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Hi Everyone! Welcome back to Episode 8 of the Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast – today we’re starting our series on Homeschooling Methods and Philosophies. Have you ever nailed down what type of homeschooler you are? Did you know that your homeschool method can affect everything you do in your homeschool – so it’s super important to figure that out… 

Even though that isn’t what I did… so I’m encouraging you from my own past mistakes! For many years I homeschooled. PERIOD. I had no idea there were special ways to homeschool, I just jumped in and started homeschooling like I had taught my class when I was a teacher. After a lot ( and I mean a lot) of trial and error (aka falling on my face) I found my groove. My own personal homeschooling method which as it turns out is a quite an interesting blend of a few methods. Which works great – – each of us is different and each homeschool is different so mixing together a few methods to meet your unique needs is a great way to go!

Today it’s so great… we have clearly delineated homeschooling methods and philosophies that make it so easy for the homeschooling parent to find guidelines and encouragement for meeting their unique needs.  Not to mention the fact that some of these tried and true teaching methods can really save you the hassle of making a mess of things. But discovering what kind of homeschool method you lean toward takes a little research. I recommend starting with a homeschool methods quiz – there is a quick and fun online quiz on homeschool.com – – just search homeschool methods quiz and you’ll see it! This will give you a nice starting place with a general idea of what type of homeschooling you are looking for your family.

After you’ve got a general idea of a few methods you have tendencies toward, you’ll need to dig a little deeper. I know – – homework – right? Yuk – but trust me – you won’t regret doing this homeschool homework! Take the methods that you had a propensity for – typically everyone leans toward more than one homeschool style – and research everything you can find about them. How the method is implemented in a homeschool setting as well as the different types of curriculum or courses that align with that style.

To help you get started in that direction, we’ll take some time during the month of July to talk about the different homeschooling methods and give you an idea of what each entails. So, today we’ll be looking at the Montessori method and a couple of additional methods that are very similar, including the Reggio Method and Moore Formula. 

The Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. Dr. Montessori focused on how young children learn. Out of her research she developed a philosophy of learning that changed early childhood education. Even today daycares, schools and homes continue to be influenced by Dr. Montessori’s philosophy.

The Montessori philosophy of education was originally developed for classroom use, but many homeschoolers have seen the benefits in the home as well. This approach is child-centered and focuses on each child as unique. Many homeschoolers begin with Montessori principles from birth. Students are encouraged to seek knowledge for themselves and parents strive to provide opportunities for exploration. Stemming from this concept, “self-regulation” is an important part of daily learning and encourages the child to regulate his or her learning and conduct appropriately.

The room where the child learns is very important in the Montessori philosophy since it is the incubator or preparatory location for life. It should encourage learning with all sorts of educational opportunities to investigate.

It’s with this idea in mind that parents can look at their home through the eyes of a child. Look for ways that your home can be set up as a place conducive to learning. Do you see an empty shelf – display interesting educational books or toys. Do you have an empty corner? Set up a craft area, music area, or woodworking station. Leave it there until the child’s interest is exhausted. These centers for learning invite the child to learn and follow their interests. As the child gets older this same process can continue. Montessori learning follows the delight directed learning path and produces amazing results. Children typically develop a strong love for learning.

For the most part, Montessori homeschooling does not have to be expensive, and most of the resources can be made by the parent. As children grow and advance in their learning, parents can provide experiences as well as suggest studies that would fulfill certain basic requirements. But with the suggestions students should still be given options and allowed to choose what to study. The child is never forced to do lessons or read specific material, and parents are encouraged to model patience and kindness and personal love for learning.

If you are looking for Montessori materials, there are several good websites that provide Montessori supporting materials as well as great books on how to implement this method in your homeschool. 

Before we close I’d like to mention two other homeschooling methods that are very close to the Montessori method. The first one is the Reggio Method. When I was researching it, it is truly so close to Montessori… 

Reggio Emilia began in a small town by the same name in Italy in the 1960s. This small community wanted to start a preschool that would focus on developing a child’s intelligence with a desire to learn. A few hallmarks of this method include:

1. Children should be allowed to develop and follow their own interests

  1. A multi-sensory approach to learning is encouraged.
  2. The environment is considered another teacher so materials are carefully selected and the room is to have natural light, beauty and order
  3. Project-based learning is fundamental. Children will often have more than one project going on at once.
  4. Students are encouraged to research their passions and interests from many different angles. What they want to learn about, they read about, write about, and even do art about.
  5. Documentation and communication are vital. Project examples are display and teachers record what the student communicated.
  6. Reggio Emilia Method asserts the concept of the One Hundred Languages of Children. By this they mean that children can express their learning in a hundred different ways.
  7. The use of mirrors throughout the learning area is said to promote the understanding of a different perspective in learning.

