Middle School

Another Good Idea For Valentine's Day

Here's another idea for Valentine's Day: A special breakfast for your husband....

What could be sweeter than having a wonderful, warm breakfast to start a winter day, especially Valentine's Day? Whether it's French toast with maple syrup, bacon and eggs, or a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal, your husband will be sure to appreciate this sweet idea...

Cookies & Milk

 

   White baking flour covered the kitchen floor, the countertop, my jeans, and the twins' noses.  Measuring cups were strewn about, mixing bowls sat side by side as the twins balanced themselves on chairs pulled up to the little island in the center of the kitchen.  It was their first time making cookies, and I stood there wondering why in the world I had decided to double the recipe!

Autumn Arrives: A Wonderful Time For Field Trips

Welcome, autumn! This is definitely my favorite time of year! With its graceful falling leaves, brilliant hues of orange, and cool nights --- Autumn makes a bold arrival! Time for apples, song birds, cinnamon, sweaters and new colors. Time for all five senses to be awakened.

I know what you're thinking. It's also time to cover some major ground in school. True. I'm with you on that -- but as you think about teaching strategies for October, how about taking time for a few interesting field trips? Field trips can be a wonderful way to enhance book learning. And the best part is that we don't have to spend a lot of money.

Homeschooling On The Difficult Days

Homeschooling would be easy if...

If I didn't have all this laundry to do, if I didn't have to prepare dinner, if I didn't have to juggle the family calendar, if my kids were older, if we didn't have these pesky appointments, and so on!  

Just when we get on a schedule and things start to run somewhat smoothly -- one (or several) of the children need to go to the doctor...

Reading Aloud

   I'll never forget being in Mrs. Clark's third grade class. I was in one of the lowest reading groups ---the Sparrows. Who were they trying to kid? All the students knew that the best readers were the Blue Jays and Cardinals! It was embarrassing seeing the other kids try to keep from giggling as I mispronounced words and got tongue- tied.  I needed patience, time and encouragement -- something Mrs. Clark didn't provide -- but something we can give to our kids as homeschooling moms!

Have Fun Homeschooling - 3 Tips For A Wonderful Year

Right now I'm sitting at my desk in the room upstairs that used to be our "homeschool room" --- a small guest room that we converted into a cozy school room. I remember during our early days of home teaching when the morning sun would pour in the windows, warming the carpet, making it comfortable to prop a few fluffy pillows on the floor for reading. I would read aloud; then I'd have Austin and Justin take turns reading aloud too. 

Looking Forward To A Great Homeschooling Year

Are you making preparations for the upcoming school year? Finding books, gathering supplies and getting organized can be exciting! I also realize that it can be rather daunting at the same time!

     My encouragement to you today is to adopt the same approach to teaching academics as to teaching your kids anything else. For instance, let's look at bike riding. When you teach your children to ride a bike, you allow for individual differences in each child. Same goes with homeschooling.

The One Who Learns The Most Might Be You

When we first started homeschooling, one of the exciting aspects for me was anticipating all the wonderful things that the twins would learn. I thought about teaching them to read confidently, spell correctly and speak clearly. I imagined them being able to do lengthy math calculations in their heads without reaching for a single piece of paper, something I hoped to eventually do as well. 

How wrong I was -- not about the twins learning to read, write and calculate, but about who would learn the most. I was the one who would learn the most in that God was teaching me and growing me in different ways that I hadn't imagined.   

In Favor of Legos

Any LEGO fans out there? I love LEGOS! With their countless opportunities to inspire children and adults all over the world, I think LEGOS are great for homeschoolers. Whether it's summer or winter -- we can't go wrong in having our kids play with LEGOs.

    Everywhere I go, moms tell me that they think that LEGOS are worthwhile. Come to find out that many moms have helped get kids started with their first LEGO sets, then enjoyed seeing kids create towns, forts, castles and more.

Starting a New School Year - How to Prepare for a Great One! Part Two

 

Dear homeschooling moms,

Last week I shared some foundational tips to help you plan for a great next school year. If you missed that post, click HERE to read this list. In addition to those, here are a few more thoughts on how we can prepare for a super year of homeschooling...

Starting a New School Year – How to Prepare for a Great One!

Dear homeschooling moms,

   My favorite time of year for me as a homeschooling mom is right before we start up a new school year. I’m excited about spending time learning with my children and teaching them new things. I enjoy picking out new literature we’re going to read together and finding interesting field trips we can take in conjunction with our topics of study. I love the thought of my kids being engaged in their education—wanting to learn, working hard, and being committed to their own discovery. They love reading and this adds to my love of homeschooling.

Improvement, Progress and Pressing On

Have you seen some of the Olympic Games? I think it's been thrilling to see Michael Phelps compete in the  swimming races and to watch the incredible skill in both women's and men's gymnastics.

The Olympics often stir our competitive spirit and rouse our enthusiasm up for sports and athletic excellence. That's a good thing of course, but sometimes in real life we can misinterpret that perfection in and of itself is the goal. That can be a slippery slope and counter-productive for kids where homeschool is concerned. Sure, many of the ideals that the Olympics stand for are noble and worthy, but it's naive to fall into thinking it's solely about perfection.

Opening Ceremonies tonight! Encouraging Our Kids To Aim High

I can't wait for the Olympics to start! Tonight's the night for opening ceremonies ---

I'm thinking about some of  the Olympic ideals -- the tenacity,perseverance and dedication of all the athletes --

I wonder what all the moms are thinking..... after all, they're the ones that have driven the kids to practices, meets, work-outs. Maybe they're wondering if it will be worth it all.

You're A Natural Teacher, So Teach With Your Own Style!

 

Whether you're brand new to homeschooling, or a seasoned veteran with 20 years of experience under your belt, why is it that in mothering & in teaching, we have the tendency to think that we somehow need to be like someone else or do things like someone else?  Maybe it's just me -- but I think it's easy to fall into the trap.

Snapshot: A Homeschooling Day in 2005

 

 

Ever wonder what a day in our homeschooling journey looked like? I decided to take a mental stroll down memory lane, and here's what I came up with...

 

 

Pages

Subscribe to Middle School