Elementary

A Reward For Hard Work

Today, I sit in our old school room (a spare bedroom that we converted twelve years ago) which is now my office. Office? Do offices have old rock collections, all levels of textbooks, and NASA pictures all around? Okay, I'm in the process of changing it.

Meanwhile, I reach into the depths of the closet to retrieve my day-planner from our first year homeschooling − 2001. I open it and see Friday 3/8  

Build Your Child's Creativity

It was a great brainstorming session for young elementary kids. After lunch, we opened a few cans of Play-Doh, and began to twirl and knead a few colors as we discussed some ideas on how to best reach out to our new neighbors. After that interchange, we challenged ourselves to name as many varieties of birds that we could think of in forty seconds. And after that, we settled in for a history lesson and our own made-up "globe game" for geography... 

Options for Curriculum for the Next School Year

 

When I was homeschooling my two teens many years ago, there were not nearly the number and variety of curriculum choices as there are now. Making curriculum decisions can be overwhelming! Here are some fantastic resources for you...

 

Today Is The National Day of Prayer

Have you ever considered that prayer is one of the most beautiful blessings of homeschooling? I can't think of anything more precious than hearing our own children talk to God in prayer―to have the opportunity to pray throughout the day about all the issues of life, however big or small―well, that is a wonderful thing...

Take A Field Trip This Spring

When I was in elementary school, I dreaded field trips. The lines. The buddy-system. The crowded, rowdy bus ride. I preferred to go into the city with my family. For one thing, my dad knew just the right place to park, just the sights to see, and exactly what to highlight and what to skip. Plus, we took our time to linger in front of that perfectly preserved elephant at the Natural History museum's entrance, instead of immediately being whisked around the entire museum, worksheets in hand!

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

 

Don't you just love spring time? The colors, fragrances, and beautiful blossoms? With new life awakening all around us, it's the perfect time to celebrate Christ's resurrection, and to impart key spiritual truths to our kids as we go through the breezy days of spring...

The Pep Talk - Keeping Your Eyes on Your Own Homeschool

It felt like I was on that four-foot-high, four-inch-wide balance beam for days, when really it was only about fifty minutes..."I'll never be ready for this (gymnastics) meet," I mumbled to myself with the trepidation of a wobbly sixteen-year-old high school gymnast.

You may be wondering how this relates to homeschooling. Well, as moms and teachers, it's easy to focus on what other homeschoolers are doing—to compare ourselves with others. And that can be a discouraging thing!

Speech and Language Resources

 

Do you have a child who has some speech/language difficulties such as articulation problems, receptive or expressive language difficulties, or even using appropriate social skills and language within social settings? It is not uncommon!

Common Core: It's the Biggest Reform You Know Nothing About

March 31 is the launch date of Building the Machine, the first investigative documentary about the Common Core. Building the Machine will introduce the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary, created by HSLDA, compiles interviews from principle educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee.

In The Moment

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, engaged in small talk, discussed one or two different topics, and shared a few ideas only to notice that they constantly look down at their phone, tablet, or gadget? As those fingers fidget, they fully disengage as they launch into a (better?) brand new conversation, leaving you standing there like a second fiddle... 

Kids Need Praise

Monday morning, fall 2002. After breakfast, the twins began their chores. I wrote a list of about three things for each boy on little yellow post-it notes a with a black marker—things like: Take out the trash; Fold laundry; Windex the sliding back door...

In the pre- school years, we had a chore chart on the fridge, but once the boys were in the elementary grades, I switched to post-it notes.

Memory Strategies to Remember!

We often hear from moms who are frustrated because their child is having difficulty recalling information from day to day. They say, “He knew his multiplication facts (long division steps, science definitions, etc.) yesterday, but today, it’s as if everything is brand new.” There are many specific strategies that can be used to help students hold onto information. Today, I thought I’d describe just a few. 

Victory!

The homeschooling community and proponents of school choice all over the world are still rejoicing over the wonderful news that the Romeike family is allowed to stay in the United States. After seeking asylum because of Germany's persecution of homeschoolers, all of us watched and hoped and prayed that they wouldn't be sent back ...

When the Supreme Court declined the Romeike case, I couldn't help but think of how I'd feel if this was our family. What if we were going through this?

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part I

The house was unusually silent. She poured her morning coffee, and strode from the kitchen to the little school room upstairs, the carpet muffling the sound of her footsteps. She sat at her desk, took a sip of steaming coffee, and glanced around the room. A tall bookshelf in the corner, three desks, and some fluffy pillows on the floor. On the walls next her were NASA pictures, reminding her of those visits to Cape Canaveral.

Opportunities for Struggling Readers

As a reading specialist, I am always looking for great resources and opportunities to assist students with reading and print disabilities. Recently, I came across a couple of great opportunities through the organization, Learning Ally, (Formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic).

Home school parents, if you have a child who struggles with reading, is dyslexic, or is impacted by a print disability, I hope you will check out these opportunities!

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