people buy totally unnecessary? This question could be taken a variety of ways, depending on what the people in question are buying. Generally, I would say absolutely not. Most of what people buy are food items and water, and anyone would know those are essentials to just living.
James Madison James Madison was one of the Founding Fathers, and served as 4th president of the United States. He was born and raised in the colony of Virginia, and he also spent most of his adult life there as well. He had 12 siblings, and happened to be the oldest one out of them all.
Unschooling 101 Inspired by the teachings of John Holt, unschooling is a branch of homeschooling that promotes non structured, child-led learning. There's no set curriculum or schedule. Learning is not the main objective of unschooling, it just happens as a side effect of living your life with passion and exploring our interests.
Learning Skills GCSE study is throwing up some new challenges. What we're finding is that it is far more than learning the subject matter. There are thinking, applying, understanding skills, concentration, maintaining motivation and the one that's on my mind today - note taking.
Life of Butterflies Butterflies are probably one of the most pretty insects. They're small like most others, but what sets them apart from other insects is their colorful, symmetrical wings. Butterflies start off as caterpillars, everyone knows. They emerge outside of their small, cylinder egg, and start eating the leaf their mother left them on.
Tough Days I actually stopped and rewrote this post a few times for the simple reason that whenever I admit I have had a tough few days I normally get the response - "So just stick them in school " - which is NOT happening so honestly is it NOT a helpful comment.
What's Your Homeschooling Philosophy? Today, I worked on long division with my 11-year-old son. That was good times, right there. When I had a Facebook friend suggest that she'd like to hear more about my take on homeschooling, I laughed inside. My short answer to her was, "Uh, I suck at it.
Rwby Characters Dear RWBY fans, I'm going to tell you about the four main characters in RWBY. First of course is Ruby rose. Her nicknames are little red by Roman and Cinder, crater face by Jaune, and kiddo by Crow. Her race is human and her weapon is a sniper scythe.
Exploring the Sense of Taste - Homeschool Preschool Have you ever thought about how drastically different life would be without the sense of taste?! As someone who absolutely loves food and is quite addicted to delicious things, I know I couldn't live without taste. To me, taste is one of the most fun senses to explore with your preschooler.
Mom Keeps Better Records than District With some righteous indignation, I chastised the district for threatening the family with educational neglect reports when the real problem was the district's negligence. We resubmitted the Braun's paperwork and requested that the district verify in writing that everything was in compliance.
Homeschooling High School Pros and Cons You Need to Know There are advantages and disadvantages to homeschooling high school. Learn the homeschooling high school pros and cons you need to know. As my friend and I walked the track that spring day, I made a quiet, shameful confession.
Japan Cultural Overview Last week, my blog covers about our Geography study of the eleven countries around the world and the skills we learned from that educational trip. It was truly a great family experience for us and most specially to our little learner here. One of our favorite pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase is Japan!
South Dakota Homeschool Bill Will Benefit Homeschoolers Why does South Dakota make the scholarship bar higher for homeschoolers than for public schoolers? Seriously! The current scholarship program requires homeschoolers to score a total of 4 points higher on their ACT in order to be eligible for scholarship money!
Why We Choose to Homeschool and How Long We Plan to Do It I recently opened up Instagram stories asking for questions related to homeschool. Wow, what a response! Funny enough, most of the questions overlapped quite a bit with the most popular by far asking why we chose to homeschool and how long we plan to do it.
Southeastern Homeschool learning life lessons through basketball By John Smist - January 15, 2019 at 12:28 AM EST - Updated January 15 at 12:40 AM WILMINGTON, NC - Wilmington's Southeastern Homeschool might be the best basketball program you've never heard of.
Homeschooling with Unconventional Holidays How will you use an unconventional holiday calendar this homeschool year?
G.I. Public Library offers free programs for homeschool students Grand Island, NE - To make sure kids are getting a well-rounded education the Grand Island Public Library offers free programs for homeschool families. While there are many benefits to homeschooling your kids, socializing with other kids is one of the challenges.
South Dakota Legislature: Homeschool opportunity scholarship requirements pass committee House Bill 1040, a measure to bring the same scholarship requirements used for public and private school students to home-schooled students, passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee Monday morning.
The Life Autistic: How I Survived School How did I manage through school? Easy, I was homeschooled. Next question. Ok, so there's a little more to it than that. Due to a variety of factors that included moving every 2.5 years, cost, flexibility, religious reasons, you name it - most of my schooling ended up being done from the comfort and constraints of my own home.
Beyond Limits Academy-My Father's World: Adventures, Week 16 Back from the Christmas break! I hope everyone had a nice, refreshing break with lots of great family time:) Our break was full of many doctor appointments. Near and far. Road trips to specialists and hospital visits. One day, we were BOTH in the ER on the same day at 2 different hospitals!
Adding to our Winter Vocabulary Resources We have been adding to our Winter Vocabulary Resources with some fun new spelling jigsaws, a spelling grid and a spelling mistakes worksheet too.
Turkish March by Beethoven - Easy Guitar Sheet Music Turkish March, is a popular classical march by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It's written in the Turkish style that was popular in his time. Turkish March appears as movement four of the incidental music for a play by August von Kotzebue, The Ruins of Athens.
Checklist for Homeschool Parents With a High School Senior It's intimidating for homeschool parents with a high school senior. This checklist help us not to forget anything important for graduating our child.
Wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' plannin' and dreamin'… We moved into this house on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018. Here it is, Sunday, January 13th, 2019 and we are soon to be on the move again! Our housing contract ends next week and Micah has the two weeks off so we are taking time as a family to explore!
Comparing Nutrition Labels Activity For Kids Taking time to learn what information nutrition labels offer and how that information can help your kids supports a strong foundation of healthy living. We might know basics like the not-so-good effects of too much sugar or hydrogenated fats, but what more can nutrition labels teach us?
The Love For Your Family I was weary for quite some time. I was a heartbroken momma wanting to know how to help my boy. I was impatiently waiting for God to answer my prayers, not wanting to trust what He was doing behind the scenes to prepare us. Last Sunday evening as I was lying in bed, I prayed we were making the right decision.
