Tag Archives: homeschool

Free Educational Apps

Have you guys checked out Chrome yet?  There are apps you can put on your browser screen that would be super helpful with homeschooling!!  Here are a few of the apps I just launched, and I have only been looking for 10 minutes 😉

Kindle Cloud Reader- my hubby has an kindle and thanks to this app, I can read the things he has purchased without needing the Kindle here with me!

Typing Club- a typing skills program, it helps hone skills.  It actually has pictures and typing basics, easily used for typing basics and learning skills!

Study Stack- there are tons of flashcards for several subjects!  I plan on having the kids do  math flashcards in this fun way 😉

USA Maps- map games focused on the US

Music Notation Training- musical notes drills, both bass and treble clef available.

Go check them out!!  I am not a fan of things I have to download, recent computer issues make me overly cautious.  None of these had to download onto my computer.

Are you Anchored?

Half way through the school year and many of us are feeling burnet out, or maybe situations have come up that have taken our energy/steam for homeschooling.

There is only one thing that keeps us from blowing of into the wind… our anchor.  I wanted to share with you a blog post from a buddy of mine.  It is well worth the read!!!

A Link in the chain

Post Holiday HS week

The Homeschool Mother's Journal Wow, what a week.   I am sure I am not the only one, but the week after an extended vacation can be so hairy.  Trying to get mommy and kids back into the groove of things can be so hard!  Not only do I really not want to do anything, I have to fake it enough to help the kids find their focus again.  It’s been a rough one for us especially because we had a nasty family situation during our Thanksgiving visit.

We did have a great field trip this week!!  We joined some other HS families at the Maryland Science Center.  Wow, what a great set up!  So many hands on things!  My kids excavated for dinosaur bones and saw/did so much more!!  The favorite part for my daughter was laying on a bed of nails that she really enjoyed! My son was fascinated by the digestive section (which was truly gross for the weak stomached).  We also enjoyed their display of a clogged artery because my father recently had a heart attack.  So seeing the difference in a clear and clogged artery and the challenge the blood has to move around was great for them!!

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We studied China this week, what beautiful landscapes and architecture!! I was also amazed at some of the history about the Great Wall and their political system. The kids just had fun making kites, tangrams, and the hopes of eating Chinese food tonight! One of our favorites!! I know, totally americanized, but still yummy! There is a foreign exchange student from China at our friend’s house, we are hoping to interview him tomorrow.

Back in the Saddle?

Are you guys having a ‘fun’ week?  Yea, us too 😉  I love holidays, I love to travel, but I don’t love getting back into the swing of things with daily schedules and schooling.

We had a pretty tense trip hom to family and it is showing itself with the kids.  Kids are a wonderful barometer for familial relationships.  When things are great and calm at home, there are calm kids.  When things are tense and charged, I get tense and charged kids.  We relaxed a bit Monday, yesterday I had a child doing school right up to and a bit after supper.  We also ran out of black ink for the printer, Wal-Mart didn’t have any, so I had to hand write their school assignments.  I know right???  Who writes anymore?? 😉

My plan for today is to ignore all electronics and we will all focus on the task at hand… homeschooling!  I need to focus to example it to my children.  I was wondering what your tactics are for getting back into the swing of things with school after a break?

The Color Wheel

We had a fabulous art class a couple of weeks ago taught by a friend of mine who is very gifted and creative!  She bought white frosting, dyed the 3 bins a primary color: red, blue, yellow.  She then filled Dixie cups with a set of primary colors for each student.

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The student laid out their six cookies in a clock formation, frosting the 3 basic color spaces with the basic colors.  The kids then mixed the frosting on their plates and frosted the basic color combinations creating a tasty version of the color wheel.  Oh so yummy!!  We then ran them all outside and let them jump off the sugar on the trampoline 😉

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You want me to what??

I remember the first time my husband mentioned ‘homeschooling’.  I was petrified!  I hadn’t known any homeschoolers growing up and I was so scared of creating those weirdo types that can’t or won’t function in society.  Because we had an … Continue reading

Digital Scrapping Giveaway

I don’t do my own giveaways, just too much hassle and work 😉  But a HS buddy of mine is doing one for a free Digital Scrapbook Memory Suite!!  It looks amazing, and if I win, I plan to make a Year Book for our school year for the grandparents to have.  It look fabulous!!

If you want some creative ideas or to enter the contest yourselves, please click on Our Side of the Mountain and enter!!

Joining the HS Hop

Hip Homeschool Hop ButtonSince I am linking up with the Hip HS Hop for the first time, I thought I would introduce myself quickly and allow you to paw around my HS space for yourself.

This space is my HS space.  It’s completely dedicated to homeschooling adventures and deals associated with home education.  I currently have 4 of my 5 children at the table with grades 5, 4, 2, and a PreK.  We lean heavily in the classical direction but I use an eclectic variety of books and styles if my child needs it.

We are a military family so we moved around quite a bit.  We enjoy seeing many new things and travel is one of our favorite past times!  I blog about that to give folks a heads up on locations and the nature of them.  I love answering questions and can pass along the tougher theological ones to my hubby who is an ordained PCA minister, currently serving as an Army Chaplain.

Thanks for stopping by, I am looking forward to getting to know some new HS mothers!!

Noteworthy Posts:

Health Classes

Having a sick day

WW with Mesopotamia

homeschooling with youngins

In Case of Emergency

Do you have a plan?  I am not off my rocker here.  I want to know if you, as a homeschooling parent, have a plan in the event of your death?

“Oh, I don’t want to talk about that!!”  Ok, gotcha, I really don’t either.  However, I am married to a military man and that means that we have to have a plan for everything, including the event of either of our deaths.

One of my favorite blogs concerning homeschooling is Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.  Kris blogged about this very thing Tuesday.  Did you get a chance to read it?  I suggest you take the time to read through it and put into action her suggestions.

When the Unthinkable Happens

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The Potter’s School

Have you guys heard of The Potter’s School?  It is an online school set up to assist students with those tough classes that I myself am a bit nervous to be teaching.  I believe that the live instruction and discussion format … Continue reading