Sunday, October 20, 2013

Do you know your States Homeschool Requirements?

Recently, we had a visit from my inlaws. They are not supporters of our choice to homeschool and pretty much ignore that whole aspect. That is ok with us. We knew going into this, that not everyone would be thrilled or agree with us.

But, imagine my surprise when she asked if  so and so had gotten ahold of us. It was someone from DH's  class and apparently he was considering homeschooling his kids! He lives in Arizona!

Of course, we had not heard anything about this. DH got on the old Facebook and sent him a PM that he could definitely contact me and I would get him on the right track.

He was grateful. He needed to know the homeschool requirements and regulations for his State. He didn't know where to start. Curriculum reviews so that they could make choices. Forums and groups in his area or online that they could get answers! I helped them explore the universe that is HOMESCHOOLING!

His kids are now out of public school! Personal choice that the PS was not doing much in the way of helping his kids learn and grow. Been there, done that. That is the reason we started homeschooling 5+ years ago!

Hard to believe that in October 2008, I was just as wet behind the ears as he is today and here I am, a blogger of 2 different blogs. Homeschool Mom to 2 teens and a moderator for a great homeschool forum that provides TONS of access and assistance for homeschoolers!

I love my jobs and I love being a Homeschooler!!

Happy Homeschooling!!

What the heck is an analogy?

Have you ever had one of those homeschooling days where something comes up with your kids work and you are like OMG.... I cannot remember what that is exactly nor how to explain it?!?!

You tell the kids to play online games for 5 minutes while you use the "bathroom" which is Mom code word for grabbing your tablet and searching what something it..... and some forgotten part of your brain kicks in when you see the definition and suddenly you remember! WHEW!

Yep, I have those a lot. Sometimes I feel like I relearn alongside my boys! Still doesn't mean I retain any of it but I do have days where I feel like I should be rushing through hallways with an armload of books!

"Analogy" is one of those times. I know we have done it. I know that I know it.... but for the life of me....brain fart. Info deleted in my memory.

Internet saves my butt once again!

During a recent science chat about animal lessons, we started talking about a mouse and a computer mouse. We call them the same thing, a mouse. Rarely, if ever does one refer to a computer mouse AS a computer mouse. It is just called a mouse and it depends on the context you are using the word in, that you would understand which one you were talking about.

So, I guess what I am saying it..... it has been 5-10-15-20+ years since we have been in school.... it is OK not to remember things like what an analogy is.... to escape to the bathroom to figure it out!

That is what makes us GREAT homeschooling parents!
Happy Homeschooling!

Oh and in case YOU didn't remember what an analogy was, definition below:

 noun \ə-ˈna-lə-jē\
: a comparison of two things based on their being alike in some way
: the act of comparing two things that are alike in some way