The bloggers of the iHomeschool Network have teamed up to create fun and original unit studies on fascinating people who were born in May. This project has been going on for several years, so you can see both new studies and ones created in previous years!
Around this time of year, I’m ready to change up the homeschool routine just a little. I know we have to keep plugging away at our work, but it’s nice to add something fun, like homeschooling with Disney. One of the things we love to do is choose a book and a movie to read, watch, and compare. Literature study with movies still counts as school – and it’s fun! Download a free Snow Queen unit study.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a fun way to incorporate culture and history into your day. We’ve gathered up 5 things you need to host an unforgettable homeschool Cinco de Mayo celebration.
I honestly don’t remember what it was that was finally the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’m not certain if it was some sort of content that drove me over the edge, or just the fact that my family was drawn to it like insects to a light. Whatever that last straw was, it was significant. Unhooking the digital satellite receiver from my television box, I tossed it in the top of my closet. I was determined that I was finished allowing television to rule the roost in my household.
We’ve all had bad homeschool days from time to time. But, we rarely talk about them. Have you ever had a day that was almost ruined? Maybe it was going downhill quick and you saved it with a quick flick of the remote control and a history YouTube video. Or, you found yourself going to a field trip when suddenly you had a flat tire. But, being the homeschool mom that you are, you used the unexpected experience to teach your children valuable life skills.
It is a bit unclear how Mother Goose got her start, but she was well known by the mid-17th century as a mythical storyteller. May 1st is National Mother Goose Day. It was first celebrated in 1987 as a day to honor these beloved nursery rhymes and stories. Use this as an opportunity to add some fun Mother Goose activities to your homeschool day!
With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up, the question comes to mind: “Is there a Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day? How does that work?” Should homeschool moms celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day? How? That’s a good question. After all, we mothers are the ones that do the planning and the work, so wouldn’t we just be throwing a party day for ourselves?
Astronomy is one of those subjects that is an absolute joy to teach. There are so many resources out there, however, that it can sometimes be overwhelming to figure out where to start. And this is also one of those subjects that you should definitely add some hands-on activities for if you want your kids to fully appreciate what they’re learning. So, if you’re considering teaching your kids about astronomy this spring, how do you sort through the masses of options available and get started?
There is a serious misconception that homeschooling is not a viable option when your child has special needs. Moreover, there is also a perception that a child with special needs, is missing out on valuable therapies and resources, when they are not a part of the school system. Today, I want to debunk some of those special needs homeschooling myths.
From time to time we all, as moms, feel a bit of guilt from time to time. This can be especially true when we are homeschooling our children. Life sometimes just gets in the way of a consistent homeschool schedule. Or, we take shortcuts in housework, or meal time in an attempt to keep up with school and it causes us some homeschool mom guilt.
Creative writing is a skill that can be a bit challenging to teach. However, it is also one that is pretty critical since writing is a major component in college. The process of learning creative writing will also instill in your child a variety of transferable skills, such as thinking outside of the box, resourcefulness, problem-solving, enhanced vocabulary, persuasive skills, communication skills, organizing ideas, and (of course) imagination. Strictly adhering to a forced curriculum can kill that spark — and we don’t want to do that! Here are some tips on how you can encourage creative writing in your homeschool in a relaxed way.
The thought of gardening with kids can conjure up one of two thoughts; either idyllic sunny scenes of children playing in plentiful vegetable patches; or visions of your child covered head to toe in mud, clutching some kind of creepy-crawly! Of course the reality lies somewhere between the two extremes. Gardening with your children can enrich their education and enhance their learning experience. More and more families are seeing the benefits of incorporating horticulture into the home education of their family.
One of my goals this year is to make going out of the house more a part of our homeschooling. Taking all three of my kids somewhere has always been a struggle for me. I never seem to get all my ducks in a row so that I feel freed up to leave the house. You know: lunches packed, dinner in the crockpot, house clean, schoolwork prepped and organized… This is a list that rarely gets completed!
The spring edition of Would You Rather? contains over two dozen clever, thought provoking, and sometimes silly questions for of all ages. Kids of all ages LOVE Would You Rather? questions! This booklet is full of 28 questions centered around springtime. In this digital resource, you will receive two different formats: rectangular cards and thin strips. After printing and cutting them in your preferred size, you can laminate them or even store them in a jar.
As homeschoolers, we have plenty of freedom, including how we develop our school schedules and how we decide to cover each subject. One of the best ways to use this freedom is to enrich our local communities through volunteering.
I’m always on the look out for easy science experiment ideas! My requirements are simple. The experiments we complete here need to be easy to prep and even easier to execute. Here’s a few simple earth friendly, environmental science experiments and activity ideas to do with your family this spring.
Easter is my favorite holiday – in our house it’s even bigger than Christmas. Even before we started homeschooling, we did a ton of Easter activities leading up to Easter weekend. Thanks to Pinterest, there is no shortage of inspiration, either. While crafting for the sake of crafting is fun, I enjoy doing crafts and activities that either have a message, or can be used to practice skills we’ve been working on. I can’t wait to incorporate some of these educational Easter ideas into our homeschool lessons this year.