Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope Everyone is having a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
    Yesterday, we managed to make
our way to my brother's new home, all the way in Southern Florida.
 It had been several years since we had all been able to come together and it
 was long overdue mini family reunion. We all enjoyed visiting together :)
 We spent the day catching up, grilling out, playing horse shoes,
and other games.
 Today, on the other hand, I have spent most of the day
on my couch relaxing and recovering from yesterday, lol. I am so very sore from all that
horse shoe throwing ((Blush)). Guess, my age or lack of muscle is showing ;)
Tomorrow, I am not to sure what I will be doing. I am thinking maybe a Beach day?

On the Homeschool front:

Do you tend to focus most of your energy on English & Math? Social Studies & Science activities are also important to incorporate in day to day learning.
 I know for my daughter, Social Studies is her favorite Subject. 
Social Studies Games, Unit studies, etc.
 are good ways to teach these Subjects.
Until Next Time...


Friday, May 17, 2013

Homeschooling Early On.

Recently, I was speaking to a fellow Mom about Homeschooling. She had 2 children, her daughter was just an itty bitty baby (So Adorable!) & she had a son who just turned 4 years.
I had met her at a local Park and got to talking about kids, family, school, etc. She was thinking about the idea of homeschooling, but wasn't even sure at what age to start.

~> I have always felt early child education was Super important. Now, I am not saying 3 & 4 year olds should be at a table for hours a day practicing how to draw straight lines, or memorizing colors. In fact, one of the reasons I chose to Homeschool was because I wanted my children's early years to be more about Fun & play learning. Still, just because you are playing & having Fun doesn't mean you can not learn too, am I right? I still remember, how my kids at that age, used to love the field trips we went on, computer time, reading to them, coloring printables, cutting/pasting/decorating crafts, doing puzzles, Co-op, etc. Lol! To be honest, they still like doing all of that ;)

Anyways, as I was sharing my experience's with her, she was surprised that she had already been homeschooling. She informed me that she had been doing much of the same with her kids already ;)

Until Next time...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Summer Schooling

I know for many homeschooler's, it's that time of year, when you may be wrapping up your schooling. However, for other's like myself, you are still going strong & planning on  homeschooling all the way through Summer.
Now, I know the idea of Summer- School may seem Crazy, but for our family & many other's,  it works!

Still unsure? Below is a list, of a few Pro's & Con's, on Homeschooling through the Summer.


1.You can choose when you may want to take time off through out the year & for how long.
2. You also can choose to school less days a week &/or hours a day through out the year.
3. You have the option to accomplish more than one grade level a year, which would allow for earlier graduation.
4. You also have the option to stretch out, what would have taken 9 months into 12 months. Allowing for a more relaxed/flexible school year.
5. You can take more time on trouble areas or topics of interests.
6. Children are less likely to incur Summer Break learning loss.


1. Kids &/or Adults may not be happy with not having a Summer Break.
2. If you use a standard, boxed curriculum, you may need to tweak it to stretch over the year. Or you may incur additional yearly cost by needing to buy the next grade up. ( which isn't really a bad thing IMO )
3. If you live in an area that doesn't have pleasant weather through out the year, you may miss out on some outdoor activity's.

So, what have we been doing this week?  We are doing lots of definition match & a Fun Horse Unit Study.

Until Next Time...


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Learning Styles, Methods, etc!

Starting out, many parents thinking about or who have already started homeschooling, are faced with that all to important question: What type of Learning style do we have?

Experts have identified three basic learning styles:

  1. Auditory learners: They remember by talking out loud, like to have things explained orally and may have trouble with written instructions. Auditory learners may talk to themselves when learning something new.
  2. Visual learners: They easily remember visual details and prefer to see what they are learning. They prefer to write down instructions and may have trouble following lectures.
  3. Kinesthetic or tactile learners: They prefer activities that allow them to do what they are learning about. Tactile learners like to touch things in order to learn about them and like to move around when talking or listening.
Another question you will have to ask yourself is:
What Method of Homeschooling? Knowing your child(ren) Learning style, will help you in making this choice. Also, try not to worry about choosing the wrong one. Homeschooling is "Trial & Error". If you find that what you have chosen doesn't work, or quits working, then you can always choose something else to try :)

