A Lighthearted Summer Reading List for Kids (& Moms, Too!)

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

During the traditional school year, you’re probably a bit more stringent when it comes to allocating your time. After all, there’s so much to squeeze in: the lessons, the chores, the laundry, the meals, the extracurriculars–not to mention still having a teeny bit of free time left for yourself and the kids.

But when summer hits, everyone is ready for a little down time–nothing too strenuous or thought-consuming for a while. It’s the perfect time to fit in those books that you just never get around to during the rest of the year.

With those sentiments in mind, check out this lighthearted summer reading list. Read through the titles, print out this post, and take it with you the next time you head to the library. [Read more…]

Weekend Links

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ~ Albert Einstein

Using Google Calendar for Lesson Plans

The following is a guest post, written by Lora Lynn Fanning of Vita Familiae.

The thought of filling a lesson plan book full of notes that I may or may not ever refer back to has always seemed to be a daunting and unexciting task.

But when the idea of using a shareable online calendar for lesson planning came to me, it seemed ideal for my computer-reliant personality and our family.

Here are some of the advantages I’ve found from using Google Calendar in our homeschool. [Read more…]

Learning Through A Co-op

Like it or not, homeschooling can be a lonely existence. Your children don’t have the instant friends that going to school offers and forget the social events — no school plays to be a part of, no teams to try out for, no year-end parties.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Most of us make a conscious effort to get out and meet people, through local homeschool days or extracurricular activities — just to avoid the dreaded socialization issue.

Yes, there is the argument that the world is your friend and there is no need to remain in one peer group. But kids generally do want to play with other children their own age. They are likely to have similar interests and laugh at the same silly jokes.

One good way to meet socialization needs is through co-ops, a core group of like-minded folk who get together and learn.

Not only will it give your kids a chance to burn energy with others who can keep up, it’s also a chance for the parents to indulge in adult conversation. Whether that be a discussion of the latest vaccines, the state of the laundry, or homeschooling concerns, it’s nice to have someone who understands.

In the beginning, it’s good to just get out and meet people. Like any good relationship, a co-op doesn’t happen instantly. You may love the mom, but don’t like the kids–or vice versa. Give it time and you will find that core group of families who you love hanging out with and growing with.

There are no hard and fast rules as to how to get a co-op going, but here are a few guidelines to get you started: [Read more…]

Weekend Links

Thanks for the overwhelming response to my call for guest posts! I’m so glad many of you are interested and I look forward to sharing your work with our readers in the coming months.

Have a lovely weekend and take a little time to check out these helpful links: [Read more…]