Getting “back” into our homeschool routine is pretty much the same as saying, “After school, we’ll go to the pool!” It’s pretty much the same year ’round. However, there are certain times of the year that when it comes down to it, they still need that extra ‘umpf’ to get back into school at home.
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Every parent’s hopes are high as the end of summer approaches and we all start to get our kids ready for school. We imagine them having the greatest year yet – making new friends, having a good teacher, and enjoying every minute of their day. But as the year starts, we realize quickly that school is not very fun for our children. From the moment they walk into kindergarten they are expected to sit down for extended periods of time, eat and go to the restroom at only prescribed times of the day, and have little to no active movement throughout their day. They are sent home with hours of homework, having little to no downtime between school, family responsibilities, and extracurricular activities. No matter if your child is 5 or 15, traditional school curriculums are not made for their bodies or their minds. It has been like this for decades, getting progressively worse as the years go on. But who is going to change that?
Hey girl hey! I’m Heather, resident Social Media Manager here at Daily Mom, and one of Daily Mom’s OG’s – I’ve oh-so-proudly been here since day 1! I’m also currently feeding my entrepreneurial spirit as a wellness coach, and doing other little side jobs here and there to help support our family. I have three children, so you can imagine, life is quite busy and chaotic around here (almost as chaotic as trying to get a photo with all three kids looking at the camera and not making a goofy face).
If your child is school age or approaching it, you may notice that they prefer learning one way over another. Don’t stress trying to put your child into a “learning style” box. No learning style is better than another. Most emerging learners are like people, better when they are a collaboration of many different styles and ideas. You may find some children have a more dominant style, while others have a dominant style that varies depending on the activity. Observe your child in play by themselves and with others; you may start to notice a natural preference.
There are seven main styles of learning: Visual, Aural, Verbal, Logical, Social, and Solitary. It is important to understand learning styles and how to better engage your child. You can work with your child in their preferred method for some learning, then try combining others ways to help learn from another approach. Below we’ve broken down what each one means and different ways to engage and challenge your emergent learner.
There are a lot of homeschooling books on the market. So many, in fact, that one gets bogged down just scanning the Amazon search results. There are several reasons why there are so many books.
- There is no one “right way” to homeschool.
- Homeschooling educational philosophies vary.
- Different states have different requirements.
- Homeschooling has become more commonplace.
- Veteran homeschoolers desire to share their wisdom.
- Curriculum options are endless and ever-changing.
- Available choices for charter schools, hybrid schools, university model schools, and homeschooling co-operatives have exploded in recent years.
Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what a typical day in their life is like? We bet most of us have. We wonder sometimes if our days are similar to others, especially people who are in the same season of life as us. Or we are curious how someone who is the complete opposite of us spends their days. How many times as a new mom have you scoured the web to find other mom’s feeding, sleeping, and daily schedules for their baby, just to be sure you’re on the right track and to feel a sense of camaraderie? Have you wondered how working mothers juggle it all? Do you really think stay at home moms sit on the couch and eat bonbons? Do you ever ask your friends how they spend their days or what they do on the weekends? We all want to know what the other person is doing. We’re curious by nature. Social media has certainly helped us out in this area, so thank you Facebook and Instagram.
“Everyone Wants to Quit in November and February” Time Management Tips (for homeschoolers and more!)
If you’ve been homeschooling for any length of time, you’ve probably heard that “Everyone wants to quit in November and February.” While Susan Wise Bauer may have quipped this during a live seminar, her blog actually says, “My mother [Jessie Wise] always says that everyone wants to quit home schooling in November, February, and May.”
For some children, math comes easily. For others, it is a bit more of a struggle. Why? Why do some children just “get it” when their teacher explains a new concept and others don’t? The trouble may lie in that word: concept. Children who are able to conceptualize new ideas quickly will naturally do better than those that don’t.
In preschool through elementary age, an easy way to bridge this conceptualizing gap is through the use of manipulatives—something concrete or tactile to hang ideas on before moving on to the pictoral representations or abstract concepts in the math book and worksheets. These 5 hands-on helpers can help your child bridge that gap.
It’s the first day of school! Your social media feeds are bursting with pictures of cute preschoolers, and sweet elementary students (and perhaps some reluctant middle and high school children) all dressed in brand-spanking-new clothes. You can see the excitement in their eyes as they pose on the front porch or at the bus stop.
Your children? They probably haven’t even left the house yet, and there’s a good chance they are still in their pajamas. For whatever reason, you’ve opted out of “traditional” schooling. In fact, because you can set your own schedule, everyone else’s first day of school may not even be yours! You may not start until after Labor Day, or maybe you’ve already started. Whatever the case may be, don’t let the blues creep in over the deluge of photos that you aren’t necessarily a part of. Take advantage of your situation and make the most of everyone else’s first day of school with these ideas.
You’ve heard about the summer learning slump before. Libraries across the country lament the loss of one month of reading skills during the summer and aim to encourage reading through various reward programs. Unfortunately, there’s more to the story.
Not only do children lose an average of one month of reading and schooling, they lose two months worth of math skills, four months of math computational skills and 5 months of spelling skills! It’s going to take more than a few trips to the library to ameliorate sliding math and spelling skills, but it might just be a bit more fun. Today we offer some fun ideas to get you started.
Perhaps you are considering or have made the decision to homeschool, a choice you and your spouse or close family probably thought long and hard about. Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute describes homeschooling as “the fastest-growing form of education.” (1) Making the decision to homeschool is only the first step– next you need to select a curriculum that best accommodates all educational aspects for your child. Read on for an overview of the potential options to choose from!
Choosing the curriculum you will be using for an entire school year can be one of the most daunting tasks for homeschooling parents. Let us help make the decision just a little easier on you. We have some tips to help point you toward a curriculum that both you and your children will be happy with all year long.