 

Finally, the other method that I wanted to mention is the Moore Formula. Unlike the other two – this method was designed specifically with the homeschool in mind. Raymond and his wife Dorothy were often referred to as the grandparents of homeschooling. Their formula for learning is designed to be low cost and low stress as well as have a focus on being God directed learners. The Moore Formula tailors the curriculum to each child, balancing study with work and service which teaches how to earn a living. It is high in basic skills – science, math, and language. It builds character and creativity.

Some of the foundational concepts for the Moore formula are:

1)  STUDY — from a few minutes to several hours a day, depending on the child’s maturity. Readiness is vital!

2)  MANUAL WORK and ENTREPRENEURSHIP — at least as much work in family or other business as a study.

3)  HOME and/or COMMUNITY SERVICE — an hour or so a day. Focus on kids’ interests and needs. Be an example in consistency, curiosity, and patience.

The Moore Formula says that work is encouraged because selfless service is a cornerstone of character.

Did any of these homeschool methods stand out to you? They’ve definitely piqued my interest… 

Of course,  if you have any questions you can connect with me on FB or IG or email me at [email protected]

As always I hope you have an amazing week – 

With grace and joy

Jamie

Hello and welcome to Episode 7 of the Homeschooling and Loving it podcast!

 

Organizing for Summer Learning! (kinda like putting learning on auto-pilot!)

 

We’re gonna chat about organizing for summer learning! Awesome right?

Much of our homeschool learning takes place in our homes… so it makes sense that we would organize to make that learning as seamless as possible. We don’t always have to be the imparter of knowledge… our kids learn through so many ways… and in my opinion the best learning comes through independent discovery. So think of this type of organization as a way to set your child up for discovery learning!

  1. Let’s start with organizing some activity centers. When I was a classroom teacher, I loved creating centers in my classroom. It was a great way to extend their learning with very little effort on my part. So, creating activity centers in your home is a perfect way to give your child a way to explore creative pursuits and hidden talents!

I love setting up art centers, music centers, and even nature exploration centers. If you’re wondering how you’d even start… just choose an area in your home and set out a small table add all the elements that your child will need to dive in. For example, an art center might include a roll or stack of paper, colored pencils, markers, water color paints, pastels (for the brave – they get messy), clay and other mediums that you’re child might want to creatively explore!

A music center might consist of several instruments for them to explore. Or if you want to be slightly more directed, you can include a simple instrument and some index cards with “how to” steps to learn how to play. An easy one to do that with is the recorder… an instrument that a child could learn to play well during the course of a summer. We’ve shared an awesome totally free recorder class in our freebies section on homeschool.com. Once children learn the basics of playing a recorder, they can easily move into a simple flute which has such a lovely “Lord of the RIngs” sound to it!

It’s always fun to leave out a microscope with some interesting slides. Kids love to see the micro world! And as we take walks or explore the woods around our home we pick up interesting things like turtle shells, bird feathers, and odd stones. All the things that we can return home and dig deeper to find out more!

When you set up an activity center be sure to work through the process you envision your child accomplishing while at that center. Make sure that every needed supply is readily accessible. And that any additional information for extended study can be easily found.

  1. Use Your Kitchen as an Activity Center

Summer is the perfect time to develop kitchen skills in our kiddos! I know sometimes it’s difficult to relinquish our kitchen to the messiness that seem to accompany our youngsters when they try to cook – but just remember you are encouraging creativity and building life skills… and one day they may just cook for you! Hang on to that while you clean up the mess together!

There are some really great kid cookbooks that simplify the cooking process and make it easy to accomplish great things!

  1. Turn Clutter into Weekly Activity Bags

Ok, this is where the organization really kicks in… take the kid chaos cluttered spaces of your home and turn them on their head. Yep – so we all know our kids usually have way too many toys. They often play with just a few favorites and the rest are left in the bottom of the toy box or under the bed. Take this clutter and use it to your advantage!

