Monday, December 1, 2014

Playing Games with Music

With the end of the year finally here, a great subject to focus on this month is music.  With all the different types of seasonal music being played over the next several weeks, this is a great time to discuss several genres of music.  Learning with and through music is a great way to expand the interests of your homeschooled students.  

Other than listening to music and discussing differences, a fun way to incorporate music into your school day is through online music games.  By introducing music to kids through fun and games, you are fostering a love for different types of music, musicians, and songs.   Exposure to arts and music at an early age often shown to have lasting impacts on children.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Spelling Lists for all Seasons

A great way to include seasonal activities in your homeschool is to create spelling lists made of seasonal words.  There’s a good chance that if you look around, you’ll even find monthly holiday  lists already created for you.  In November, you could assign a list based on holidays like Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving or on words that you might hear around Thanksgiving like food-related words.  In December, you can use word lists for Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve.  

Including lists for different holidays and events is a nice change of pace for students.  It allows them the opportunity to take a break from regular lessons, but still keeps them on track with learning and practicing spelling words.  Also, who doesn’t want a spelling list with words like turkey, dessert, cranberry, and gravy?!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Case for Cursive

Do you teach cursive handwriting in your homeschool?  Along with teaching typing proficiency, homeschool parents should also recognize the importance of learning proper handwriting skills.  Many people say that teaching and learning to write in cursive is no longer important for today’s children.  Some people disagree with that notion.

For instance, if your child doesn’t know how to write in cursive, they likely will not know how to read words written in cursive.  There’s an easy way to include cursive handwriting into your daily school schedule.  By assigning your children their spelling words to be written in cursive, they will not only be practicing their handwriting, but their spelling words as well.  Try out some cursive handwriting worksheets for your homeschooler this year!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Learning Through Literature

A new school year is upon us and it sure is an exciting time!  New books, new pencils, new subjects are all enough to make even the most reluctant student ready to learn.  As early elementary school students become upper elementary school students, adjustments are made in the way material is presented to them.  

Learning through literature is an incredible tool for children to gain knowledge.  As students grow and mature, the literature they read likely becomes more difficult but also more interesting to them.  With the start of a new school year, this is a great time to introduce new chapter books to your students. And what is more exciting than literature for homeschoolers, where books feature homeschooled students?  If you can locate books where the main character is homeschooled, all the better.  It’s always exciting to have something neat in common with a character in a good book!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Acquire New Skills with Keyboarding

As the summer draws to a close and lessons are being prepared for the coming year, one subject to include in this school year’s lesson plans would be typing.  Learning to type correctly is an invaluable skill for elementary school students.  A great way to practice typing skills is to play typing games online.  

Keyboarding games use typing lessons and typing games to teach a variety of useful skills.  With the prevalence of computers in this day and age, being able to type quickly and efficiently is a skill that will only continue to grow with today’s children.  The sooner keyboarding lessons are introduced to children, the sooner they will become proficient in their typing abilities.   

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Excitement of Experiments

In the summer, it can be easy to take a few months off from school and enjoy the break.  However, there are plenty of ways to include some educational activities, without making kids feel like school is back in session.  One of my favorite ways to get everyone excited about learning is to do a science experiment together.

Science experiments draw kids like a flame draws in a moth.  There’s some incredibly exciting about seeing pieces working together to make some new, become something different, or witness a reaction.  When working with multiple ages, it can be easy to adjust the difficulty level for each child involve.  For older children, more work can be included in the preparation stage and for younger kids, they can enjoy the fascination found in the experiment itself.  Check out some incredible science experiments for various age groups/grade levels and find one you would like to try!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Teaching Art

One of the most exciting subjects to learn, and to teach, is art.  Typically, kids really enjoy the opportunity to be creative in the ways that art allows.  The freedom of expression and the ability to have the chance to make something really opens the door of artistic interpretation.  It may for those reasons that children really love the time they spend creating.

Art doesn’t have to be a difficult subject to teach.  If you are working on being creative, the point of the activity should just making something original.  If you are interested in approaching the subject from a more academic standpoint, then finding an art curriculum you enjoy teaching and one they enjoying learning is the best way to get started.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blogging Fun!

Language Arts can be a fun subject to learn or it can be one of the more difficult topics.  Some children naturally enjoy writing and the process of forming correct sentences and paragraphs.  Some kids really don’t.  There are several different ways to foster the enjoyment of learning language arts, one of our favorites being blogging.

With proper supervision, children as young as 10 are perfectly capable of starting their own online blog.  By giving them a format in which they can express themselves, writing can soon become an enjoyable activity.  Especially, when given the option to choose their own topic of which to write.  Plus, it can be exciting to write blog posts that can then be shared with family and friends.    

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don't Let Science Scare You!

Science can be a tricky subject for some people to teach, but it doesn't have to be so difficult.  There are so many resources available online to help those who may need some assistance in teaching science to their homeschoolers.  At this age, the most exciting thing you can do is science experiments!  Besides, what kid doesn't love a baking soda/vinegar volcano explosion?

If you are in need of some science guidance, turn to the web for some information.  What does your student find interesting?  Are you learning about animals during your regularly scheduled science lessons?  A really fun project to work on with your homeschooled kids is to make a cast of an animal track!  If you can't find an animal track, then make a cast of your own tracks in the dirt to discuss what can be learned about animal habitats by tracing animals steps and prints.

Regardless of the topic, there's a good chance you'll find the information that you need if you start looking.  Don't let science intimidate you!  Learn to embrace the challenge of teaching what can be a difficult subject and find some neat experiments and projects to work on with your children!