It All Changes So Fast

What a whirlwind two weeks. Three weeks ago I felt the tug to put my kids in school. All of them. I prayed and pondered for about a minute before I knew it was right. Of course it was the middle of the night. Just see my last post if you need clarification.   I got on my phone and Googled my options. Slim, I tell ya. I asked around. I stopped a woman in the grocery store whose child appeared to be wearing uniforms. (I wasn’t searching for a uniform promoting school. I am anti-uniforms for what I feel…

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Language Arts in Motion: skip the dittos

Today, Samuel(7) has to prove his phonics abilities through an alternative language arts lesson. Sure, he could show me by drawing a line from the letter to a picture. Sure, he could say sing song phrases such as “a uh about” or he could try this energy using, brain jogging, kinesthetic method which lends itself nicely with his need to move and visualize his learning.  First, he has to line up his alphabet cards in correct order. Then. He hunts. He has to find a household object that begins with each letter of the alphabet and match it to the…

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First Steps In Homeschooling: Your Resources to Getting Started

I know, I KNOW how overwhelming it is to start something as wild as homeschooling. It’s a lifestyle. It’s not like taking a new job or becoming obsessed with a new hobby or pouring every minute into your kids’ extracurricular activity. It’s actually like all of those. Before I scare you off, let me give you a few pointers on the best way I know to get started. 1. Find a friend: Talking homeschool shop with another mother is a great way to get ideas, keep perspective, and avoid frustrations. Co-ops can be a good way to get connected, but…

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The Brewer Home School

We have homeschooled* on and off since my 15 year old was in kindergarten where she began her school career in private school. She is now in public school in an International Baccalaureate (IB) program where she is rockin it. My kids have experienced private school, public school, and public charter school, but we always seem to come back around to homeschooling. I’ll tell you why. You might be thinking we homeschool because we are scared of the people at public school. You may be thinking we homeschool because public schools just can’t teach my type of kids. Or you…

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Sometimes I Can’t Sleep

So I toss and turn until my brain gets so full I have to do something about it. I guess I’ll write to you people. Because I like you. The birds are up and at ’em. Boy howdy, those guys sure like to make some noise in the four o’clock hour. I like it though. We have so many trees in our neighborhood, there’s bound to be a good nest or two to study in the fall with the kiddos.  Homeschooling again excites me. We have submitted most of our paperwork to the online school in which the kids will…

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