To create weekly activity bags, have several large plastic totes enough for a month or so and big enough to hold playthings for a week. Select a variety of items for inclusion into each week’s tote. Making sure that you include toys that foster creativity, fine motor, imaginative and sensory games. Put all the other totes up and only bring out one per week. As time rolls on your child will actually miss some of those forgotten toys and when the new tote is brought out each week it will be awesome! The amazing thing is that with less distractions a child’s ability to focus deepens and play can become more imaginative!

  1. Create outdoor learning spaces

If you have space for this, it’s an amazing way to get your kids outside and using their imagination. I know sometimes that is difficult, especially if you live in the deep south like us. Outside play during the middle of the summer is like visiting Satan’s front porch. For us, though we have some deep woods and it tends to be cool. We’ll often play out there, if we spray thoroughly with insect repellant or my kids adventure may end with Lymes Disease.

Anyhow, organizing for outdoor imaginative play is so fun. Set up an area with bug catching tools like nets and containers magnifying glasses, and gardening tools. The best bugs are often found under stuff! Also giving the kids wood scraps and hammer and nails is an amazing way to foster creativity. I mean who didn’t love building their own fort when they were growing up??   Just Don’t forget sunscreen and bug repellant.

  1. And Finally – – let’s organize our vehicles for learning adventures!

You know so many of us travel during the summer that this just makes sense. It’s fun to put together our own Roadschooling Activity Kits. We all know that long trips can really try our patience. But putting together learning activities will help with keeping the kids engaged and provide some independent summer learning. A win on both counts.

Think about your vehicle as an extension of your home… and then envision ways that you can maximize on that space for learning. One of the best tools for this is the backseat organizer. You can pick this up everywhere but I’m adding a link in the show notes for one of my favorite back seat organizers on Amazon.

Take time to fill the backseat organizer with a roadschooling kit full of a variety of visual, auditory, and tactile items. Some of our favorites include activity books, manipulatives like a Rubik’s cube, small action figures, flashcards, reading materials, and snacks. Just like we did with the clutter boxes… make a few roadschooling kits and change them out each week. The kids won’t get tired of them and you may find more peace in the car than you ever imagined!

Well, that wraps up our podcast for this week… I hope you found these tips to be helpful! If you’ve been able to incorporate any of these into your summer routine – let me know! You can always email me at [email protected] or message me on any of our social channels!

As always I’ve enjoyed sharing this time with you and hope that you have a wonderful and blessed week – – with grace and joy – – Jamie

 

 

Hello again! Welcome back to Episode 6 of the Homeschooling & Loving It Podcast!

We’re so glad you decided to join us again! Below you’ll find the show notes that I hope will help you find the curriculum that will make this year amazing!

SHOW NOTES

Tips for Buying Homeschool Curriculum

Not sure where to start with buying curriculum this year? I get it! Buying a homeschool curriculum can cause even the bravest parents to shiver in their boots!

The first few times I had to purchase a curriculum I felt so lost! I eventually figured out that I needed to set up some guidelines for myself. Once those were in place buying curriculum each year got a little easier! But of course, I have to have some willpower to stick to those guidelines….

So, one of the first things that I tell my homeschooling friends, is that you need to revisit your purpose and mission for homeschooling. Why are you homeschooling and how do you plan on accomplishing your mission? This then leads you to think about the best way to accomplish that mission- which is often your best-fit homeschooling method. I encourage you to ask yourself the hard questions if you haven’t already, and write it all down. This is the beginning of your “process” – get to know yourself!

Once you’ve decided on the homeschooling method that you’ll use this year, it’s wise to then think about each of your children. How do they learn best? What really motivates them? Nail down their primary and secondary learning styles – get to know what makes them tick! This will help you find their best-fit curriculum.

Now it’s time to do some research… using both the homeschooling method and your child’s learning styles you can enter the great big world of homeschooling resources. Use the internet to find homeschool resources that fit both criteria!

So that may sound fairly easy… but as I’m sitting here thinking about all the resources available for homeschoolers right now – – I know your job is far from being over!

In fact, There are still some guidelines that I had to set for myself even after I had my direction and plan in place. Because the resources are so extensive and so many are just STINKING awesome… it’s hard to say no to ALL THE THINGS!! And trust me – I’ve learned the hard way that we can’t do all the wonderful shiny new curriculum that appeals to mommy.

