Can you believe it? You made it to the first day of public school already! It wasn’t as hard or difficult as you though, huh. Good, glad to hear it. Now that the first day is in sight, what can you do as Mom/Dad to make this transition on their first day amazing? Well, I’m glad you asked because that is just what we are going to be talking about today. The Night Before Have a simple quick dinner so you will have plenty of time to work on getting ready for the big day. This is just for this one day and will really help you all have a relaxed evening. Clothes Have your child pick out their clothes for the next day and […]
We have gone through thinking about these choices (Public School – Not the Enemy), making our decision (Public School – Decision Time) and how to plan for the transition to the public school (Public School – Planning). Before the bus pulls up to your driveway on your child’s first day of public school there are still a few things we need to work on. So, Let’s Dig In! Set up a Trial Day of School. Talk to the school about setting up a trial day for your child. Let them get a feel for what it is going to be like. Let them meet the teachers and students they will be working with. My recommendation, is to set it for a Friday, right before a […]
If you are just tuning in, this is the third post in this series. Check out the first post, Public School – Not the Enemy to see how this all started, and Public School – Decision Time to see how we came to this point of planning. Now, Let’s Talk About Those “Ducks” All the “ducks” you need to get in order before making the physical transition to a public school can seem like a HUGE undertaking. However, we will work through it and in the end you will wonder why you thought it was going to be such a daunting task. The first thing is to contact your Home Study Department. Each state handles homeschooling in different ways, and believe it or […]
We have started a series on public school. If you are just tuning in, this is the second post in this series. Check out the first post, Public School – Not the Enemy to see how this all started. Now, Let’s Dig In! There are three main steps that I feel every family needs to think about and do before making this major life changing decision. PRAY! I can not say that enough. This is a big decision that need not be taken lightly. For some public school is the right fit, for others not so much. Only you and God know your child best. Realize that no matter how you feel, believe or anything, this decision needs to be based on what is best […]
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.