5 Learning Sites for Elementary Ages

I don’t know about you, but my kids are sometimes more tech savvy than I am. Our kids are exposed to technology at a young age, and while this means they need reasonable limits. It also means that we can and should utilize technology in our homeschools.

One way to do this is by allowing our children to engage online using learning sites appropriate for their age. Today we are going to look at some awesome learning sites for elementary aged children.

  1. Funbrain.comThis site boasts of math, reading, online books and learning games! The learning starts with preschoolers and includes learning activities for children up to eighth grade.  preschoolers through 8th graders.
  2. CoolMath4Kids.com– One area where a lot of children struggle is math. Cool Math 4 Kids takes the frustration out of learning math by providing math games for elementary students. The site is interactive and a lot of fun.
  3. MakeMeGenius.com– The name leaves a lot to live up to, but it has the potential! This site is full of videos that cover a wide variety of topics including physics, electricity, solar system, the nervous system and more. The videos are all kid friendly and can be watched by children of all ages.
  4. TIME for Kids– The publishers of TIME magazine have created a learning site for kids as well. Articles, photos and videos cover topics like politics, the environment, sports, health and more. While it is not as interactive as others, it does cover current events from a kid’s perspective.
  5. The Kidz Page– With more than 5,000 pages of learning games and activities. This site is massive! It includes online coloring pages, word games, holiday activities and much more!

Learning online is going to be a natural part of our children’s education. These are just a few of the many learning sites for elementary students out there. As always, each family needs to make their own decisions regarding how much time a child should spend online and what sites are acceptable for their family.

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Back to School!

The end of summer is upon us and with it comes back to school time! We already discussed preparing our space for back to school, so today we are going to tackle everything else.

School Supplies

NOW is the time to purchase supplies for school. I suggest making a list and figuring out exactly what you will need for the whole year. I figure up our list based on how many kids we have, and what supplies we will need. Then I times it by 9. This allows us to replace the crayons, glue and notebooks each month. I also purchase new markers, colored pencils, and glue bottles but we don’t replace those nearly as often.  Other items to consider are pencils, notebook paper, binders, and anything else you believe your kids will need throughout the year.

Check sales, and request price matching to snag the BEST deals on back to school supplies!

Book Organization

One thing that comes along with homeschooling is books! And lots of them J. Book organization can be a huge hassle for a homeschool mom but there are ways to organize your child’s school books.

  • Have a shelf for each child’s school books. Be sure that this shelf is in close proximity to where they will be doing school.
  • Purchase Rubbermaid drawers and designate each child to one drawer for their school supplies.
  • Purchase a handy plastic crate, and store each child’s school books in it. This allows them to take their crate and go wherever they feel comfortable for school.

Plan Your Year

The easiest way I have found to plan for a new school year is to figure out how many pages or lessons there are in a book, then divide it by the number of days you plan on doing school (typically 180). This will tell you how much you need to do each day to finish the books by the end of the school year.

Many curriculums are already divided into around 150-180 lessons. Those you would know that you need to do one lesson each day.

Some curriculum will not need to or want to be completed each day (geography, History, Science), but maybe just two or three days a week. In this case you would know that you need to divide by less days, or complete more pages on the days you plan on using that curriculum.

Preparing for back to school can be a time of stress for many homeschool moms, but it doesn’t have to be! Organizing your space, purchasing items ahead and planning your year can take a load off of mind for the remainder of the school year.

How do you prepare for a new school year?

4 Tips to Homeschooling High School

 

Many parents (including me!) stress at the thought of homeschooling high school. It seems overwhelming, and parents may feel in over their head. However, homeschooling high school is not impossible, and thousands of families do it each year! How? Most follow these four tips to homeschooling high school!

 

 

 

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Preparing For a New School Year

Can you believe it is almost time to start back to school? Summer has flown by, and now is the time to begin thinking about preparing for the new school year. The first place I start is our school room. Preparing that space for a new school year can be a chore! Here are some tips that can help!

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Four Reasons to Consider Homeschooing

 

The number of homeschoolers is growing by leaps and bounds.  In fact, in one state, there are more homeschoolers than private school students.  There are many reasons why people choose homeschooling; they range from personal preference, to special needs. If you have ever considered homeschooling before, you are not alone. Here are just a few reasons to consider homeschooling.

