Sunday, September 23, 2012

Do you use educational videos to supplement your homeschoolers learning?

We are not video learners per say. I know LOTS of our friends use videos as important teaching tools. We have been 100% online learning for the past 4 years but this year is DIFFERENT! We are using a little bit online but a lot of hands on. We are doing workbooks for our history and science so I am thinking of adding some educational videos this year to supplement our new way of learning! I do need to sit down and go over what our lessons ahead are, so I can find some videos or movies that will work with what we are learning! And we just joined a thing called Happy Scientist this year which has online video learning so I want to use that. It was only $5 to join back in August, which was a great buy and gives me the chance to use it or lose it. $5 is a great deal! And even if we use it once a week, we will get our moneys worth! I would love to hear from other educational video learners and how they use it to your child's best advantage! What resource you use, etc.! We homeschoolers learn best from other homeschoolers IMHO!!! Happy Homeschooling!

Using teacher resources to our advantage!

We are teachers, just flat out say it! We might not be teaching a large classroom but we are teaching! And therefore, as a teacher of my children...I am looking for ANY teaching resource I can get my hands on! Whether by computer, by physically having it or by word of mouth! Whatever DEAL I can get as a homeschool teacher, I will do it! Anything to save some money and get a better deal! I am all about the coupons!LOL If I can find a website with a helping hand or teacher resource, I take full advantage to further my education so I can further my child's education! My favorite teacher resource...Spelling City! They have GOBS of information on there and TONS of ways to use it! That and any deals I can get for curriculum, especially when I get it CHEAP! I got Happy Scientist at back to school time for $5! For a whole year for my boys! Even if we just use it a few was less than a workbook for 1 child! So, what is your best teacher resource? I would LOVE to know!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Finding a Secular Homeschool Support Group!!

So, the best thing has EVER happened to our homeschool is finding a support group! Both online and in person! We are secular homeschoolers so finding a secular group or all inclusive group was VERY important. I have nothing against religion, don’t get me wrong but I do not want it in my homeschool. So....I went online and started googling for secular homeschool support groups. I found a great site with an online forum, which literally saved my sanity!LOL There are thousands of members there, in the same situation as I am and have experienced the same issues at some point or another! They have support groups listed for each State, they have a great list of blogs by secular homeschoolers and great monthly giveaways! And through this I met some great LOCAL homeschoolers who in turn introduced me to their local group which has given my boys some great homeschool friends and lots of access to local activities! Whenever I have an issue, whenever I have a question, whenever I have a brag....they are there...whether online or in person! The first thing I tell any new homeschoolers we to find a support group! Whether online or in person or both! It will help you more than you will know! Happy Homeschooling!

Getting to the ROOT of words! is lesson plan time again! For 2 HIGH SCHOOLERS! I have to say it that way because my husband is in denial! He JUST realized that we have a Freshman and a Sophmore! ROFL!!! So....we once again get to our spelling and vocabulary and what to do, what to include and what to use! I really think that this year we need to concentrate on root words! For to truly understand a word, we need to know where it came from, the meaning of it and then we can understand the definition plus be able to know new words on sight! I am using a Word a Day for them, plus we are doing Spelling at Spelling City. Still looking for a good root word program, root word game, etc. But, we are slowly easing into our school year. Last week was Math and Writing. This week we are adding History and Science. THEN, the following week I am adding our Spelling and Vocabulary. Which is good since I do not have the program lined up, nor have I worked it into our curriculum!LOL Just another day in the life our house at least! Happy Homeschooling!!