In our homeschool we like to work with our children’s interests and do activities that teach the kids the importance of applying what they have learned in real life. One way we have done that is to help our children each start their own business. I started taking my oldest daughter to craft sales to sell the jewelry she made three years ago. Since then the other two have also begun their own businesses. Today I am going to start a series, showing you my children’s businesses and some of the crafts that my children have been making and selling.
You know it's autumn in our homeschool when...
Confession: I never taught my daughter any sight words until she was 8 years old! I found a post on Pinterest that gave me a list of 220 sight words, complete with charts to mark off when your child learned them, an explanation of the importance of learning sight words and when the children usually learn the words. I was appalled when I realized that by the end of second grade, she was supposed to know them all! She was half way through second grade and barely knew any of them!
The weather was beautiful, so I decided to take the kids on an autumn nature walk around our farm yard.
We started at the apple trees. This tree is a September Ruby and the apples taste best after the first frost. (Can you find the bird nest in the branches?) It is also my children's favourite climbing tree :)
Animals often play a big part in our dot-to-dot homeschool life! They provide some great hands-on, real-life learning! And lots of fun too!
Our cat had kittens this year and my children are thrilled! They spend many hours out in the barn playing with them. Often they will run into the house yelling, "Mom! There's a really cute picture in the barn! Can I borrow the camera?" It still makes me a little nervous to hand my camera over to my kids, but I have been showing Princess how to use it and how to take care of it properly and she has shown me that she can handle it. So, she has been borrowing the camera and has taken LOTS of pictures of the cats. She has taken some good pictures too. To encourage her, (and sneak some extra "school" in), I asked her if she would like to share her pictures with my readers and type something up about the kittens. She was very happy to do that. Here is her very first blog post :)
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Math fun??? When I was a kid, those two words definitely did not go together!! We don’t use much curriculum in our homeschool, but I knew that I would get a curriculum for math because I did not think I could handle teaching math by myself. I have never liked math and was never any good at it. But I want my children to enjoy all that we study and I want them to become confident with their math skills. But, how on earth do you make math fun??
It seems that wherever we go, we bring home rocks. All of my kids enjoy collecting rocks, but our Little Man enjoys it so much that we have turned his love of rocks into a business for him. It is called Rock Treasures.
I found a new blog title recently that made me laugh; Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. It seems like that’s what many people think of homeschoolers. I can't even tell you how many times I have been asked if I am worried about the socialization of my children because we homeschool. People assume that because our children are not sitting in a class with 20 other kids their own age 5 days a week, they can not possibly be socialized properly. Seriously, when in real life do you ever spend that much time with so many people the same age as you? Who decided that is the only way to learn how to socialize with other people? Why do people assume that because we homeschool we never leave our house to be with other people? I just don’t understand the big deal about socialization.
We are just getting into the new school year in our homeschool, but I can show you a few of the things we have done in the last couple of years. We like to do a lot of hands-on projects that get the kids involved and doing more than just sitting at a desk. As they say in the information sheet we have from KONOS, we like to "work with the wiggle". Basically, we like to have fun in our homeschool!