Homeschooling Tips To Keep You Sane

 

This is my second year homeschooling. Last year I was homeschooling my 13 year old and 6 year old daughters. I also had a 2 year old boy who turned 3. I didn’t do that much schooling with him but I had to keep him busy. Well this year I am homeschooling a 14, 6, 4, and 3 year old. I had to figure out how to be organized and fast. Now I use to be a public school teacher but homeschooling is so different. So I began reorganizing myself and my brain around how to homeschool 4 kids.

 

Here are some tips that have helped our first week to go by so smoothly:


1. Schedule – we do so much better when everyone has a schedule that they have to follow. On this blog is show you how I run each day with a schedule. http://www.homeschoolingwomenofgod.com/homeschool/resources/

2. Lesson Plans – writing out my lesson plans helps. I have noticed that some of the kids work through certain areas of school faster than others. Having two weeks of school planned out at a time, has helped me to figure out what to do next, if my kids finish something early.  http://www.homeschoolingwomenofgod.com/homeschool/resources/

3. I have play boxes that they can get out. There is everything from puzzles, to alphabet stamps, stickers, crafts,coloring books, playdough, etc. Put things in boxes that work for you and your kids. I know some parents playdough would be too messy during school time. Maybe you have older kids. You could have flash cards, games, fun puzzle books, etc. This helps to keep play time or any down time a little more constructive. It also helps keep them focused on school.

4. When it starts to get crazy, put on some music. I notice that when I have soothing music on, my kids all seem to relax. You could even spray a little lavender in the room to calm everyone down.

5. If one of your kids is really struggling in a certain subject area, I let them try something else for awhile, then come back to the subject that they had a hard time with. I did this with my 14 year old today. She just couldn’t understand her math lesson. So we did science instead. Then went back to math. She was able to calm down and figure out what she was doing wrong.

6.  When all else falls, just call it a day. It is ok if you stop homeschooling on a day that everyone is fighting, grumpy, or when you are ready to pull your hair out. Now you shouldn’t do this all the time. Then the kids will be grumpy just to get out of school. You know your kids and yourself. Do not push yourself so hard that you blow. It’s not worth it. A well rounded child comes from patience, peace and stability.

 

Remember your kids are only young once. We all have bad days, but lets make sure that there are a lot more good days than bad days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thinking Thursday – Learning In the Summer Through Scavenger Hunts

Making Learning Fun

scavenger 2

My kids love to do scavenger hunts in the summer. These fun scavenger hunts allow them to discover the world around them in a fun and educational way. My favorite thing about the scavenger hunt, is that they do not even know that they are doing school.

ABC Scavenger hunt:

This is an excellent way for your kids to learn about nature and their alphabet at the same time. The goal is to find one object in nature that begins with each letter in the alphabet. Then your child can write the word or draw the picture that matches the letter that it goes with. For example: tree, could be written next to the letter Tt. Flower could be written next to the letter Ff. You could even get fancy and learn the names of the flowers, so is you see a rose, it could be written next to the letter Rr. You can get as detailed as you would like for this activity.

Color Scavenger hunt:

This scavenger hunt allows even the youngest child to join in on the scavenger hunt. The words on the scavenger hunt are in color so that your child doesn’t even have to be able to read color words yet. For example: the red box, has the word red, written in the color red. Now as you walk around outside, your child can start to draw pictures or write words of objects that match the color in the box. If they were to find a purple flower, then they could draw the flower in the purple box. If you would like to take the scavenger hunt further, you could label their pictures for them, or have them label their own pictures. You could even, have them help you sound out the words needed to label their pictures, and have them help you write the words. For example, if you were going to write the word flower, you could ask them what letter flower starts with. For you older kids, maybe you want to show them that the /r/ sound at the end of flower is made with the letters ‘er’. Make it as hard or as simple as you would like.

Publication2 (5 Sensory Scavenger Hunt):

This is one of my favorite scavenger hunts, because it teaches them to understand the world around them, using their 5 senses. So when I hand this worksheet to my younger kids, we talk about the 5 senses together. Touch, is the first sense on the the sheet. Together we would walk around and touch everything. Then they would decide which object, that they touched, that they liked best. Finally, they would draw a picture of that object in the touch box. Then we would work on another one of our senses in the exact same way. We would continue to do this for all of our senses. Be careful when you get to the taste box. You do not want them to taste anything that may harm them. For your older kids, they can do the worksheet on their own. Just talk to them about tasting things first.

scavenger 3 This was done by my 7 year old daughter.