2nd Grade Homeschool Lesson Plans Today I'm releasing my Second Grade Daily Homeschool Lesson Plans! While some times people prefer to be spontaneous, other times I think it's better to have a plan to follow so things don't get missed or left behind! Planning ahead is especially important if you're a new homeschooling.
How can you home educate if you're not a teacher? This question comes up so often I thought it might be helpful to post this chapter from 'A Home Education Notebook to encourage and inspire' in answer.
"I Want to Learn About Ecosystem" The request from the son one day on my year-end holiday. The dynamic of a homeschool family is real. The mum was then busy googling for materials about ecosystem. I couldn't find what I wanted but then realized we bought this book at a book fair last year.
Why I prefer printing colouring pages to colouring books When we first had kids I fell into that mindset of buying colouring books and they were never used and then I would see another one in the store and think "Wow this is the one!" and buy that and guess what 1 picture coloured in and that was that. That was when I started searching on-line for pictures and it is still what I use 90% of the time.
So God Made a HOMESCHOOL Mom, Like YOU But they also should know how to organize their closet,. …So God made a homeschool mom. …So God made a homeschool mom. But they should also learn how to grow plants, and keep my gardens beautiful. They should also learn how to start a mini-business cleaning up their neighbor's gardens." …So God made a homeschool mom.
RED ALERT! Colorado Homeschool Legislation is Being Discussed COLORADO Homeschoolers, Listen up! You have a Homeschool Red Alert! Colorado Homeschool legislation is being discussed for your state! #getinvolved.
New year, new path It's been a long time since I've written, well…anything really, but especially a blog post. I've got a ton of excuses handy but none of them compare to the truth of the matter which is that we've decided to homeschool. Some may call it crazy while some may call it awesome.
Australia Unit Study: Sydney Harbor Bridge Craft We are having such a wonderful time with our Australia unit! I find a good portion of my inspiration on Pinterest and my Instagram feed. I came across this activity from Danya Banya and decided to do it with my preschooler. It really is super easy, and turned out super cute!
A Homeschool Mom's Ode to Saturdays You have the lesson plans made for the entire week. In your mind, everything is going to go according to plan. Why wouldn't it? You have the perfect life, and perfect children, and also the perfectly scheduled calendar. Right?! No? Me neither, but that's how I plan homeschool; like NOTHING could possibly go wrong.
Break is coming to an end! I am writing this earlier than normal because we have plans most of the day. Just a day and a half and the kids are off to school, and me to work. I have always enjoyed the school vacations, I think I mentioned I homeschooled for 10 years, right? My oldest didn't start public school until she was a sophomore.
2018 Musings and The Hard Truths I'm Learning About Myself As 2018 has drawn to a close I've been thinking a lot of of how our year went. I have been going through my planner from the past year, looking at our high points and low points. It's interesting to see the progress we've made in some areas and also the lack.
Experience the Inspiration of Process Art I am so thrilled that you joined me for this series of articles and not just thrilled for myself, but I am thrilled for you and your students. You see, I figure if you have taken a few minutes out of your day to read the articles then you are the kind of teacher that truly wants to see authentic art taking place around your classroom.
Real Life: How We're Hanging If you have read my previous posts you know our word of the year is Peace. Peace in our home, peace in our thinking, peace in our learning environment. Peace. The beginning of new life in Heaven! We all know that passing of any loved one can leave you with continual anguish or contentment.
English Lesson 10 Essay Write a 500 word Essay about three stories you would put in your autobiography. Although I have had many ups and downs in my life, the three stories I've chosen for this essay are about some fun and exciting adventures I've experienced. My first story is one I know I would have in my autobiography.
Beginning of hexmester 4 After our relaxed winter break, we are back to some structure in our days. Since the last two hexmesters have been a change in how we have normally done school, we're trying yet another approach this six weeks to see if we can find a new normal.
Review - Understanding Maths - Number Patterns and Algebra Workbook We are big fans of the Schofield and Sims workbooks and last year we used one of the workbooks from their Understanding Maths range and I was so impressed with it that I bought a few more of the other workbooks included in the Understanding Maths series.
Homeschool Binder Homeschool binder, what's that? Well, it's essentially a binder of everything homeschool but everyone's looks a little different. When I first started homeschooling I had no idea what a Homeschool Binder even was. or what needed to go into it.
School in Our Grand RV We have been homeschooling for the last three years and only recently started homeschooling while living in our RV. Our oldest, Hannah has been in public more than homeschool, but has been out of public for a year.
Remember Our Ancestors: Cornelius and Priscilla Gillett Warham with other Dorchester men to form the settlement at what is now Windsor, Connecticut, about 1636. Cornelius was born shortly after his parents' arrival in Massachusetts.
My Savior, My God Have you ever heard the song My Savior My God by Aaron Shust? It's an older song that came out in 2005. Give it a listen, but try to really concentrate on the lyrics. When I first heard this song I felt like God was speaking directly to me.
Homeschool Valentines Welcome back and I hope everyone is having a great week, it's almost Friday everybody, just hang in there! We are trucking through January pretty quickly, and I was giving a thought about Valentines Day. One thing that my girls miss about public school is their holiday parties with their friends.
This former gym is now a ‘dream come true’ for Tri-Cities students "It is a dream come true."
Homeschool Day in the Life - 8 and 4 year old This is our fourth year documenting our Homeschool Day in the Life. For anyone interested in specific books or curriculum we use, please feel free to ask in the comments. We mainly use Charlotte Mason as our guide with a twist of Montessori materials.
Beginning your yoga journey Are you wanting to start a yoga practice, but not sure where to start? Trust me, everyone's been there. I remember how intimidating it was in the beginning, but always remember: yoga is for every BODY. Begin where you are, TODAY.
Path to unschooling I get asked quite often why I chose to not put Landon in school, but rather "unschool" him, and well there's many reasons as to why and how this decision came about. The number one question I receive regarding unschooling is "what about socialization?" To this, I'll quote John Holt:.
