Saturday, August 20, 2011

7th grade spelling and vocabulary

I used to hate doing spelling and vocabulary with my children. It was crazy 5 children at different spelling levels. Who in their right mind could handle doing 5 spelling lists with 5 spelling tests every Friday? I know that I sure couldn't, it was really driving me nuts! I went back and forth for a year or two on what to do to tame that terrible paper tiger. I finally ran across Vocabulary and Spelling if you haven't looked at this website, you need to check it out now. It has absolutely revolutionized how our family does spelling.

Let me tell you, it is a lifesaver for me. This site not only allows me to enter whatever spelling lists by grade I want for my child, but also has hundreds of other lists for me to choose from. On top of that, it allows my children to practice these lists with really awesome games, and then when it is time to test - they take their tests right there on the website - AND (here is the kicker) it even scores it for them. All I have to do is check out their records, and print out a grade report. No hassle - no headache - spelling is now under control!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feeling Frustrated?

Do you ever listen to those people who always sound so happy - so chipper - like they never have a problem in the world? There is a part of me who just wants to give them the know just be juvenile and stick my tongue out. There is never anyone who can always have the perfect homeschooling life. There are stresses and pressures that no one can relieve at times. We have been created to be resilient creatures. We can handle a lot more than we realize, yet there is no reason for some of the stress that we put on ourselves.

When you are feeling that homeschooling is becoming more stress and negative than positive. STOP...and take a step back from it. Take a day or two off from schooling and just examine your life. Examine what you are doing in your homeschool. Try to determine if changing something would help remove the stress. Take a look at what you have on your "proverbial" plate. Is it all absolutely necessary? Or are there some things that really could be removed? Are your children one of your primary priorities? Rearrange and refocus - you might be surprised at how much stress just those few little steps can alleviate!