Archives for October 2011

Kris’s Biggest Homeschool Mistake: Teaching in Subject Blocks

Written by contributor Kris of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I‘ve been homeschooling my three kids, ages 16, 11, and 10, since 2002. Well, technically, I was only officially homeschooling the oldest way back in 2002. That year was not without its mistakes – the biggest of which was thinking that I had to model our homeschool day after a public school day, complete with the Pledge of Allegiance and recess.

Okay, so the Pledge wasn’t so bad, since I wanted my kids to know it, and my daughter definitely enjoyed her midday half hour outside when the weather was nice, but some of the structure was a little over the top for our rather relaxed family.
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Tips for Creating a “Bad” Homeschool Day Routine

A note from Jamie: My family moved to a new house and town over the weekend, so the only school currently on our minds is the school of life (the most important one, after all). Enjoy this replay from last October while I unpack boxes and get settled. I’ll be back next week to share my biggest homeschooling mistake.

Ever have one of “those days?” I bet I’m not the only one! In spite of our best intentions, not every day of our homeschooling life will end up winning us Teacher of the Year.

You’ve probably spent a significant amount of time brainstorming and planning how the school day will flow in your home. You may have even created a flexible schedule of the order in which you’ll tackle specific subjects.

Maybe it looks something like this:

  • Breakfast/Cleanup
  • Reading/Phonics together on couch
  • Math with Suzie; Jim works on Language Arts
  • Math with Jim; Suzie works on Language Arts
  • Spelling together
  • Prepare for lunch

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Amida’s Biggest Homeschooling Mistake: Saving Projects for a Rainy Day

Written by contributor Amida of Journey into Unschooling

I used to be a hoarder, stashing away all sorts of goodies for a rainy day. Sometimes, these were fabulous books I had found that I wanted to look over with the kids. I’d read them (in private) and put them away for that perfect time to share. Or I’d acquire some new art supplies, and then store them away for that next great project.

Other times, they were more ordinary things such as math manipulatives or even interesting paper. A big component of my secret collection were the science kits for every subject imaginable, from owl pellets to solar models, carefully hidden away in the garage.

Unfortunately, the rain never came and my wonderful resources just collected dust. Sometimes the perfect opportunity presented itself but I either couldn’t find the time to share the item, forgot where I had stored it, or worse, forgot it even existed.
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Jessica’s Biggest Homeschooling Mistake

Written by contributor Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats

I have a big head. Seriously.

I have a bigger hat size than my husband. We call it “the Getskow head” after my maiden name. Some of my kids have the Getskow head. Others don’t. We laugh good-naturedly when the seven year old wears a larger bike helmet than his big brothers. He has a Getskow head.

I also have the corresponding confidence problem.

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My Biggest Homeschooling Mistake

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

Haven’t you ever wished you could have, as a new homeschooler, a mentor for the journey? Someone who would share her successes, her advice, her struggles, her regrets? Someone who would allow you to learn from her mistakes?

As editor of Simple Homeschool, I receive plenty of emails from moms who have an inner nudge that bringing their children home to learn is the right decision for their families.

Often, though, they desperately fear making a mistake–maybe choosing the “wrong” curriculum, allowing their kids to fall behind, or not giving the child a chance to socialize appropriately.
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