Wednesday, August 30, 2006

FREE reading program now avaliable.

There is a free reading program avaliable at www.readingbysix.com
However it is only free until the end of 2006.
It is a wonderful, simple, uncomplicated method of teaching kids to read.
So rush on over to www.readingbysix.com now!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

WHAT TO DO WHEN CORNERED BY A HOMESCHOOL CRITIC.

WHAT TO DO WHEN CORNERED BY A HOMESCHOOLING CRITIC.
As much as you love homeschooling your kids and honestly wish that that there were more parents doing it, there are those who cannot fathom why you choose to homeschool. To them your decision to homeschool borders between fanatical and totally insane.

So how do you cope with a critic who is convinced that you are going to ruin your child's life by homeschooling him. Here are some tips to help you stay cool when you are under fire.
1. Be patient & attentive. Let them have their say. Listening may be the first step in winning over the critic.
2. Most people criticize out of ignorance. If this is the case consider it your opportunity to enlighten them. Offer them some good material to read. The free homeschooling e-book that I offer is a good place to start. To get a copy fill in the form on the top right hand corner that says free ebooks and direct your critic to this blog and tell them to grab a copy as well.
3. Don't be overzealous to defend homeschooling. If they are adament in their position then gently change the subject.
4. Don't take the criticism personally. The critic's opinion's say more about them and their opinions than they ever will about you.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Homeschooling Dads - Getting fathers involved in the homeschool. Part 1.

Homeschooling Dads - Getting fathers involved in the homeschool.

In this post I would like to share with you some ideas for getting Dads more involved in the homeschool. Homeschooling is primarily a mother-child(ren) activity. Many Dads are only involved in the homeschool as financial contributers. This is by no means a small contribution, because without this financial support most mothers would not be able to homeschool at all.

But many of us, homeschooling moms, would like dads to play a more active role in our little homeschool. So let's take a look at how we can get Dad more involved.

1. Start dinnertime discussions. Talk to the kids about what they learnt, current events and so on.

2. Read good books to your family each day. Sonlight has wonderful books that can be enjoyed as a whole family.

3. Look for "teachable moments" throughout the day. TV ads can lead to a discussion of the consumer driven culture we live in and the misleading nature of ads, an unusual bug can be a lexxon in biology, watching the stars on a clear summer evening can lead to a lesson in astronomy, replacing an electric light bulb can be a lesson in electricity and so forth.

4. Take your family on field trips. Take them to see good movies, to the theatre, sample ethnic cuisine at different resturants, go to museums and so on. Once in a while take one of your kids to work with you - if it's possible- It will be a great learning experiance for them.

5. Work on creative projects together as a family. You could start hobbies that the family can work on together, such as fishing, woodworking, gardening, building a birdhouse and so on.

6. Be a positive role model for your kids. Show them by your example that life is an ongoing learning adventure. Let them see you read good books, discuss interesting ideas and so on.

PS. Remember that if you try to "find time" for your family you never will. You have to be proactive and "make the time" for them. These years are fleeting and will soon be gone. Invest in your children's future's whilst you still can.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Homeschooling is a a family learning opportunity.

Homeschooling is a a family learning opportunity.

Homeschooling is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to learn together. If you, as a parent don't know too much about a given topic and you need to teach it to your child, then you have a number of options open to you.

You could:
a) You could research it yourself first and then present it to your child - You could read up on the topic, get books from the library, search online and so on.

b) You could learn together with your child. There are so many wonderful kids books on every topic imaginable. You and your child could have fun learning together.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

7 WAYS TO SURVIVE A HOMESCHOOLING CONVENTION

Homeschooling Conventions can be overwhelming to both the experianced homeschooler as well as to those just starting out. The sheer number of choices avaliable is enough to turn even the most decisive person into a very overwhelmed one - quicker than you can say the word 'homeschool'.

If you've ever attended a convention, then you must at some point have made purchases that you later regretted. I spent several thousands on what looked like a wonderful complete curriculum from Grade 1-3 because the speaker was so convincing. The "engine room" as she called the 'teacher's manuals' were 3 thick, heavy 3-ring binders and the display of all the books that came with the curriculum looked enough to fit into a small library.

