Thursday, December 27, 2012

Is it 2013 Yet?

It is hard to believe that 2012 is almost over. Is it just me, or is it that the older we get, the faster the years seem to pass by? O'well, on the bright side 2013 is almost here and with a new year brings new possibilities! For me, it is a time to reflect on the previous year and think about what I want the new year to be. This past year has brought so many good things that I hope will continue on next year.
For instants, my own personal education. I have only 2 more classes to complete in the Spring and my AS degree will be complete. Yay! Other good things is the new Co-op we are now a part of. We all love it! In addition, we have taken a few family vacations ( been years since we had been able to do this). Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and I hope to do more in 2013.

When it comes to my children's education, this past year, both of them have really made some improvements. My oldest has developed a love for reading and is always asking to buy/check out new books. My youngest has mastered his ABC's and is doing some addition. He is in Kindergarten and is in the process of learning to read. I am hoping by this time next year I will have him putting words in ABC order and even doing some spelling printables. Of course I believe in allowing children to work and learn at their own pace. So, if it takes more or less time to reach this goal that will be okay with me. My homeschooling goal is always to make learning as relaxed and enjoyable and FUN as possible. So, I guess my New Year Resolutions are to just keep up the Good work ;)

 I hope everyone had a Wonderful and Merry Christmas. Wishing everyone a 2013 filled with all you hope for!

Until Next time...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Affordable Gift Ideas for 2012 Rv’ers

                  With Christmas only a week away

Check out my Top 12 Affordable Gift Ideas for 2012 Rv’ers!

1) Gift Cards (Ranges)-

 They are simply the easiest, sure fire way to go.

2) Collapsible vases ($10)-

These collapsible vases solve all those problems that traditional bulky vases cause while traveling. They’re light, unbreakable, store flat and can be reused.

3) Roll-up puzzle mat ( $10)-


4) Weather alert pocket size radio ($15)-

Having a radio that links to National Weather Bureau alerts is a Great gift for anyone, not just a Rv’er. A Gift of Safety is Priceless!

5) Collapsible Prep Bowl Set ($15)-  

A must have for any Rv kitchen!

6) Bath dispenser ($20)-

A great space saver for any bathroom.

7) Toy Motorhome ($20)

Lots of Fun for the kids.

Toy Motorhome

8) RoadTrip Board Game ($25)-

This family fun RV inspired board game makes the perfect gift for the whole family.

Road Trip
9) Kindle  "E-Reader"(Ranges)

10) Hot Wheels Wall Tracks (ranges)-

Kids will have hours of fun and the best part is, it does not take up as much space, at least not on the floor. All you need is a wall ;)  

11) Air purifier ($150) -

The Portable Breathe Easy air purifier from Dometic reduces odors of tobacco smoke, mildew, mustiness, chemical vapors, and toilets in your RV, so you can enjoy fresher, cleaner, healthier air.

12) Foldable Bike ($150)

~> In  Homeschooling news! If you are looking for an Online writing tutor then you should Check out "Online homework help". It is a Wonderful resource  :)

Until Next Time....

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Thursday Thievery

Stealing - to take something unlawfully: to take something that belongs to somebody else, illegally or without the owner's permission.

I think most people would agree with the above definition of what it means to steal. For those who do not, well you probably fall in the same mind set as the person who stole my Droid razor max phone yesterday. As you can imagine I am pretty upset. Yes, it is just a phone that can be replaced, but the feeling of my privacy being violated by a stranger, looking through all my photos etc.. just unsettling!
My story is as followed, rented a movie at Red box, left phone on top to get credit card, for got phone was there, left. Person was waiting behind me. Returned  an hour later after realizing I lost it, phone not there. Chances that the person behind me took it are high. Yes, it was my fault I was forget full, careless even, but that does not mean it is okay to keep my phone. What boggles my mind even more is that the phone is practically useless. I called Verizon and now it is turned off and is tagged to not be allowed to be turned on in the future. So, unless the person is a tech savvy genius, the phone is nothing more than a camera to them.

So, this has been my rant for the day. I hope anyone reading this will be better than the person who took my phone. Remember it's called being  a good person, karma even. Also please download a tracking program in your phone. I didn't and now I wish I had!

On the school front we have been working on learning Synonyms!

A synonym is a word or expression that has nearly the same meaning as another word or expression.

Check out these Synonym games to help you with the task of homeschooling. I know my kids Love it when I use games to teach ;)

Until next time....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Your Homeschooling Style

We all have discovered, eventually, that every one's homeschool learning style can differ. What works for one, may or may not work for another. Let's also not forget that, what works for Mom/Dad, unfortunately,  may or may not work for child(ren).

There are three learning styles:

 1) visual (seeing)
2)  auditory (hearing)
3) kinesthetic (doing). 

Learning style characteristics tend to overlap. Many will notice that their children experience characteristics from each learning style. 
(Information taken from this website, click to read more) 

There are so many different approaches to Homeschooling you can try. To name a few: Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, online programs, Roadschooling,  Traditional textbooks, Unit Studies, hiring tutors, and enlisting friends, family, community (Co-op's) to help. You can choose one ore a combination, but what matters is finding what works for your family. Sometimes it can take awhile, sometimes it doesn't, but when ever it does, it is always worth it!

Personal stories:
Recently a friend was having trouble with her child learning to write . I do not mean her ABC's either.  So, since I just finish my English Comp. 1 class, this area was fresh for me. So, I happily offered to help. Another example, my daughter is a visual learner. When she was younger, she had a hard time learning to read with traditional textbook method. However, when I switched her to an online program (Time4Learning) at the age of 8 years old, she went from barely reading to being able to complete whole books within her first year. Figuring out that I needed to change the way I was teaching,  to fit her learning style, made all the difference.

So, today I urge anyone stressing to just rethink what else you could do, change , etc to make Homeschooling work better for you!

Until next time...