Teaching Homeschool Geometry Through Virtual Reality Finding a right triangle within a prism. Creating a pyramid inside a pyramid. The MERGE Cube and Shapes app are tools I wish we had on our first go through geometry. However, it has served us well in our review. In our experience, here are the benefits of learning geometry through virtual reality:.
Add Art History to Your Homeschool Day with Art History Kids Add art appreciation and art history to your homeschool routine with Art History Kids, a fantastic resource for homeschooling families.
Australia Unit: Counting Echidna Cards w/Pinning Work The echidna is a funny looking little animal that lives in Australia. I wanted to incorporate some number work into our activities and thought this little creature made the perfect foundation!
100 Things I Want My Children to Know Maybe I am morbid, or paranoid, or having a mid-life crisis….but I feel the need to write down the things I hope my children will know in life, should I not be here to teach it to them. Or m…
Booklist 2018 I've always been a booklover. I have several boxes of books that I would love to put on shelves someday, one day, when we move into our home. Right now we live in a duplex. So this year I haven't been buying physical copies of books. I've been getting them on the Kindle App as much as possible and I've found some really good deals.
Australia Unit Study: Cactus Toothpick Fine Motor Activity A few months ago, one of my mommy friends did a activity at a playgroup co-op with play dough and toothpicks. It was so much fun that I thought it would be fun to incorporate into an activity for our Australia Unit. Cactus are not indigenous to Australia, although they are plentiful there today.
5 social benefits of music lessons for homeschoolers Studies are showing more and more academic, cognitive and intellectual rewards of music lessons. For all kinds of students, but particularly homeschoolers, music lessons help with social development. Here are the top 5 ways music lessons help with social development.
It has dropped! Good Morning homeschool family! So many things to get excited for today! Firstly All About Reading IS better than ever because today they started selling All About Reading Levels 1-4. We've been using All About Reading Pre Reading for over a year with great success but I don't just use AAR.
Mission Control I've gotten some requests for some posts about how I organize our homeschool, so here is a first post about how I keep track of things weekly. Just so you know a little more about me, I am a details, in-the-moment type of person rather than a long-term planner.
Hello Kitty! It seems animals in America have a gigantic issue…There are roughly 200 MILLION dogs and 300 MILLION cats that are unhoused in America, and many shelters are overflowing trying to accommodate them while they wait to find their forever homes.
Move On We are a whopping 10 days into the new year, and some of us have already failed on our resolutions. Such is life. Most of you know that I have the love/hate privilege of living with my own marriage / family therapist. The love part of that is that there are a lot of living-a-successful-life tidbits of information regularly thrown out in our home.
10 Ways to Make Your Homeschool More Fun This Year Homeschooling doesn't have to mean endless workbooks and flashcard. Try one or all of these tips from Ering to make your homeschool more fun this year! Are you looking for ways to make your homeschool more fun this year? Did you know that homeschooling doesn't have to be all workbooks and memorization?
Looking ahead to 2019 I don't like setting resolutions, primarily because, well, who enjoys feeling like a failure?! But I can't help but reflect on the year that's been and think about the year ahead.
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10 Ultimate Homeschool Field Trips to Take This Year Make this the year that you take your homeschooling on the road with these 10 must-visit homeschool field trips! They're educational and fun!
Kris's homeschool day in the life Not only are my days exciting to me, but it occurred to me that they might seem like a beautiful daydream to those of you who are still knee-deep in long-division or teaching a kid to read. I might be throwing someone a lifeline. So here you go:. This morning was unusual.
My 10 Most Popular Homeschool and Education Videos from 2018 You know what I love about the New Year? Countdowns. How exciting is it to reflect back on some of the most "happening" things of the previous year? Last week, I shared my 10 most popular blog posts from 2018. This week I'm going to do something I've never done before - share my most popular YouTube videos from 2018.
Finding Happy Going back and thinking about school again has always been tricky and uncomfortable. I don't like to feel pain or anger or bitter feelings, because I would rather be happy all the time and not dwell on the past.
Typesy Homeschool - The Best Online Typing Program for Big Families! Are you looking for an inexpensive, large family friendly homeschool typing program that doesn't require you to do anything but set it up online? Typesy Homeschool is exactly what you are looking for! "I can type just fine," retorted my 14 year old as she slowly pecked with two fingers at the computer keyboard in front of her.
Back To It All I seem to have done for the last week is plan and prepare resources. Think the half-term at least is sorted and can tick along now though. Monday was an attempt to get back to routine, typically both boys woke absolutely streaming with cold. Definitely feeling the benefit of having dropped our Tues activity.
Getting Back to School After a long break, the nasty virus flu that took over our whole family and a family emergency, I find myself needing to be back in our homeschooling rhythm. It is a hard thing to do, especially when there has been no co-op meetings or any type of school work for a while.
Time to get serious I've sorta-kinda joked on this blog about saving Western Civilization. Even my motto reads: "Saving Western Civilization through kid's book illustration." And I've honestly meant to get started on that. I have, in a modest way, been promoting Western Civ by teaching Sunday School and posting some historical stuff here once in a while.
Guest Post - Learning about Queen Victoria My daughter is completely fascinated by Queen Victoria at the moment. We have read a number of books about her and even watched a lovely documentary series about Victorian inventions so I thought it would be good to do a few activities to reinforce what we have been reading and watching.
Our Pet Remember when we went to that Flora and Fauna Festival back in November? I bought a pair of turtle. I thought it is about time for the twin to have a pet. Actually it was the son who wanted it. I said, why not? I think they have wanted a pet for ages.
All Sorts of New Australia Day Resources! Get ready for Australia Day with this brand new selection of Australia Day activities for kids - including new puzzles, new printables and new worksheets!
The Perfect School Imagine the perfect school for your child. Each class is tailor-made to your little one's interests and abilities. Though the teachers don't know everything-because nobody can-they are happy to teach your child how to find the information they need.
Learn About Australia With Australia Day coming up soon, we've been updating and adding to our Australia section, and you will now find this fun new collection of worksheets, printables and activities rea.
Favorite FREE Homeschool Resources As you can tell from the title, today I will be sharing some of my favorite FREE homeschool resources! I love that you don't have to be made of money to be a homeschool family. There are many advantages that I have found to homeschooling and maybe that'll be another post if that's something y'all would be interested in!
