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Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Children, Education, Family, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Memories, Motherhood, Parenting, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 2 comments

This Is Homeschool: 01.16.14

This Is Homeschool: 01.16.14

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We’ve been spending lots of days in our jammies (you’ve got that right – full days in pajamas – simply because we can). Between multiple illnesses among us and the freezing cold temps outside, why bother getting dressed?! Today, being a ‘recovery’ day, we decided to stay in our pj’s & do things like play cards, dye noodle necklaces (post coming soon), read, & do workbooks and a few other projects.

We love playing cards for so many reasons. As homeschoolers, it teaches us various concepts such as numbers, taking turns, strategy, planning ahead…and as a family, it brings us together for some time, usually a long time, and teaches patience as well as how to win and how to lose.

Crazy 8’s (pictured) is a great game for little ones. Also, Go Fish, Old Maid, & Speed are fun, age-appropriate games to play with preschoolers & kindergartners. The kids love playing card games & learn in the process: a win-win! Who knew a little play could lead to such enrichment?!

What are some of your favorite family-friendly card games? Do share, please!

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Children, Christmas, Crafts, Creative, DIY, Economical Activities, Education, Gift Ideas, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holidays, Homemade, Homeschool, Kids Activities, Kindergarten, Parenting, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 0 comments

This Is Homeschool: Gingerbread Crayons

This Is Homeschool: Gingerbread Crayons

It’s snowy and cold. Winter is here, and so are the holidays…in full force!

As busy as I’ve been, I always try to make time to craft with the kids. For the past several years, we have collected broken crayons from our home, restaurants, etc. We just hold onto them to make our own crayons!

I found a fairly inexpensive gingerbread crayon mold at Hobby Lobby last week (it was 50% off) for a total of about $4.

The kids love to peel stuff (it’s a gene, I swear), so we got to work stripping the crayons. This takes a while, but with a little Christmas music & storytelling, we passed the time fairly easily.

Speaking of time, we’ve been learning about the passage of time – how long is a minute, an hour, a day. We guessed how long it would take to melt the crayons in the toaster oven. We didn’t get too scientific, rather we kept it simple. Each child guessed & Marsden came the closest! Then we did the same for guessing how long it would take for the crayons to cool. Tavia was closest this time.

A fun and pretty time consuming activity – with lots of play time in between!

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Homeschool, Kindergarten, Preschool, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 0 comments

This Is Homeschool: August 30, 2013

This Is Homeschool: August 30, 2013

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A typical morning spent reading in our jammies.

As we prepare to begin a new year of schooling at home with a kindergartner, a preschooler & a toddler, I continue to learn something new on a daily basis in regards to homeschooling.

We can choose to do whatever we want, whenever we want.

Thus far, I would consider our family a blend between unschoolers & structured schoolers. We find the children are happy playing often, though they seek the structure we find in our day through doing things such as workbooks, reading, math, experiments, etc. We will continue on this path until fate speaks differently.

We get out very often to socialize with friends and family. I have created a homeschool co-op composed of local families with similar-aged children. We gather weekly for fantastic outings where we always learn something fun and new! I will be posting updates throughout the year to share the interesting outings we take.

As well, we are members of several local Moms’ groups and we have plenty of amazing friends and family with whom we get together frequently.

So, no worries about socializing our homeschooled kids. They get more interaction than those in a structured school setting, for sure!! It’s great to see them developing relationships with others of all ages. Human interaction is so important in life!

To those of you who say summer is over because school has begun – Bah Humbug! The summer season is most certainly still upon us! This month, we are continuing to enjoy our summer and are in no hurry to start the “school year”. Every moment is a learning experience and we always are on the lookout for educational opportunities in our every day life.

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Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Children, Education, Family, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Life, Motivational Posts, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Philosophy, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 8 comments

This Is Homeschool

This Is Homeschool

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A day-to-day depiction of exactly what it is us homeschoolers do.

With the start of a new “school year” for some, I thought it would be appropriate and fun to share a little about what we will be partaking in this coming year.

This will be our sixth year homeschooling, though we will not officially have to submit paperwork to the State until next year. (For those of you in New York State, Kindergarten is optional, as is Preschool, obviously, as long as your child does not turn the age of six during that school year.) You may be saying to yourself, “That’s just a family photo. We do that, too. We go places together, too.” And you’re correct. You homeschool anytime you’re with your children. Our family simply does it twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week when we’re together. Like most people, we begin homeschooling in the womb, whether y’all were aware of it or not. Babies and children are always learning. Humans are always learning. It’s in our nature.

Hence, one of the many reasons we are choosing to homeschool.

Family. Togetherness. We love being together and feel our children learn best with guidance and love. That is not to say they cannot learn from another teacher in a school setting. Of course they can! However, we think they learn best from their surroundings, that being confined to an institution with perfect strangers all day will not allow them to flourish to the utmost in their natural abilities. The way to accomplish this is to be together and go out in the world and learn together.

This is homeschool.

This happens to be one of my favorite family shots, as it shows that even in the most beautiful setting, there is reality. :)

This happens to be one of my favorite family shots, as it shows that even in the most beautiful setting, there is reality. 🙂

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