How does a homeschooler “end” the school year?
Traditional schools have a “last day” scheduled on the calendar even before the school year begins. They know exactly how many days are left at all times. When you homeschool, things are quite different but that’s the beauty of it – we aren’t tied to the calendar. We can school on Saturdays and through snow days. If we want to be done at the end of April, then we set that goal and truly be done by May 1st!
We did exactly that. Continue reading
There are many styles of homeschooling and many reasons to homeschool. Our style is Semi-Structured and Common Core Based. (I’ll wait while you cringe because I used the phrase “Common Core.”) It’s the dreaded phrase these days, but I’m not phased by it.
What is your learning style?
I was having a discussion with another homeschooling mom today and we got on the topic of learning styles. One of the best parts about homeschooling is being able to adapt the curriculum and lessons to your own child’s learning style.
Each child learns differently and achieves milestones at different ages, but we are always curious to know where our kid stacks up with other kids his or her age. Having an idea of what is generally expected at certain ages on the grid of life helps us guide our child on their own path. Are they behind in a certain area? Are they advanced and excelling?
Great Schools has a wonderful bank of video resources for typical milestones in reading, math, and writing for children K-5.
Setting up realistic goals for our first year of homeschooling wasn’t easy.
I was overwhelmed with information at first. I had read blog after blog looking for advice, structure, and plans. The entire summer before our third-grade year I researched, looked at curriculum, read blogs, took notes… Continue reading
When you’re mapping a route to anywhere there’s one rule:
Start at the very beginning…
The best advice is always found in a musical somewhere – thanks Julie Andrews.
Really though, just pick a place to start. Continue reading
I wasn’t lost – but who has the map?
Full disclosure right now – I’m starting this blog a few years into our homeschool adventure. So it’s going to look like I was a hell of a lot more organized than I actually was at the time. I spent many months getting ready but truthfully I had no idea what I was doing.
It was the exact same feeling I remember from when my son was born. Continue reading
Am I smarter than a 3rd Grader – That was the million dollar question.
I know how to be a designer. I know how to go to school and learn. I know how to be a wife and a mother… but did I really know enough to teach my son everything he needs to know in third grade? (and beyond!?)
If you are homeschooling, or are thinking about it, you’ll know this feeling well. There are doubts that enter your mind when it comes to educating your kid. We don’t get a degree to change a Continue reading
“School stinks – It’s 6 hours of wasted time!!”
My son said that to me a few years ago–actually, he pretty much yelled it at me. He was the ripe old age of 7 and was 3 months into his 2nd grade school year. I couldn’t help but smirk at first and shrug it off. After all, he was 7. What did he really know about wasting time?