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Have a Home School Plan that Works!

I love home schooling and think about it often each day. Smile

I am always looking for ideas and tips to make home educating work in our home. One of the best things that is working for us this fall is related to a workboxing idea I learned a few years ago. Basically, you want to break down any activity or project you want to do with your children into step by step goals. THEN have them do a *step* each day until the activity or project is done. (Kind of like eating an elephant one bite at a time. smile)

So, that is *Step* 1 for making this idea work.

Next, I made a chart for each child I was home educating this fall. I divided a page into 5 days and had 12 boxes under each day.

Then I filled in the chart for each child, with the main home schooling activities and extras I wanted them to do each day and week. *I put the activities and extras that we do together on each chart and highlighted them. *I also made sure to have a variety of activities each day - some we do together and some they each do independently.

Each girl has their chart in a page protector and marks off what is done each day with a dry erase marker. I also made a copy of each chart for me - a master copy *in case* one of the charts went missing. (AND one did already! smile)

You know, I have always had a plan for each day - but this chart helps each of our children ( I am only home educating two this year!) stay focused and motivated. They want to get done all of the items every day and work on their independent items as they wish. The chart also helps me stay focused and it is so easy to see what is done and what is left to do each day.

That is what is working for me this fall. Make sure your home school plan is working for you and yours!{jcomments off}

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Great Educational Extras Online

Wow, it is really important to know yourself, hey? I am either a *do a lot* or *do nothing* blogger. I don't do a *little* well. I have been busy - like all of you, I am sure, getting back to home schooling our children this fall. Just been busy - getting everything going and done.

BUT September has been a great month already! We have gone full speed ahead with our home educating plan. I have added in some online educational links for our girls - all of which are working well. (Both of them are already blogging - a great writing extra!

One of the first things I did this fall was this great Learning Assessment for all of us.
 
Both of our girls like Free Rice - It is great for review. They keep track of how many grains of rice they earn a day - almost always aim for 500 to 1000 grains of rice. (You earn 10 grains of rice for every right answer and the rice you earn is donated to needy people in third world countries. Neat idea.) I encourage them to try different sections often.
 
One daughter LOVES Lumosity, which is like a brain gym / logic website. It isn't a free website (most of the others mentioned here are free), but it has been a wonderful extra in our home.
 
I also signed up for a Canadian Current Events Newsletter through our Home School Board. It is pretty affordable - $20 per student. There are 3 different age categories. We have really enjoyed the discussions and activities we have done for the first newsletter. (I know I looked at the first newsletter and was praying about how to include it in our month. There are 36 pages - on 4 different topics. I realized the easiest way for us, would be to cover one topic a week and that is working really well for us! ) The first topic was on the Tsunami in Japan, and the biggest Garbage Patch in the World - out in the Ocean. That was horrific to see and has really inspired us to cut down on our plastic purchasing.
 
They also are doing a Bible Study online with http://ubdavid.org/ . It is non-denominational and looks really good. There are different levels for the different ages AND your children can do it online OR have the lessons mailed out.
 
I'm also thinking of Spark Teens, which covers nutrition, exercise tracking and more. It looks good, too.
 
They have never done this much online, but they are both older and I think all of the above websites have value. They are great extras. (Oh, and I trust our girls to do what they are supposed to be doing. ALWAYS pay attention to what your children are doing online!) Happy Home Educating!
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Back to Home School Tips

Hi there - Hope you are enthused and ready to Home School your children this fall.  Thought I would share some links I have come across recently - just some fun little extras that would add to your home education plans this week!

National Read a Book Day is on Sept. 6. This blogger suggests making bookmarks to celebrate it!

Here is a great printable - Calendar Connections.  They have 12 different sets to choose from - all free, fun AND educational!

This is a blog worth reading!  Top 10 Tips for Organizing Your Home School

Here are two links for easy activities for little ones:  Number Identification and Alphabet Match

AND one more link for Home School Moms: Balancing Home Schooling and Housework{jcomments off}

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Have you done some Home School planning?

I just hosted a Home School Support Group meeting this week, and one of the questions was:

What is your best Home School planning tip?

Smile - One mom shared her best tip would be to plan BEFORE the AHEA Convention in Red Deer.  She plans her next year before the April Convention and then buys what she needs there.  (She is our high energy, go getter mom, however!  The rest of us usually do our home school planning sometime in the summer, or early fall.)

Other tips were:

*Spend some time with each child, and ask them questions - such as:  What do you want to learn this year?  What did you dislike last year?  What did you love?  And so on....  Factor these answers into your Home School planning.

*Ask your husband or big kids to hold down the fort while you go somewhere quiet to do some planning.  That could be another room, another floor of the house, the family camper or RV, or even a coffeeshop table.

*Plan some time off during the year.  One mom does 3 weeks on, 1 week off every month year 'round.  Other moms do 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off, while still other families just take time off as they need AND as life happens.

A couple moms shared:  JUST DO IT.  (Smile)  Make the time and get some planning done.  Any time spent planning, saves you time, energy and headaches home schooling.

I would even recommend a major Home School Room tidy, and IF you have little ones, some time spent putting together activities they can do, while you home educate the big kids.  (I think those tips will be in the next blog!) 

Check out Donna Young's Site for Tips (She has a HUGE site full of Home School Printables)!  Many pages of helps.

And even the Weird Unsocialized Home Schooler has some planning tips....  Check them out!

Smile - This lady says that one of the most important parts of our Home School Planning is our meal plan.  I do know it helps our Home Educating run smoother, if I do have a menu plan. 

So, I hope you are excited about Home Educating your children this fall and that something shared made it easier for you!{jcomments off}

 

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Home School Room Makeovers

Hope everyone is excited about the new Home School year ahead of us.  I know I am busy planning and thinking about what we want to achieve this coming year.  I've seen blog hops with Home School Room updates - which actually were very motivating.  I spent some time going through some of the links, and got enthused about tidying up our Home School area.  Here are some of my favorites:

WOW - this mom has part of her HS room dedicated to sensory motor play
Why not spend a little time getting your Home School Room ready to go?

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