Don’t Homeschool Your Child!

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This is a post I wrote in 2010 but feel it needs to be said again.

When I first began homeschooling, my daughter was in fifth grade and my son was just four years old and had just graduated preschool.

I remember the overbearing weight I felt to succeed that first year. After all, everyone was looking to me to see if this homeschooling stuff really worked. I was also very aware of the fact that many were just waiting to see me fail so they could say I told you so.  In fact somewhere in the darkness I could hear my own voice questioning my ability to see this through.

Please don’t get me wrong I had others who were supportive of my decision and many who were simply undecided. And so I began my homeschool journey with a heavy burden that was not of God.

Oh how I wish I could go back all those years ago and have a good talk with myself!

I would tell myself to NOT homeschool my child!

I don’t mean I wouldn’t homeschool at all because I most definitely would since we have been called by God to follow this path.

**I should add in at this point in the post that I do not believe everyone is called to homeschool.  We must all as parents follow the path that has been uniquely carved out for our family.  

But I wouldn’t force any kind schooling on a four year old!

I am specifically talking about my four year old son here. What I mean is that I would remind myself that he was already learning from everything around him. Instead of focusing on traditional lessons I would give him lots of time to play outside and learn first hand about out Creator through creation. I would spend more time playing games with him that involve matching or sorting. And I would read to him a lot!

We would spend more time taking trips to the library, nature centers,zoos, farms, parks, cider mill, museums….

I would tell myself that it is not a race. I have nothing to prove to anyone but God and I would lay the burden of performance at the Masters feet.

I would allow my son to lead during this time. One thing I’ve learned is that I didn’t need to push my child at four to learn to read. I did this mainly out of fear of what the rest of my family was thinking as they looked on with disapproval. I know now that there is a time for more formal lessons later, and I would have cherished those early years more had I known what I know now. I would have spent more time cuddling and talking with my child and less time forcing a reading or math lesson.

I would remind myself how exciting it is to be taking those first steps of faith into a journey of homeschool!

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Free Homeschool Planner!

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You might also be interested in these FREE Printable Homeschool Report Cards.

Even though I know we still have several weeks left, I am already preparing for next year. I know I’m not the only one right?  Thankfully I can relax a bit since we homeschool all year long!

Today you can get a FREE Homeschool Planner!

As a homeschooler myself, I am happy to see today’s freebie! Basically, New Beginnings has put together a great page of printable downloads to help you build your own planners & student planners for the new homeschool year.

You’ll find 180 pages of helpful scheduling resources and planners in this very well designed system that you can use to create THE perfect Homeschool Planner that will work for you!

You’ll find all of the different pages to download along with instructions on the best way to use this system. They offer several options to make this planner truly yours starting with your choice of covers!

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Teach Your Kids Study Habits That Last

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How to teach your kids study habits that will last a lifetime?

If getting your kids to sit for longer than 5 minutes in front of anything that isn’t tv, computer games or food, then don’t despair. You’re not alone. Parents across the globe battle with how to get their kids to concentrate on their homework. This is especially important if you have chosen to homeschool, where there are be more distractions than in a traditional classroom setting.

Here’s our top tips to help you support your kids to develop study skills they will have forever.

Cut out distractions

Communication is key — if our attention is elsewhere, we can’t expect our kids to be any different. It might sound basic, but remember to turn off the phone and the TV, find a time when you won’t be disturbed and give your kids your undivided attention to get them going .

Define the study space

Whether it’s a separate study, somewhere in the family living space or a desk in their own bedroom, your child needs a designated space to do their work. This should be far away from tv screens or other distractions. Make sure they have access to paper, pens, a computer if they need one, and a comfortable chair to sit on. A great tip is to get your kids to help design their own study space -– if they have chosen their own desk or study light for example, it can really help them to feel ownership over a space that they will want to spend time in.