How to Homeschool When You're a Stressed Out Homeschooling Mom See how to homeschool when you're a stressed out homeschooling mom, these tips are for you! A lot of times stress comes from not being prepared or when the day feels out of control. By creating a simple schedule, you can eliminate a lot of stress. It doesn't have to be a strict schedule.
They Keep Mixing All the Paint Colors I watched my little PreK girl dip her paint brush in the red paint, then the blue paint, then the yellow, green, and orange paint. After dipping in every color that was out at the easel, she reached up and made large gray swirls of paint in the center of her paper.
Christian Kindergarten Plant Lesson 5: Leaves This is part five of a five part Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on plants that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education. Lesson 5: Leaves. Purpose: To explore and know more about God's creation of leaves.
Restricting Homeschool Families the Wrong Response to Tragedy An article written by Fox 31 Denver's investigative reporter Rob Low about the tragic death of 7-year-old Caden McWilliams demonstrates why it is imperative that the homeschool community be prepared to defend itself against false connections between homeschooling and child abuse.
Cultured Wednesday: Johan Christian Dahl While living in Germany or travelling to Italy, he said he was missing the "real thing", something he could find in his mountainous homeland only. Consequently, he felt himself being a "more Nordic painter" with a "love for seacoasts, mountains, waterfalls, sailboats, and pictures of the sea in daylight and moonlight." Must have been in his blood.
A Homeschooler's Guide to Preparing for College The earlier you start, the better! To ensure that you are in the best position possible, follow these key steps for preparing for college. Create a wish list of things you are looking for in a college. Then, create a list of schools that you are interested in.
American Health Concerns that many are unaware of America, being 1st world countries, are sometimes concerned about "First World Problems" that most other countries do not have time/energy / money to care about. Two health concerns that are very popular in America, but virtually unknown in most Southeast Asian countries are:.
A New Year, A New Beginning We are now in our seventh year of homeschooling - eighth if you include my son's preschool year. I would love to say that it's been easy, but it hasn't. The reality is that homeschooling has been my biggest joy, and also my biggest challenge. It has been the source of some of our greatest highs, and also our greatest lows.
The Chemistry of Honey! With the New Year upon us, we used chemistry to help us get things off to a sweet start! We decided to make taffy out of one ingredient: Honey! We started by placing the contents of one bottle of honey in a pot, warmed it up to roughly 280 degrees and then we drizzled the hot gooey mess into a buttered dish to cool.
Homeschool Critics: How Do You Know You're on Track? Homeschool Critics: How Do You Know You're on Track?
Homeschool Information FPLA Homeschool Study Group. Meets on Wednesday in the Fort Polk Education Center 10-11 a.m. Currently studying Art History but they are open to change or add subjects. Parent led group. Not limited to military families. Check the Facebook page for more details.
New Puzzles for Year of the Pig With a new Chinese New Year on 5th February, it was time to update our puzzle collection!
Our Newest Year of the Pig Printables… Print out a Year of the Pig learning jigsaw, decorate the walls with our lovely Year of the Pig poster, print and fold our lucky money envelope or send a Year of the Pig card!
New Year of the Pig Colouring… Get ready to welcome in the Year of the Pig on 5th February with this lovely new Year of the Pig colouring page and card.
New Worksheets for the New Year… Have some fun with our new New Year worksheets, including our popular "three stars for 2019" for goal setting, handwriting worksheets and cutting shapes for little.
Get Lost in Our New New Year Mazes! Mazes are not only fun, but they are great for concentration and developing pencil control too! We have 9 new New Year's mazes for the kids to enjoy today.
New Puzzles for New Year 2019 The kids will need to get their thinking caps on for this new collection of New Year puzzles!
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New Year Colouring Pages for 2019! Have you seen our new New Year colouring pages, ready for 2019?
F.A.S.T. Homeschool Group holds Spelling Bee 8:27 pm Christmas night fire leaves family without home, vehicle, belongings, pets 4:33 pm KDHE rescinds Boil Water Advisory for City of Morrill Isabelle Walker is the FAST Homeschool Group's Spelling Bee Champion.
What Do You Do All Day? Last week I posted on my Facebook page asking people what they would like me to feature on the blog. I was surprised how curious people were about mundane, everyday things. Like what I do during my day. I think people have an idea that I have this very structured and disciplined life.
Employer Wants Proof of Graduation-From 20 Years Ago A worker with six years of experience as a supervisor was a perfect fit for his new job—until his 20-year-old homeschool diploma confused the background check company.
10 Tips for Raising Well-Behaved Sons Parenting can be such a joy. But when our children are disrespectful, whiny, and don't listen to us, it's extremely frustrating. We're doing everything in our power to raise our children in a loving home, to provide them with everything they need to grow into happy and healthy adults.
Typesy: Fun & Engaging Typing Lessons for Kids If you're a homeschool parent looking for quality, user-friendly typing lessons for kids, you've got to check out Typesy! I took typing class in high school. Way back in the dark ages. On an actual typewriter, y'all. I'm talking Stone Age. I didn't care for the teacher too much.
Raise your voice… I didn't realise I liked to chat so much! I recently spent several days trying to but I had no voice due to a nasty infection. Trying to say anything was a struggle. It's amazing how much you want to say when you can't. And it's very funny being out and about in the shops.
What Is GREAT About Great Homeschool Conventions? If you're looking for friendship, encouragement, and information for your homeschool, register to attend one of seven Great Homeschool Conventions!
School Schedules I know on my last post I talked a little bit about using a flow schedule in our homeschool and it seems like I'm crazy relaxed with our schooling… but I'm not. I'm pretty much a dictator during school hours because I believe in working hard and getting it done quickly so we can go back to having fun.
Celebrate Groundhog Day with Art Will we have an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Yes we can celebrate Groundhog Day with art and a video art lesson from Nana. Enjoy this video art lesson from Nana of ChalkPastel.com. *Our Spring Video Art Lessons. Artists studies can be quite intimidating.
