Organization Part 2: When Life Happens... School Can Still Go On
Imagine your perfect homeschool day. You've prepped your lessons, you've brewed your coffee, and if you're really on top of your game, you've even surfed the web for a few minutes and came across your favorite blogger (me, right?)! Your kids are getting along, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you could almost hear the Hallelujah chorus (or something akin to Cinderella and her animal helpers). Yes, all is right with the world.
Then it happens!
I sat here tonight looking over our lesson plans for Monday and started thinking, “Jeeze, we cover a LOT of stuff. Even in just the first week back to school, we are busy, busy, busy!” Then I look at the curriculum I created and I’m so thankful we are not tied to too many textbooks. Which in turn got me to thinking about how much work we do, and how many ways we learn that are NOT attached to the traditional way of learning. If you are just starting out homeschooling, or if you are a veteran looking to break away from the chains of textbooks, I give you Generation Homeschools Amazing Alternatives to Textbook Learning!
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 lovely readers,
I am excited to show what we've been working on at Evans Homeschool Academy!
We all know that life is full of charts, graphs, cycles, and images. We also know that "reading" information can be one of the most mundane tasks we've ever had to fight through. But what if I told you that you can create some spectacular graphs, awesome data, and incorporate computer skills, mathematical terminology, equations, and conversions in one project?!
Would you be surprised to know the data is as easy as checking the weather?
AR Reading. No, that isn't reading for Arkansans. AR Reading is accelerated reading and is a term used in the public school system to evaluate the reading levels of children in elementary and middle school. Because AR Reading was not in use when I attended public school, and because very little information was provided when my children attended public school, I used Google...
According to the online genius: "The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level."
Well, isn't that special?!
By now, I'm sure you've come to appreciate advice from others. At one point in time, you've been online looking up information. Perhaps you are looking for a recipe, or tips on budgeting. If you are like me, you've researched how to do some of the more difficult things, such as changing the brakes on your vehicle or even how to identify learning problems your child may have. Why are these things seemingly left out of learning?
I am excited to tell you about a new find! While creating my oldest sons word processing course, I began to sweat! I had a vision of what I wanted it to be like for him, but with money a rare commodity these days, I have to be firm and fickle about what I purchase and what I create during my own time - and this course is one that I certainly cannot justify purchasing, especially since he knows some, but needs to know a little more.
Perusing the internet late Sunday evening, I began looking up PDF documents of word processing worksheets. After nine pages into a google search, I was truly beginning to fear the worst. Until I found a great website that mentioned a program available for download.
What's that? A glimmer of hope? Yes! Yes it was!
I am so excited to announce our newest Unit Study. I’ve been waiting on our materials to arrive and they have finely done so – and I am working non-stop to get everything in order. In my anxious mind, I have begun creating a mini-unit study to go along with it. What are we learning? Drug Use and Abuse Prevention. The wonderful folks at NIDA, SAMHSA, and the Department of Health and Human Services have excellent resources available for free!
Around the time I started researching some of the ways to homeschool, I recall learning about "unschooling". "What is this?" I began reading about the term and discovered there are virtually limitless ways you can learn without "learning".
Homeschooling is not just school at home. It is a way for our own children to learn at their own pace and in the comforts and protection of the family home (or co-op) without the rigorous stressors of public school. Today, we began our once-a-quarter "unschooling" week.
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!