There are a whole fleet of homeschool bloggers with decades of experience and graduate tassels under their belts that can offer you some fail proof advice on how to be successful at homeschooling. I am not one of these. We are just starting our fifth year homeschooling. So, I am sure that the more seasoned homeschool moms would rate me somewhere between experienced and “who gave her the mic?” Because, though I too am now a homeschool blogger, I rarely give sound advice. I just laugh at myself and other people in the words I type.
Homeschooling is a grand adventure and homeschooling boys can be especially fun or frustrating – depending on your perspective. As a homeschooling mother it’s vitally important to remember that boys are different as we learn how to work with the way they are wired! Thankfully, homeschooling allows us the flexibility to embrace this. So here are 4 things to keep in mind as you embark on this adventure.
The bloggers of the iHomeschool Network have teamed up to create fun and original unit studies on fascinating people who were born in August. This project has been going on for several years, so you can see both new studies and ones created in previous years!
Getting your kids outside for backyard nature activities can go a long way towards improving moods, creativity, and can even make them smarter.
Geography is the hub around which history, sociology, economics, and government revolve. Learn about 3 great approaches to teaching homeschool geography.
How to make read alouds work for your family. We all know that reading aloud is important for children. Here’s how to make read-alouds work for your family.
A large part of our homeschool day includes learning through Literature-based unit studies. So how do I teach kids who can’t read very well using stories? While I could (and sometimes do) feel like a failure as a reading teacher, I have found ways to incorporate my love of books into our homeschool day with even the most reluctant of readers.
Are you trying to build a reading culture in your home? This is definitely an area where homeschoolers have the opportunity to excel. Many homeschoolers already include reading aloud in their daily routine, use literature rich curriculum, and allow for a lot of free reading time. These are all great ways to communicate to our children the value we place on reading and books.
Artists studies can be quiet intimidating. Yet did you know artist studies can also be freeing? Let’s focus on that freedom in easy homeschool artist studies. Because we all need a little more art freedom in our lives. The joy and freedom of art is definitely something we want our children to discover.
Screen time is an integral part of our homeschool day. We don’t have time limits on using the computer or tablet. Rather, my son’s computer and tablet help enhance his learning. Technology is a necessary tool in his homeschool day for learning and assessment. And it’s no wonder! We live in a world surrounded by technology, so this generation is growing up with the technological innovations as the “norm.” In our homeschool, technology certainly is the norm.
I can’t tell you the number of times I have had another homeschool mom come up to me and ask how in the world I’m able to work from home. They don’t think they have what it takes to work from home. They say, “I’d love to have extra money, but I just don’t have time to work from home” Don’t worry; with a little creativity, you CAN find the time.
Homeschooling gifted and twice-exceptional (gifted with special needs) learners is a wonderful way to allow your child to soar, but it is not all sunshine and roses, as some people believe. Being prepared for what you may encounter is the best way to begin homeschooling your gifted child.
Are you planning a family vacation to Universal Studios in Orlando this summer? There are lots of opportunities around the park to sneak in some homeschooling with all the fun you’ll be having!! Take a look at these fun ways to homeschool while you’re there!
The gifted label is kind of a misnomer. It’s not so much a gift as it is wiring – the neurological construct of a person’s brain, primed for the reception, processing, and evaluation of information at a highly efficient rate. In gifted children, the brain tends to devote an enormous amount of attention toward the development of these skills, leaving other aspects of development to the side.