-Below is a list of some of the most popular Homeschooling Methods used:
School-at-home: The goal of school-at-home is to do what schools do, only better. Families who follow this style may set up a part of their home just like a classroom, right down to the blackboard and flag. They generally use textbooks or programs, online or print, that closely resemble the ones used in schools. And they usually judge their children's progress using quizzes, exams, assignments, and standardized tests.
Eclectic Homeschooling: An Eclectic Homeschooler is one who looks at the different approaches and methods of homeschooling and takes from each forming his own unique philosophy. They choose what seems appropriate for each child, and what fits best with a particular child's interests and abilities.
 Self-Directed Learning: The individual homeschooled student has the
primary responsibility for planning, implementing, and even evaluating his
or her efforts.

Unschooling: It is an educational philosophy that lets children follow their interests at their own pace. While sometimes controversial, many techniques associated with unschooling are used by all varieties of homeschooling families with great success.

Radical Unschooling: This style doesn't  just give kids freedom in what to learn; they also refrain from setting limits in any area of life.
 Charlotte Mason Method: A method of education popular with homeschoolers in which children are taught as whole persons through a wide range of interesting living books, firsthand experiences, and good habits.
 Waldorf: Rudolf Steiner’s, an early twentieth century philosophy, prescribes the benefits of movement, art, handicrafts, music, and stories. It emphasizes storytelling and discourages the early use of technology.
 Classical Education Method :The core of Classical Education is the trivium, which simply put is a teaching model that seeks to tailor the curriculum subject matter to a child’s cognitive development. The trivium emphasizes concrete thinking and memorization of the facts of the subjects in grade school; analytical thinking and understanding of the subjects in middle school; and abstract thinking and articulation of the subjects in high school. Subjects unique to Classical Education which help accomplish the goals of the trivium are Grammar, the science of language usage; Logic, the science of right thinking; and Rhetoric, the science of verbal and written expression. Classical Christian Education is further characterized by a rich exposure to the history, art, and culture of Western Civilization, including its languages (Latin and Greek), its philosophy and literature (the Great Books of Western Civilization and the Christian tradition), and the development of a Biblical worldview with Theology in its proper place as the Queen of the Sciences.
Montessori Homeschooling: The centerpiece of the Montessori approach is allowing children to learn on their own while being guided by the teacher. The teacher assesses what the child has learned and then guides him into new areas of discovery.
Multiple Intelligences: Howard Gardner's 1983 theory outlines strengths besides math and language, including spatial, physical, musical and naturalist. A learning styles approach presents material in a way that matches those strengths - for instance, giving a tactile learner letters cut from sandpaper to trace with his finger, or making a song out of the times table for a musical child.
Distance Learning - Online Homeschools / Virtual Homeschools: Education that is learned using a computer.
Unit Studies/Project-Based Learning: With the Unit Studies method of homeschooling, one topic or goal becomes the jumping-off point for every subject from math to literature to science to social studies. Project-Based Learning approaches learning in a similar way. Students select or are given a problem or goal as the focus of their studies.

~You also need to consider whether you want a Christian based homeschool Curriculum or a Secular homeschool curriculum. ( Remember you have the ability to tweak any Secular Curriculum. For example: We use a Secular Curriculum, but we have added a separate free Bible program to our school day)~
( If all of this, is a bit understandably Overwhelming,
 then why not try out this neat quiz that helps you figure
some of this out. ~> 
Homeschool Diner's,  Click-O-Matic ,
Guide to Choosing a Homeschool Approach .)
Finally, we all know that not all Homeschooling families are alike! Some have "Special Situation".

Of course, that only means you have to be a bit more Creative & Determined.

Even if you think that your circumstance's are to hard, etc. That there is no way that YOU can Homeschool.  just remember that is just your FEAR talking.
 I have & always will say, Where there's a Will, there's a Way!


~For those of you who may be wondering our Learning style, methods, etc:
                   My oldest is a Visual learner, where as my youngest seems to be more of
Kinesthetic or tactile learner. We are very much Eclectic Homeschooler's,
utilizing Distance Learning & Unit Studies. In addition, even though we
are consider ourselves Christian Homeschooler's, I use a
 Until Next Time...