Sunday, March 30, 2014

Understanding Math better!

So, teaching Math to your kids is worse than being back in school yourself....
You have no idea WHAT this lingo is, you don't remember the formulas, and getting it out onto paper to help them is almost impossible.....
Been there, done that!
Life is NOT over as you know it!
You need to find an online source OR a physical book that helps you with math vocabulary, the formulas, the lingo, etc. because once you do, it HELPS! Trust me on this one.
I have been where you are! I was NEVER strong on Math. I could do basic math, no problems.... but give me anything above pre-algebra and I was lost. My boys were lost and that was the end of that....
I found that these laminated cheat sheets for all subjects. Math, Rocks and Minerals, Algebra, Science and Weights and Measures plus MANY more.
These, along with some sites on how to do certain equations saved us!
The Math one with all the formulas was the best. We didn't have to look up things all the time and it has a nice little glossary of terms on it.
Math was SAVED! My sanity was SAVED!
You can do it! Do not fret!
Check into what is the best solution for you and your homeschoolers!
Happy Homeschooling!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Who doesn't love LEGOS!

Legos are a perfect base for MANY homeschool work!
You can teach fractions with legos. You can learn scale and scope by building with legos. You can learn colors and count with legos. You can work on your reading with lego by following directions in the instruction manuals or books. You can learn about simple machines with legos.
You can create your own simple machine just playing around.
You can buy a lego kit and do the simple machines lesson included and then branch out from that.
You can go online and find some directions to simple machines using legos.
You can join a lego group and learn to build lego machines.
What is a simple machine you ask? I need to know to better help my child, etc.
A simple machine is a non-motorized device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. In general, a simple machine can be defined as one of the simplest mechanisms that provide mechanical advantage.
They are a great way to incorporate science for kids into your homeschool! Kids feel like they are playing but they are not! They are learning AND playing!
And if you are new to legos, they are like potato chips....your kids cannot just stop at 1. My boys have TONS of legos and even at 16 and 17, they still play with them! Legos ROCK!

Happy Homeschooling!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Learning some Literature!

Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies, Canterbury Tales, Oliver Twist, Where the Red Fern Grows and many other great works of literature should be read! Even in your homeschool!
And then you can work it into other parts of your homeschool week! Spelling or Language Arts is a great place to start! Literature-based word lists for Spelling are a good addition! Not only do they learn some key words from the books, but they can get spelling in as well! And if you use a program like Vocabulary/Spelling City, they can do handwriting by printing out the spelling lists or sentence structure by using the games section!
They can practice book reports after they have read the book. They can practice oral speeches by giving it to you orally. You can go online and find lots of great unit studies for almost any literature work you choose. And MOST of them have a movie that goes with! Watch it as a family, discuss the movie, read the book as a family or even as a homeschool book group! Create a group discussion!
My boys are not into all the great works. They have to read 1 per semester. Mom chooses and then we do some work to go with. If they don't like it, oh well. They need to have some great works of literature under their belt!
How do you incorporate literature into your homeschool day?
Happy homeschooling!

Saturday, March 8, 2014


When all else fails in our day, kids arriving late, leaving early, sick, or just plain old grumpy..... and our preschool lessons fall to the wayside, we can sit and use our collection of preschool flashcards!

Everyone grabs their circle for sitting, I grab the basket of flashcards and we play preschool games of answer correctly!!! I hold up the cards and go around the circle. You get a chance to answer, if you can't-no biggie! I move on to the next child and you will get another chance! Try to keep it as fun and low key as possible! I don't want anyone to feel bad or hate participating!

If you answer correctly, you get a plastic coin! At the end, you can use it to purchase something from the store! I make sure each child ends up with the same amount of coins and to have fun things for them to purchase!

Not only do we go over colors, shape, letters and numbers but they then get to count, bargain, and think about their purchase! All in all, it is a GREAT way to go over a lot of subject in a VERY fun way!
Kids get over being grumpy, not feeling well or if they have crazy schedules for the day....they get a LITTLE learning in!

So, having a bad day! Guess what....break out those flashcards! And, they are not just for little kids! There are language cards, multiplication cards, ALGEBRA cards, english cards, history cards..... take a trip to your teacher store and you will be AMAZED at the flashcards today! Heck, you can even sit down with the kids and make your own!!

Happy Homeschooling!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sneaky ways to include science!

So you have a child who really doesn't like science.... I mean hates learning it, hates sitting still and HATES the fact that you keep shoving it down their throat.

Well, guess what... there are ways around this! Science for elementary school level can work on SO many levels! I have posted the past few weeks of different ways you can do science.

1st, what are your kids into?

Whatever they are into, you can find a way to use it as science that DOES get them interested! GUARANTEED!

Right now at my childcare/homeschool we are hatching baby chicks!
We have a borrowed incubator "cooking" some eggs right now! Anytime next week, up to 6 chicks will be popping out! My boys and the daycare kids are studying animal lessons, looking at some great pictures of what eggs look like inside at different stages. And the care of baby chicks once hatched!

All of it is SCIENCE! Learning at every level!

Legos, there is TONS you can do with legos! What are they made of? How do you build with them? Things you can create.

Take what your kids are into! Go online and start looking for ways to use THAT as science!

Happy Homeschooling!