Our Tiny Farmhouse 2019 We started planning this homestead on a total whim. Neither my husband, or myself spent months and months planning to settle down on some acreage and live off the land. Sure, I used Pinterest as a second home for my imaginary living space, but I never would have thought it would have grown as much as it has.
FREE First Day of School Signs Most parents adore these first day of school signs and I am one of those parents! Since I couldn't ever find signs that are special to my children, I just custom made some myself. And because you are reading this post, you are lucky enough to get these editable signs for FREE!
Re-Entry There are a lot of Kellys in my life. Each of them is so very unique in her own way but also contributes uniquely to my life. One of the Kellys taught me the term "re-entry." It describes the hours, days, weeks of returning to a regular rhythm after days without the usual.
Why Study Health In Homeschool? It is important for kids to look at their whole being and that of others when they think of health. It truly is a balance. If one part is not healthy, it negatively affects the entire being. It is important to learn about health so you know how to stay healthy and how to know when you are not.
12th Grade Homeschool Curriculum UPDATES Back in August I shared our 12th grade curriculum that Laurianna, our current senior, would be using over the fall months. The bulk of her classes, with the exception of one, were all done as dual enrollment of sorts. This spring she taking some new classes and has completed her fall course load.
Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Life Good Morning… It's Monday and back to life as we know it…well as we are going to learn to know it. Kids are back in school and life is back to regularly scheduled programming. Although in our case we are switching things up a bit and creating a new life schedule.
Sheltered: The Evil 's' Word I have received many an inquiry over the years from well-meaning-and not so well-meaning-people over the whole "sheltered" issue. "If you are home schooled, you must be sheltered." "How do you live a full life if you are so sheltered?" "You are growing up brainwashed and won't know how to think for yourself!" "You have to be able to live a little!
Encouraging their 2nd language From day one of being parents we have spoken to the kids in our own home languages. We have stuck to it and now both kids happily chat in both languages. But I am the stay at home parent, the one doing the day-to day home education activities, so naturally the kids are stronger in English.
5 Ways to Avoid Mid-Year Burnout Whether it be the lack of sun due to cloudy skies, the snow-covered world begging us to hibernate, or rainy weather forbidding us to explore outside, the fact is mid-year for most homeschooling families is hard. If we aren't careful, our excitement for learning can quickly turn into mid-year burnout.
Homeschool Happenings: Give a Hoot About Owls Homeschool students and their parents are invited to join Environmental Education staff for a series of programs designed to inspire children's love for nature and the outdoors. Through hands-on activities and outdoor 'play', students can gain valuable insight into the environment all around them.
Nalgene Bottle Singapore Since Singapore is such a hot country, it is important for students and adults to keep hydrated to avoid heatstroke. One of the most popular and best brands of water bottles is Nalgene, which is made in the USA. It is BPA free, which is very important to avoid drinking toxic plastic particles that may leach into your water.
To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool? If I had it my way, I would homeschool. I don't know much about it yet, but I do know that I don't like the idea of sending my child to school, a place where she would be spending the majority of her childhood. Now, looking back, I don't have horrible memories of school.
Elliptical Machines and the Kindle App About two years ago our family got a membership at the YMCA. It was during a time when I was really struggling with depression. The gym became a life-saver for me. It was only a five minute drive away.
Resetting my homeschooling intentions The last couple of years, I've had to make the decision not to make New Year's Resolutions. I can see how for some people the process of taking stock and putting together a "new year, new you" kind of plan is inspiring, hopeful, exciting even. I've felt that too when crossing into January.
1st Grade Homeschool Lesson Plans One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about lesson planning. I get asked how to do it, how much to do each day, how to organize it all, how to make sure you're doing enough, and the questions go on and on!
Coding-Our First Steps We live in Houston, Texas. For a good portion of the year, it is miserably hot outside. Air conditioning and pools are our friend. Unfortunately, our neighborhood pool leaves a bit to be desired. Knowing I was going to be having a baby in late June-early July, I knew that even the pool would be a limited reprieve from the heat.
My Story In 2011 I decided to leave my job as a geologist for an environmental consulting firm to be a stay at home mom and homeschool my kids. In 2014 I became an Affiliate Faculty for Southwestern College of Professional studies teaching a six-week online science class three times a year.
About Me I’m a SAHM married to a bearded man, we have 3 tiny humans that I homeschool, a rescue dog and I sport a messy bun/ponytail 90% of the time. Sounds pretty cliché right? I’m not sure if you will lov…
Honest Review: 'IXL.com' At the beginning of the "school year" I decided to hop on the train and try out IXL.com. I had seen mixed reviews, but I really liked that they displayed and followed Oklahoma's 'Standards' for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Also, for a few extra bucks, they'll throw in Spanish.
Streaming Services for in Homeschool We have been using Netflix in our home for more years that I can remember, it has always been preferred to satellite or cable services, which is why don't have them. But there are other streaming services now similar to Netflix to pick from. There are great shows to add to your homeschool schedule or for your child's daily screen time.
Captured Hearts: Mini Review Captured Hearts by Wayne P. Watson and Lee Teter. Borrowed. Summary: "A frontier woman is captured by an Indian war party. Her fear and hatred of the tribal people are overcome as she lives with the people and comes to know them.
What to do in Spokane WA So, for those who know me, you know I have a hard time not overbooking myself, all in the name of keeping the kids active lol. They are only with us for a short time, then they want to do their own thing, and then they are out of the house. Waaahhhh….It goes by so fast.
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"The days are long, but…" "The years are short!" It has humbled me to read my last post - from over three years ago. Since those words were typed, so much has changed. Thank you, God! I was in a dark place and He drew me out of it. Now, a few months away from officially being in my "mid-thirties", I'm a homeschool mom, with two beautiful boys.
I'm thinking about homeschooling…HELP! I've been asked this question several times in our short time homeschooling. I'm happy that people see what we do and think to ask us about it But trying to generate a response always takes a long time. Why? Partially because I am often asked that question without much background information or direction.
Home Education Policies in Europe I count myself and our family lucky as people who live in the UK and 'home educate' we have so much freedom and little regulation in how we do our learning. The freedom is amazing and I'm thankful we are not burdened with stressful regulations. It allows us to be us and to focus, change and adapt as we see fit.