 

So here are my self imposed curriculum buying guidelines:

  1. Make a list – and keep an inventory! Start with a plan… you’ve done the research so you know what’s available. Make a list of what you need and what you think might work – give yourself a few options. Homeschool conventions are great for getting a chance to check out your options. You can look it over – open it up – see if it is everything you imagined it would be… But also have a list of the inventory that you have on hand. Most homeschool families save curriculum for the younger siblings and then often forget what they have… but an inventory helps you remember what you’ve got ready and waiting! And what you need to purchase for the coming year.
  2. You’ve just developed/rehearsed your mission and purpose of homeschooling, buy curriculum that aligns with that purpose and mission. Don’t ever think that a curriculum will magically fix or change your homeschool. OR that because it worked super for a friend that it will work the same with your family.  It never works that way. Buy your curriculum to fit YOUR homeschool, your style, your children.
  3. Don’t buy new curriculum just because…this one is especially hard for me. I’ll see the new amazing curriculum and want to try all of it! But that doesn’t work for me or my kids.  if what you have is working don’t change! As the old adage goes – IF it’s NOT BROKE DONT FIX IT!
  4. Don’t buy a curriculum for future years. Yes, I know it’s so hard to pass up good deals, and we all want to reuse that curriculum that our oldest child loved. But wait! Every child is different and unique – – every child deserves to be evaluated and fit to a curriculum that best serves their unique needs. Buying ahead of time may be a waste of money if your student changes or begins to dislike a curriculum.
  5. Limit yourself. Again – especially important if you are attending a homeschool convention. Have a list, have an inventory, have a good understanding of what might work and then get what you need. Remember WHAT YOU NEED – not what looks fun – or pretty – or what you think you might get the kids interested in…dodon’t be distracted… if they aren’t artsy – don’t buy an art program! Be practical and then when it’s time to organize your homeschool room – you’ll be so glad you did!
  6. Dig deep – Check out the curriculum in depth. Read reviews. Look at it if possible. Go over the teacher’s books and ask yourself some questions? is it laid out in a sequence that flows? Does it make sense? Is it challenging? Does it meet the basic requirements and learning goals that I have for my children this year?
  7. Find a curriculum that piques your interest. Yes, I know  – I said not to be distracted… but on the other hand, your curriculum needs to interest you and your children. Does it excite you? Are you ready and anxious to dig in?
  8. Don’t always fall back on the curriculum. We often think the curriculum is the only way to go… but sometimes it’s so much fun to jump out of the box and get creative.  Visit the library, participate in a co-op, join a class at a museum, or whatever fun learning experience is available in your local area!!

 

I’m sure there are other guidelines that you could add, but these are my tried and true! In fact, this year my kiddos are older elementary and junior high school so I’m giving them a little more responsibility in helping me determine our best fit curriculum for this coming year! I’d love to hear about your adventures in finding curriculum! Just email me at [email protected] and let me know!

Once again, I enjoyed our chat and hope that these few curriculum buying tips help you as you begin your homeschooling adventure for this year! And join us next week for another podcast on Organizing your home and car for summer learning!

As always wishing you many blessings until next week- with grace and joy – – Jamie

Hi there! And welcome back to Episode 4 of the Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast

Today we are interviewing the author of a new fast-paced young adult fiction book that just released… entitled Britfield & The Lost Crown.

Already receiving amazing reviews this book is a must-read for your summer list…

the author states that “Britfield is more than a book; it’s a Movement in creativity, leadership and education.”  I don’t know about you – but I’m curious to find out more – – so everyone let’s welcome the author Chad Stewart!

The questions we asked today were…

Tell us more about Britfield & the Lost Crown… what is the central theme of this book?

Awesome – I love those themes – they are definitely parent approved…

You mention that “Britfield is more than a book; it’s a movement in creativity, leadership, and education. “ Can you explain what you mean by this? And tell us how this book could be a movement!

Your target age range for this book is middle grade/young adult – why choose this age range?

I’ve seen so many new works published for this age range that are fantasy – why did you choose to write realistic fiction?

Tell us why it was so important to you to include detailed accurate descriptions of, geography, history, art, and architecture. This surely isn’t typical of your Middle grade/ young adult book.

You lived in England for a time isn’t that right? Tell us about that and how that inspired the Britfield series?

The book deals with a fictional family dynasty that has a possible claim to the British

throne, specifically the Britfield dynasty. Is this family dynasty based on any historical

family? What inspired the idea of a modern-day threat to the British throne?

As a parent, I love that the book teaches life principles. So, what can you tell us about the next book – any sneak peeks you can give us? And when do you think it will be available?

