Notebooking is a trending topic in the homeschooling world, but it can be difficult to get an idea of how to get started. If you are not entirely certain what notebooking entails, read on; this article is for you. If you’ve already “been there/done that” with notebooking and your kids are pros, be sure to check out our free printable notebooking pages.
As my oldest daughter neared the end of her middle school years I started looking into what high school classes she should take. Some of the choices were obvious: algebra, english, American history, etc. But I was concerned about her fine arts credits and more specifically, my ability to successfully teach them. She was in a drama club, but I wanted to list that as an activity and not a class. So, we had to get creative and come up with some options. Here is a list of the fine arts classes my kids have taken so far. This list might help you brainstorm ideas for your own student. [Read more…]
One of the questions I have been asked frequently over the years of homeschooling is whether or not we take a Christmas break. We could school all the way through the holidays; there is definitely nothing wrong with that, but we don’t. We have always taken a Christmas break from our regular school work. Here are a few reasons why. [Read more…]
Looking back on our early homeschool years, I remember a daily struggle to keep pre-schoolers happy while teaching the older siblings. I’m sure I am not the only homeschooling mama that faced this dilemma of keeping the little ones somewhat quiet and happy so the older children can learn with minimal distractions. I found that including the pre-schoolers in “school” instead of just trying to keep them away from the older kids worked really well. Here are some suggestions for things they can do alongside their older siblings. [Read more…]
I have a confession to make. In some circles, this could be exceedingly embarrassing. I have … a flip phone. No smart phone for me. I will admit, when the smart phones started coming out, I was envious. They look like they would be very handy to check the weather while camping, look up coupons while shopping, and you can certainly text a lot faster. But, in order to meet our financial goals, I decided it was not worth the cost for me. I decided it was worth being content with what I had in order to reach our financial goals sooner. Because of this, I have learned a few lessons about contentment. [Read more…]
As my children entered their teen years, it seemed as though their schedules were fuller every year with outside activities. We found ourselves needing to reserve a spot on our calendar for our family movie nights. Then we realized if we watched movies that coordinated with our history curriculum, we could “multitask” by combining family time with school. Family discussions about the movie reinforce what they were learning, plus films set in the past can help students better understand how people lived, what they wore and how they spoke during that time period. [Read more…]
Tips to Help Your Homeschool Year Flow Smoothly
This is the time of year many homeschool parents organize their school area, choose curriculum, and plan for the year. As you do this, you might also be dreaming of a perfect, stress-free homeschool year. While I can’t guarantee a perfect year, here are a few simple tips to help your year flow smoothly.
For each lapbook, you will need a file folder. Open up the folder.
It seems to me that home-schoolers generally tend to be “outside-the-box type thinkers” since we aren’t following the societal norm of sending our children to public schools. As self-proclaimed non-conformists, we tend to be less than enthusiastic about using an entire curriculum in a box exactly as it is intended to be used. This upcoming school year will be my third time through a 5th grade core curriculum. Each time, I change a few things in order to reflect that child’s personality and learning styles, but this year, I’ve changed so much that only the basic structure has remained. I believe there are other homeschool parents who would like to modify the materials they have in order to best accommodate their child’s learning needs—which is one of the big reasons why we homeschool in the first place, right? [Read more…]
Last month, our oldest graduated from our homeschool. This has caused me to pause a moment for a bit of reflection. The first thing to cross my mind was ‘Wow, I’ve been doing this for a LONG time!’ After I got past the length of time I have been homeschooling and, consequently, how old I must be, I started thinking about our curriculum choices and some of the great read alouds we have enjoyed through the years. I surveyed the family and we came up with a list of some of our favorites. [Read more…]