#3: Life Will Happen Life does just happen. Even the best-laid plans for getting the schoolwork done can be thwarted by the unexpected. Doctors visits, out-of-town company, car problems, bill payments, sick pets, necessary phone calls, friends or family in trouble, a neighbor in need — all types of situations can throw off a school day. If your children were in school, you could handle a lot of things
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
In March of 2009, I wrote a post about the top ten reasons why I homeschool. That was five years ago, when my children were in grades K-4, 2, 4, and 7. Today they’re in grades 4, 7, 9, and 12. I thought I’d revisit those reasons and see if anything’s changed. Homeschooling puts my children’s character education back in my hands. This is
Hands-on Learning Over the past month or so, we’ve had a big family project going on. Actually, it was a big extended-family project. My mother recently purchased a house, but it needed some cosmetic work. Actually, it needed a lot of cosmetic work. Walls were taken down and new flooring and carpeting was put in; in fact, a whole new room was created from
Our library’s summer reading program requires that elementary students read for ten hours or forty books to win the Level One prize (they have to read even more for the next prize). That’s a lot of books for my youngest to finish on his own, so we alternate between easy readers that he reads himself and picture books that I read to him. Although
Teaching children skills to help them be independent in life.
You can teach your kids to weave and create different crafts.
Making learning fun can help kids keep interest.
We are going to be attending a conference next month in another state. Since the plan is to drive there and back, we started to plan for the trip a while back and involved our ten year old in the planning. Since we plan to do a couple of these a year, we want to make sure we make it great this time so
Three things to consider when determining if your child is ready for piano lessons are academic skills, emotional maturity, and natural musical abilities. Learning to read music can be daunting. Piano students not only need to know the alphabet from A to G, but they also need to know those seven letters in reverse – G, F, E, D, C, B, A. Addition and