I’ve heard that Britfield & the Lost Crown may be developed into a movie in the next few years, is this true?

** If you are interested in purchasing Britfield & the Lost Crown or would like to watch the book trailer or explore Britfield you can do so by clicking the links in the show notes, or in the description of this podcast!

Once again – thank you for joining the Homeschooling & Loving It podcast! Join us again next week as we talk about Best Practices when Buying HS Curriculum!  Looking forward to chatting again soon –

With grace and joy

Jamie

 

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to episode 4 of the homeschooling and loving it podcast. I love talking about summer – it’s my favorite time of year – I enjoy all of the outdoor fun and easy going days! But over the years I’ve come to respect the fact that my kiddos do need some mental challenges during the summer or I have to pay when we start the school term in August. Have any of you found that to be true with your own children?

If you’re interested in the statistics surrounding summer learning loss, be sure to check out our previous podcast episode! We talk all about those stats and what they mean for all of us as homeschoolers!

Last episode I gave you a challenge – a summer learning challenge –

And it has everything to do with reading! Because of course, the first part of the summer learning loss stats has to do with the loss of reading skills during the summer. But summer learning loss also affects children’s math skills – – sometimes losing up to two months of learned math skills. To me, that just translates to more work for me in the fall… and no way do I want that!

So, this week I have a second SUMMER LEARNING CHALLENGE for you!

Summer Learning Challenge #2

USE MATH EVERY DAY!

Just like reading, math can be a fun and natural part of a relaxed summertime routine. As you wrap up this school year, take some time to pinpoint

exactly where the kids might need a little extra practice. Make a list of the concepts or skills and then get creative about how you might be able to turn practicing those skills into something super fun this summer!

 

Here are a few of my ideas for using math every day with my kids.

  1. Plant a garden. Work together to plan, plot, and then determine what should go in your garden. There are a lot of math skills in determining the right size – how many rows of veggies you’ll have and more! So much fun! Then peruse the garden catalogs together and choose their favorites to plant. (Don’t forget to get them to keep it up too – or you’ll be stuck with weeding all summer! – – but side note – – we found that old newspapers and grass clippings work great to keep down the weeds and keep the workload manageable.
  2. Plan your summer vacation together – everything from budgeting to scheduling your days uses math! Let them get detailed – it’ll be fun! (Unless they have you eating at McDonald’s the whole time!)
  3. Play STORE  with the kids! Sure have them rob their toybox and set up a toy store on the kitchen table. Make play money and have brothers and sisters come to shop and buy what they want. There will be counting and making the correct change – all super math skills to practice with fun play! Check the show notes for a link to some awesome printable money!
  4. Play board games! One of our favorites! This uses counting and adding and if you play games like Monopoly there’s lots of math involved! Be sure to check the show notes for a link to 21 Free Printable Math Games to use this summer!
  5. Choose a Do It Yourself Project. Encourage the kids to learn a new skill whether it be woodworking for the boys or sewing for the girls… it’s a great way to use math and learn a new skill!
  6. Plan a home remodel project. This is something that we love to do at our house! We’ve remodeled two 100-year-old homes and then built a new home and every time we get the kids involved. They learn some serious life skills that will serve them well when they have their own home, but they also have to use those math skills! Get the kids involved in your project from the ground up… budgeting, plans, shopping for supplies, and the actual work! You’ll make great memories and build skills your kids can be proud of!

Summer Learning Goals

Summer is the perfect way to use out of the box ideas to keep your kid’s minds fresh! As you develop your summer learning road map, always keep these fundamental points in mind:

  • Keep it fun!
  • Create innovative environments and schedules that inspire

learning and creativity.

  • Let your kids be the primary architects of their own summer

learning plan.

  • Establish goals for the months ahead, but be open to the

possibilities that they may evolve along the way.

  • Develop individualized learning plans that best suit your child’s

learning style and interests.

  • Have many resources on hand.
  • Get outside—often!
  • Get organized. Identify tools and systems that work best for

your family and use them.

  • See new things.
  • Meet new people.
  • Make the world a better place by broadening your child’s mind

and exposing her to important issues and volunteering opportunities.

  • Be realistic and creative when considering how to finance

summer opportunities.

  • Seek out natural, fun ways of incorporating reading, writing,

math and science into your regular routines.

  • Avoid trying to do too much. Focus on the specific needs and

desires of your family. Throw out the have to’s and focus on the WANT TO’s!

