Friday, March 25, 2011


I am sure that I am not the only home-school parent or parent period, who has thought about hiring a tutor for thier child at one time or another. Just like adults children are not perfect and from time to time they need that extra help to reach thier full potential. As the school year is ending for most, I always like to take this time to see if my kids need any extra help or review on any areas. Even thou we school year round I like to take the spring time to break and review and then use the summer to address any areas that need more attention.
I know most of us can not afford to hire someone, I am no different that's why I like tutoring online and getting family members to pitch in from time to time. From what I have gathered so far, I need to have my daughter practice her reading more and my son seems to be doing good in all subjects for his grade level. Who knows maybe this summer will be a vacation even for us year rounders ;)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

outdoors time

I love the months of  March, April, May in Florida . Such wonderful breezy warm but not too Hot weather .
I am dreaming of the Beach, laying out on a towel soaking up some rays sigh..... soon I hope! B-)
Even thou I have not made it to the Beach yet this year, we have been having alot of outdoor time lately. Honestly today has been a 1st in the past week that I have actually stayed home. Just hard to stay cooped up when the weather is so nice out. I have been taking the kids on nature walks and bike ride at our local State Park & getting together with my home-school moms and let the kids play at the playground while we Yes! relax lol.
 Even thou we have not done much school work I think that sometimes the best learning comes from just getting out and exploring this world ;)
~> Thanking how Thankful I am that Spring & Summer are here!
( of course by August I will probably be begging for Fall LOL! )

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Online games & Grammar

When your kids are just starting out in school, teaching them is always so much fun. I remember when my son used to get on the computer and play those preschool games online, Even thou he is "officially" a Kindergartner he still like to get on and play those games, sometimes for hours LOL ;)

Of course they get older, I have a 9 year old as well and the school work for her is getting harder and more time consuming but, I do try to make things easier and as much fun for us all the best I can.

Even thou I school year round I have been trying to ease up a bit here lately because of our wonderful spring type weather we have been having. The kids have really been enjoying being outdoors and enjoying nature :) So I have just been focusing with my oldest with her Grammar ( she is taking a online grammar course ) I am just so very glad that I am home-schooling in the age of Computers! ;)

Sunday, March 6, 2011


When you start this home-school journey,you may have a lot of ideas about how you want to teach, how you want your child/ren to learn, Curriculum choices, how your day, week,month etc will be. Once you have been in "it" for any length of time you will relise that for the most part you can throw all of your "ideas" out the window and you will do what works best for everyone involved. When we started out I had this little room set up, almost like a classroom. I had bought a book type curriculum and for the 1st year I tried to "school" the way I had imagined. In the end it did not work and I not only changed what curriculum I used but I changed where we,how &when we learned. This is how we ended up becoming a Unschooling  family :)

~> Contrary to how it sounds, Unschooling is an active learning process, and not the passive, unstructured method that it sounds like. Unschoolers are homeschoolers who are focused more on the experimental process of learning and becoming educated, than with ´doing school´. The focus of unschooling is on the choices made by the individual child, dictated by interests, learning style, and personality type.

John Holt, one of the leaders of the unschooling philosophy said,

"Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can into the school and classroom (in our case, into their lives); give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."