Monday, March 9, 2015

Flashcards


As homeschool moms and dads, we are always looking for new teacher resources to help in our homeschool. Today, I'd like to share with you all one of my favorites, simple flashcards. In my opinion, flashcards are to often under appreciated nowadays. Yes, there are flashier, more expensive teaching aids, that do work very well. But let me tell you why I like using flashcards.
For starters, making flashcards for kids is super easy, cheap, and they work. Another great thing about flashcards is you can use them for any subject and for any age, math to foreign languages, Pre-K all the way through college and beyond.
If you do choose to add flashcards into your schooling, you can also take it one step further, by letting your kids help or make the flashcards on their own. Letting them be a part of the creating process, can actually help them learn the material because it reinforces the information in another way. So, if you have never used flashcards before, then I hope now you will give them a try ;)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy "Heart" Day!


It is February and with that comes Valentine’s Day. There are many ways to add this holiday into your homeschool curricula. You can print themed pintable worksheets, or make fun crafts like home-made Valentine’s. You could also take it one step further for your seventh grader and do a study on the human heart. With access to the internet, it is easier than you think to gather the info needed. If you took Anatomy & Physiology in college, you may still have your old text books, which you could use too ;)

                                                                 Happy "Heart" Day!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Homeschooling in the New Year


With the New Year here, this is a great time to look back on your homeschool year and see where you could tweak things, add things, and in general make things better. This could mean getting up earlier or later to start you school day. You could revamp your teaching area or create one. You could make time for more interest led activities. You could change or add things to your current curriculum. For example: kids like to play free games. So, why not mix educational games, into your homeschool? Maybe you haven’t taken any field trips yet this school year. Now would be a good time to plan some.

 I hope everyone had a Great 2014 & hopefully, an even better 2015!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Crafts


This is my favorite time of year. Besides the obvious, I love it because I love to make things and it allows me to spice up our regular art curriculum with some fun Christmas Crafts!!!! Here are a couple of my favorite, which I have planned this month.

                                                        1.  3D Paper Snow Flakes




 They are so fun and easy to make. Plus, they are pretty! You can hang them around the house as decorations or on your Christmas tree as ornaments.

                                               2. Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments

These are so super cute and festive! We are making these for our tree this year and as gifts for friends and family :)
                                          I hope every has a Happy Holiday Season!




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Monday, November 3, 2014

Internet Safety



Now that your child is a teenager, they are probably on the internet more and more. Whether it is for school or fun, internet safety for kids is important, no matter how young or old your child is. Unfortunately, the older your child gets, the harder it is to monitor them, and get them to realize that they do not know it all. Kids sometimes get this false sense of security, especially when they hit the teen years, which can definitely be a safety issue for them on the internet. So, what can you do? Well, first talk with them. Yes, they may roll their eye’s, even ignore you, but you have to try and then try some more. Set rules, with consequences, and monitor your child’s internet time. I know that we live in the age of tablets and smart-phones, so this can be harder to do if they have these devices, but as the parent it is your job to try. You can also demand to view their search history too. Last, but not least, there are also programs you can buy (some are free too), that you can put on the devices to filter and provide a safer environment for your child. Your kids may not be happy, but they will be safer, and that is what’s important :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween


For those of you who celebrate Halloween, seventh grade is a time where your child may or may not still want to participate in themed lessons, going trick or treating, etc. Of course, there are those, myself and children included, who really enjoy the festivities, no matter how old we get.  So, if you are like me and like to add the holidays into your homeschool, but have those children,  who have either have out grown the idea or simply think it is not “cool”, you can still keep the fun of Halloween in your homeschool lessons. How? Well, you just need to be creative. For example: 
                                          Happy Halloween Everyone! Well, almost ;)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's Back to School Time!




Fall is almost here and so is back to school time, at least for those of you who do not school year-round.  As a homeschooler, saving money is a big deal in our home. That is why I like this time of year. Those tax free sales sure help me be able to stock up on school supplies, among other things: clothes, folders, paper, pencils, etc., etc., etc.
I also love this time of year because I love the fall weather. Cooler weather, changing of the leaves, and holidays!  Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.
                                           Welcome back to “Home”- School Everyone ;)