“Home” Schooling or “_____” Schooling?

Yes, we are what most call “Homeschoolers.” Yes, I have already written a post back a while ago about homeschooling styles but did you know there is even more kinds of homeschoolers out there. I don’t mean philosophy, like Classical, Charlot Mason, Eclectic Homeschooling, or even Unschooling. I am talking about where homeschoolers DO the actual learning.  You will find that the average “Homeschooler” does not do all their schooling at home! Then where do they do their schooling at, you might ask?
 
There are many different names for all the different schoolings….
 
Vacation Schooling – Schooling while on vacation. Taking advanatage of the educational oppertunities that are avaliable when you are on vacation, OR bringing your school work with you to do a little each day while on vacation.
 
Road Schooling – This is normally when you LIVE in a camper of some sort and you move around often. Doing their school where ever they live. One day they might be in Texas and the next in Ohio.
 
Car Schooling – We do a lot of car schooling.  This is where you take your homeschooling anywhere with you.  You do your math worksheets in the car, you listen to history books on cd in the car, you have your spelling test in the car.  Usually on your way to somewhere. On your way to an appointment or to a friends house.
 
Park Schooling – I used to know a family who did this twice a week.  They loaded up all their school stuff and go to the park and do their school at the park, either on a picnic table or under a tree.
 
So when I tell someone I “Home”school my kids it is usually not the whole truth. 🙂

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, ever heard of if? It is new to me, I kept seeing this on fb. I kept seeing homeschool kids that I am friends with on fb saying they wrote 1000 words today. That totally confused me. So I decided to do some research.

 

NaNoWriMo means “National Novel Writing Month”  It goes from Nov 1st to Nov 30th.

 

You set goals and word counts. The website has Pep Talks, Web Badges and more.

This is a great way for homeschool authors to get their start in writing. Also a great way to teach writing. I wish I had looked into this before the END of Nov. Maybe we will try this next year.

Holiday Spelling List

The holiday’s are coming!

The Holiday’s are coming!

The HOLIDAY’S are COMING!

THE HOLIDAY’S ARE COMING!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT week! Christmas is right around the corner. How do you school through the holiday’s?

Do you take off from Thanksgiving to Jan 2nd?

Do you only take off Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and New Years Day?

Are you jewish how do you do school around/during Hanukkah?

What ever holiday’s that fall between now and January what do you do in your homeschool for the holiday’s?

I try to share things that will help you in parenting in an electronic age here on this blog.

I wanted to share a great way to still get “spelling” in during the holiday’s and it be fun while you are doing it.

Spellingcity.com has a great Monthly Holiday Spelling List

All the work is done for you. Just assign a list and your child can do all kinds of things from practice to play spelling games all on line.

Even take the test.

Virtual Book Release “Party”

I love the website HomeschoolLiterature.com.  It is a great site for finding books written about homeschoolers and books by homeschoolers.

On Wednesday November 16th.  HomeschoolLiteratrue.com is going to host its first ever virtual book release.

 

HOMESCHOOLLITERATURE.COM IS HOSTING ITS FIRST EVER VIRTUAL BOOK RELEASE PARTY!

 

HomeschoolLiterature.com is hosting its first virtual book release party on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.  This event will highlight two new books being released by publisher Do Life Right, Inc., which focuses on books written by and for homeschoolers. The first 50 visitors to the online even page will also receive a free Kindle eBook from the publisher!
For more information stop by the press release at HomeschoolLiterature.com to Host its First Ever Virtual Book Release Party

 

 

Guest Post: Tips for Protecting Your Children Online.

I would like to introduce you to Jamie Gaddy, Jamie is an educator and homeschooling mom to six children ranging in age from 14 to 3.  She has had the privilege of being a teacher for over 10 years and an administrator for 4 years.  She is currently a professor for the school of education at Georgia Baptist College, leads a homeschool group, and tutors high school math students. She also enjoys freelance writing for Time4Learning and contributes weekly to the blogs Online Education for Kids and Homeschool Online.

Jamie has written some great tips for protecting your children online.  With Jamie’s permission I would like to share this with you.

Using the internet to educate our children has so many benefits. There are hosts of wonderful resources out there that make our homeschooling endeavor so much easier. It even has the capacity to make boring subjects exciting! Yet, there is a dark side to this treasure trove of information. The dark side of the internet can affect you and your family before you even realize it. In fact, research shows that 1 in 4 families have had to deal with a destructive internet issue within their family unit.
Over the last several years,the growth rate of distasteful sites on line has increased exponentially. So much so that these sites are now intrusive. In other words, you can no longer be safe on the internet by “minding your own business.” Children and adults alike are just no longer safe to search the internet without some sort of protection.
At our house we are online daily for our online learning. This means constant use of the internet. With this constant use, we are exposed with a constant threat. From child predators, to identity theft, to pornography our children are not safe without some form of protection. For ultra conservative homeschoolers and even freethinking homeschoolers this is a necessity. Though it takes a bit of time to set up, there are great free online filters available. If you don’t have a filter installed on each computer in your homes, take time today to set one up. They are free, they’ll help you keep your child’s innocence, and give you some peace of mind.

Here are a few suggestions

1)     You can download a free filter account from K-9 Web Filter or Safe Families. There are other types of filter software available that will give you more flexibility. These usually cost about $40-$80.

2) You will need to set up a new free private email (you can have this email delivered to your regular email account) just for this purpose. Tell no one the password to this email. The Web filter will send notifications and password resets to this email.

3) You’ll need to set up your account. The safest way to set up most filter accounts is to select “custom.” In this way, you can choose exactly which categories you want to keep blocked.

4) You can block specific sites that you may be concerned about. Simply find their internet address and enter it into the program.

5) You can also add specific web sites that you always want to allow. On our filter program, I had to specifically enter all of the Time4Learning websites that are used in order for us to do our daily school work.

www.time4learning.com

www.newhomeschooling.net

www.thelearningodyssey.com

www.spellingcity.com

What great tips! Thanks Jamie for sharing them with us. Be sure to check Jamie out on her blog,  Online Education for Kids, for more great blog post.

 

“Copied with permission from the blog Online Education for Kids)”

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is Homeschooling going?

How is our homeschool year going, you ask? Well we seem to be in a groove with my son, not so much with my daughter.  My son is liking his schedule of getting up doing his online science program and his online social studies program.  He gets both of those programs done before I ever get up and get moving.  Once that is done together we move on to Bible, Math and Writing together.  He then does daily reading to end his school day.

He follows a lesson plan notebook that I have written out for him.  This can take a lot of my time, and sometimes I think that an umbrella school to tell me what to assign would be better, but then I am reminded of the old saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” Even though it takes more of my time it works for my son and he is the one that matters.

Our system looks like this..

As he fills in the date on the item he finished if there is a score he fills that in too. If for some reason, dentist appointment, that he misses something he can go back and see what is left open with out a date and then do it and fill in the date he did it on along with the score if there is one.