We’re in our thirteenth year of homeschooling. We started with my oldest in kindergarten, and he went all the way through to graduation. My other children are currently in tenth grade, eighth grade, and fifth grade. But this has been a different kind of year for us. In our area, there’s a public charter school for high school students. We had heard that it
If you’re looking for a fun (and easy!) way to teach geography, SheppardSoftware.com is a site to bookmark. I was first introduced to the site when my eighth-grader was taking a geography class at our co-op about five years ago. It was very helpful in helping him remember the locations of the all the different countries. But at the time, I didn’t even consider
Our homeschooling co-op is planning their annual field day! This is a great idea for people homeschooling and looking for new homeschool activities outside the home that involve the community. Each year elementary students take part, and it’s always a lot of fun. If you’re not part of a co-op, don’t worry – you can still have a field day. A friend of mine organizes
During the holiday season, it seems that gifts are always on my mind. Gifts for those less-fortunate. Gifts for co-op and music teachers. Gifts to take to parties and get-togethers. Gifts for extended family. And of course, gifts for my children. 🙂 But as every parent knows, some of the best gifts are the intangible ones. This month, our family has been learning about the
One of the perks of being in a traditional school is having the year recorded in a yearbook. I still have mine even from elementary school; it’s fun to look back through all those years and reminisce. Did you know homeschoolers can have a yearbook too? Ever since my oldest was in third grade, all of my children have been pictured in one. The
Interview with Jim Weiss Part 3:Telling Stories All Day Long If you’ve looked at Jim Weiss’ website, you’ll see there is a plethora of recorded stories to choose from. How exactly, then, is a parent to choose? I asked Jim for his suggestions, as who else would know better where to begin? Question: Jim, you have so many books and stories available on CD.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Weiss, an international storyteller who has made a huge impact on homeschooling families for years. His recordings of classical and historical stories provide families with an easy way to introduce great literature to children of all ages. As Jim points out on his website, reading comprehension increases by leaps and bounds when a child hears a story
Learning to Read with Letter Cards Some of my biggest challenges as a homeschooling mom have involved reading. My youngest child has had an especially difficult time learning to read, so much so that I had to find someone else who could help. That’s when I learned about “letter cards”. I must admit, I don’t know much about teaching reading. My oldest child just
Homeschooling Support Required Sometimes, when I look at homeschooling blogs online, I feel quite put to shame. Other moms have their school days meticulously scheduled with lots of great hands-on activities, all with a passel of children sitting around the table eager to learn. Or perhaps it just seems that way. The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that many posts often
4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Sport Playing a team sport benefits children in so many ways. All of my children have enjoyed playing on a team at some time or another. Not only did they sharpen their playing skills, they learned how to work together with other team members, how to follow the coach’s directions, and how to win (or lose) graciously.