Sunday, June 10, 2012

Samantha's Top Ten reasons she loves homeschooling

I asked Samantha why she likes to be homeschooled.  These are here answers in her words.....

Samantha's top ten 

  1. more time to play
  2. I get to spend more time with my very loved mom
  3. I get to go on field trips a lot
  4. we play games while doing school work (we have a lot of learning games for math, reading and grammar)
  5. lots of arts and crafts, science and history i love that stuff
  6. I get to visit my brothers more. if I was in school I would be able to do that
  7. I get to learn what I want to learn (if something interests her I work it into her daily work)
  8. I can do school work in the order I want. (I give her a choice on the order we do the subjects)
  9. I get to do fun activities/ I have all these cool art supplies to use even when I am not doing school work (I never limit her creativity so even if its not school time the arts and craft supplies are there for her to use neatly! She has a great imagination and loves to create all kind of things.  I hope she always loves to use those skills)
  10. I finished science 1 early so mom let me do science 2 while still in the first grade. 
I love her list. 

What are the reasons your children love to homeschool?  

Saturday, June 9, 2012

my top ten must have tools for homeschooling,

Ok I am stealing this idea from a few different blogs I visit... one of them is Raising little Rhodies.

Many people homeschool and there are many ways to do so. And as many of those there are there is just as many tools to use.  I find myself the thinking of what are the most needed for us....

The biggest need is prayer.  Without prayer and almost daily asking God to help me.... help me have patience, help me see the light at the end of the road, help me give her praise for what she did right not criticism for what she did wrong. help me make the right decisions help me not lock her in a closet.  ok only joking on that one. But seriously I need prayer to make it through.   Also prayer to give praise that I can homeschool my child, that my child is learning, that my child loves to learn, that my child is happy and loved, praise that I can teach my child and she actually learns from me.

The second biggest tool I use is flexibility. With my crazy schedule we had to learn to be flexible and not be held to a strict schedule.  Flexible to be able to do school work where ever we go.  Flexible with when we do school some days it happens as soon as we wake and other days we don't get going until 2 pm.  but that is our crazy life.  Flexible in with what we let go and what we keep. I didn't get to do all I wanted this school year. But she did complete first grade and then some.  But some of the fun projects and field trips just couldn't happen.  There is that flexible thing I need to have.

Support. Homeschooling isn't an easy choice. Its going against the norm. So finding support is a big help in your own self esteem as a parent and a teacher.  I love being able to talk to Danielle at church about homeschooling!  I love being able to talk to my homeschooling friends when I need that boost or advice.  Joining a homeschool group is a big support too I have found valuable information from all those wonderful ladies.

Many erasers.  Don't laugh yes we need as many as we can find. Samantha has this weird oral thing... she bites off her erasers. I can't find a pencil with any on them. I find myself buying erasers at the dollar store often.  I really haven't found a way to stop her.... but as she is maturing she doing it less.  

Kindle/ ipod
Kindle/ ipod. I wish we had an ipad they have so many cool apps for learning. But I am finding many free books for my kindle. Her ipod has many fun educational apps too. I just installed a fun grammar and spelling app.  Plus I have my kindle downloaded onto her ipod and she can read books on it. She has already read many of the free books for her reading time.

Binders. just like a friend of mine Danielle loves them I do too. I find it so much easier to put her work in a binder then to leave them in the workbooks. So as soon as I receive the curriculum in the mail I take them apart and load them all into a binder one for each workbook.  Makes the class space look nicer. Easier to pull out what I need at the moment. Easier for Samantha too.

Art Supplies
Art Supplies. Samantha loves being creative. I like trying to find projects for her to do that tie in with her work.  This year for History she made many fun things.  She learned about the tower of babel and she made one. We learned about living int he colonial days she made a log cabin.  She learned about creation and she made her own paper mache globe.  Our list goes on.  As she is making each art project she is asking questions and learning... so to me a good amount of art supplies is needed.  Along with this will also be recycled stuff we use many boxes, containers and toilet paper rolls to accomplish all we need.

Youtube/ netflix
Youtube/ netflix. I haven't used them as much as I would have liked too. But we did access many good videos or movies through them. Like school house rock and the animaniacs.

White boards/ dry erase markers
White boards/ dry erase markers/crayons.  We used them for many things... practice cursive, to play hangman using her spelling words, to write notes.  Dry erase markers were used for so much more then the white boards. Like spelling tests on the windows or mirrors.  Drawing pictures on window.  Or some of the games we have needed them to be able to be used over and over again.

My printer. This year it was used all the time. I found I didn't like our language arts program. So I accessed many online sites pay and free for work to use with her.  Thus my printer came in handy.  I purchased many worksheets for free or for money from places like currclickteachers pay teachersThe teachers storethe mailbox and many other resources.  Most were free.  Some were paid for. Most were very helpful in this school years learning.  If you join teachers pay teachers they will send you a weekly email with 10 free downloads for a verity of grades.

Wow when I started this list I didn't think I would be able to list 10 things but I actually can list more.  How can I forget to add my camera!  without it I wouldn't be able to post all we have done.   I hope you enjoyed our list.

Coming soon....... Samantha's top 10 reasons she loves homeschooling.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I love it when your facing doubts God will place the right people in your path......

Lately I have been wondering if I am doing the right thing homeschooling Samantha.  You know the usual doubts homeschool parents will have.  She has been so emotional lately.  She hasn't been sleeping all that good either so I know that plays a big role in her mood.  Family members negative comments. A friend's concern that its harmful to homeschool an only child.  Worrying if she will regret being homeschooled although she loves it now. Will she regret missing out on some of the school things that seem to be a big part of childhood? Like playing with friends on the playground. I don't question the education that she is getting at home.  My daughter actually asked to keep homeschooling through out the summer!  Its all the other stuff that worried me.....

Then our wonderful God sends a mom who has her daughter in a good public school  to me for advice on bullying.  Her daughter is being bullied. But after the last time she told her mom and mom went to school to get it taken care of her daughter told her that I don't tell you what goes on at school because I don't want you to come in and talk to my teacher and principal.  Little girl stating then it gets worse when you do that.  This is a first grader. My heart breaks for this mom.  She is at a loss on what to do.  Schools just about over and she know s there isn't anything that she can do now. She hopes her daughter will go back to telling her about her problems in school.  Her daughter behavior has been poor at home and she is worried its the school environment that is causing it.  She told me that I was lucky I could homeschool.  Lucky my daughter wont have to face mean girls. Face bullying and being to afraid to take care of it.  Then another mom just found out we homeschool and was so excited as she wants to do it to but her husband isn't on board as he is the stay at home dad and it would be on his shoulders to do the schooling and he doesn't want too.  But his poor daughter has also had bullying issues too.

Thank you God for sending them to me.  So now I have no more doubts. I know we are doing the best for Samantha.  The rest will fall into place. My daughter is right where she belongs.  I am glad that my daughter still feels like she can come to me with any problem.  She isn't afraid of what will happen if she does.  I hope she will always feel like that.  I know my boys do and sometimes they tell me way more then I ever wanted to know about them. LOL