Australia Unit: Aboriginal Rain Sticks from Paper Towel Tubes In my basement I probably have a hundred paper towel, toilet paper and gift wrap tubes. Why? Because they are an awesome craft foundation. You can make so many things from them. I'll admit, I probably have too many, but that just means I need to make more things, right?
AUSTRALIA Unit Study: Fauna - Montessori 3-Part Matching Cards Australia has some really cool and crazy animals. I was psyched to find Safari Ltd made a TOOB called The Land Down Under which had great little figurines of some of these amazing species - I decided to make corresponding Montessori inspired 3-part printables for these animals as part of our Australia Unit Study.
A Guide To Homeschooling While Working There are many reasons that parents are choosing to homeschool their children. Whatever the reason it is something that should be taken into consideration. The one reason that parents are discouraged is because they work. Even though you work you still can homeschool your child.
New Resource! Character Building and Classroom Culture Materials I recently discovered a new resource I want to share with you! It's a blog called Come Follow Me FHE. Each week, kindergarten teacher, Angie, shares a short lesson about a character-building type topic and includes printables and activity ideas aimed at children.
Why Avoiding the Mess Creates More Stress Why Avoiding the Mess Creates More Stress At the beginning of every school year, I come expecting my students to want to squeeze out tons of paint or glue from our glue and paint bottles. I let them cut up paper even if it means I have to sweep up tiny scraps of paper.
Keeping it SIMPLE How is it that someone blogging about their family 'Come, Follow Me' and homeschool journey has any credibility saying 'Keep it simple'? I know. Forgive me. Please read on.
Q & A I've gotten a few more questions from y'all and I like posting them in a blog because you never know. someone else may want to know the answer as well. Without further ado let's get right into them. I've noticed you talking about "back home" quite a lot and was wondering where you were born and how long you've been living where you currently are.
2019 New Year Homeschool Goals I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! We had so much fun during our holiday break. We baked so many cookies, attended some awesome Christmas parties, and had fun with Dad who took off the week of Christmas. So many great Christmas memories! I have to admit, though…I'm kind of happy to see 2018 go far, far away.
Ending the Tyranny of the Classics I'm someone who loves to read, loves books with a depth of feeling I find hard to convey in words. If you're a fellow book lover, you know what I mean. But I'm also a reading rebel, of a sort, who believes strongly in people's right to develop their own relationships with stories, read what they want, or not read at all.
New Year, New Routine! I'm the kind of person who likes routines. Lists checked off in an orderly fashion, charts made up of neat lines and clear fonts, new planners with all the possibilities of the fresh, clean year spread among its pages - these are the things that make me excited.
Homeschool Lessons in Medieval Knights, Catapults and Pumpkin Chunking! My son had an early obsession with knights and all things Medieval. The love affair started when we attended a Medieval fair 4 years ago. Who can resist armored men on horseback trying to ram each other with poles? Every year now we attend the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Fl on kid's day.
Choosing a Chore System that Works for Your Family We have always believed in the philosophy that children are a welcomed addition to our family. We love, eat, live, play and WORK together as a family unit. We also make messes faster than the chicken can cross the road to prove to the opossum it can be done.
Moving Out Blues Moving out is scary for any young adult, but for me with crippling anxiety, it's on the list as a "probably never gonna happen so long as I live". College always freaked me out because depending on where I went, I would have to stay in a dorm, with some random stranger, away from my family and everything that is comfortable and safe.
How we Homeschool, part 1 IÃ¢ÂÂm not in the business of running an elementary school. IÃ¢ÂÂm in the business of nurturing growing human beings, of meeting their needs make-your-own-take-out dinner!
Teach Them to Solve Problems My daughter has graduated! I'm on cloud nine. She is currently serving a mission. I feel pretty successful. She has delayed entry to the college she chose. Life is going great! I have been homeschooling for a bit over 14 years. I still have 7 more boys to graduate.
January Reading List I'm back today with our January reading list! Here are all the books we have planned to read this month… Samuel. The Prince Warriors - This is a 4 book set, we just bought the first book to see if he will like it. Dasean. The Green Ember - His brother read it back in October, so he is wanting to read it as well.
Weekend homeschool links A round-up of inspiring weekend homeschool links to keep you and yours inspired all week long. Grab your cup of tea or coffee and come for a read!
Soft Launch for a Busy Week Our schooling has been paused for the holidays but this week is has been our soft launch. I know it sounds strange. You've probably heard of a soft launch for a restaurant or store but never for school right? That's the joy of being homeschooled!
5 Winter Slog Strategies If I'd been consulted, I wouldn't have set the new year in January. I wasn't around when they were standardizing calendars and calculating leap years, so I didn't have any say in the matter. Otherwise I'd have pointed out that it doesn't make much sense to celebrate the turning of the year in the dead of winter.
Incorporating Mental Health into Homeschooling When you consider the advantages of homeschooling, mental health only seems like a fitting addition. Homeschooling allows for flexibility and adaptability, a comfortable environment, and personalized attention, all of which can allow for more receptive learning about mental health.
Remember Our Ancestors: Naomi Ann Snyder Today, we remember our grandmother and great-grandmother Naomi Ann. As you see on her headstone, she was not buried under her maiden name, or her first married name Christman, but under her second married name Grubb. As you can also also see, she was 41 when she died.
More homeschool oversight hurts families, does nothing to protect kids, says national advocate As one of 11 states that does not require homeschooling parents and their children to have any contact with state or local education officials, Michigan's approach to homeschool oversight is one of the most relaxed in the nation.
2018 Book List I'm looking forward to the books we'll get to read in 2019! Here's my annual recap of books read this last year. Animal Farm by George Orwell. Orwell was a socialist in the 1930's who grew disillusioned with communism after he saw its effects when implemented.
Celebrating Trivia Day - For Kids of All Ages This year I have decided to set a personal goal to create fun ways for me and my kids to celebrate as many holidays and special days as possible throughout the year, and of course I'm going to share all of them with you guys! The first one for this year is National Trivia Day.
