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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Story Book of Science Ch. 49

The Story Book of Science  is recommended from Ambleside Online.  My older children read this book on their own and wrote weekly narrations. 

Currently, I am using this book as a read aloud with my younger two.   The written and oral narrations my older children did for this book did not give it justice.

It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend children reading or listening to it.  If you are looking for a book that springboards your child's interest in science, this is it.

Today we finished Chapter 49:  The Locomotive

Here is a video that gives a visual for the chapter. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Start Homeschooling: Testing and Grades

How are kids tested and how do you and the state know how the kids are doing and when they've passed a grade?  

First....you will need to find out the testing requirements for your state. HSLDA has information of state laws for homeschooling.

Second... whether testing is required by your state or not, you can still administer standardized tests.  The best site to get these tests is Seton Testing

Third... a good resource for information by grade is Core Knowledge.  I do not use their curriculum, but do have all their books: What Your _____ Needs to Know.  I use these books as a guide and give them to my kids as free reads.  These books were a help to me when my kids were in school and when we first started homeschooling.

Fourth...Grades?   Your child needs to have a set grade for testing purposes.  According to our school system, my daughter is 2nd grade.  Recently, someone asked her what grade she was in.  She responded, "I don't know I'm homeschooled."   

I recommend not worrying about grade levels. There are different ways to homeschool.  Some families use boxed curriculum with a grade labeled to it.  Our first year, my son was in 2nd grade.  So I bought Saxon 2nd grade math. His older sister was completing 3rd grade Saxon Math.  It took about 2 weeks for me to realize that the 2nd grade math was a waste of time.  I grouped the two together on their math lessons.  He has now surpassed her and is half way through Algebra I.  (He is 13)

Your child may be at grade level in math, at a much higher level at reading and a lower level in spelling. That is the beauty of homeschooling.  You can give your child a personalized education!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Salem Witch Trials

We are studying history before the American Revolution.  Normally, I post youtube videos and web sources for my children on our private blog.

These links are recommended by Ambleside Onine (AO) for year 9.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Start Homeschooling: My kids do not want to homeschool.

The unknown can be very scary for adults as well as children.  It is not uncommon for kids to be hesitate at the idea of homeschooling.  Especially, if they do not have friends that are homeschooled.

What is a parent to do to ease this anxiety?  

First, make sure you have your priorities/goals of why you are choosing homeschooling.  My goal is to have children who grow up to be self-sustaining, empathetic, happy, intelligent individuals whom love to learn.  I knew that homeschooling was the avenue we needed to reach that goal.   

Communicate with your children.   It is our job to encourage, discipline, and direct our children's lives.  Be honest and do not make false promises and over sell it.  

Show them the research you have completed on homeschooling.  Let them know about homeschool groups they can join.  I remember our first field trip, I asked my kids to introduce themselves to one person.  They informed me they would, but they would never have any other friends unless they went to their previous private school.   Guess what, they ended up making friends.
Friends was the only concern my kids had about homeschooling.  They really didn't care about the school part, but what about my friends.  If possible continue the afterschool activities, so they are still in contact with their current friends.

To prepare for your family discussion, make a list of why you want to homeschool your children.  Use this to help explain why you feel homeschooling is a good choice.  Be positive, honest and listen to your children and you will be off to a great start! 

Next Post:  Start Homeschooling: Grades and Tests

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Start Homeschooling: How will I keep kids socialized?

When we started homeschooling, 4 of my 5 children were in a private school.  They were involved in after school activities and always on the go.  This meant I was always on the go.

Socialization was a concern of mine when we made the decision to homeschool.  After all,  I did not want the kids to become socially awkward.

In my experience the only aspect that has changed from the kids going to school is the classroom environment. The kids still have "afterschool activities" and life became easier because the homework was obsolete.  They completed their school during the day and there was no homework.  

At first they kept their friends that were still in school.  It took about a year before they began to really make new friends whom homeschooled.  My kids began to be friends with their siblings friends.  There was no longer a division of I'm in 3rd grade so I am only friends with other 3rd graders. 

It is similar to moving, you keep in touch with your really good friends and begin to gain new ones.  This does take a little bit of time, unless you are extremely extrovert. 

Where do you begin this process of socializing your kids if you are at home homeschooling?  

Depending how hectic your life might currently be, you may want to take a few months just to enjoy your children, let them relax, and get that love of learning feeling.  We started homeschooling in August and did not do any homeschool activity until January.  (They still did things with their school friends)

As soon as you think you may homeschool locate any support groups that are in your area.  The best place to start is the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, www.hslda.org You can select the state you live in and see the contact resources available at 
This is the best place to start and not the only resources available for your state/location.  

Here is a list of ideas your kids can be involved in while homeschooling:

  • Music/Art Lessons
  • Sports (some states have homeschool sports teams)
  • Co-op (Kids take classes taught by other parents)
  • One Day Schools (Where I live there are about 4 one day schools.  You pay to send your child one day a week)
  • Scouts
  • 4H
  • Support Groups

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to Start Homeschooling?

Every year families are making the decision on whether they should homeschool or not. This can be a difficult, life changing decision. I think the hardest part is entering the unknown. This was one of my greatest concerns. 

I have not posted in a while and thought this subject would be a great way to start this planning season.  I asked a friend whom is contemplating homeschooling what her top questions were.  Here they are and I plan to answer these through a series of posts.