Making fun a priority… even though learning is fundamentally part of what you’re doing.

 

Consider this:

 

In creating artificial divisions between school time and vacation time,

we send our kids the message that learning is something unpleasant

we get to escape from in the summer. When families make it a point to

pursue learning opportunities enthusiastically throughout the year, we

are telling our kids that we value learning. We let them know that being

open to new experiences, knowledge and discovery is our family’s way

of life. It may look more sparkly, quirky and colorful in the summer than

in February perhaps, but the message remains the same—always, we are

individuals striving to learn, to grow and to try new things.

 

Learning doesn’t stop during the summer – it just looks different!

How can you bring math learning into your summer fun? I’d love to hear your ideas!!

As always – I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today – – be sure to join us next week for an author interview you won’t want to miss!

Have a blessed week with grace and joy

Jamie

For those of us who need the summer break, summer learning loss is a real concern. In this week’s Homeschooling & Loving It! podcast we discuss the statistics that show the seriousness of summer brain drain and what it means for all of us as homeschoolers. And, NO… I’m not encouraging lesson plans and worksheets for summer learning! I’m doing the nice thing and giving you a summer learning challenge that is FUN! That’s right, with 10 smaller challenges to implement in your summer daily routine! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started…

Show Notes:

Challenge #1 – –Just read. Experts seem to think that reading at least six grade/age-appropriate books during the course of the summer will curb any brain drain that might want to sneak up on your poor unsuspecting kiddos! But don’t turn reading into another chore – – try using some of these challenges to make it fun!

#2  Make library visits part of your daily summer routine — like every Monday – or whatever day the library has something fun for the kids! While you’re there do some fun things – let the kids choose their own books – enroll in some fun events.

#3 Join a summer reading challenge. Most libraries have a summer reading challenge with a reward for finishing – but there are others like Scholastic that hold a summer REad a Palooza – – and even Good reads is hosting a summer reading challenge. Find one that your family thinks is fun and get reading!

#4 Can’t find a challenge you like? – Start your own! Involve your own kids – your homeschool co-op – or even the neighborhood… I’m sure your neighbor moms would love it!!

#5 Encourage your child to read every day… how you may ask – – by reading with them! Sure it’s summer and we all want a break – but for me getting to read a book for pure enjoyment is an opportunity that I don’t get much. Take the summer as a chance to share that experience with your kids… I like to do it right after breakfast before everyone gets off playing or working.

#6 Read to your kids! Yeah, even the older kids like to be read to… and if you can’t find the time or don’t feel comfortable reading aloud – use audio books. There are so many free audiobooks that your kids would love. Alternate between books they read and audiobooks to keep it interesting!

#7 One of our favorite summer pastimes is visiting the zoo, museums, and state parks. I love it! But my kids also tease me – yes – I confess I’m a sign reader – I have to read every sign at the museum… so I’m always the last one out and it takes me forever. But I promise I’ll speed read if someone wants to go to the museum with me this summer!!

#8 Ask friends and family that are traveling this summer to send your kids postcards with a few details about the places they’ve visited. This is a super fun way to sneak in a little reading – – and what child doesn’t love to get mail??

#9 Get cooking! Yes, even cooking is a way to get in a little reading practice. Have the kids search for the recipe they want (using indexes) and then plan and determine what they have and what they need and make a grocery list.  Quite an adventure!

#10 Play board games – – yep you heard that right – – and you don’t need to go buy those fancy learning games. The good old fashioned games like SCRABBLE, Monopoly, and BOGGLE are perfect for practicing spelling!

 

Motivation is a tricky thing… or should I say a mental thing? We all need words of encouragement… and some days even more… but so often daily motivation comes down to ourselves.  I know I’ve got to get to stuff, but then I just don’t want to… I lack the internal or intrinsic motivation! Well, in my effort to help myself “get over the hump” with this challenge –  I did a little research… we’d love for you to join us in our podcast about  Inspiring Ourselves to Embrace Motivation! Trust me you’ll enjoy this one! I wrote this to myself – – so it’s super practical (inspirational) and easy to implement one step at a time!

Welcome to the new – Homeschooling & Loving It! Podcast… we are so excited to begin this new journey. I’d love to get to know each of you – so I thought I’d start it out with a little introduction. We all love hearing homeschooling stories – don’t we? Just to get things rolling I’m sharing my personal and rather accidental homeschool journey!