I didn't realize that my last post was in April. I am so sorry for being so quiet, but life is getting in the way. The company I work for is going out of business in like 2 weeks and I am on the hunt for another part time job. This is very stressful for me and I am sure my kiddos are not too excited about doing school with stressful mommy!
A little bit on my job hunt, only because it ties in with homeschooling and hopefully this will resonate with others so I know I am not the only one... ;) If you have been following me you know that I have three kids and they are all in an e-school. My two oldest kids can pretty much get their school stuff done on their own, but my youngest still needs me and with him having difficulty with reading, needs me way more than a normal 9 year old. So long story short, the e-school is not meeting my sons needs, so starting next school year I will be traditionally homeschooling him.
Okay, so back to the job hunt. I have a Masters Degree in Business Management. You would think I wouldn't have a problem finding a job, but I am. I have the education, but not the field experience to go with it. So, when I apply for a part time cashiers job, they are probably thinking that,"Why does this person want a cashiers job when she could get a corporate job" Well, they will never know because they don't call me for an interview, they just move on the next applicant.
I do have a couple of options that could be great for me in the next 5 years when I want to put my career into full swing, but my dilemma is how can I work full time hours and still give my son the best education possible? I am stuck in the typical school day mode, school during the afternoon, it feels weird to be schooling in the evening after 5pm, right?
I guess I am nervous to take that step, to be okay with him playing video games instead of doing school while I would be at work, but on the other hand, if we do school in the afternoon he would be playing video games at night. So really what is the difference, right?
I would love your input, your experiences with working full time and still schooling your children, tell me about it in the comments!
The best thing I love about homeschooling is creating my own schedule. I get to pick the days, times and activities I want to do when I want to do them! Too bad the rest of life isn't like that...
Right now, I am filling in the gaps of my sons education. We went from an e-school, which he was behind because of his struggle with reading, to homeschooling starting next school year. So now I am figuring out what he knows and what he needs to work on.
To make learning more "fun" for him, I let him pick three days out of the week to work on phonics and math. He picked Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I still want to do some learning on Mondays and Fridays, but I don't want him to think of it as learning. Right now he just plays videos games on those days, so not a lot of learning going on..lol
Like I mentioned before, the beauty of homeschooling is that we get to make the schedule. I want to hear what your schedules are, which days are for what, what activities do you plan and how to make those off days about learning, but the kiddos think it is fun, let me know in the comments!
A line from one of my favorite TV series is, "I get my best ideas in the shower!" Guess what, it is true. Not so much the idea but I realized something while I was in the shower. My son is going to be 10 years old and should be going into 5th grade, well 4th grade, he started K at the age of 6. My son will be going into 3rd grade this coming school year, he was held back in first grade. That realization made me feel like I failed him.
My son is behind in his learning obviously. He has trouble reading and doing math. He is currently enrolled in an e-school that has him on an IEP. They want to move him to third grade, probably because of his age, but he is not ready for third grade. He is not even at a second grade reading level and he still struggles with basic math. My solution, traditionally homeschool him starting this coming school year. This way I can see what gaps we need to fill.
In the shower I figured that since he started school at 6 years old that he should be 12 years old going into 6th grade. But, because he was held back in first grade he won't be starting 6th grade till he is 13 and he will graduate high school at 19. Does that make sense? I mean just looking at that makes me feel like my world just ended. As parents we want our kids to succeed, be on track and when things don't go that way, we want to trade places with them.
So I can't trade places so, I need to do everything I can to get him where he is supposed to be. My goal is to traditionally homeschool him until the age 13, when he is suppose to start 6th grade and enroll him back into the e-school, (my husband wants him to have a "real" diploma, yes I have told him that parents can issue diplomas, but he is not hearing it, Men...lol). Saying it is easier than actually doing it.
My doubt in my self comes to the surface and I get in these moods where I feel that I won't be able to get him where he needs to be. On the other side, my rational brain kicks in and reminds my self doubt, that it is not about me, it is about his brain. When his brain grows, I am going to be blown away on how much he will advance. It is like one night they go to bed and the next morning they are taller!