Boy was I disappointed when the curriculum arrived. The "engine room" was something even a numbskull could have put together. Day 1 do page 1 of math textbook. ditto for all the other subjects. Read from page 1 -pg 5 of xxxstorybook. Duh! Is this what I paid thousands of dollars for? And all the books I recieved fit into 1 small cardboard box. The workbooks were cheap ones that were commonly avaliable everywhere.

Oh and did I mention that I recieved the curriculum over 4 months after full payment.

I vowed never to fall for something like that again, so I went prepared for the next homeschooling convention. Here are some tips to help you avoid being suckered by those smooth talking sales people.

1. Be Prepared. Have an idea of what sort of approach you want to use with your kids - Unit Studies, School at Home, Unschooling, Charlotte Mason etc- This will narrow down the list of vendors quite a bit.

2. Leave your purse at home. Set a budget and stick to it. It is very easy to overspend and buy things that you'll never use. Take a look on e-bay and you'll see just how much new homeschooling materials are being auctioned off for pennies.

3. Make a list of the things you need and set a realistic budget. In that way you won't overspend on non-essential items and have nothing left over for the important stuff.

4. If you feel very overwhelmed and confused, then don't purchase anything at all. Simply collect catalogs, brochures etc. Then when you're home look through each one carefully and make a choice.

5. Try and spend a weekend at the fair. In the first day, just take it all in. Visit the vendors, look around and take note of what looks interesring and where you'd like to come back tomorrow. Collect catalogs, promotional material etc.
Then in the evening go over the info you've collected and narrow down your choices. Write down any questions you have for the vendors you are interested in.
The next day go back, ask your questions and make your decision - to buy or not to buy.

PS: Make a note of which homechooling speakers you want to hear and keep the schedule with you so that you don't miss it.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR HOMESCHOOLING DAY.

TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR HOMESCHOOL DAY.
1. Set a regular schedule and stick to it.
2. Set regular school hours - from 9:00 to 1:00 (for example) and focus only on teaching during that time.
3. Get up an hour - or two- earlier than the rest of the family. Use that time to do something you enjoy and that nutures your spirit.
4. You could also use that time to get a head start and exercise, shower and get dressed before you wake the kids up.
5. Precede school time with at least 30 minutes of chore time to clean and tidy up around the house. Get the kids involved as well. This is wonderful training for them as well.
6. Take 1/2 an hour in the afternoon to do something you enjoy, like read a good book or take a nap.
7. Plan menus at least a week in advance. This will save you gobs of time later on.
8. Tidy up each night before you go to bed and get the kids to do so as well. In this way you aren't faced with a disaster in the morning.

Friday, August 04, 2006

THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO ORGANIZE YOUR HOMESCHOOL

HOMESCHOOL ORGANIZATION.
1. A 4 drawer filing cabinet (if you can afford it) or sturdy plastic crates if you can't.
2. File folders.
3. Pens and markers.
4. Notebooks/exam pads.
5. 3 Ring BINDERS - 1 large one for each child (this is used to file all completed work) and 1 small one for each child (for the current weeks work)
6. Plastic crates - (to store supplies) - again 1 per child + 1 for all your homeschool teaching manuals.
7. Card file boxes with file cards - wonderful for collecting snippets of information. Alternately you could use a tabbed A-Z notebook.
8. Bookends.
9. Plastic containers in a variety of sizes (to hold art supplies, crayons, stationery etc)
10. Bookshelves

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TOP 10 reasons homeschooling is better than public school.

TOP 10 REASONS HOMESCHOOLING IS BETTER THAN REGULAR SCHOOL.
1. A closer family relationship. Because of all the quality time you spend together you will be much closer to your kids than the average famliy whose kids go to school.

2. No violence, drugs or gangs.

3. Your child can learn at his or her own pace. No more lagging behind or being way ahead.

4. You can instill in your child the values you feel are important.

5. No peer pressure.

6. A quality education.

7. Lots of time to pursue your child's interests.

8. No homework!

9. Kids can be involved in community life, instead of being isolated from it like they are in schools.

10. Homeschooling is fun, so kids learn to love learning.

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