A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a few reasons why Homeschool CEOs should homeschool in the summer. Now that summer is in full swing though, you might be wondering what types of homeschool activities you can do with your kids.
Well, just because you’re homeschooling in the summer doesn’t mean that you need to follow your usual schedule. Summer is actually the time to have a change of pace and be more relaxed in your homeschool.
With that said, here are some fun summer homeschool ideas you can try with your kids.
Reading is a great way for kids to learn a lot of different things without having to do actual lessons. You can either make a reading list for your child or enroll him or her in a summer reading challenge wherein prizes are involved as a reward.
Arts and Crafts
Not all homeschoolers get to do a lot of arts and crafts during the school year. Take advantage of the summer then to explore different art projects that you normally...
If your homeschool family follows the regular school calendar, you are most likely on summer break right now. You may not be spending the summer doing what you initially planned to do due to the Coronavirus, but you’re still taking a break from school work before starting another year.
But did you know that there are families that homeschool year-round?
Yes, there are and there are many benefits for doing so. Let me share with you 5 reasons why Homeschool CEOs should homeschool in the summer.
When you follow the typical school calendar, you are usually taking the same holidays as regular school students. That means going on summer break when the beach is crowded and suffering from long lines and peak season rates. Plus, what if summer is also a peak season for your business?
When you homeschool year-round though, you have the freedom to take your breaks any time you want without sacrificing...
As you wrap up your homeschool year, it's important to stop and take some time to evaluate how the year went. This will allow you to figure out what worked and what didn't and give you a better basis for making decisions on how to do things in the next homeschool year.
What exactly do you need to evaluate?
1. Your child's schoolwork
Look through everything your kids have accomplished during the year. What have they learned? Were your learning goals met? Did they struggle with anything? Were they bored or challenged?
Take note that you also need to check your state laws about homeschool evaluations. Some states may require assessments to be administered, such as standardized testing, portfolios, or an evaluation by an education professional.
2. Your curriculum
Just because you’ve been using a particular curriculum for a number of years doesn’t mean you should stick to it forever. It’s important to evaluate a curriculum every year to...
Millions of kids and parents all over the world are stuck at home together right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A lot of these kids had no choice but to continue doing school at home by going online to have a meeting with their teacher and classmates then finishing assigned work on their own or with assistance from their parents.
However, since most parents, students, and teachers were ill-prepared to handle this massive change, many are struggling to make this set-up work, especially since some parents are working at home at the same time. As a result, they’re saying that homeschooling is hard or that it doesn’t work.
What people don’t realize is that homeschooling is NOT about bringing school at home. What is happening right now is not homeschooling but more like crisis schooling. Doing school at home by copying what the schools are doing just causes stress for both parents and kids. You can’t make such as massive and sudden change and expect it to...
The decision on how to go about a child’s education is usually something that both parents agree on together. It’s an important decision to make because it will affect the child’s educational journey and ultimately, his or her future as well.
This is also true when it comes to deciding whether to homeschool or not. If you and your spouse are able to easily agree on homeschooling, lucky you. However, there are those whose partner may be hesitant or even down right skeptical. How then do you get him or her on board?
Listen to your spouse’s concerns.
The first thing you need to do is to understand where your spouse is coming from. Listen actively to his or her concerns or fears. You may find out that they are actually valid and that he or she is not just trying to be negative. You may also discover certain things that you weren't able to consider.
Some common concerns include socialization, time, finances, your ability to teach given...
Homeschooling while also running a business can be challenging enough. What more if you still have preschoolers, toddlers, or babies to take care of too?
Let’s get real. Little ones are a handful. They demand a LOT of our time and attention. It can be hard to figure out how to attend to them, homeschool, AND manage your business at the same time. However, it can be done.
Here are some things you can do to manage homeschooling with littles.
Going outside to play and just enjoy nature can be beneficial for everyone in your family including you and your littles. It’s a great bonding time for the family. Take a walk, run, explore, and play games outdoors first thing for at least 30 minutes on a nice day. You might be surprised that your kids will be more than willing to sit down to “do school” afterwards.
Be creative with scheduling.
One great benefit of homeschooling is the flexibility it gives you to schedule your days. Realize that...
This is the last part of a series of guest posts by Heather Weber, homeschooling veteran of over 20 years. Heather Weber homeschooled her four children from birth through high school and author of mysteries under the pen name Patty Joy.
My favorite guide book for homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind (WTM) by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, includes learning stages, curriculum recommendations, and even advised amount of time the subject should take each week.
Notice I called it a guide book.
I love the premise of the book, and in the beginning of my homeschooling career I tried to follow the exact curriculum, including teaching Latin, and time plans. Though Jessie Wise had three children and I had four, I believed it was the best plan and truly gave it my all. We had a designated school table, the curriculum bought, and I smiled like a kid in a toy store as I purchased school supplies at the drug store that summer before Kindergarten.
And then God laughed.
This is Part 2 of a series of guest posts by Heather Weber, homeschooling veteran of over 20 years. Heather Weber homeschooled her four children from birth through high school and is the author of mysteries under the pen name Patty Joy.
“I want to homeschool, but I don’t know what curriculum to use.”
This was actually my first question as well. Though I was a trained teacher, I had no idea where to find curriculum. I had no idea how my principal ordered the books or found the publisher’s catalogs.
When I started twenty-five years ago, there were no computer programs to provide a complete program. Even if there was, I couldn’t see myself using only computer-based programs for school. My husband and I knew we had one focus: instilling the joy of reading. Once they could read, they could teach themselves anything. To achieve that goal, we would read, read, and read some more in our house.
The Well-Trained Mind (WTM) by Jessie Wise and Susan...
This is Part 1 of a series of guest posts by Heather Weber, homeschooling veteran of over 20 years. Heather Weber homeschooled her four children from birth through high school and is the author of mysteries under the pen name Patty Joy.
Many people tell me “I want to homeschool, but I don’t know where to begin.” I send every one of them to a certain book: The Well-Trained Mind (WTM) by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. It is a pretty hefty tome that can be checked out of the library, chocked full of good information, but it is the place to start for one specific reason.
Every educator in the public school has had a class on educational psychology, a lesson in the different ages and how their student’s brains process new information. WTM does an excellent job of explaining the style of Classical education and how it pertains to the learning patterns of a child’s life.
What is Classical Education?
Classical education is the often...
Is your homeschool space looking like a tornado hit it? Are you having trouble trying to find anything?
Having a disorganized homeschool space can add to your feeling of overwhelm. Aside from that, not knowing where you can find something wastes a lot of your precious time as a Homeschool CEO.
If you’re finding yourself in this situation now, don’t despair. Take the time to do a little spring cleaning and organizing this week with these simple tips.
There are so many educational materials in the market these days. Sometimes, in our desire to provide the best education for our kids, we end up buying all the things. Before we know it, our homeschool area ends up looking like a disaster zone full of things we don’t really use.
The first step in organizing is always to declutter. Look at all the items you have. Throw away anything that is broken and can’t be repaired. Fix those that can still be fixed. Donate usable items that you...