  1. Flexibility- Homeschooling leaves so many options open. Homeschool families can take vacations when they want, and are not tied down to a public school calendar. Some homeschool families’ school year round, stopping for breaks as needed. Homeschool families can sleep in and do school later, or arise early and have the rest of the day to play.   Part of the beauty of homeschooling is the flexibility!
  2. Learning is Customized- Children learn differently. One child may struggle with math, another with reading. Some children may need a little more time before moving on. Some children learn while moving around, some need visual aids. Homeschooling allows the parents to cater to each of their children’s individual needs. This cannot be done in a public school setting. If a child is in a class with 15 other children, and 12 know the material, the teacher will move on. The alternative is true also, if three know the material and 13 don’t, the teacher will need to spend more time teaching while the three who know it are bored. Homeschooling allows children to learn at their own pace, and in the way they learn best.  As parents, we are our children’s best teacher, and the one who loves them and wants to see them succeed. If curriculum is not working, you can change it! If a child needs more time, you can take it. Homeschooling allows parents to customize the learning to fit their child.
  3. Learning as a lifestyle- Homeschooling allows children to see that life happens every day. Children do not need to be “in school” to learn. There are learning opportunities everywhere! When you homeschool the whole world is your classroom. One way that many homeschoolers integrate daily life into homeschooling is through field trips. Many times businesses are more than willing to accommodate a small group of homeschoolers, and because the class size is so small, the children are able to have more interaction and hands on opportunities.
  4. One on One Ratio- You can’t beat the student/teacher ratio in homeschooling. If your child has a problem they don’t understand, you are right there to help them. This means you will know when they have mastered the material. There is no waiting until the teacher has time, or until parent teacher conferences to realize your child doesn’t quite “get it”. You will know what they are learning, how they are learning, and how they are doing in school all the time

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

10 Great Books for Homeschool Moms

 

We have been talking about summer reading lately, and I did not want to miss the homeschool moms J summer is a time when most of us actually HAVE the time to read. These selections will encourage you, and help you on your homeschooling journey!

KJV Homeschool Mom’s Bible by Zondervan

This is one of my favorite bibles. It includes daily encouragement through devotionals that are scattered throughout the bible. Each selection is dated, and they tend to be seasonal, which is a huge help during the holidays, back to school time, and burn out season!

Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp

This book is a MUST if you create your own homeschool curriculum. It lays out year by year what your kids need to know. I tried to check it at the end of each school year, and make sure we covered most topics before standardized testing. A lot of the resources recommended are free, and can be found at your local library.

Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool by Karen DeBeus

Karen offers encouragement to moms at all stages in their homeschool journey. She reminds us that homeschooling is a calling, and that if we let Him, God will lead our homeschool.

Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson

I LOVE this book! If you feel discouraged, you will want to read this book. If you like to laugh, you will want to read this book. If you are a homeschool mom…. You will want to read this book!

The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance: Nurturing Your Marriage Through the Homeschool Years by Heidi St. John

How many of us let our marriages slide thanks to homeschooling? I know I do! This book encourages us to NOT let that happen.

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child’s Learning Style by Cathy Duffy

Not sure what curriculum you want to use next year? Grab this book! It also helps you find what learning style your child has, and what teaching style you have. This makes a big difference when you are choosing a curriculum.

Schooling at Home While Working at Home by Misty Bailey

As a homeschool mom, I know how hard it is to make ends meet on one income. That is why I wrote, Schooling at Home While Working at Home. It offers practical tips to help you land a work at home job, AND gives you advice on how to make work and school happen as a work at home homeschool mom.

Educating the Wholehearted Child:  A Handbook for Christian Home Education:  Home to Use Real Books and Real Life to Make Your Home a Vibrant Center of Living and Learning for You and Your Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson

This book is chalk full of information that will help you lay a biblical foundation in your home and school. The Clarkson’s share practical tips to help you parent well, while nurturing your child’s heart, soul and mind.

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

I have not read this book, but it gets excellent reviews from many homeschool moms.

The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school?one that will train him or her to read, to think, to ?understand?, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. “

Simply Homeschool: 2nd Edition: Have Less Fluff and Bear More Fruit

By Karen DeBeus

Karen DeBeus tells you how to make homeschooling simpler, and how this makes your life and your children’s life so much easier. The book is full of tips to make school happen, ways to teach, and how to take the unnecessary out of your life.

So, pick one or more, and enjoy some time reading these great books for homeschool moms. Hopefully they encourage you in your journey as a homeschool mom!

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

 

 

Socialization Opportunities for Homeschoolers

Homeschool parents hear the socialization question…. A LOT! And, if you are like me, it DRIVES YOU NUTS!

However, if you are really, truly concerned about socialization, and if that is really, truly why you are hesitant to homeschool, then I am here to reassure you. Homeschool kids ARE socialized. If anything, we are too social because we try to make up for the perceived “lack” of socialization.

Head to the Southeast Homeschool Expo for socialization opportunities for homeschoolers.