As removed as you want (or need) to be from mainstream high school education, if you or your kids dream of going to college you simply have to slot yourself right back into the system. Unless you’ve been very diligent about staying up to date with all the latest, you could be feeling a bit despondent about your chances—and especially when it comes to the ultimate prize: Free College.
Truth, the internal and heart knowledge of what is right or wrong based on morals rather than feelings, is what ultimately guides our children in their life choices. The Moral Imagination is the key to overcoming feelings that will often justify poor choices. The Moral Imagination builds virtues, traits that are universally acknowledged as good, and clarifies that vices are the opposite and not a matter of degree.
What is a Book and a Big Idea? It’s when we provide you with a fun idea or unit study idea based upon a book that you can incorporate into your homeschooling. This time our theme is centered around spring. Yes, spring really is just around the corner and we want to help you to get a head start by planning ahead for it.
It’s not hard to realize that Irish culture plays a massive role in our family. My husband’s family is Irish, our children have Celtic names, and our youngest son was even born on Saint Patrick’s Day. While we celebrate our Irish heritage year-round, we always look forward to March, when we pull out all of our favorite St Patrick’s Day books to celebrate the season.
The Bible is the history book of the universe, and gives an answer to every question. When choosing curriculum, we kept the Bible as the primary textbook. I would like to share with you 4 easy steps on how to homeschool using the Bible as your primary textbook.
I’m not sure we could successfully homeschool without LEGO® bricks. (I write this jokingly, but there is some element of truth to the statement.) LEGO® learning can take place across all subject areas, ages, and interest levels. LEGO® bricks will speak to a child when nothing else will, and sometimes they help make a break-through to understanding in a critical math or science concept.
Teaching nutrition is not the flashiest or most interesting subject but it can have a significant impact on our children. Our nutrition can affect us in many ways including mood, health, illness, energy level, and much more. Yet, many people are unaware of the reach of nutrition. But by starting an open discussion on nutrition at a young age, we can prepare kids to make good decisions for their own nutrition.
While Shakespeare might seem like an ancient writer to some, his writings are still studied today because of their impact on modern culture. You’d be amazed to see how much of our vocabulary and quirky sayings stem from the Bard’s word-smithing. The challenge is that studying Shakespeare isn’t for the faint of heart. The words, ideas, and situations aren’t simple to follow, and that can discourage a student of any age.
The bloggers of the iHomeschool Network have teamed up to create fun and original unit studies on fascinating people who were born in March. This project has been going on for several years, so you can see both new studies and ones created in previous years!
What is Pi Day? Pi Day is a silly holiday celebrated every year on March 14 (3/14 or 3.14). Many people celebrate it as a day to eat pie and introduce kids to geometry and math. It’s a really fun excuse to celebrate and the best way to celebrate is to throw a Pi Party! Every party needs games and activities, so here are 5 fun activities to make your Pi Party a blast.
Using ebooks in homeschooling is something practical and effective in many points. However, the ways homeschoolers organize ebooks are pretty different from just family, personal, or business digital resource organization. Here are some considerations for homeschoolers organize ebooks.
Are you tired of teaching math lesson after math lesson, one after another, one child at a time, with every one separate and learning in isolation? I was. With five school-aged children (and a 3 year-old who thinks she is), math lessons can take up to 5 hours of our day when completed individually. It took me only a couple of days of this grueling schedule to know, without a doubt, that teaching math individually, every day was not going to work for us.
I’m a little disappointed in myself because I’ve let down my library. You see, I have an extremely high admiration for those hallowed halls, filled with all the wonder and adventure of great books. And I’m dedicated to protecting their valuable assets. So, failing the library system hits hard. Recently, for the first time in my 17 years of parenting, I had to pay for a lost book. As an “everything in its place” kind of person, this is a hard thing to admit.
Grammar can be a sticky subject. For those who excel at it, diagramming is a breeze, punctuation is a joy, and the internal editing of text messages and Facebook statuses is just a way of life. For others, grammar can be a sour little enemy, a questioning voice that never seems to get it just right. Let’s celebrate some homeschool fun for National Grammar Day with books and activities that will bring new meaning to the subject and bring a bit more joy to it all.
When Harry Potter first came out I was older than the target audience. I was in college when I first read Harry Potter, and I fell in love with the world. In short order I started looking into the lore, and all I could find about Harry Potter. Fast forward twenty years or so and I have kids old enough to read and enjoy Harry Potter. We have read or listened to the entire series and made big deal movie nights out of the entire series. The potential for homeschooling with Harry Potter is vast!
The booths full of incredible curriculums, the classes that will solve all of my homeschool concerns, and the rooms full of people I can relate to……I’m in heaven in the middle of a homeschool convention! As a homeschool mom, I must confess I love homeschool conventions. I love attending them. I love talking about them. I love looking through the guides and planning my days at them.
We host this journal on the 1st Friday of each month. Stop by here at iHomeschool Network and share what you’re doing in your homeschool. Do you have a Homeschool Mother’s Journal to share? Join us by linking up your own post. “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain
Homeschool burnout can be a difficult time to get through, but with the proper mindset and a little creativity, you don’t have to be overcome. The next time you feel those feelings of frustration and inadequacy creeping in, push them right back out by applying these tips on how to beat the dreaded, but not-so-tough, homeschool burnout.