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Jul. 29th, 2009 @ 08:21 am
mrs_g
Does anyone else school in the summer time? We decided to this year because we end up taking  time off here and there during the school year and feel like by summertime we are always rushing to get things completed. So, this year, we decided to just do a little schoolwork throughout the summer. Besides, we figure our daughter wouldn't know what to do with herself, otherwise.

Apr. 30th, 2008 @ 10:55 am
celiascreams
I've been looking at record keeping systems online. Do any of you buy them? Or do you do it yourself?

I'm considering buying this one. http://www.3moms.com/html/homeschool_recordkeeping.asp

Mar. 7th, 2008 @ 10:53 pm
celiascreams
Homeschooling is under fire in CA.
Please sign this petition!

Aug. 25th, 2007 @ 07:45 am
kirin76
http://www.magicalchildhood.com/articles/4yo.htm

I thought some of you might appreciate this. :)

Jul. 9th, 2007 @ 03:58 pm
mrs_g
Ok, we are starting to look into some curriculum for the upcoming year. Anyone have any opinions of BJU for 5th grade?
Other entries
» Clear plastic and the kitchen table...
So ~ I FINALLY remembered to buy some clear plastic at WalMart to cover our kitchen table and our big coffee table!! It was surprisingly cheap ~ and I got the heavy duty stuff. I expected to pay $20. and I only spent $10 and bought too much.

In the living room, I put some of our word sheets, some ads from the 30's, some memory verses from Konnect and Abyni's new Multiplication Rhymestables. In the kitchen Each of the kid decorated a place mat type thing on a square piece of scrapbook paper. They put their memory verse, a reminder to take vitamins and each chose thier own things, some left some blank spaces to practice in. I also put our "Interesting Words" poster in the middle and scattered some of our paper snowflakes around... and a handwriting/cursive practice sheet by Abyni and Paris' spot. The girls have been in there for at least 30 minutes with the dry erase markers practicing cursive, writing/tracing their verses that they wanted to memorize and tracing the paper snowflakes that are in there:)

Yay! I love it!! The kids have done a much better job at keeping the table cleaned off, and its no problem seeing who left their food/plates/whatever on the table after a meal!!:)

Also... with the other "word pages" I hung a piece of ribbon across our mantle and used paper clips to hang the rest of our sheets. We'll eventually put them all in a 3-ring binder, but for now I want them all more easily accessible.

I feel so productive:)

Photos here: http://msbyn.livejournal.com/396497.html

How's that for some posts? I did just cheat and steal them from my journal... I have a TON tagged "homeschooling" so I just raided those!
» Creative Writing Assignments
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Today the kids are starting on their new writing assignments. We're in between/in the middle of books and beginning to segue into a new era, so instead of a unit type assignment, I made it a practical one.

I have four job areas, labelled, Job A, B, C & D. Abyni has her own. The older four kids swap each month. I've had each child take their job of the month, and re-write their old 'boring' plain job description in a new way. For instance, instead of "Washing Dishes Job", it will be something like, "How to get heaps of thanks from Mom for doing a FANTASTIC job with the dishes" or "Mission: Dishes How to beat the sink at dirty dishes" etc. They get to practice their creativity, writing and make sure they know what needs to be done for their jobs!:)

ETA: The writing turned out FANTASTIC ~ above what I expected. The kids did a great job... and they know that they know that they know what their jobs are:)
» Children's Literature
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I was looking for lesson plan ideas, vocab, etc for a book I'm reading to the kids and found these. Since this is where I put all my links, here you have it!

Awesome TONS of links:
http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edchildrenslit.htm#W

Don't have time to check out because I foudn what I wanted on the first site:
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/sfleischman.html
» MOD post

We have many members in this community, yet it is not active. I know we don't have much time on our hands; we all are very busy, but what do you think we together revive this community? We can be a source of encouragement to each other. Homeschooling is not without frustrations and challenges. I know. We can pray for each other. We can share resources or methods - what works for your family, what doesn't. To tell you the truth, I can't do it alone. I need all the help I can get. So...if you have anything to share, please do.  Even those people who don't homeschool yet can help. I know when I was just considering this option, I read a lot and did a lot of research. So if you stumble across anything interesting, a piece of news, an article, please share with us :) Thank you! I appreciate you all!


» Homeschool Tracker

This is how I keep records of assignments, field trips, progress, attendance, daily journal, etc. It's a downloadable FREE program (I use the basic one). It's great and so easy to use. You can download it here:

http://www.homeschooltracker.com/


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