A staple for any Pre-K/K/Elementary school classroom is an interactive calendar. Continue reading “Calendar Time”
Last year I made the mistake of trying to finish a lesson every time we sat down to start a new one. As a result, what started off fresh and exciting quickly became tedious and stressful. This year, I’m committed to not making that mistake again. Short, interesting, and concise are the plan this go around. And so far, it’s working. Continue reading “Homeschool Journal: Short Lessons = Big Results”
“In-between meal snacks” are a great way to stave off hunger meltdowns, and when it comes to snacks, we love our smoothies. While the sky’s the limit when it comes to flavors, it helps to have a starting base. Ours is simple: Continue reading “Quick Fix Snack Smoothies”
“We do not fear the unknown, we fear what we think we know about the unknown.” ~Teal Swan
Kids snack. And snack. And snack. Determined to be proactive in the fight against their appetites, Jenn got the idea to make snack packs for each of our minions.
The most rewarding aspects of homeschooling aren’t found in high grades or academic achievements, but in unexpected moments of character. The latest occurred just last night, outside of our daughter’s dance practice. Our seven year old son, Jacob, struck up a conversation with another boy his age. That boy was a proud dancer, going so far as to wear a shirt that said dance like a boy. His demeanor suggested that while he may have accepted himself and his own tastes, he was also keenly aware that other people, namely boys his age, are much less open-minded. My delight in his interaction with Jacob was in watching this boy steadily lower his guard.
“I dance,” he told Jacob. “And there’s nothing wrong with that.”
“So what?” was Jacob’s reply. “I dance too.” At home, we all dance.
Jacob then asked if this boy knew his sister, Vanessa, from class. The boy, with obvious reluctance, informed Jacob the he wouldn’t know her from school, because, “[he]’s a homeschooler.” “No, I mean from dance class,” said Jacob, unfazed. “We’re homeschoolers too.”
That surprised the boy, and almost instantly, he smiled.
There was no judgment in Jacob’s tone, no expectations about who this child should be or how he should behave. As a result, this boy got to be himself. This is exactly what we cherish about homeschooling: the opportunity for our kids to be themselves, without fear of judgement or ridicule. So happy I got to witness this 🙂