I write this so other parents know that they are not alone and also for me to realize that I am not alone. If you went through the same thing or are feeling this way currently, please comment your concerns below and lets help each other.
(This post is about support, any negative or mean comments will be deleted. We are human and no one is perfect.)
Sometimes lessons take over the day and we forget about fun. Throughout the day pick a time to have a fun break. I know what you are thinking, " I don't want my kids to get out of learning mode." No problem! Pick a subject they are interested in and make it fun. Does your kiddo like dinosaurs? How about cooking? You can take their interests and create a fun craft project, make a book, create a crossword puzzle, etc. They will be having so much fun that they won't realize they are learning.
Check this idea out! Kids will love diving deep into clues about the ocean as they try to solve this crossword puzzle. Crossword puzzles are great for reinforcing spelling, word recognition and vocabulary skills, as well as mastering context clues. Ride the wave to Education.com for an ocean full of language arts activities.
What fun things do you do with your Kiddos to make learning fun? Let me know in the comments.
It has been awhile since I wrote a post. I promise I am still here. It has been crazy around here. It is getting close to the end of school, my e-schoolers have to get ready for end of the year tests and making sure they are getting their work done on "time" is a huge task.
Many of you know from reading my other posts that my son is behind on his reading and math. He is currently an e-schooler and is on an IEP. Next year will be when he will be required to take the 3rd grade reading test. I know that my son won't pass it and he won't be able to sit in a classroom and do the test himself, he will need someone to read it to him and tell him the directions over and over again. With that said, I am already on board to traditionally homeschool him for 3rd-5th grade. This way I don't have to worry about the test (pointless tests) and we can concentrate on mastering concepts instead of just moving from one concept to another everyday.
I made this decision, but because I am married, I have to "pretend" I care what my husband thinks, just kidding I do, but since I am the one who teaches my son, I feel I know what is best for him when it comes to his education. So I took my husband out to eat o his favorite restaurant and just laid it all out on the table. I geared myself up for a fight and all of a sudden he looks at me and says, "I agree" Wait, what, you agree! It was like hell froze over.
So I have been doing research on what type of curriculum I want to use and I haven't been able to create any awesome games or worksheets with you guys. But, I did start creating a nouns game and I should have it up and ready for you guys soon.
I bet that title got you a little interested in how crystals and homeschooling could be related. Well first let me say, I am not only a homeschooling mama, I am also a lover of crystals and gemstones. So today, as I was purchasing some of my beloved crystals, I thought, why not combine my love of crystals and homeschooling! I purchased one of these mystery geodes and I am so excited to get it and crack it open and I know my son is really going to enjoy seeing what is inside.
Crystals come from the earth and we teach our children about the earth in science class, so why not combined the two! I know there are so many lessons about rocks and crystals in science, but going beyond the science part is another fun way to incorporate crystal learning into your science lessons. I won't go into that on this post (side note: create a lesson about crystals and their energies.) but I highly recommend checking these geodes out and cracking some open with your kiddos!
If you do crack one of these open or have in the past, share your pictures with me on my Facebook page.
Hey homeschooling family! How is everyone doing? We are doing great. We took a short break from school to enjoy this amazing snow we got! Yes, I am one of those people who LOVE the snow and the cold. Today we got back into learning and as my son eats his lunch, I got to thinking about why I wanted to homeschool in the first place. I am going to be 100% real and truthful and my views may not be others views and that is okay. We all have our reasons of doing the things we do.
I have three children. I knew that I didn't want any of my kids to attend brick and mortar school. There were several reasons why, like I had a terrible school experience with bullying and I didn't want my kids to go through that. Especially, since bullying these days is not the same as when I was in school. When I was in school, it was all about fist fighting and going about your day. Now, many kids are killing other students and even themselves. So that was one of the major reasons why I wanted to homeschool.
Now my next reason, is a bit delicate and I really don't want to get into a debate about it, remember this is my reason and my reason may not be your reason. With all the talk about teachers and other school faculty having inappropriate relationships with their students really hit me hard. I just didn't want to take the chance. So I will leave it at that and move on.
Another reason is because I wanted to be part of my children's education. I wanted to experience their reactions when they finally got something and share in the excitement. No matter how old my kids are, I still am amazed on how quickly they get something and how proud they are of themselves.
