Holiday Spelling List

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. 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  It is a great site for finding books written about homeschoolers and books by homeschoolers.

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


HOMESCHOOLLITERATURE.COM IS HOSTING ITS FIRST EVER VIRTUAL BOOK RELEASE PARTY! 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 to Host its First Ever Virtual Book Release Party



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.

Sick day in our house…

Well the past few weeks we have had ear infections, bladder infections and mole removal.  Needless to say school has slowed down.  But that is the joy of homeschooling. Even though we did not have assigned book work for a few days here and there. We did how ever do the next best thing on sick days, we had an unschooling day or two!


Unschooling can be done in many different ways. Unschooling is making educational activities to your children. Unschooling is very child led. Children learn by doing.  For us on our sick days we use educational videos and some online games like unscramble the word and crossword games. Games that can be done on the computer make for laid back school day.  We also do read alouds. Might read ahead in the book we are working on or start a small short story that we can finish in a few days.


What do you do on sick days?

The fly was about to fly into the window.

Got to love those multiple meaning words like I used in the title.  These can sometimes be hard to teach.  Specially when your child has a hard time with spelling and reading to begin with.  We have been explaining to our son the importance of spelling. I love how spelling has this great set of games to help my son out with these. explains those words like this…

Within these two main groups, multiple meaning words can have differences:

  • different capitalization — “You may see a rainbow in May.”
  • different punctuation — “I sent my résumé hoping to find a job and resume working.”
  • different parts of speech — “I like to run” (verb) vs. “I like to go for a run” (noun)
  • different tense — “I would like to read the book you just read.”
  • different degrees (literal or figurative) — “The general ranks above the corporal” vs. “The plane flies above the rooftops.”
We have been using the games on to help my son improve on the use of these words.

Spelling/Vocabulary Help

With the new school year are you thinking of ways to help your child with learning vocabulary words or spelling words?  We do all kinds of things around here.

My pantry door is painted w/ chalk board paint and we use that for writing out our spelling words/vocabulary words. We play games on that board too.

We have lap dry erase boards that we will do practice spelling/vocabulary test on.
We use the web for free games like wordsearch and online vocabulary games.

What do you use to help your child with spelling/vocabulary?


How do your kids see the world?

I saw this commercial on TV and thought I just have to share this with you. Watch it and then read on…


Are your kids only seeing the world from behind the computer or do they think that is the way to see the world? Makes you wonder how many kids are actually doing this; spending more time on the computer then actually out in the world.  With internet safety for kids at the top of my list of issues that we as adults need to be concerned about.  I think the idea that our kids are ONLY seeing things in a world from a computer screen is sad.  I think people who are unschooling might just have something.  No matter if it is summer or the normal school year time their kids are usually out in the world learning hands on.  Even if your not a unschooler, say you school 9 months a year or even school year round; you should really try to help your children see the world in person. Not just from a computer screen.  Take notes from this silly commercial.  Get out and do things but do them with your kids, don’t leave them at home!

Homeschooling Style

I sorta started talking about Homeschooling about two weeks ago.  I think I am going to keep going on that theme.  Turn this into a Homsechool Series. Today I will cover some different kinds of homeschooling. Every child has their own homeschool learning style.  It might take you trying a few different kinds of homeschooling to learn what works for your child.


  • Relaxed or Eclectic Homeschooling -the use all kinds of methods as they tailor things for each individual child. It isn’t a curriculum, or the absence of a curriculum. I myself fall into this type of homeschooler.   I’ve used various books and materials over the years, including some textbooks and online learning.
  • Traditional Textbook – the use of text books.  This kind of homeschooling is the closes to public school.  Sometimes known as school at home. I have seen many people set up a spare room with desk and have school at home.
  • Classical Homeschooling – this process is a three stage process that trains the mind. Stage One – grammar stage, Stage Two – logic stage, Stage Three – Rhetoric Stage.  Each stage builds on the stage before. Also Stage one is Elementary, Stage Two is Middle school and Stage Three is High School.
  •  Unit Study Learning – This is choosing a subject or a book to learn about using all the subjects. Example Unit Study on Space – Spelling – all the planets, Math – measuring the distance between planets, Science – what each planet is made of, Social Studies – when was the first spaceship in space. Language Arts – write a report about a planet of your choice.
  • Charlotte Mason – is reading living books, first hand experience and good habits. Living books are usually written in story form by one author who has a passion for the subject. First hand experience is just what is sounds like, letting children do things for themselves, like nature journals which put the child in nature. Good Habits is a way to teach your child character traits.
  • Unschooling –  process of learning by living, life schooling, or interest led schooling, where the child learns as adults learn–by pursuing their interests, and seeing where those lead them. Example: an unschooler might learn to read because he/she wants to read a book that will tell that child how to do something that they are very interested. If they work on their reading then they learn what they are interested in.
  • Online schooling – this is homeschool curriculum that is online.  There are many different online curriculums out there. Some are through the public schools and are called virtual schools.  I personally do not care for those as it is the same as having my child in public school, you still have to answer to the school system.  There some online schools that cost $100’s of dollars for the school year, almost s much as it would if you were in their private brick and mortar school and then there is one of my favorite that is reasonably priced and kids really like.




Those are the most common homeschooling styles. If you use a different style of homeschooling that is not listed above please comment with what it is and how you implement it into your day.



Be sure to read the post prior to this in the Homeschool Series.  Homeschooling Trends and Homeschooling Ebook.

Homeschooling Ebook

In my last post  I shared about homeschooling trends.


Now I want to share a great free e-book will help any new homeschooler or anyone who is thinking of homeschooling it is called


Welcome to Homeschooling – A Guide for Families



This ebook is full of all kinds of great thing to help any new homeschooler.  Here is a list of things covered in this ebook.

  1. Learn Your Reasons for Homeschooling
  2. Understand Your Child Academically
  3. Learn the Laws
  4. Learn About Learning
  5. Get Connected
  6. Go Online
  7. Plan Your Year
  8. Plan Your Day
  9. Use the Right Materials at the Right Time… And For the Right Child
  10. Learn the Lingo – A Homeschooling Glossary
  11. Have Fun!
  12. Information on Time4Learning – Online Homeschool Curriculum
  13. – One-on-One Writing Help for Kids
  14. Places to Find Other Great Articles And Resources on Homeschooling


I hope this ebook helps you as much as it has helped me.


Keeping Your Kids Brain Awake During Summer

How do you keep your kids brain’s awake during summer?  I mean really if you stop school in June and do not pick up ANY educational items till August/September how would you EVER expect to keep your kids brain awake.  In today’s world it is so easy to add simple ways to keep your kids brain awake and alert.


One way would be have your child read over the summer.  Most public schools offer a reading list.  If you homeschool, you are welcome to check out that reading list also.  I know in our area the Barns n Nobel have these books set a side. So they are easy to find in their book store.


Another way is to play games on line.  I bet your kids would have a ball playing oxymoron games or what about US State games. There are all kinds of on line games out there to help.


One last way to help your kids brain stay awake during summer is to have then journal daily.  Encourage them to journal daily about what they are doing each day during the summer.  Encourage them to be aware of their punctuation and spelling.    You could even have them journal on the computer in a word doc.  This would give them typing practice too.

These are just a few ideas on how to keep your kids brain awake during summer vacation.  Do you have any ideas? Please share if you do.