Colonial America, Franklin and Young Washington We are starting to get to the part of Early American History where I would look at the heading like "pioneers in Michigan' and think "what now?". I was woefully unprepared for what came next. So i had to do a bit of research in how i wanted to frame the Colonial America Unit.
Pilgrims & Thanksgiving Day I was so jazzed that Squanto and the story of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving line up perfectly! I don't have any lesson plans from those two weeks, just a punch of books and a lot of pumpkins and a Turkey. Our Book List. The boys decided they wanted to write a mayflower compact with a feather pen.
Indians! So, I had been looking forward to this unit all year. Of course MFW has it taking up a meager week, We did it in 4 weeks. It ended up being really easy to do the planning because most books are divided up into4 major regions; Eastern Woodlands, Plans Indians, Dessert Indians, and Pacific North West Indians.
Boldly into January I have to admit I find post-christmas hard. I guess most people do. It's the lengthy dark hours, the cold, the end of christmas holidays and sparkle that does it. Not to mention work and routine to be confronted. But a fresh year's start can also be a time for hope, for review, for new beginnings.
3 Simple Strategies for a Better Homeschool Year In my world, I start our homeschool day with the easiest thing. For me, that means drinking coffee while reading a book aloud. This tradition was never planned. It was the result of a tricky homeschool season and it turned into a treasured routine. I call this routine Coffee and Books and you can read more about it here.
Homeschool: Fun & Games When homeschooling, it's easy to get caught up in text books, worksheets, tests, etc. Too often we forget the importance of play. Even in older children, play is vital to gaining and retaining information. So that brings me to today's topics: Homeschool and Games.
6 Excellent Reasons Every Kid Should Run a Business Running a business teaches kids valuable lessons and life skills. Check out Chelsea's reasons why every kid should run a business. As a kid, I was always looking for new ways to make money. When I was very young, I sold rocks door to door.
Visual Study Guides for Visual Learners My 9 year old son, LW, is a very visual learner. While this can lead to needing more supplies, and often takes a bit more time, it is so worth it to see his eyes light up when he finally gets the subject matter. This week we are learning about Christopher Columbus.
Ways To Save Money On Homeschooling I went a little crazy when we first started homeschooling. I bought a crap ton of resources and curriculum and I changed directions 700 times and then bought more stuff. Granted I still don't have that much stuff but for our house and for my sanity it was too much and it was almost all a big waste of money.
How to Learn to Trust Your Homeschool Mom Instincts Homeschooling is the exact same way. Your homeschool mom instincts are there. I promise. Give yourself time and experience to learn how to trust them. June loves deep discussions about homeschooling, parenting, and minimalism.
The Place Where Lost Things Go - Easy Piano Sheet Music The Place Where Lost Things Go is a song performed by Emily Blunt who plays the eponymous character and umbrella traveling English nanny in the Disney movie Mary Poppins Returns.
Michigan makes it easy for families to homeschool. Some say that puts children at risk. In recent years, the number of American families choosing to homeschool their children has been on the rise. Federal data estimate that the number of homeschooled students more than doubled between 1999 and 2012.
Nature Study Love We just celebrated the shortest day of the year, and friends, I'm glad its all uphill from here. I struggle with the winter. The temperatures are mild, around upper 30's, but the north wind is brutal, and the sun sets at 3pm! Our December Nature Study was red.
Astronomy Unit Our Science Units run like un-Schooling, the kids choose the subject and I try and supply a feast. We had an amazing time. We used a few Usborne Books and wondered at galaxies, pondered the moon, and so much more. My favorite memories were stargazing as we read a wrinkle in time.
Valentine's Day Activity Cube This fun Valentine's Day activity cube is based on the same concept. Roll the cube. Do the action. The actions are all Valentine's themed, so it is perfect for your Valentine's Day parties, theme days, or just to add holiday fun to your day. Related post: Valentines' Day STEAM Activities.
How to Reset Your Homeschool Year You can turn your homeschool year around. What happened during the first half, doesn't need to continue to happen, unless it was all good things. Here is how to reset your homeschool year. You can't make a change if you don't take some time to reflect.
National Geographic Kids Singapore National Geographic Kids is a nice magazine that kids will love. Kids have a natural interest in animals / birds/dinosaurs, and this will inspire them to start reading, and learn about animals at the same time. Animals are a key topic in Science and will be tested in PSLE eventually.
Christian Kindergarten Plant Lesson 4: Flowers This is part four of a five part Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on plants that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education. Lesson 4: Flowers. Purpose: To explore and know more about God's creation of flowers.
District Database Causes Headaches for Homeschoolers After hearing from HSLDA and concerned families, public school officials changed their unlawful demand that homeschool parents use an online database.
Happy New Year's Lol all I can say is that the 2019 shenanigans have started in my house! So Tyson my pitbull puppy and Prada my Manx cat don't get along yet. Tyson wants to play and Prada thinks he's going to eat her so he tries to chase her. I have kept them apart and teaching him he can't use her as a chew toy she's coming around.
Best of 2018 on Forgetful Momma The year 2018 had it's ups and downs, mainly the beginning of the year was great and the second half of the year sucked. It really did guys, the only great thing in the second of the year was that our homeschool plans rocked and went smoothly. I am hoping to see 2019 go smoothly all year long, maybe with a move in there for us.
Cultured Wednesday: Brian Boru's March This tune is one of the oldest tunes in Ireland's traditional repertoire, yet it is still widely played by traditional Irish musicians. Brian Boru, also known as Brian Bórumha, is sometimes referred to as Ireland's greatest king. He lived from 940 to 1014 and reigned for 39 years.
5 Ways to Help Your Child Excel at Homeschool Math, and Love it Too! They are doing math, real math! Creating physical models also involves creating mathematical models. When you create a mathematical model, you are framing a problem or situation from a mathematical perspective. What kinds of geometric thinking is involved in digging the plots for your tomatoes?
Goodbye 2018, hello 2019 First, let me pinch myself. Have I been a married woman for six years already? Do I really have a sassy 5Y3M girl plus a climbing 2Y1M boy on my hand to deal with everyday? Ouch. It's quite real! As I contemplate where we are with Baobao's homeschooling, I'm reminded of the positive energy teaching gave me in a former life.
