Thursday, December 31, 2009

The end of 2009

So looking back on has your home school been this past year? Has it been perfect? If you answer yes I bet you are lying. Looking back at the past year what went well? What would you change?

Now to answer those questions personally...
What went well?
We discovered the value of a family schedule.
We did developed a new system of lesson planning/record keeping.
We learned how to juggle two students in full time school.

What would we change?
Get better at keeping up with record keeping.
Get better at sticking to our schedule and not letting school work take ALL day.
Work better at keeping out kids on task.

So here is to the close of 2009 and the beginning of 2010.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ding Ding....let the school bell ring

Ding.....Ding....Ding....time for school.

For some school has already begun.....for others it has never fully stopped....for some it is about to begin.

For our family we kick off school officially the day after Labor Day. So for us, September 8, 2009 will be our first day of the 2009-2010 school year. This year we are going to kick it off with a celebration. I am planning a "Back to School" party for the kids. We tend to have mini school going on during the summer. Things like finishing up a project that did not get completed, starting on a subject that has more lessons then our tradition Labor Day to Memorial Day will allow. Because of this mini school type mode we have been in I am going to make the start of school something to remember.

I am planning like this:
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls - I always make them when it is something special.
School Cake for dessert that night.
Lunch will be planned by the kids.

See in the summer we relax the schedule in our house and this year I feel it will be rough to get back in the swing of things. For that reason we are going to start next week in a pseudo-schedule. Making sure we are done with breakfast by 9 am. Lunch is from Noon-1 pm. This way we get the idea of when school time will take place. We shall see how this goes. I think this will be a training for me more then for our kids. Our kids are usually pretty easy going, although this summer they have began to find great joy in playing on the computer which will have to slowdown in order to do true school. So this practice schedule will be good as it will get me back in the swing of things.

So for school I need to do the following:
Books ordered and in - Check
Lesson plans ready for at least the first month and plotted for the year - Check
2008-2009 paperwork put away - only half done as of this blog entry, need to work on that one some.
Supplies are ready - Check

Ok here is to another school year. Good luck to you and your family as you begin the wonderful journey we call learning.

Friday, May 29, 2009

So to Summer School or not

In the famouse style of William Summer School or Not....that is the question.

Ok now that summer is officially upon us one begins to we do school during the summer or take the summer off.

Here at our home we do a different type of school...we do more art/music and outdoor learning as appose to the traditional text book learning. This summer we have set up a specific activity each day of the week. This helps us keep a form of schedule in place as well as insure the kids don't just blow their summer away.

This year our summer school looks like this:
Monday - painting
Tuesday - Library (we are in the summer reading program at the library)
Wednesday - Clay/Play dough
Thursday - Pastels/chalk/pencils
Friday - Baking

So now you have to look at your own family and figure out if a version of Summer School would work well.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Oh my gosh what a blessing a Home Schooling Co-op can be! What a lot of stress a co-op can be also. This semester is my first semester of being a leader in co-op and what a learning experience. Over all it has gone well, as I tell we people we are a work in progress and we are growing a little every session.

Monday, January 5, 2009


I believe one of the biggest lessons a home schooling family can have is a schedule. A schedule serves as guide to the day. Not only does it help us stay on task but it also helps answer that dreaded question from kids "what next". So in our house we have a family schedule. For us it looks like this:

7:30 am – Wake up and get ready for a new day!
Morning Exercise

8:30 am – Breakfast

9:00 am – Morning school

Noon – Lunch

1:00 pm – Afternoon school

4:00 pm – House pick up

5:00 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – House pick up

8:00 pm – Showers

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome to 2009

Well 2009 is now here and at least in our home school is back in full gear. We want to wish everyone a blessed new year and a blessed home schooling session.