Same Area Scavenger Hunt:

Kids have the ability to see things in nature that we do not. Their eyes tend to hone in on the little things around them. For this scavenger hunt you are going to need an area outside that you can visit at least 3 days in the next week. All they will need is blank paper, or we use a regular notebook. They are to go outside and look at one area. We like to do this with our swimming hole. You could use a small area with flowers, your garden, or even just a small patch of grass. We like to use magnifying glasses to see the small things in our area. I give my kids about 30 min. or more to just explore the first day. Then they are to pick their favorite object and draw a picture of it. If you have older kids, tell them to add details to their picture and label it. They could even write a few questions about their object that they would like to learn about. Then a few days later, go back outside with their notebook or piece of paper and a pencil. Have them look at the same area and try to find something new, that they did not find on the first day. This allows their brain to work on visual spatial recognition, which is important when they read and write. Once, they find something that is different have them draw it in their notebook or on their piece of paper. In another few days, repeat the process again.

scavenger This was done by my 4 year old son.

*If you want to extend any of these scavenger hunts even further, you could go to the library, once you are done with the scavenger hunt, and check out books about some of the things that they drew. This will allow them to attach vocabulary words to what they saw during their scavenger hunt.

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Oh, You Need an Attitude Adjustment!!

 

I don’t know about you, but there are days that being a stay-at-home mom is not so appealing. I want to throw in the towel, go lay on the beach by myself somewhere, with no husband and no kids, and just be all alone. Soaking up the peace and quiet. Enjoying the sunshine without kids screaming and my husband tugging on me because he is horny again. And sometimes it seems like those days creep in more than other times. So the other day I asked myself, why is it that there are times when I want to give up being a stay-at-home mom? God answered with, you need an attitude adjustment.

 

Seeing it Through God’s Eyes


So many days I wake up with a check list in my head. I need to get this done and this done and this done and before the day even begins, and then, I am stressed out. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in. Then my kids wake up and they’ll ask me questions or want things and I will get grumpy because I feet like there is already too much on my plate. AWWWW!! (more…)

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Thinking Thursday – Basketball Math Facts Game

 

I do not know about you, but, the thought of doing math flash cards all summer seemed pretty boring. So my kids and I came up with the idea of creating a basketball game where they could still practice their math facts while having fun.

 

Basketball Math Facts


First, we collected our math fact cards (multiplication for my daughter and addition cards for my son) and then we found our chalk. We went outside. I brought my iced coffee and a comfy chair for me to sit in.

Then I let my daughter draw three circles on the basketball court. One circle was really close to the hoop and then the other two circles were farther away. Then she put a number 1 in the closest circle to the hoop, a 2 in the next circle and a 3 in the circle that was the farthest from the basketball hoop. She then made a box with each kids’ name in it. This would be used to keep track of all their points that they scored.

To start the game I held up a card for each kid. If they answered it correctly they got one chance to shoot the basketball from a circle of their choice. So if my son had a card that said 3 + 5 = and he answered 8, then he would get the basketball. He would choose a circle to shoot the ball from. Say he choose the number 3 circle, he would take the ball over to the number 3 circle, stand inside of it and shoot the ball. If he made the basket, then he was able to put three tally marks in his box. If he missed, he came back to me to try to answer another math fact. This continued till they answered all of their math facts. We decided to use tally marks because my youngest son hadn’t learned how to use them yet.

Some Tips


After the first game my youngest son was really upset because his sister had beaten him by a lot, so, I decided to write down each of their scores on a sheet of paper. Then the next time that we played they tried to beat their own score from the time before. This seemed to help with the competition ordeal that tended happen whenever we played a game.

Sometimes they would shoot the ball without me looking and say that they made it. I wasn’t so sure that they did. So I told them to wait for me so that I could watch each of them make a basket. They didn’t have any problem with waiting.

 

I hope that this game helps you to have some fun learning your math facts this summer!!

Post pictures or comments below of how your family does with the basketball math fact game. Post NOW!!

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Thinking Thursday – Ology Website

Learning Anthropology to Zoology

American Museum of History Website

I have found the coolest website ever!! You will want to check this out!!

From Anthropology to Zoology


This website is amazing. It is easy and fun to use. Ology means the study of. This website has a lot of science topics covered. It uses games, stories, videos and hands-on projects to learn about a subject. There are so many topics that we cover in Classical Conversations that this tool can be used for review or as a way to learn new information.

 

Example: Astronomy


This section has a lot of stories about Mars that include questions at the end. It also had great hands-on crafts. One of my favorites was creating a big dipper. The step-by-step instructions were easy to follow and the materials were everyday things. It also has video and games.

 

Check this website out. You will be happy that you did.

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