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Twelve Reasons To Start Homeschooling This Fall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach at home? Are you new to the whole idea of homeschooling? Maybe you're in the information-gathering stage, or perhaps you're already planning to begin homeschooling after summer.

Maybe you and your husband are ready to start teaching your kindergartner, or maybe you're just curious about the whole idea. Perhaps you're taking your kids out of the public school system. If so -- fantastic! You won't regret it.

Ten Things I Discovered About Motherhood

 

Here are 10 things I discovered as I lived and learned as a teacher of little boys:

Pulled from my journal entries over the years...

The years will fly.  Enjoy your kids today. Tell them (and show them) how much you love them!

Spring

I positioned myself between and behind each swing that sunny morning almost fourteen years ago.  That way, I could alternate pushing each four-year-old.  My mind wandered as I reflected on some of the things I wanted to accomplish that day... 

   The sound of those old swings at Baker Park lulled me into a thoughtful state.  Creeeeeeek... I gave a little push with my right hand.  Creeeeeeek... my left hand offered a gentle shove to the other twin's back.  I reviewed my grocery list and today's errands. 

Good night! Tuck Your Little Ones In Tonight

What can give our children a more secure and soothing feeling than being tucked in at night?

     I think it's easy to underestimate how valuable it is to tuck our children in at night.  Whether you like to briefly exchange hugs, kisses and good-night prayers, or opt to take a big chunk of time and go all out with story telling and a whole bedtime routine, your kids are sure to remember those nights when mom or dad tucked them in...

Easter Joy! Activities and Traditions

 

Happy Easter, my friends.  I just love Easter—it is absolutely my favorite holiday!  The beauty of spring, new life, and most importantly, the message of this season and rock solid foundation of the Christian faith-- Christ crucified, risen from the dead, and coming again- are all reasons I enjoy celebrating this special, holy time with my family. 

Conversational Competence, Continued

As a follow-up to the first blog, Conversational Competence, I wanted to clarify what I meant by reminding our kids that "shyness isn't a virtue." Here's the heart behind the message...

Obviously, people have different personalities, and that's a wonderful thing. I want to gently encourage moms to be aware of opportunities to teach our kids how to be loving and polite, and how to train them to be good conversationalists as they grow up.

Conversational Competence

Conversation is just like a tennis game, except that no one is trying to win. The point is that it takes two people to keep the ball in motion. You hit; I hit. I serve; you receive. The whole idea is to keep that ball moving. Different shots, styles and angles.

Here are six simple things to teach our kids about face to face conversation. Plus, they're good reminders for us!

Snow Day Fun!

   

   This morning, my two kiddos and I woke up to find that a beautiful snow had graced our town last night.   As a home school parent-teacher I still welcome snow days, don’t you?  We snuggled in bed and read a book, stayed in our jammies a little longer than we normally would on a “regular” school day, and then we made home-made blueberry muffins and sprinkled some “snow” on top (powdered sugar). 

My Child Can Hear But...

   Several months ago I had the privilege of meeting Cheri Moore, a former special education teacher, who has been trained in Dr. Guy Berard’s Auditory Integration Training. She was kind enough to introduce me to Dr. Berard’s book, Hearing Equals Behavior and Dancing in the Rain, by Annabel Stehli.  Both books were  fascinating reads. Since that time, I’ve told people that I know just enough about Auditory Integration Training or AIT, to be dangerous!  With that said, I want to take this opportunity to tell you what I’ve learned, and how it may be helpful to your son or daughter. 

Using December Creatively

  The approaching holidays may seem daunting with all the extra preparations and shopping hours to be added to your already full schedule of homeschooling and parenting. Do you feel behind the eight ball, trying to finish the school semester while planning for Christmas? Is your grace tank running on empty? Before falling into the holiday blues, I want to suggest some ways to reorient your vision and to take advantage of your resources.

Who's The New Teacher In Town?

 

We're the new teachers in town! Homeschooling mothers. Real mothers. Regular moms. Out to fulfill the calling to homeschool. Even if you're brand new to homeschooling, don't worry about what kind of teacher you'll be; you've been homeschooling since day one of being a mom! Teaching at home is simply a natural extension of motherhood.

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.

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.

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