Wednesday

RightStart Math Level B #85 & played some math card games (math) Sequential Spelling 1, #26 & 27 (language arts) Played Zoo Tycoon 2 (math/science) Did chores (laundry, swept, cat food/water/litter boxes) (Home Ec) Chapters 1 & 2 of: [openbook booknumber=”ISBN:0669360104 ” templatenumber=”1″] (language arts)     Heard a chapter from: [openbook booknumber=”ISBN:043935806X” templatenumber=”1″] (language arts)

Wednesday

Read to: picture books from blue box (language arts) Reading Lesson (language arts) #16 from:                 Practiced writing lower case letters d & i (language arts) Played Labyrinth 3D (iPhone app) (science): Watched PBS (Curious George, math/science…Word Girl & Martha Speaks, language arts) Chores (putting away toys, shelving books, dishes to kitchen, cleaning […]

Tuesday

Played Zoo Tycoon 2 (math) Went swimming (P.E.) Did chores (laundry, swept, cat food/water/litter boxes) (Home Ec) Made cookie dough (Home Ec) Heard a chapter from: [openbook booknumber=”ISBN:043935806X” templatenumber=”1″] (language arts)

Monday

Played Zoo Tycoon 2 (science, math) Watched an episode of Nova (science) Did chores (laundry, cat food/water/litter boxes, swept) (Home Ec) Heard a chapter from: [openbook booknumber=”ISBN:043935806X” templatenumber=”1″] (language arts)

Venturing into the charter school realm…

We live in California, where there are several options for homeschooling…4, actually…But nearly everyone chooses one of 2: establish your own private school (with just your own children as your only students), or sign up with a homeschool charter (run by the public school system, catering to home education…With enrichment classes, materials, and a credentialed teacher to guide you. All […]

Homeschooling is better for the government!

Well now this is interesting: (from this article) “As far as cost saving measures, homeschooling beats the public school programs hands-down. The average per-pupil allocation to the schools is about $8000 per year.Community College at $76 per credit hour comes to $2736 per year for 18 hours each semester. The average homeschool family spends $500 to $600 per student per […]

Quote by Helen Keller

“I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child were left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Celebrating the Great Mother

This is an AMAZING book, in my opinion. If you strongly believe in teaching your children to have an appreciation of life and the environment, this book is a terrific resource for activities. There’s some great ideas in here for starting family traditions centering around honoring Mother Earth. The book centers around the festivals of the seasons and harvests that […]

BOOK REVIEW: More Dribble Drabble

I love the projects in this book! Some fantastic art to do with kids…all focusing on the “process,” not the “product.” With children, particularly the very young, this is vital for their healthy development & creativity. I can’t tell you how much it drives me crazy to see so many teachers using coloring pages and pre-prepared “art” with children. From […]

Meerkat Manor

Have you heard about this show? I had heard of it somewhere (can’t remember where) but never got around to looking it up. Well Netflix and its infinite wisdom recently recommended this show to me (since my kids watch a lot of documentaries and nature/animal type shows on instant view)…WOW! What an excellent little show! Only 20min episodes (probably 30 […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Family Bed

This is a FANTASTIC book! I had been recommended this book over & over and finally (years ago) checked it out from our local La Leche League library & read it. Wow! It’s an old book, but the info still holds true. For those of us that practice the “family bed”, this book is a comfort and very educational. For […]

BOOK REVIEW: Who’s Calling the Shots? How to Respond Effectively to Children’s Fascination with War Play & War Toys

This is an INCREDIBLE book! I think EVERYONE should read it! It will make you see things in a whole new light. Not just about war play, this book dives into even deeper issues, including the media’s marketing to children, the importance of dramatic play to our children’s healthy development, and much more! This book talks about how its natural […]