Monday, August 4, 2014

It's Time to Homeschool


If you are new to homeschooling? Then you may be excited and anxious about back to school time. Usually, before school time begins, public/private school moms are busy buying school supplies for their child, shopping for new clothes, getting them all set to start their new school year away from home. Getting ready for a new homeschool year isn’t that much different. We all shop for school supplies and kids always need new clothes each year. The only difference is we are also shopping for what homeschool curriculum, we will want to use, as well as learning about our states homeschool laws, etc. Yes, there is  bit more involved, in being a homeschool parent, but the good news is that all your hard work is going to be worth it :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Internet Safety For Kids


As adults we know how to keep ourselves safe, while we are on the internet, but what about our kids? Providing internet safety for kids is something that we as parents have to do. Kids do not realize the risks and dangers that can come from the internet. Even though the internet is a wonderful a tool to have, it has many sites that are not age-appropriate for our children. Without proper supervision and guards put into place, children are at risk for harm such as bullying, personal encounters, and addictive behavior. As parents we like to believe that our children would know better or make better choices, but children are not adults, and they can be influenced by strangers over the internet. So, what can we do as parents, to make the internet safer for our children? There are many web browsers like Google, that provide child safety filtering. In addition, you can also purchase and install a web filtering software for your children. By using these types of web filtering software, it will act as a safety barrier between your child and the internet by filtering out anything inappropriate. Of course, do not allow them to give you a false sense of security. Parental supervision is always a good idea. As well as talking with your child about the "dos & don'ts" while they are on the internet.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer School


School is out, or is it? Yes, it is summer time, but does that mean that the learning has to end? Whether you homeschool or not, you can always continue your child’s education, even during summer break. Summer school can include your regular homeschool curriculum, or you could do a fun unit study. Even just allowing your child to do some educational games online or through an app, is a great way to keep the learning going through summer vacation. By allowing your child to continue their education year-round, you are not only helping them advance their education, but also keeping them from having summer learning loss.

Monday, May 5, 2014

How to Homeschool?

How to homeschool? A question many parents find themselves asking. When I first began homeschooling, I remember asking anyone I knew that homeschooled, how they did it. I also got on message boards and blogs, looking for advice and tips about what it would be like and how to get started. Today, I am the one answering those types of questions and sharing my tips and support with other like-minded parents. So, what do I say to those moms and dads that are thinking about or wanting to homeschool? I say to anyone considering or starting to homeschool, to ask yourselves why you want to homeschool. Make a list of what you feel would be the pros and cons of homeschooling for you. The truth is, homeschooling is trial and error, but with a little bit of patience, you can do it. Homeschooling is very rewarding and worth every bit of effort (;

Friday, April 11, 2014

Floating Letters-a candy experiment

Looking for a fun, cool science experiment you can do for Easter? Then look no further! So, what is it and what science tools will you need? It is called, Floating Letters. This experiment is super easy to do. All you need is 5 minutes and some candy: M&M’s, Skittles, and/or Jelly Belly beans will work. You will also need a bowl of warm water. Once you have your ingredients, you will have your child drop the candy into the bowl of water, logo side up. You do NOT stir the water. Within a few minutes you will be able to see the floating letters. So, what is happening? The letters that you see printed on the candy is made of edible ink, which does not dissolve in water. As the candy shell dissolves in the warm water, the letters just peel off and float. Of course, it is always fun to ask your child why they think the letters came off first, before you spill the beans ;)




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MCMEEL, ANDREWS. Floating Letter. Digital image. Parenting. ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Don't be afraid to mix it up

Don’t be afraid to mix it up

While a boxed or complete homeschool curriculum might be easiest for the parent, it is possible that it just doesn’t fit your child’s learning style. Homeschooling is all about flexibility and that means that sometimes you just can’t force your round student into a square curriculum.

It is perfectly acceptable to pick and choose each subject and the manner in which that subject will be taught. Maybe your child is dyslexic and so a traditional language arts/reading program just won’t work, but the math from the same curriculum provider is a great fit for your student. You might have to have a more specialized language arts from another provider.

Those homeschoolers who choose their curriculum from many different sources are known as eclectic homeschoolers. Being an eclectic homeschooler means that you can individualize your child’s education and make each subject into just what your child needs to succeed.

Consider this, my daughter’s core curriculum is an interactive online curriculum, her foreign language is from a popular provider of foreign language instruction that comes in a yellow box. Her science is currently from a provider of traditional science curriculum for middle schools, and her physical education is at a dojo and a stable. We use each of these sources of instruction because it is what works for my daughter today. If tomorrow she needs something else, I will feel free to change to what she needs. Ah, the beauty of eclectic home schooling!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Choosing a homeschool curriculum

Choosing a homeschool curriculum

So you’ve decided to home school. The next thing you need to decide is what curriculum to use. For most new homeschoolers it is difficult to imagine the amount of work needed to make a complete course of study for each subject their child needs to study.

It can be overwhelming and I am not downplaying the stress it can cause. I was at the place some of you are now. Midway through a school year I pulled my daughter out of public school because it was just not working. I cried for weeks about becoming a homeschooler and didn’t know where to start.

If you are in that same situation then I have two pieces of advice for you. First, find out your child’s learning style. It is hard to believe but you might not know what your sixth graders learning style is if they have been educated away from you since they started school. Choosing a curriculum that will assist you in planning lessons and keeping records.

There are a number of online homeschool curricula to choose from, and there are also box curricula that provide you with traditional school type materials such as text books. Just match your child’s learning style.

The other piece of advice I can give you is that you should look for a support group in your area. They can be invaluable when it comes to sharing their experiences, and having people to go on field trips with. I would not have survived the first year of home schooling without more experienced parents telling me and showing me that home schooling was possible.