Encourage good study skills

One of the most effective things we can teach our kids is the ability to learn for themselves, something which home-schooled children often excel at. Encourage your kids to develop their note-taking skills and to summarise ideas and concepts in their own words. It may take some time, but working on these skills now will really pay off in the future. Not only will they feel better equipped for their exams but study skills may also help them to go on to further education, and allow them to achieve the qualifications to gain entrance to renowned international schools, such as University College London (UCL) in the UK, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates or Stanford in the US.

Be realistic

Finally, be mindful of how much kids can cope with at different stages in their development. Opinion is slightly divided – and every kid is different — but most child psychologists say that the attention span for a child is around 3-5 minutes for every number of years old they are. So if your child is 10, they may be able to concentrate on a task for 30-50 minutes, but don’t expect them to sit for hours. Encourage regular breaks and look out for signs your child is getting frustrated.

Homeschooling can be hard work, but also extremely rewarding when we see our kids excel. So keep calm, persevere and above all, enjoy helping your kids to learn.

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Kids Summer Reading Book List

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Summer has officially begun for some already and I thought a summer reading book list for kids might be handy!

There is nothing that reminds me of summer vacation like the idea of sitting against a tree on a beautiful summer day getting lost in a new land.  When I was a kid books were my way of traveling to far off places (and times).

One thing that I suggest when choosing some summer reading books for your kids is to choose books that are easier reading than they are normally used to.  There is no reason that they need to read a 500 page novel (unless they want to of course) and summer reading is supposed to be fun….not work!

Don’t forget to check out all of these FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs!

Also most of the books listed below are on sale Buy 3 Get One FREE!

Elementary School

Pinkalicious - Ages Kindergarten & Up

This sparkling picture book, filled with such favorites as pink bubble gum, pink peonies, pink cotton candy, and pink fairy princess dresses, celebrates all things pink while showing that being yourself is best of all.

My Father’s Dragon - Ages 6 & Up

The Giving Tree - This is one of my families favorite childhood books!  

The Magic Treehouse Books - Ages 8 & up

Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books…and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures. Whether it’s watching baby dinosaurs hatch, finding a secret passage in a castle, helping a ghost queen in an Egyptian pyramid, or finding pirate treasure, readers won’t want to miss a single story!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

Junie B Jones – These are the stories of a girl that trouble always follows.

The Boxcar Children - I LOVED this series when I was younger and so did my kids!

The Chronicles of Narnia – This is another series that my family and I enjoyed reading aloud together!

The Black Lagoon Books –  These fun-filled chapter books mix school, monsters, and common kid problems with hilarious results.

Percy Jackson - My son was a very reluctant reader and I had pretty much given up hope when I stumbled upon Percy Jackson!  You can read how one book had the ability to turn my son into a voracious reader (at least until he’d read the entire series).

Mike Lupica Books - Ages 8 & Up  These look to be mostly sports themed and comes highly recommended by a Paula, the mom of 3 boys.

Gary Paulsen Books – Ages 10 & Up These also come highly recommended for boys.

Little House on the Prairie -  You could let your child loose with these books, or sit down and read them aloud with them.  We read them aloud and it has become a family favorite memory.

Rick Riordan Books - Ages 10 & Up My son LOVED all of the books by Rick Riordan that he has read.  And that’s saying a lot since whe would rather have a tooth pulled than actually read for the fun of it ;)

High School

The Hunger Games Trilogy - Thanks to the popularity of the movie based on the first book, people of all ages are curious to read the series.  I read it and loved it, as did my son who is 14 years old and not a huge fan of reading.  in fact the following book is the only reason I was ever able to get him to read anything “for fun”.

The Lord of the Rings – This series is even better than the popular movies based on the story.

Nicolas Sparks - My daughter read every one of his books that she could get her hands on one year when she was about 17 years old.

Cornelia Funk Books - There are several highly recommended books by this author.

Don’t forget to pick up a couple of Craft & Activity Books! These are great to keep on hand for long car rides too. Also it would be a lot of fun to have a nature activity book available for spur of the moment backyard fun!

Are there any books missing from this list that you would recommend?