Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

As a new year begins, I try to take this time to evaluate how our school year has been going to this point.  Are things working out as I had hoped or do we need to make a mid-year change to any of our curriculum options?  Regardless of how much I like the product or how much I may have spent on it, if it’s not working for us, it’s not something I want to continue to use in our homeschool.

How is your teaching going with plans you made at the start of the year?  Have you found any adjustments that should be made or changes to curriculum you need perform?  Don’t allow your curriculum to make choices for you.  If you don’t like it or it’s not working, then change it so it does work for your homeschool or put it aside.  You are the boss of your homeschool curriculum, not the other way around.  Be sure to keep that in mind when scrutinizing the efficiency of your resources.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Art Time = Fun Time

When December rolls around I’m excited by the opportunity to focus on some fun projects we don’t always have the time to include in our day.  While science may be the most exciting subject around here, art is a very close second.  The kids enjoy any excuse to get messy and art offers plenty of opportunities.

We use a fun art curriculum that showcases interesting videos along with how to recreate the art projects at home.  This often leads to discussions of different art adventures that we would be interested in pursuing.  Sometimes, we include additional art lessons right away, other times we save them for exploration at a later date.  

If you are looking for ways to take a break from your regular lessons, look into a fun and new art program to keep your days interesting and fun.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Fun

The holidays are quickly approaching and that’s an exciting time in our homeschool!  We like to do crafts, activities, stories, and anything that involves glue and paint!  One aspect of homeschooling we like to take advantage of during the holiday season is lapbooking.  We enjoy the finished product of lapbooking as well as taking a break from our regular school lessons to do something new.  

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a week or two to try something new or do something different.  The holidays are a lovely time to do just that.  It allows your family the opportunity the come together to focus on something fun and interesting and to embrace a nice change of pace from your regular schedule.  

Enjoy this time with your homeschooled kiddos!  The time goes so quickly and the holidays can be so magical!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Nature Studies

We definitely try to incorporate seasonal learning into our homeschool days.  The kids love to talk about autumn and the changes a season bring to us.  I love the opportunity to discuss the nature that surrounds us and how the gorgeous scenery is more than just a beautiful backdrop to our lives.  

We discuss the
balance of nature and how plants and animals will start to adapt the cooling weather.  We take walks and listen to the leaves crunch, the birds fly above us, and the bugs sing their chorus.  It’s a marvelous time to open up discussions on nature related topics and how the life cycle of a tree changes is the same from year to year.  

Take some time to embrace the newness of the fall season and the passing of summer.  Boots and scarves, jackets and bonfires all make this season one full of wonderment.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School Time

Back to school time!  The curriculum has been chosen, supplies have been purchased, and books are ready to go.  The months of planning and preparing have come to fruition and it’s time to get the teaching underway.  


It is definitely exciting when a new school year begins.  The kids are ready to get back to their regularly scheduled programming and I’m ready to have the “I’m bored!” chorus cease!  The newness of school after a few months away bring back refreshed and interested kids, even if it lasts all too brief.  

Embrace the excitement of the new year as it fades faster and faster with each year.  Talk longer if they will listen, read more if they ask, and allow the learning to continue.  Far too soon you will hear the refrain of school time groans creeping back into your homeschool.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Spelling for Fun

There seems to be an abundance of spelling curricula available for homeschoolers.  Any way you want to teach it, there’s likely a curriculum available for you to use.  With the mobility our family enjoys by homeschooling, we tend to utilize online resources.  

One of our favorite computer resources is an online spelling curriculum.  By choosing a curriculum that offers so much variety in spelling and vocabulary games, we are able to use it for a variety of purposes.  We enjoy handwriting worksheets, word matching, definition games, and online spelling tests.  There are a lot of resources from which to choose, making that subject an easier one with which to work.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Homeschool History

History is one of our favorite subjects to study.  It’s exciting to read stories of what has happened in the past and how it has impacted our lives in the present day.  We often learn of people we did not previously know and how they changed the way our works even today.  It’s easier for our homeschool when history reads like a story, telling the details of events and other people’s lives like we had sat down with a novel.

We also incorporate social studies projects to help understand the ideas we have read and discussed.  We’ve made wigwams when discussing Native Americans and covered wagons when reading about pioneers.  We also have fun playing social studies games.  The projects are the kids favorite activities and the fun in learning is mine!