My Most Popular Homeschooling and Education Posts from 2018! Another year has come and gone. Am I the only one who noticed that it was gone in a flash?! This past year has been a bit of a whirlwind for me, as I've been spending a bit less time here on my blog and a bit more on my YouTube channel. As always, it seems that my more controversial posts are those that have garnered the most attention.
Toy Fasting during Advent All of you gals who have stumbled over your older kids' toys with a newborn clinging on for dear life will agree: sometimes, our kids just have TOO many toys. This past Advent season, I tripped over one too many tiaras. But I'd had it up to here with the toys.
10 Days in the Yukon Every year we design our homeschooling curriculum loosely around a trip for the following year. I find it helps me stay focused and it feeds the boys interest throughout the year. I choose research topics and units based on hands-on experiences we can do on our trip.
Happy new year & charmed top ten 2018 posts May your year be filled with purpose, peace and freedom, aka the Charmed Life. If you didn't get a chance to read these posts, they were the most favoured over the past year. 10.Fitting in Date Night While Homeschooling. Cause THAT is a challenge, but a necessary self-care, and family care, strategy.
Homeschool - Take 2? I promised to update on our home school journey many moons ago, but to be honest, I've been struggling with how to put these thoughts into words. How much to share, and how much to keep private for my family's sake. We had an amazing year of home school.
How I Use Amazon's Alexa To Help Me Home School If you've been around the internet long enough, you've certainly heard of the gadget Amazon has created called Alexa. We never heard of it until a couple Christmas's ago when our parents gifted us one. If you haven't been lucky enough to hear of it, let me fill you in.
My Top 10 Homeschooling New Year's Resolutions Or maybe I can just hire one to teach my kids to dissect a frog. I will also research and find out just why they need to dissect a frog. Or I'll find that they don't need to dissect a frog. Then millions homeschool moms will thank me. Yes, we're doing tenth grade Biology.
Top 20 Posts of 2018 They even prefer different temperatures. This post goes through just a few of the differences you should know if you want to set up a better learning environment for your son. 13 - 7 Ways to Make Your Sons HATE Homeschooling. Boys and girls do NOT learn best in exactly the same ways.
Monthly Writing Prompts for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Check out our free monthly writing prompts! We've got an idea for every day this month. Hi, friends! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Can you believe it's time to put 2018 behind us and step into the new year? What are some of your homeschooling goals for 2019?
Sensory Christmas I always loved Christmas time as a kid but since I have had my own and they have struggled with all the noise and chaos around the festive season it has become a bit more challenging for me. Christmas is a bit of a sensory nightmare, everything seems to be louder, busier, more crowded, people are closer, more in your face.
January Free Family Events "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1. "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Walk Like a Camel - Gross Motor Activity Working on fine and gross motor skills is an essential part of #handsonlearning. As part of our study of Israel, I thought it may be fun to try to walk like a camel. Honestly it's much harder than it looks as camels have a very interesting gait. They pace instead of trot, meaning the legs on the right are synchronized as are the legs on the left.
How I Home School During Bath Time Bath time is the perfect time for lessons! It is a great way to teach them while they are contained to one area and can't easily run away. AND there are so many educational toys for bath time. We have bought a few and here are my favorites! Our son had a strong desire to learn things early on.
Review 2018 2018 was an eventful year and not without hiccups and challenges but looking back over the posts from this year I think overall it was positive. Interestingly I feel a shift within myself this year, I feel like I have mentally moved away from being a home educator and part of the overwhelmingly huge community.
2019 Calendar We have had a lovely break over Christmas and I am very slowly starting to think about our home education again - although to be totally honest both kids have been learning a lot over the break - trip to a Science Museum, a lovely exhibit about animals in the dark, using a compass, researching British Kings and Queens - all unplanned and self-led.
Memory Care: Learn A New Word A Week Challenge As we get older our memories naturally start to decline. With Dementia and Alzheimers on the rise, maintaining good memory skills is imperative. I use this list, from Vocabulary.com, with my high school homeschooled children. Not only is it good for them, but it is good for me to learn and retain new words.
Balance - The Anti-Resolution As the new year begins most people plan out their new year's resolutions. However, I'm sure you could ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am NOT most people. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually made a new years resolution.
So Long, Rights While I was writing in my journal this morning, I reflected on many of the blessings of 2018. We graduated our oldest daughter from homeschool and she is now the Children's Director at our local library.
New to Homeschooling? Here are Mistakes to Avoid! What do they find boring? He can help you create a vision for your children. Honest. Don't waste a second trying to figure out what other people are doing with their kids. Every child, every family, every dynamic is different. Your best friend may do XYZ with her kids, but that does not mean it will work for yours.
Link: Planet Line-Up; and Last Pictures Want to welcome 2019 in grand style?
Engaging Activities for Kids to Do During the Winter Months This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our privacy and disclosure policy for more details. We're heading into the winter homeschool doldrums. The holidays are moving behind us, the warmer weather field trips aren't in sight. It's starting to seem like the end of the school year is getting further away than closer.
Wild & Woad Early Winter: Week 5 This post contains affiliate links. Affiliate links provide us with a small commission at no cost to you when you use them to purchase goods. Circle Time. Monday. Outdoor Nature Study: Creeks and Erosion. Process Art: water and oil drop painting. Tuesday.
Things rarely go as planned in Pre-K One of my favorite books to read before exploring the process of color mixing is "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh. It's a great book to build conversation about colors and color-mixing, plus everyone loves the three little, white and very clever characters in the book.
Three Quick, Nutritious Go-To Breakfasts I have three needs when it comes to feeding my kids breakfast: 1) Quick, not demanding 45 minutes of productive morning time, 2) real food, not from a box, 3) containing protein to power them, and preferably vegetables with the enzymes to break down those proteins.
Top 5 Reads of 2018 Reading has been one of my hobbies ever since…I learned how to read. As an only child, many hours were spent going on adventures with friends in books. In college I majored in English because I loved reading.