Monday, May 25, 2015

Goodbye 8th Grade

May is almost over and so is the  8th grade homeschooling year. Yes, the homeschool middle school years will soon be coming to an end. Which means in just a few months, we will be officially homeschooling highschool style. My daughter is very excited by that idea of course. Me, however, not so much. Besides the fact that my little girl is growing up a bit faster than I like, I am also feeling a bit unprepared. Thankfully, there are many homeschool resources online to help me prepare for teaching highschool. Even though, I am not new to homeschooling, I am new to homeschooling a highschooler. So, I will definitely be spending some time over summer break preparing for high school writing, math, history, foreign language,  and all those other high school subjects. If you are new to homeschooling or will be homeschooling a high schooler next year, it is always a good idea to prepare in advance. By taking the time to prepare, it will help make you a better teacher, and help make the homeschool year better for you and your child.

Monday, April 13, 2015

You Homeschool Because?

You homeschool because “fill in the blank”. I have been asked why I homeschool many times since I first decided to homeschool my children. Often by curious, concerned, and/or fascinated family members, friends, and yes even strangers. For the most part, people have been understanding, accepting, and even supportive of my choice. I mean, it is my choice after all. That is why it always baffles me when someone seems to take offense or get up upset that I homeschool. Thankfully, the idea of homeschooling is becoming more and more accepted and more and more families are choosing this form of education for their children. So why do I homeschool? Because I feel it is what is best for my children and their education.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Gift for Sean!

Yesterday we celebrated my son’s Birthday. He was so excited because he has been asking for one of those new Wii game systems. I was hesitant at first, but gave in since they are no longer 2 player games type systems. Now that they allow several people to play at once, I decided it would be a great toy to add for our children, especially since now they get up and are active in the game. He was so surprised and thrilled when he opened the box. It was definitely the hit of the party. The kids played on it for hours. So, if you are looking for something fun for your kids, that will help get them off the couch while indoors, check out the Wii ;)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love of Reading...

Does your 8th grader love to read? I know mine does, especially books by homeschoolers. I think it is because she can easily relate to them. Of course, she is also into other types of books. Currently, she is reading The Hunger Games series. I of course have sworn her to secrecy, as I would rather watch the movies before reading the books, but she is too impatient to wait till the movies come out. It also amazes me how fast she can read. At her age I was never such an avid reader. In a world of internet and all those fancy gadgets, it surprises me that she prefers pick up a book than anything else. Of course as a mom that makes me very proud of her :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 is Here, Time to Add Some More Extras into Your Homeschool!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. Doesn’t feel like it should be 2015 already, but it is. Half of the school year is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add to our daily lessons. I mean even with the best homeschool curriculum it never hurts to add extras from time to time. What do I mean by extras? Printable worksheets, online flash cards, educational games, field trips, etc. All of these things, no matter what grade your child is in, will only help them learn. Thanks to the internet, computers, and printers we can find all of these extras quickly and easily. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Add Some Holiday Fun into you Homeschool Day

Christmas time has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Not just because of all the holiday fun and celebrating the birth of Jesus, but because I can add fun holiday themed printable worksheets, and crafts to our regular homeschooling lessons. Luckily, this time of year is also my 8th grader’s favorite time too. I guess it is for most kids. She is always eager to make holiday goodies, home-made ornaments for the tree, crafts to decorate the house with, and she even likes the themed homeschool extras I add to our regular lessons. If you would also like to add some of this fun into your homeschool this holiday season, it isn't hard to do. If you would like to bake, you can teach your child how to make traditional sugar cookies. There are also tons of holiday recipes online if you would like to make more goodies. If you would like to add some themed worksheets or make crafts, again the internet is the place to go. There are tons of ideas online,  even for older kids.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Eighth Grade Math

Wow! Hard to believe it has been several months since the new school year officially started. I’m sure, you are probably settled into the daily routines of your homeschooling. I know we are. By now, you may have discovered areas of study that your child is struggling with as well. Eighth grade math is a subject that often is complained about. Truth be told, math at any grade really can cause some math anxiety, not only for our kids but for us as parents too. For some parents, math is not an easy subject to teach, especially if math is not our child’s best subject. What I have found to help, is to remember that we have to teach, keeping our children’s homeschool learning style in mind. We want to make it easier for them to learn, which in turn will make it easier for us to teach. So, if your child has been having some issues with math this year, figuring out how they learn best may be all that is needed to make the difference.