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1/21/2010 9:46:47 AM
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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru the Early Years Newsletter--January 2010

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru the Early Years Newsletter
January 2010--Mid-Year Motivation
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Dear Friend,

If you're like a lot of us, you made a few resolutions or set some
goals http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7502 for the new year, but
find that you already need some motivation! Here are a few suggestions
to help you avoid the mid-winter homeschool blahs.

If you're having trouble getting back on track after the holidays, you
may need to re-visit your daily routine. Many moms find that having a
household routine http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7503 and their
daily learning goals or lesson plans
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7504 in writing gives them
accountability, as well as built-in reminders. Tamara Eaton
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7505 suggests adding an exciting
read-aloud to start off the morning, or some "penny math" drills to
liven things up. If you overplanned or planned a little
unrealistically, this is a perfect time to re-evaluate and make
adjustments http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7506 . Or maybe you had
great plans at the start of the school year, but life broadsided your
homeschool--Homeschooling Today offers help to those trying to
re-establish "normal." http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7507

If winter storms have kept the family inside, be sure to keep moving.
A pedometer http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7508 is a fun motivation
for kids to measure their movement, and you can work on graphing and
other math skills at the same time! Skip-counting videos or audios
combine multiplication drill and aerobic exercise (and help burn a bit
of that excess cabin-fever energy). Even letting the children progress
up or down the stairs or across the room for each correct answer to an
oral quiz or drill can be a productive physical outlet and change of
pace.

Speaking of winter: With the winter Olympics just around the corner,
consider organizing your own version of a family Olympics-style
competition http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7509 . This can be a
stand-alone event or part of an Olympics unit study
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7510 .

Stuck inside? Creation Illustrated
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7511 is a colorful, 68-page nature
magazine for the whole family, with Bible-based nature lessons,
activities and puzzles, plus a homeschoolers' instructional guide in
every edition to help you teach character-building lessons from
nature.

Did you resolve to add some spark and fun to your learning lifestyle?
Sign up your family to receive daily grammar nuggets
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7512 , a vocabulary word of the day
(elementary http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7513 or junior high
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7514), or homeschool freebies
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7515 via e-mail. Plan a short,
budget-friendly family trip or field trip
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7516 to excite your children about
an upcoming topic, learn with games in your homeschool,
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7517 or focus a lesson or two on a
holiday http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7518 each month to extend
that holiday anticipation and excitement throughout the school year.
Whatever your plans or goals for 2010, may you find strength,
patience, provision, renewed vision and joy in the Lord who has called
you to home discipleship of your precious children.

Blessings,

Vicki Bentley
HSLDA Early Years coordinator
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7204

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in
vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)
Start the new year by reading through the Bible in 90 days
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7519 --even if it takes you a bit
longer, you'll still be hiding God's Word in your heart. What a
wonderful read-aloud or quiet time activity!
Other encouraging reading for the new year:
"20 Questions for New Years Course Corrections"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7520

"Homeschooling New Years Resolutions"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7521

"New Year, New Resolve"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7522

"Homeschool New Years Resolutions"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7523

"A New Year for Homeschool Moms to Find Balance"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7524
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