Homeschool Posts

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Teaching Children about World (and out of this world) Cultures! (a review)

Teaching Children about World (and Out of This World) Cultures! A reviewAward winning author Carole P. Roman has written many books for elementary children, including her If You Were Me and Lived In… world culture series. These full-color picture books introduce kids to what it would be like to live in different parts of the world. We had the opportunity check out: If You Were Me and Lived in…India, If You Were Me and Lived in…Poland, and If You Were Me and Lived…on Mars. Yes, that’s right---we learned about what it might be like to be a Martian (or at least a space colonist on Mars). For a fun bonus, we also got to read Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, a chapter book for young readers.

Carole P. Roman

Let’s take a quick look at each of these books. Smile


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

First Day of Our Homeschool Co-op

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We had a long, but exciting, day today! We attended our first day of our Catholic, classical homeschool cooperative. This is an all-day program that meets twice a week. The main program serves children in grades 5 through 12, but for younger kids we have a Classically Catholic Memory program and one of the moms also runs a great Story of the World program.

Emma had a blast. Of course, she is our super extroverted, social butterfly. The other kids did well and all seemed to have a good day. Peter, the one I was most worried about, seemed genuinely happy at lunchtime and at the end of the day.  Right now they are unwinding by playing Mario Kart after dinner. Tomorrow, they will be doing “homework.” This is definitely a big transition for us. We’ve always been independent homeschoolers. I plan to post frequent updates throughout the transition.

Do you use a co-op or charter? Are you an independent homeschooler? Tell me about it!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Do You Need Standardized Testing in Your Homeschool?

As the summer comes to a close in our part of the world, many folks are embarking upon a fresh, new homeschool year or just beginning their journey in home education.  Some of them are wondering, “What about standardized testing? Do I need to test my kids each year? Do I need to have them take tests regularly so they’ll be ready for college entrance exams when the time comes? Do I need proof that they have learned what they need to learn?”

Do You Need Standardized Testing in Your Homeschool?The short answer is: it depends.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Our Eclipse Adventure!

Our Homeschool Eclipse Adventure

We weren't the only ones on our street holding cardboard boxes up to our eyes, waving colanders over our heads, or trying to project the sun onto the concrete using a telescope.

I told my husband that with the addition of aluminum foil to stop up the gaps, it looked a bit like were were trying to tune in alien signals or catch a glimpse of a cloaked saucer. Rolling on the floor laughing 

All kidding aside---this was a cool eclipse adventure!

We didn’t have any eclipse glasses. Blame that on my poor planning---yes, homeschooler that I am, I admit that when it comes to planning for educational moments as they present themselves, I’m not so great. My kids seem to prefer it that way, so I’m calling it a win.

Besides, if we had gotten the glasses, we might not have tried out 5 different methods of projecting the eclipse so that we could safely view it.

Our favorite methods were the big box pin hole camera and the colander. But the smaller box viewers and even the paper plates were also great---I’d say each method had its pros and cons and I’m happy that we tried them all.