Wow, what a way to start a post huh. Well, actually a short series, with this being the first. Why in the world would anyone ever think that public school could be an enemy? Well, as a homeschooler their seems to be an unspoken stigma about using the public school system. That if we take advantage of it, there must be something wrong with our teaching or parenting. I am here today to tell you that public school is NOT the enemy. Yes, public school is way different than homeschooling, but that does not mean it is bad. In fact there may be times that using the public school system is a much better choice for a family. Maybe your family. In my opinion, homeschooling […]
Homeschooling is amazing with how much flexibility we are able to have in our lessons. Not only how we teach, but what we teach. My oldest never really liked art projects but my two youngest sure do. At the end of last school year we sat down as a family and talked about how the school year went, what they liked and didn’t, and what ideas they had to for the next school year. The first thing out of both of my younger two’s mouths was, “ We want more art.” Now, I am not an artist. I am not a designer. Don’t get me wrong, I love art projects, as long as someone else has come up with the idea and given […]
Let’s face it. Homeschooling takes planning. Yeah, we can get some school work done each day without much planning, depending on which curriculum we choose. However, taking the time to plan out our lessons, makes the school day go by so much smoother. I want to share with you some of my tips to get those lessons planned out, ahead of time.
The strangest, coolest, most awesome experience happened to us, the boys and I, around mid December. Something that gave us learning and enjoyment, in the most unexpected way. We had not started school yet. In fact, I was still in my pjs and bathrobe, on my computer preparing for our school day. I hear from downstairs “Mom, come quick!”. I rush down the stairs to get the story quickly retold by two kids at once.
Scheduling is a hard topic for me, since I really do not like schedules very much. I would rather go with the flow and see where things lead, but I know that does not work for us as a family. When I do this, the housework doesn’t get done and school takes a back burner to my desires at the time. To keep from letting things slip, we have to have some sort of schedule. Not so much a schedule, but a routine.
Just the thought of writing a sentence is hard for my little ones, but to write a whole letter, NO WAY. It just isn’t going to happen. Does that mean that they can’t take part in this yearly tradition? Of course not. We just have to modify it a bit, just like all their school work. So how do we modify it? Easy.