Archive | July, 2011

Solar System Mobile

14 Jul


We finally finished our Unit Study on the Solar System.

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Homeschooling an Only Child

9 Jul

As a homeschool newbie, I spend quite a bit of time reading other homeschoolers’ blogs.Many of them are filled with three or four children running around the yard, playing ball, reading around the kitchen table together, going on field trips together…Ours is quite a different picture.
We have one child and are not going to have more. Continue reading

Moving Out at 8yrs. old

4 Jul

Yup, he´s 8 yrs. old and he´s moving out… of our bedroom.
We’ve been co-sleeping since the moment he was born, and now it’s coming to an end. Continue reading

We Love To Dance

3 Jul

 I had the best dance class ever today with my son.

I’m a dancer/choreographer and very happy that he’s diggin’ the beats from a very young age.

My son participates in a twice weekly social art program that I run from our home, so he gets a lot of dance from that, but we also do a private session once a week – just the two of us, and sometimes one other little friend who is also homeschooled. She didn’t make it to class today, so I decided to skip the ballet and try something a little different. Continue reading

Leaving The Room

2 Jul

Today we finished Scott Foresman Free Grammar & Writing Unit 1.

It was a struggle, as English is my son’s second language, but we did it! Continue reading

Homeschool on a Chair

1 Jul
My son loved his Waldorf school from K-2. I’d wanted to try homeschool, but there was no convincing him – until one Friday at the end of his first trimester of 3rd grade. He wasn’t happy there anymore. He told me on a Friday and we started homeschooling the next Monday. I had two days to read up on homeschooling, look for resources and get together what I could from what was around the house. It was very sudden. We had a world globe, a pretty decent collection of books and help from homeschool mom bloggers with advice to give (to whom I am forever grateful). There was some panic at realizing just how sophisticated some homeschoolers’ resource collections are, but we had what we had and, as we always do, we did what we could with it.

 

Three months later we don’t have much more than what we started with, but with some help from educational websites, we have all we need – and it all fits on one chair that lives in my office. Since I work lots on my computer, we often have class in my office, or I set him up to work alone in other spaces around the house. It’s very handy to have it all in one place. Here’s what fits on that chair, spread out:

Of course some of these items are frequently replaced by others, but I think I will always manage to fit them on my chair. It’s a great use of the chair too, as we hardly ever sit on chairs at our house.

 

In no way am I saying that the extent of our homeschooling fits on this chair, there´s much more to it than the tangible resources we use. This is mostly to give newbies like me an idea of what one low-budget homeschool family has on their “bookshelf” as far as resources go.

 

Check out “Sites We Use” on the right-hand column to see the science, math, worksheets and grammar sites we are using – they’re all FREE. I also compliment almost all of our subjects with videos from YouTube. You can find a video on pretty much anything these days, and it’s FREE!

Our Schedule

1 Jul

We’ve been homeschooling for just over three wonderful months. One of the things I’ve been looking for, but haven’t been able to find much of, are people’s schedules. What do homeschoolers do day-to-day? Continue reading