After a horrible start to the 2017 year, (my broken leg, a busted vehicle, daughters mumps and divorce, and I nearly quit grad school), I used the summer to refocus. I mean, who wouldn't need to after all of that nonsense, right?
In May, I began working on the next school year - because if there is one thing that grounds me, that provides solace on those "unsure" days, it's that I made the right decision to homeschool our children.
In the classroom, I pored over curricula, trying to decide whether we should continue with what we used last year, or risk something new. Was I capable of working with something new when I wanted the certainty of something I knew worked? What was making me consider a new curriculum? Would my goals for this homeschool year be the same as last year or would I update them to include better mini-goals?
Hello faithful readers,
My apologies for having not posted in a while. The year is rounding out and we are reviewing all of our materials for the comprehensive test that I will administer to our kiddos toward the very end of the year. It's more or less for me to gauge where they are and to determine what areas, if any, I need to focus on for the remainder of the year.
But, today I wanted to talk to you about learning. There are a number of ways of learning. From visual to audio to kinesthetic learning, each person learns in one of- or a combination of these methods. Where our oldest was always an auditory learner. Our second born values both auditory and kinesthetic. Our two smaller boys have an appreciation for all three. Little bit (a.k.a. Shortcake) is so young, she is all about visual learning right now and that is excellent. This approach allows me to get down to her level - literally.
Today, I lowered one of our dry erase boards to be just her height. Then, with markers in hand, I drew a letter and she mimicked it. She did very well, but had difficulty with a couple -- to be expected: She is FOUR! But then we broke out our homemade felt board and went to work on numbers and counting. Ahead of time, I traced the numbers from 0 to 9 on a white piece of felt. Then, I cut up some yellow felt to make counting pieces (in the future, we will use them as one's blocks for base-10 counting). For now, they are excellent pieces to count!
She really enjoyed this and I cannot wait until tomorrow when we do it all over again.
Changes are also happening at Generation Homeschool. We have adopted a new approach to our spelling studies. Where lecture is a thing of the past when it comes to learning how to spell, there is nothing better than repetition. Each day of the week we do the following spelling assignments:
Hello faithful readers,
Today was a great day! We did some learning, we had some fun. And by fun, I mean to tell you: we jammed to some hard hitting licks from our very own little ones.
I am constantly amazed by their independence, their yearning to learn something new. Thank goodness my husband is musically inclined, because if my kids depended on me for music, it would be the clarinet! Great instrument, but not something that typical boys would be inclined to play.
No. They love the guitar! So sit back, hang on and enjoy these little clips from their impromptu music show!
Until next time,
Dear Readers and Passers-by,
Just a few updates for your before I call it a night.
1. Our newsletter was sent out today. In the newsletter, there was a link for a freebie. The packet had an error in the link within the packet for the video. The updated pacekt is available on our resources tab/middle school at the bottom of the page. Be sure to get your updated version.
2. If you haven't done so yet, please take the time to complete the survey which is linked on the newsletter, as well as HERE. Ten questions and will take about three minutes of your time. No personal information is stored or retained and your participation remains anonymous.
3. Kim at Learningfromlife5.com took some time to interview our homeschool family. You can read the interview on her blog - check it out!
3. We recently participated in a demonstration regarding the North Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and I'll post on that this weekend, so stay tuned!
Hang on to your hats - here is where it gets hairy!
4. My oldest recently got married. Momma is NOT ready for this, and this, along with #3, led to #5.
5. I got a new tattoo.
The year is almost over and it doesn't feel like it should be. But, there is always a great memory near the end of the year and that is #6!
6. Our Wedding Anniversary! I can't believe it will be 14 years!
Aside from that maddness, we are also launching two new blogs.
The Vibe - a blog promoting writing skills, peer reviews and socialization for the kids.
Brewed Coffee - a new blog by our guest writer, Gia. She is a homeschool mom and avid blogger who has graciously agreed to contribute to our blog as well. She is witty, and offers a different view, so give her a warm welcome. Her first write-up will be at the beginning of the year.
Be sure and check around the website - we are updating! As always, if you have any questions or need to speak with me regarding our products or promotions, feel free to message me on our Facebook Page, find us on Twitter (@GenHomeschool), or e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org! I love to hear from our readers and welcome feedback, ideas, topics, etc.
Alright - That's it for now!
Hoping to get back up and on top of my game in the coming days, but if I don't write before then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
As a homeschool mom, I find pleasure in some of the most simple things. From a 10 minute shower to a five minute foot rub, those little things keep us going. But since the holidsays are upon us, I thought I'd share some of my greater enjoyments.
Welcome! My name is LaVonda. I am the wife of Rodney, the mom of 5 remarkable kids (well, 2 are adults now), an avid homeschooler, blogger, and sociologist. I am blessed with the ability to spend my time sharing our homeschool and life experiences with you. It is my hope to provide you with motivation, ideas, and some candid stress-relief through my blog - Mom's Scribe! Grab a cup of coffee, sit on down, and make yourself at home!