Category Archives: Homeschooling

Looking to others to help

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 Where I live I have noticed that there are people who are teaching lessons to fellow homeschooling families. They are charging small fees and opening up the doors to their churches or elsewhere to teach! What do you all think of that? I find it very interesting and see that it is geared to a more “older” crowd of kids, which is awesome (Algebra and Biology wasn’t my strong point as a teen!)

In many ways I believe this to be encouraging, I know that many homeschooling families can reach out to others as a support for teaching their high school aged child, but not all are blessed with that kind of support. This is a great way to meet other families with children in your child’s age group, financially help in a small way to a local family and perhaps learn something from your fellow homeschool parent.

This brings up another question, what do you think about introducing a business idea to your child that would help fellow homeschooling families? 

My states homeschool convention had so many booths that were homeschooling families that had started their own curriculum, their own planners, even t-shirts and toys made by their children. Do you teach any business skills to your child?

I really want to hear your ideas on this. Please leave a comment and let’s get our wheels turning.

 

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The love of learning

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Do you love to learn? I sure do. I try to teach my children that every moment is an opportunity to learn. I think we are always learning! We can learn anywhere too, in our comfy chair, in a car, on a plane, on a bus, during a walk, swim, horse ride, at the park, in church… wherever it may be were always learning.

My day was a little full while trying to catch up from our camping trip… where we learned about turkey when we had the privilege of seeing 18 or so, more about our latest fascination… ELK while we heard them gathering  near the watering tank we camped near, we learned about different species of tree’s, oak, juniper, pine, cedar and we learned about what animals eat off of these trees. We learned about fires as we drove the highway where they were in the progress of a control burn, we could see flames, and smouldering areas, the Forest Service personnel hard at work. We were able to put so much into action while we just took the time to learn about our surroundings. No, it wasn’t a formal sit down school lesson, it was just appreciating all of God’s works in the beautiful outdoors. While having the privilege of sunshine and fresh air, and sharing in great memorable conversations with our children.

Do you take every moment to talk to your kids? You may just be surprised that you are teaching while they ask questions. It’s really a magical moment.

Wish List… ICE CREAM

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Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream MakerI know I’ve thrown a lot of links everybody’s way. But, I love coming up with things that is easy for the children to take part in. We make bread with a bread machine to (I know it’s cheating, lol) but I love that the girls can mix the ingredients and watch something form. It’s a good science experiment watching it change from one state to another liquid, powder and such to bread! OR ICE CREAM… YUM!

This is on my wish list for our family. Do you ladies make ice cream of your own? We went to some close friends home for dinner and she whipped up a treat for us using confetti cake batter, it was so good. And the machine was quiet and it literally was done in just a few minutes.

First Day of School

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Here at our home we have kicked off our first day of Kindergarten in our homeschool chapter (of our life that is), I was excited to see on many blogs that I follow that today was their first day as well. I have to say it’s rewarding to sit with your child and be free to teach bible to them in the comfort and safety of their home with their father by their side! What a blessing!!! I was however sad to read on many blogs that so many homeschool families are under the weather (eeew!), it looks like there are many fevers going on out there in homes and sick kid’s! Prayers go out to all of you homeschooling families and those who are preparing to start the traditional school year, may you all stay well and strong this school year.

Unit Studies

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beesI really like the idea of Unit Studies when it comes to homeschooling. I stumbled upon another great resource and the best part is they are mom’s like you and I trying to get it all together… next best part, they got it all together for us!!! If you are looking for something to get you through the time until you officially start the school year then this is even more so for you! They have lots of Unit’s to look at and now they are doing it as a package deal download and it’s FREE!

 

Please check out http://www.2teachingmommies.com/

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This year we are first time homeschoolers of a Kindergarten aged child. There are so many resources out there I thought I would take time to write about some of the great people whom have shared internet resources out there for people like me and non-first time homeschoolers who may want to make some changes in their curriculum or get more organized.

My latest find that I wanted to share with you (please check my profile as I will update that with other resources that I like for homeschooling), is Donna Young’s website. Before we all go clicking on the link I’m about to provide please let me share why I like this site and why she seems like someone not worthy!

Donna Young started this site in 1998 when she got a computer that she could get online (back in those days it was something new, funny to think). She was a homeschooling mom that thought she would organize herself on the computer. This is when she started the site. She makes all of her own forms, and helps. It’s really exciting to think that she does this all herself and shares with us fellow homeschoolers.

If your like me I have a calendar posted everywhere. When you are a Home Making Momma it’s easy to lose the concept of time when you don’t have to keep track of where the weekend is going to begin other than the joy of your spouse being home. For us here in our home my husband works odd days and it’s just simply difficult to keep track of. There are a slew of organizers to print off this site.

Please enjoy! Leave a comment of what you thought of her page and if you have a page to suggest that would be of benefit to a homeschooling mom out there or a working momma who wants to help do her thing at home to supplement the children’s education.

Here is Donna’s link:  http://donnayoung.org/index.htm

Don’t forget to comment on my post 🙂

Please check out her tab “New to homeschooling”

 

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