• Keeping Your Home Safe When You Homeschool Your Kids

    If you are homeschooling your children, this means that they are going to be at home practically 24/7 unless they are out somewhere with friends. You need to ensure that the home is completely safe and secure for them to be in if this is the case. Of course, your home should be as safe as possible anyway, but it’s even more important if everyone is home throughout the day. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you should be doing in order to keep your home safe. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.

  • Stressed Because You’re Struggling With Your Studies

    Do you need a bit of extra help with your homework? Most people seem to find themselves in this position! After all, we all have our good subjects and then those that we struggle with. If you are finding homework difficult, online help is the ideal solution. Not only can it be beneficial, but also it can be a much more enjoyable learning session as well. Keep on reading to discover a bit more about it…

  • Feeling Involved In Your Child’s Education

    As a parent, it’s your prerogative to be involved in your child’s education. But for a lot of parents, that can feel very hard to do. Even when you’re home schooling, you can often feel like there’s a disconnect with your children’s studies and your role as both their loving parent and their responsible teacher. 

    It can be hard to get the kids engaged after the ‘school day’ is officially over, and you can often wonder if you’re making the right amount of progress with their education. And we want to squash these kinds of worries before they really take over! So what should you do? 

    Have a Daily Catch Up

    When your children have finished up in the home school classroom for the day, make sure to sit down with them for about 20 minutes afterwards and talk about how it all went. But remember, you’re no longer teacher in this moment!

    Now you’re a parent again, and your children should be able to notice that. As such, they’ll be more likely to open up and be honest! And you’ll be able to have a constructive conversation about how your efforts are taking off. 

    Use At-Home Online Access Tools

    Why not allow a bit more crossover within your home school environment? Sure, you’ve got a ‘classroom’ somewhere in your house where the bulk of learning takes place, but being more flexible with your learning tools is never a bad thing. And one of the best areas for fostering this attitude is the online world. 

    Of course, it’s a good idea to limit your kids’ screen time. But if you also teach them that the online world can be both an educational AND fun place, you may find both you and your kids becoming more engaged. 

    Indeed, programs like ABCmouse are a great jumping off point for families to get involved as one, thanks to just how accessible the online tasks, games, and reports are for both adults and kids alike. And it’s just nice to be able to crowd around something together, like you would a film or a good book! 

    Don’t Let the School Day End 

    Of course, the school day needs to end at some point! It’s not fair to keep your kids locked inside the classroom all day long, but it is fair to allow educational activities to cross over into normal family life. 

    This is especially true of the weekend; don’t let your kids spend 48 hours without thinking about school. Instead, introduce them to some fun yet educational activities that make total sense within the home. 

    Healthy baking, for example. Or PE lessons outside that aren’t structured, but your children get taught about their body limits and how to keep fit. And hey, a simple kick about in the garden can accomplish that! 

    If you don’t feel involved in your child’s education, take some time to think about why. Then, try some new activities that get the whole family involved. 

  • 4 Useful Resources For Homeschooling

     

    Homeschooling your kid can be plenty of fun, and at the same time it can be incredibly challenging. The key to success is establishing a routine that works for both you and your child. When you’re teaching your child at home you’ll need the right resources to support their learning. You’ve probably already got your favorite materials, but it can be good to try new tools every now and then. These four handy resources can support your child in a number of ways.

  • 5 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Different Cultures

    Whether you regularly homeschool your kids, or you just find yourself stuck inside more than usual these days, you might be looking for new, innovative ways to capture their attention and get them interested in different things. 

    While setting up geography lessons for your children is important, it’s not going to be as effective if they aren’t paying attention or if they aren’t interested in the subject(s). 

    So, what can you do to teach your children about different countries and cultures while turning it into a fun activity? Let’s cover a few tips. You never know what you might learn along the way, too!

  • Stuck Inside….. With the Kids

     

    Are you currently being stuck indoors? Keeping kids home and they are starting to go stir crazy? Practicing social distancing, but running out ideas to keep them occupied. Well here is an amazing and free website full of all kinds of ideas for you and the kiddos. The kids that created this have uploaded so many fantastic resources that the world is putting together for this crisis. Everything from virtual museum tours, to art class, to karate links. You name it and they have something for you linked up.

    You want to hear astronauts reading to you from space? Done

    You want to see famous chiefs doing cooking demos? Done

    You want to see some of the world best zoos? Done

    Shoot, you want a tour of Buckingham Palace? Done

    There are really so many links, in all kind of areas. The site is super easy to navigate, and all the links are free.

  • Homeschool Preschool Maze

    Are you back to school? After the holidays it is always hard for us to get back into the groove. It seems that we start back up awfully slow. And now we are at Sunday, and I have nothing planned for the school week. (Shhhh don’t tell the kids that I am so unorganized) Not only do I have nothing planned, it is snowing outside; so instead of sitting at my desk planning the school week. I am outside playing with the kids in the snow. Hello education.com to the rescue!

    Have you homeschool moms tried this site yet? It is such a life saver for days that you need to get some schoolwork done, but haven’t had a moment to plan something. Or even just need something quick and easy to occupy the kids for a moment, they have tons of stuff. 

  • WLINGUA- Wait What?

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    WLINGUA- that is a mouthful isn’t it? It is an awesome new app, that helps you learn Spanish. And as you know, there is Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Mexico. You can pick either one to learn. With being here in the southwest, we opted for Spanish from Mexico.

    Wlingua is an app that helps learn Spanish in very easy way: it’s available for iOS as Android (and of coarse you can log in through your computer). You can download this amazing app for FREE. If you are on your mobile app click here for IOS and here for Android for the direct links.

    Learn Spanish with Wlingua! This is the online Spanish course you were looking for!! 420 lessons from a basic to an advanced level with easy explanations that will help you learn Spanish fast.

    I am loving this app. It is making learning a new language super easy and fun! Actually, my daughters have spent all day working through their lessons. They are having a mini competition to see who is not only getting it done, but getting the highest scores on the quizzes, and who is remembering the most from each lesson. It is fun to see them so excited about learning!

    The way they do the mini-quizzes at the end of the each unit is quite unique. They have you match the Spanish words to the English words. They have you listen to the words and match. Then they have you fill in the blanks. If really covers a lot of material in many different ways to make sure that you are mastering the lessons that you are going through. Plus when you sign up, you automatically get signed up for a free trial of their premium side. When you score 100% on the quizzes, you win additional time on your trial. How awesome is that?

    If you want more information click here.

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  • Homeschooling Reality

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    We have a “school room” in my house. This was our formal dining room, that we converted (or basically took over and refused to give up when the hubby started to complain), to hold all of schooling stuff. Any homeschooling mom know how much stuff you collect, especially when you school more then one. We have this great room, big table (yes the original dining table), we have book cases, we have places for pens/pencils/markers/art supplies. In my mind, we have this great place, for serious studies, that all work gets completed, and all stuff gets contained. All four of us have space to work (my three princesses and me), and it will keep my house clean because there is no reason to work anywhere else.

    The reality, as I look around my downstairs: I am sitting at the kitchen table with my morning tea and laptop, Tink has brought all of her Algebra work to come join me on the kitchen table. Belle has taken all of her art supplies to the living room, to complete her art project in front of Mickey Mouse ClubHouse, and Baby has taken her blocks, aka math manipulatives, and made a mine field going from the front door to the back door. So much for keeping school in the school room.

    Smiling and continuing to drink my tea.

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