Friday, July 11, 2014

July Giveaway


I think I can safely say that everyone likes Free stuff. That is why I love Giveaways! There is nothing better than winning something free, especially if it is homeschooling products. A few days ago I came across a giveaway that was hosted on one of my favorite forums, secularhomeschool.com. Below is some information that I gathered from their site about the giveaway. “The lucky winner of the July giveaway from All About Learning Press and SecularHomeschool.com will receive the All About Spelling Level One materials plus Spelling Interactive Kit. (Retail Value: $75)” For more information about this giveaway or to enter, check out Secularhomeschool.com “All About Spelling” July 2014Giveaway.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tips for Learning Online

Learning online can be a huge blessing, yet there are also dangers and pitfalls in online education. There are a few simple things that parents can do to provide internet safety for kids.

1) Find a filter program that works for your family. There are lots of free ones out there if you have a tight budget...k-9 filter - and safe eyes.
2) Make sure that you "custom" set each selection for your filter. This way you will know exactly what your child is given permission to view.
3) Open a separate email with a password that only you know. This will enable you to keep your child from changing the password and allowing themselves permission to view certain sites.
4)Be vigilant to review what the filter is blocking - and check your child's internet history periodically.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Great Math Resources for 8th grade

Teaching math is no walk in the park... teaching math to an eighth grader... well... let's just say having a few tricks up your sleeve just might help you make it through.

As a rule, present math to your child as a puzzle to be solved. Each math problem has an exact answer and is a puzzle... present math problems in a fun way to further this idea!

Allow your children to do online math games to keep their review time fun!

Use engaging eighth grade math curriculum to help keep their interest!

Use alternate programs like aleks math or math u see.

Make math practical by taking them to the store and calculating sale prices... or let them do your coupon grocery shopping with a set budget.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Don't be Afraid of Change

Homeschooling is a rather fluid way to educate? Do you agree? Homeschooling can be many things. From an unschooler, to a classical homeschooler. There are many many things that homeschooling can be. Yet, even within one family's homeschool it can change. In fact, it should change if it needs to. Confused? Let me explain.

Many homeschooling families pick their curriculum or course of study from what they have heard is good... and that isn't a bad principle. Yet, often what works for one homeschooling family isn't what works for yours. If you find yourself stuck with a curriculum that is killing your joy for homeschooling...you have got to ditch it. Don't tell yourself to hang on to it, if it isn't a good match for your child or for your family. Just as there are many different types of homeschooling methods... there are many more types of homeschooling families. The curriculum options that we have for homeschooling today are innumerable... there is a perfect homeschool curriculum out there for your family...
1) determine what your family's needs are
2) determine your child's homeschool learning styles
3) find curriculum that matches these
4) Determine which curriculum you like best from the ones that match your needs
5) Make sure everyone in the family likes the chosen option... everyone has to live with it!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Writing Wishes

As a homeschool mother of six, I often feel overwhelmed at the great task of making my children good writers. It seems like a huge mountain of a responsibility that I fall so short of. Yet, a good writer will be a good writer for the rest of their lives. If I can get the mechanics and the ideas across to them, they still need inspiration. My wish is that I could teach each of my children how to write well.

I have used several different types of writing programs, and really like this homeschool online writing curriculum. I know that if they can achieve this, they will be well served throughout high school. I know that if I can teach them good writing skills in high school... they will be successful in college and able to meet the constant demands that involve writing skills. I also know that if they can become accomplished writers... they will be able to voice themselves creatively whenever they need to. I will also know that if they choose to... they will be able to teach their children if they every homeschool.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nurturing Good Character

Readin', ritin', and rithmetic aren't everything. I believe that most homeschoolers know this. Which is why they are investing more time into their own children, and educating them in the way that they believe is right. But, beyond the basic core subjects... there is really a whole lot more that we need to teach our children.

Bringing out good character qualities are lessons that will not only last our children a lifetime, but also serve them well in school and the workplace. When we take time to instill honesty, justice, kindness, and even mercy into our children... we are investing not only in them, but our future as a country, and also our future grandchildren.

Teaching your 8th grader a solid foundation in good character is essential to making them a person who can adapt and function within a variety of situations. When children are taught good character, for some reason it seems to also make them more confident and self-assured. Meeting the emotional and moral needs of our children is a part of homeschooling beyond the books!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

State History for Homeschoolers

History is one of my favorite subjects. I think I might enjoy it, simply because I love antiques and historical homes. Yet, part of this is a fascination with all things from a previous culture. I like to learn how they dressed, what they ate, how they lived... it is so interesting. So, teaching history at our house likes to include visiting historical places.

What better historical places - than those right in your own backyard. The study of state history can really come alive when you study it in conjunction with historical places that you can visit. This is an awesome way to really capture your state history and make it come alive. Use the internet as a resource for great field trip ideas, and bring it all together with a visit. You can even tie it in to a literature study and review some great books about historical places in your state.

I'll bet that you'll discover some incredible things about your amazing state!