Christmas is over and a long winter stretches before us – often filled with snow and always filled with lots of school work!
The days are long and dark and often it feels like there is nothing to look forward to for months on end. But, with this list of fun winter activities, you can beat the winter blues this year.
With twins in fourth grade and my son in second grade, I often feel like we are drowning in spelling word practice.
My kids hate writing spelling words over and over on lined paper (and I can’t really blame them!) Somehow, dry erase boards make spelling practice a lot more fun.
These spelling boards combine the fun of dry erase markers with Scrabble letters and a mini-challenge at the end to help make spelling practice enjoyable.
My son struggled with reading through kindergarten and first grade. He quickly grasped the concept of reading, but simply wasn’t interested in reading for himself. I tried everything to get him interested in the curriculum readers I was using, but he hated reading and refused. He frequently told me he “couldn’t” read. This summer, I stopped trying to get him to read the curriculum readers, and we went to the library in search of easy-reader books that he would actually enjoy reading.
The result? My son is now picking up books and reading them for himself, with no prompting from me! Here are some of the easy readers that my son and I have been enjoying together: (Note – I tried to put these books in order from easiest to hardest.)
Are you a homeschooler? Could you use some inspiration or encouragement right now as you start a new school year? If so, grab a cup of coffee or tea and come visit some AMAZING homeschooling moms with me!
Whether you are a first time homeschooler or a seasoned veteran, whether you are excited about the coming year or dreading it, these homeschool blogs and posts will offer you support and encouragement, as well as practical tips and tricks to keep you going when you are feeling less than confident.
I am getting all geared up for the coming school year. How about you?
Which brings me to the subject of school shopping and homeschool supplies. Isn’t there just something thrilling about the smell and look of a new box of crayons, pencils, or pack of paper? Oh, the possibilities…. It makes me feel like a kid again!
Here is a list of some of my favorite homeschool supplies:
Has all the joy of learning flown out your homeschool window? Are you and your children enduring day after day of drudgery? School can be difficult. Multiplication tables have to be memorized and spelling tests must be completed. But school shouldn’t be ALL drudgery! Try implementing a few of these ideas to liven up your homeschool routine.
Are you suffering from homeschool fatigue? Would you like to improve your homeschool experience?
Here are seven habits that have helped me and my children stay focused when the year starts feeling long.
Do you find yourself consistently exhausted from your homeschool schedule, yet feeling guilty about all the things you didn’t get done?
Are you frequently turning into a homeschool drill sergeant while your kids remain unfocused and unmotivated?
Are you constantly stressed, grumpy, and overwhelmed? Take heart! You may have a scheduling problem.