So right there are the main reasons why I wanted to homeschool. Now the tough part was I didn't really feel at the time (2009), that I could teach my kid and I really couldn't afford the materials. So we decided to do online school. It is 2019 and all three of my kids are still attending online school. Two of them have been with the same school since the beginning and last year I switched my son to a different online school that better suited his learning needs.
I know what you are thinking, "Online school isn't homeschool", I agree and disagree with that statement. Yes, my kids have to go by the state standards and learn common core and take those pesky state tests. But, I also have the freedom to teach the way I think my kids should taught. Like for an example, I was explaining to my daughter who was struggling with her math work, that just because someone wrote the book doesn't mean that is the only way to learn the material. Everyone has a different learning style and there are other ways to learn the material. (side note: I don't stress about the state tests, I just tell my kids to do their best)
The great thing for me, especially with my 2nd grader is that I can create fun games and worksheets to supplement the stuff that he is working on in his online school. I feel that the online school gives me a good start and I just run with it.
Sorry about how long this post was, I sometimes ramble.,, :) I am curious on why you wanted to homeschool, regardless if you traditionally homeschool or use an online public school, let me know why in the comments!
Okay, so I am a few days late, better late than never! I hope everyone is ready for 2019! I know it is customary to make a New Years resolution, but honestly I don't stick to them. A friend of mine said if you make little resolutions each month, you are more likely to stick with them. For her, it was about weight loss, I think for me, it is going to be about homeschooling.
I will be the first to admit that I don't have a schedule, I do things at all different times a day and it is not structured at all. I get my lessons ready the day of and because I am so disorganized, it turns into a nightmare because if I don't have everything ready, my son gets frustrated and the whole day is ruined. So I think for the month of January, my mini resolution is to be more organized when it comes to school.
I believe I can accomplish this by making realistic goals and as few as possible, so I don't feel overwhelmed. I think I can be more organized by:
Do you have any homeschooling resolutions? Let me know in the comments!
Yesterday in the mail my son received his first Highlights magazine. My in-laws got him a subscription for Christmas and I am so excited. I think I was more excited than he was. I remember growing up and reading the magazine. I loved the stories and the fun activities in it.
The magazine now is just as fun but I think it is better! With his very first magazine he got the magazine, of course, but he also got a hidden pictures book and a calendar! He opened the hidden pictures book right away and started searching for those pictures. He even paused his video game just to do some of the puzzles, now that is amazing!
I was really shocked that he wasn't getting frustrated when he couldn't find some of the pictures, but he just asked me for help and we did it together. I think this will be a great tool in our teaching arsenal. I believe that it will help him develop patience and not freak out when he can't get something right away (he freaks out when he plays video games all the time). If you don't know what the Highlights magazine is, I highly recommend checking it out here.
Did you grow up reading the Highlights magazine? If you did, what was your favorite part of the magazine? Let me know in the comments!
It has been a couple of days since I posted last, but not to worry, my creative juices are flowing. I have a few fun math related items to share with you, that are coming soon! My muse is my son, I see what he struggles with and I try to make it less of a struggle and more fun! So that takes a little thought and effort. So stayed tuned for some fun activities for a child who struggles with the teen numbers: 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 and 19.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and you avoided the Black Friday shopping rush! I attempted to make my very first dinner for my immediate family this year. I am happy to say it turned out pretty good! Maybe once I have more confidence in my cooking I will make dinner for the extended family.
Now for Black Friday, I had to work, I sell shoes. It wasn't too bad a lot of people, a lot of sales, tired feet... Today was a fun day, we put up our Christmas trees! I thought I would share them with you :)
It was a lot of fun this year, my daughters put up the big white Christmas tree and I put up the little one (the easier one) with my son. We are ready for Christmas in our house, when do you put up your Christmas tree?
On Monday, the fun of the holidays and tree decorating will come to an end and school will resume. I am excited. I love doing school with my kids, especially my son, he is where I get all my inspiration for these fun games, charts etc. that I share with you.
Are you looking forward to get back into the groove of school? Let me now in the comments!
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.