There are so many curriculums out there that it’s not only hard to choose, but it can be quite overwhelming. You want to get just the right one. You know that once you start a program, you will do it for at least a year even if it’s bad. And if it was bad, then you have to start all over with your research. No one wants to get the wrong curriculum for their family. No one wants to start all over. I hope this review will leave you with a definite impression of the Common Sense Press First Grade Language Arts program that it is either perfect for you and your child, or it is not.
It’s that time again. Time to be thinking about the new school year. Even though we homeschool year round, we officially “start” the next year September 1. That means I intentionally focus a part of my prayer time in August to praying over the new school year. My technique each year is to make a new list over my concerns for the upcoming year. Before finalizing it though, I review my list from last year to see if it my new list needs any tweeking. I also like to look at my prayer areas from the previous year and try to realize areas in which I’ve grown. (That’s what this site is all about–growth–right?) I am happy to look back at my heart and realize areas that concerned me last year really don’t any more. He’s working on me Friends! Praise God!
As adults, we will come into contact with children. For most of us, this will be often–even if we don’t have children of our own. And at some point, many of us will be the authority over a child or group of children. Weather we are teachers of formal school, homeschool teachers, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, or VBS instructors–we have at least one thing in common. There will be a difficult child, or group of difficult children. At some point, all children misbehave. If we are the authority figure for a group of children, we realize bad behaviors are bound to happen here and there. Are you equipped to handle this situation? Here are some questions to ask yourself in preparation before you start this journey (or if you’re already there but would like to revamp your approach).
No two homeschools are alike. They are as different as the reasoning for choosing them is. I guess by this reasoning, ours is “normal” by lying outside the box. While most homeschoolers are up getting ready for the day and starting by 7:00, 8:00, or even 9:00, we aren’t. We aren’t even close to that. And it’s okay. Because evening classes just work so much better for us.
We all have things in our homeschools that really make it all possible. Here are the top eight things in my homeschool that I just couldn’t live without. (And I hope you will share your list with me as well!)
If you weren’t homeschooled and don’t know anyone who is homeschooling, then it can be pretty intimidating to actually start. Fortunately in this day and age, reaching out to other homeschoolers is only the click of a mouse away. Finding a website or two that you really enjoy can help tremendously to not only help you start, but also let you know that you are not alone. We never planned to homeschool, and neither my husband nor I were homeschooled. We didn’t know where to start. Do we google “preschool homeschool curriculum” and order whatever comes up? Boy was I glad that I found some quality sites that kept me from doing that. If you don’t know where to look or begin, then let me share with you some of my favorite sites specific to preschool, and then a couple that will grow with you.
Anyone who grew up around me or knew me as a child-less woman knew that I ran a tight ship. Everything was done at 110%, and always early. I was the exact opposite of a procrastinator. In fact, it was really hard for me to be spontaneous. I felt good when things were planned. I liked having specific work days I knew I could count on being consistent. Bible study was always Tuesday morning. Choir was always Wednesday evening. Prayer group was always Friday night. I always worked the same morning shift in the nursery. And if I had a vacation? It was mapped out too. So how does a person like that go from having everything scheduled and tightly ran to homeschooling several children? I’ll tell you…
When people find out we homeschool, one of the usual responses I get is, “You must be busy.” And then their eyes dart to the little ones and add with a smile, “Really busy.” Yes 🙂 , we are. I can’t help but smile too when they say it. Homeschooling itself isn’t that bad, really. But trying to keep the littles occupied while we’re doing it…well that’s a challenge! Here’s how I do it. Specifically.
I’ve been asked before how homeschooling is different on a farm. Honestly, I’ve never really known how to answer that because we’ve never homeschooled anywhere else and both my husband and I attended public schools. As we fixed the baby cow’s barn area a bit this morning, it dawned on me how blessed we are to have all these animals not only as our friends, but also as learning tools for my children. Do you have farm animals? Or are any of you considering getting any farm animals? Check out this list of how our farm friends have blessed our homeschool.
One of the advantages to using a year-round homeschool schedule, is that we have flexibility with our lessons. For many holidays, we can take a break from tight structured learning and do some themed lessons. While we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in a huge way, we do take the week to focus on love–God’s love specifically. I have a study I prepare for the children each year, and we end it with a Love party. Using a week in February for this works perfectly for us. I’d love to share with you how we do it and why we do it the way we do. And I’ll share the lesson with you as well at the end of this post.