Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Starting a Blog


I know many of my readers are wondering how to go about startinga blog; or maybe you already have one, but have a hard time figuring out what to say. Today I am going to share with you a few tips to get you started.
First things first! You have to decide what you are going to talk about. What is your blog going to be about? Are you going to have a specific topic like, homeschooling; or are you going to talk about all kinds of different things. Either way it is okay, as long as you are enjoying your blog, then you are doing it correctly.

Be consistent! People like to know that their favorite blog is going to post updates regularly.  Now I do not think it needs to be daily, or even weekly, but at least once a month. If your readers are being disappointed when they visit your blog, because there is never nothing new to read, they will eventually stop visiting.

 Pictures! They really help add that extra something to your posts. Don't want to share your personal photos? Well, that is okay because there are so many free photos you can use on the web to get your message across.


Be honest! There is no need to exaggerate, or create stories (Unless you have created some sort of blog about stories you have created) for your blog. In my opinion, blogs are to share your life, your adventures, whatever they may be. Life isn't always exciting, but there is still a lot to share and learn from even the dullest day.

 Finally your blog layout, I know you’re thinking that this should be at the top of my list, but really the decor of your page is the least important. If the content in your blog is not there, than your page is nothing more than Art. Yes! I think making it pleasing to the eye is good and taking the time to do so is something I recommend, but even if your page is a bit plain, I promise that as long as you put your Heart into your words, your blog will be far from well, plain!

 Until next time...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reading Roller Coaster

As Homeschooling parents we all know the importants of teaching our children how to read. We spend countless hours singing the ABC song, sounding words out, showing them how to write their letters, etc. However, once we get past the initial learning curve and your child starts to actually read words ,getting them to practice their new found skill, depending on the child, can be hard sometimes. What I like to do with my children is offer a reward system. Depending on how many books they read they get a reward. What I use for rewards are things like desserts of their choice after dinner, choosing the game for family game night, watching a movie, or getting to buy a new book ;) 

Now, if you think this is a neat idea I have learned recently about an even better incentive that is 100% Free. Now I am not sure if you have learned about the Pizza Hut "Book it" program, if not you should really check it out. Today, however, I am going to talk about an even better reading incentive program out there being offered.

 It is called, "Read to Succeed"! It is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn Free Tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools (yes! Home-schools too!) at no cost to participate. It is a great way to motivate kids to read :)  All you have to do is register, have your children read, and presto Fun Day at Six Flags!  Now if only that could make Elementary online writing incentive programs ;)


Thursday, October 11, 2012

News Flash

I just love when my children's homeschooling stuff inspires my College stuff and vise versa. Recently I came across this great website that offered a flashcard maker . With my Fall classes I am taking I think I might be making me some flashcards ;)

On another note my family has the Flu! Yep, it's the Flu :(  Went to the doctor today and they tested us and we were positive. I am just starting to show signs. I am so hoping not to get real bad, but my hubby and children are still pretty sick.

So, on that not I am gonna end and get some much needed rest.

Until next time...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Did you hear? Cold's are here!

 Don't you just love the end of summer? Love the fact that it is time for Fall? The Holiday's, Cool weather, changing of the leaves, and of course illness! Yep! I said it ILLNESS!
With all the wonderful things that Fall brings, Colds are unfortunately on that list.

The past 10 days have been a miserable one, for my daughter, she has been ill with a nasty cold. Coughing, Coughing, and Coughing! She of course has went through all the phases: stuffed nose, sneezing, running nose, etc... ~> I will be so very Happy when all is finally Well!

 On the homeschooling front, I attended the Co-op again last week. My daughter was ill so she stayed home, but my son was well, so I took him. In his class they were learning the 5 senses. The Ear was that days sense. Honestly, the fact I am in Anatomy & Physiology class made this very interesting for m,e as I will soon be learning about the ear in class myself. It was nice to have a brief preview of what I will be learning. The kids really enjoyed learning about the ear as well. We had noise makers and had children look in a real ear. After Co-op, I took my son to the local Library where he got his very 1st Library Card! He was so excited and loved checking out his books on his own card.
Since my daughter has been ill, school lessons have paused this past couple of weeks. However, I have been working on what we will be focusing on later. I think Spelling will be an area I will be hitting on the next couple of months. I will be putting together spelling lists by grade, for each child.

Until next time...