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 ;)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer is Almost Over!




Summer is almost over and so is our road trip. We have had a blast traveling through the United States. There is just so much to see and do in this great country of ours. I just loved the state parks, beaches, oceans, and mountains. I guess you could call me a nature buff. There is just something about seeing Mother Nature in all of her glory. When it came to Roadschooling, our homeschool curriculum consisted of educational games like the 50 state games which our children would do as part of their schooling. These were great ways for the children to learn of course. However, the knowledge they have obtained from our travels, is something you cannot get from a book or a classroom. I am definitely glad we made RVing happen this summer. Hopefully, we will be able to do it again next summer too. I can’t wait!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Homeschooling on the Road


It’s July and we are one month into our roadschooling adventure. It has been amazing! Living in a small space has been an adjustment, that I will admit, but we spend so much time out and about that it is not as bad as I thought it might be. RV life is actually pretty fun :)
Homeschooling on the road has also been great. Actually, it has been really easy, especially since we found a free app for our tablets (it allows us to get access to certain websites via the devices). For those interested, it is called Puffin Academy.  This app allows us to let the kids do their online homeschool curriculum, via our smart-phones as well as their tablets. This means they can do their schooling anytime, anywhere. So, if you are also Roadschooling or just like using your tablet and/or smart-phones, for your child to do their online educational program, then check out Puffin Academy’s free app :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer School


Summer time is more than just sand and sunshine. Summer is also a time for learning. That is why we summer school, or as some people call it, year-round homeschooling. Homeschooling during the summer doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep up the same speed that you have been going throughout the rest of the year. It also doesn’t mean you have to use an actual curriculum. Yes, you can use your regular curriculum that you have been using the rest of the year, or you could also use an online summer school program. You can also just allow your kids to unschool by reading, taking field trips, and/or doing an interest led unit study. There really is no reason, to stop your homeschool, just because it is summer time ;)

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Homeschool Year


With the school year almost over, I like to look back at the past homeschool year. It is so fun to think back about all of the things we have learned, the field trips we took, and all of the fellow homeschoolers we have met. One of my favorite field trips, I think, has to be zip lining. We went to visit a local museum and, to our surprise, they had zip lining. My child loved it! What a unforgettable experience we all shared together.
I think homeschool co-ops and new school year "meet & greet" was my another of my favorite times this year because I got to meet fellow homeschoolers. Getting to meet new people who have just begun their journey is always fun. We have all been new to homeschooling once in our life. It is just such a wonderful feeling when you can help support others who are just starting out. So, those were my "favorites times" of this homeschool year. I hope everyone else had a great year too :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Roadschooling


With April almost over, and summer not too far away, we are preparing for our Roadschooling trip this summer. The idea of traveling and seeing this big country of ours, while at the same time soaking in every educational opportunity, really intrigues me. I know there are some families that do this full time, others part time, or like me ~> Summer Time! At first my better half was not 100% on board, but now he is more excited than I am about our adventure. I have to admit, I am a bit nervous, but thankfully I have found a ton of roadschool blogs and even a few websites and Facebook pages devoted to this way of life.

My favorites I have found so far are:

The Light Life Blog - http://thelightlifeblog.com/

FOTR - http://www.familiesontheroad.com/

Roadschooling - Families Homeschooling on the Road https://www.facebook.com/RoadschoolingFamilies


So, if you are also wanting to Roadschool, check out these sites. They sure have helped me ;)