We have been on summer break for a month now. Every day, we do what we want to do, but we also have certain goals to reach this summer. Many homeschoolers use their summer break to finish up a history book that they did not finish, for instance. We are doing the same thing.
Andrews Bald picnic with friends
Do you have academic goals for the summer, in order to avoid the summer slide? You probably should. Many libraries have a Summer Reading Program going, with workshops and activities, prizes and craft projects. I am finding out quickly that tweens and teens are not interested in those programs though. Continue reading »
Let’s Go Geography is a curriculum for grade K-5, which teaches geography country by country, through online interactive activities. The author is a homeschooling mom. By buying a subscription, you will have access to digital materials like PDF files of craft ideas and patterns, links to YouTube videos, and printouts meant to be colored. You also get a list of books you could check out from your local library, which cover each country.
Newfound Gap – the state line between TN and NC
My children were in 5th and 7th grade when we went through this curriculum and it was still relevant to their ages. We did not do the crafts, but we watched the YouTube videos and learned about different countries. From some of the “field trips,” we followed some other inquiry-based learning paths of our own. That’s the beauty of homeschooling. We can take time to answer questions that hit us as we study. Continue reading »
Here we are, at the end of another school year. Pandemic craziness notwithstanding, we have managed to get it done. The kids have had taekwondo practices since September, taken violin and piano lessons via Zoom, participated in Science Olympiad and Spelling Bee, and read numerous books.
We have attended church, as well, but not as often as we would have liked. Nevertheless, they managed to get on the schedule for special music to perform up front both in violin and piano. It’s a form of serving others, sharing their musical skills.
Overall, I am pleased with this school year. Clearly, some things have emerged: our son started algebra I, got a really nice score in his first ACT, and is clearly into computer technology. Continue reading »
For the past month, I have gotten back into listening to the Ramsey Show. There is a podcast, a YouTube channel, and a website you can listen to the show on. I don’t listen to it on the radio.
Many years ago, I used to listen to Dave Ramsey and read a couple of his books. When I was in college, I took a course in financial principles from Crown Financial Concepts. Ramsey teaches the same biblical principles. Continue reading »
My son took a practice ACT test here at the house. We discovered he was stronger in math and science than in English and Reading. As a result, we started doing Daily Grams, which is not as boring as Rod and Staff. I really like Rod and Staff in general, but it is a bit drill-and-kill.
The cover of Daily Grams for 7th grade
Personally, I love grammar. My children, on the other hand, do not find it as enthralling as I do. Over the years, I have found myself caving in to their requests for more history and less grammar and the results are showing. Fortunately, they can learn grammar skills quickly. Continue reading »
Pandemic or not, we do not like to travel during spring break. This is a time for me to reorganize the school room, my records and curricula, and make plans for next year. The kids love their free time and extra play dates with friends. Besides, who wants to go to the beach when everybody else goes to the beach? We like going to the beach in May or September, when most people cannot go.
One of our cats, Thunder, waiting impatiently at the vet
Unfortunately, I had a cold during spring break. I spent half of the break in bed, while my husband and the kids took care of themselves. It happens. Continue reading »
Individualized Educational Plans work well in any school. Homeschooling provides the best setting for individualized instruction. Every child is unique, so the education of every child should follow the personality and strengths of the child.
My daughter wearing her unicorn robe. I have had to adopt my teaching style to accommodate her playful nature.
In this Facebook Live event, I talk about how to do it. We break it down into Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic – the 3 Rs. An IEP does not have to be too formal, as long as you understand what you are doing. Continue reading »
In this Facebook Live event, I present different Bible curricula for children as young as preschool all the way through high school. Some of these options are from big publishers or from small ministries run by homeschool families.
My children on a hike at Tremont Institute
I have used each one of these curricula, so I speak from experience. Nothing is perfectly suited for each homeschooling family, so prepare to adapt some of the content for your needs. Continue reading »
How can homeschool dads help and contribute to the overall homeschool? I spend about 15 minutes talking about this very important subject.
My husband working with our son on a project
Just as dads help with the pregnancy and the birth of the child, they can also help with educating them at home. We are assuming that dads are working full-time as the main bread winners, of course. I do know some couples who have reversed this order of things, simply because the wife is a medical doctor. Continue reading »
Puff pastry filled with savory delicacies like spinach and cheese or veggie meat crumbles? Yes, please! I use frozen puff pastry from the store. The cheese and spinach quickly come together if you have frozen spinach and shredded cheese. The veggie meat also comes together quickly, whether you use dry TVP or frozen Morning Star crumbles.
Puff pastry filled with veggie meat
You see, you have to wait about 40 minutes for the pastry to thaw. That gives you time to prepare your filling. For the spinach, you need to also thaw it, then drain it well. I have noticed that block cheese you shred is much tastier that the cheese that comes already shredded. So, take your pick. Do you have more time (to shred cheese) or more desire for convenience (and can compromise on taste a little)?
I made the “meat” puff pastry this week – shall we call it “meat pie?” It was so good, it was gone in one meal. Everybody ate their fill and then some. The kids have requested we put this one on a regular rotation.