Monday, January 12, 2015

Free Writing Resources

Teaching your child writing may or may not come easy for every homeschool parent. Even the best “teacher”, sometimes need help in this subject. Of course, it isn’t always the parent or child, sometimes it is the curriculum that is being used. Ideally, the solution would be a new writing curriculum, but that may be out of budget, so out of the question; but what about free writing resources? Those are always affordable. So, whether you need some extra help, or even if you have a writing curriculum that you do love, you can never have too many resources.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Math Anxiety

Does your child suffer from math anxiety? This is more of a common problem then one might think. Whether you are in sixth grade or in college, math can cause quite a bit of stress for some people. There are a few ways that you can help your child with their anxiety. Teaching some relaxation techniques can help. What I have taught my child is to take a deep breath in and slowly exhale a couple of times, while thinking positively that you can do math!
Other ways to help with math anxiety, is just to prepare. Besides having your child complete their math lessons, you can have them practice their skills with practice tests. Math flash cards and math games are also very helpful. Being prepared and thinking positive can really help in overcoming anxiety.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Homeschooling, Your Way!

One of the great things about homeschooling, is that you can tailor your child’s educational needs, when ever needed. If a schedule isn’t working, you can change it. If your curriculum isn’t working, you can change it. If you want to add different educational tools, well, you get the idea. The reality is, that kids do better in school, when they feel better. So, by altering certain elements, in the way your kids receive their education, can make a huge difference in their ability to learn and retain information. For instance, if they are not “morning people”, you can always start your school day later in the day. If they like music or love to sing, then why not use educational songs as part of your homeschool. In the end, if it helps you to teach or your child to learn, then in my opinion, it should be part of your homeschool ;)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Homeschooling Halloween Top 10

     If you are looking for ways to “spook” up your Homeschool this month, then do I have some ideas for you!

    My Top 10 Homeschooling Halloween Add-ons:

  1. Halloween crafts are always a fun idea
  2. Halloween themed printable worksheets
  3. Halloween spelling word list
  4. Halloween themed educational games
  5. Halloween themed paragraph writing
  6. Create a Halloween Poem
  7. Unit study on skeletal system
  8. Paint a Halloween themed picture
  9. Cook a Halloween themed food
  10. Lastly, learn the history of Halloween

I hope these ideas, help you have a Fun "Halloween-themed" homeschool, for October ;)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall is in the Homeschool

It’s September and fall is almost here. I love this time of year! The changing color of the leaves, the cooling of the weather, sigh…
Another reason, why I love the changing of seasons, is that it gives me an opportunity for me to add fall themed add-ons, to our regular homeschool day. For example: fall themed printable worksheets, fall themed educational games, fall themed middle school writing assignments. In my opinion, adding fun themed add-ons like these, are a great way to spice up your “day to day” homeschool. Plus, the kids like them too ;)

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.