Homeschooling an Only Child

In the homeschooling community, most families have 2-3 children. It is far from uncommon to see families with 5 or more children. However, what you rarely see are families with only one child. If you are one of them, you might feel like your family is the odd one out. It might even make you feel like perhaps homeschooling is not the best option for you. After all, if it were, wouldn’t there be more families like yours that do it? However, just because homeschooling an only child is not common doesn’t mean that it is not possible.

3 Great Writing Programs

When I began homeschooling I researched tons of curriculum. Language arts, math, science, you name it, I researched it.  We found curriculum we liked and began our homeschool journey. Fast forward a few years and we are still homeschooling, and still using some great curriculum.

But, I missed something. In all my researching, in all my teaching, there was an important area of homeschooling that I missed. What was it?

WRITING

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What to Teach in Middle School

Homeschooling middle school is a time of transition for the homeschool mom and the student. It is a time of more responsibility, fewer hands on cutesy stuff, and more independent learning. Last week we talked about homeschooling middle school and what we can do to prepare. This week we are going to discuss what to teach in middle school.

Here is a list of what your child needs to learn by the end of Middle School. This week we are focusing on Language Arts and Mathematics.

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Homeschooling in the Great Outdoors

The fourth weekend of June brings up a great opportunity for family fun time. What is it? The Great American Campout! I don’t know about you, but my family and I love spending time in the great outdoors. We camp a few times a year. And by camping, I don’t mean camper and electricity. I mean pitching a tent and really camping. Why? Because there is SO much that can be learned by spending time in the great outdoors.

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The Best Field Trips in Alabama

 

The state of Alabama has much to offer. Beautiful landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and many attractions. If you homeschooling in Alabama you are in luck! Alabama also has many wonderful places to visit with your family for field trips!

Here are some of the BEST field trips in Alabama!

Birmingham Zoo

Located in Birmingham, this zoo houses 700 animals and sits on over 100 acres. They also offer Homeschool classes for kids in grades 1st-12th.  

Birmingham Museum of Art

Located in Birmingham, this museum offers activities for children are free!
Imagination Place Children’s Museum at the Center for Cultural Arts

Located in Gadsden, this museum is one of a kind! Shaped like a triangle with an enormous cylinder, kids will be excited to experience the many educational opportunities Imagination Place offers!
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Located in Huntsville, The U.S. Space and Rocket Center boasts of having the greatest collection of rockets and space memorabilia anywhere!
Biophilia Nature Center

Located in Elberta, this Nature Center is open year round. It includes over 100 species of interesting labeled plants. Children will also learn about butterfly gardening, wetland values and much more!

Children’s Museum of the Shoals

Located in Florence, The Children’s Museum of the Shoals, Inc. offers hands-on exhibits and programs geared specifically to the developmental stages and needs of children. Their goal is to further education and encourage children to imagine, make choices and create.

Alabama River Museum

Located in Florence, this museum allows visitors to travel back in time to an early 1800s camp on the river. There they will visit with Indians, frontiersmen, traders and travelers.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Located in Gulf Shores, this zoo is just blocks from the beach! It is home to more than 290 animals.   There’s also a petting zoo, reptile house, aviary and daily animal shows in the summer.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Located in Huntsville, the Garden provides a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to expand their knowledge of plants and nature. The Nature Center/Butterfly House is open May through September.

Alabama Nature Center

Located in Millbrook, he Alabama Nature Center provides fun and exciting field trip opportunities for homeschool students. Staff will choose and plan activities in regards to special topics requested by the person planning the event.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Located in Montgomery, this museum is the only one in the nation dedicated to the civil rights icon.

Montgomery Zoo

Located in Montgomery, this zoo offers over 500 animals from five different continents, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats.

A. Gayle Planetarium

Located in Montgomery this planetarium is one of the largest Planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans. Educational shows are given daily.

Pioneer Museum of Alabama

Located in Troy, this is a living classroom! Students will be able to experience life in a log cabin. Activities include cooking at the wood stove and fireplace, churning butter, fetching water, sweeping the yards with handmade straw brooms, feeding the chickens and gathering eggs. Museum tour includes a spinning and weaving demonstration that goes from making thread from raw cotton all the way to the loom.

These are just some of the BEST field trips in Alabama. So, take the time to explore our great state by experiencing one of these amazing field trips!

 

3 Tips to Tame the Homeschool Clutter

 

As I looked around my homeschool space I saw books, pencils, crayons, projects that we were working on and of course my children ;) I also saw garbage, empty glue sticks, craft supplies, and clutter strewn throughout the room.

It was a tad bit overwhelming!

If I had to guess, your homeschool space is similar. Homeschooling requires material. It requires space. It requires items that will ultimately lead to clutter……

So, how do you tame it? How do you keep it from taking over your space? You must get organized!

 

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Why You’re Behind in Homeschooling

Do you ever feel like your behind in homeschooling?

Like everyone else is farther along than you?
Like your child is NEVER going to learn                                    ?

Me too! I think every homeschool mom feels behind in homeschooling sometimes. We stress ourselves out, wonder what the problem is, and struggle to keep up.

I believe there are 2 leading factors in the behind mentality, and both can be fixed today!

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