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~~ Homeschool Teaching Tips ~~


LEARNING RESOURCES

What are your favorite resources? How do you stay organized? Do you have any tools, tips or tricks that help you be a better teacher?

Tell us your teaching secrets, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Our winner will be randomly drawn from posts that are entered during LEARNING RESOURCES Month.

We will do the drawing at the beginning of each month for posts in the prior month, and announce the winner in the Co-op newsletter. Your posts will remain on this page to provide ideas and inspiration to other homeschool teachers! (Need help?)


musicmomof3

When I started homeschooling I knew I had better have a system for keeping track of assignments. So, I got a 3" 3 ring binder with the view. I had each child decorate a sheet of scrapbooking paper and slide it in their binder for easy identification. I put all worksheets in them and their done work also. I split it into subjects using sheet protectors. I haven't done it yet but thought about putting tabs on the sheet protectors for each subject. This method has worked very well for us because it is very mobile. I even included a 3 whole punched pencil holder which includes colored pencils and pens. We have been able to pick up our work and go at the spur of the moment. We have also been able to take it on those vacations that you still want to get work done on.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

mello

With several children to homeschool, it can get very chaotic. For organization I use simple color-coded pocket folders for each child (a different color for each day of the week) that I can store their work in for each day. Each folder has a label with the day of the week and with the child's name on it. Inside, I label one side "by myself" and the other side "with Mommy" so they know what they can do on their own while I'm working with their siblings. They also have clipboards to store their daily work (so it doesn't have to transfer from folder to folder).

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Katie\'s Homeschool Cottage

My tried and true never fail organization companion for our homeschool days is a daily assignment checklist with their subjects listed and space for details about that day's work for each of my kids. These serve as my planning sheets for each of their subjects, my records of what we have accomplished for the year, a record of all books read and any audio visual materials used, field trips and any other activities for the year, and their daily guide to show them what they need to work on during the day and a sense of accomplishment as they check the box next to each one after it is completed. This valuable piece of paper stays with them for the week as it is horizontally divided into 5 sections for each day of the week. At the end of the week it is placed in a 3 ring binder for my records. Hope this idea helps someone! It's helped us for years.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

AmyontheFarm

I knew that if things didn't get put away immediately then the house would be overwhelmed with penmanship pages and science experiments. So, we created a family rule that you weren't done a subject until you had put everything away that you were using. Now, when a child announces they are done (after 5 weeks of training) I can look over at their workspace and see everything put away neatly and the table cleared off. This one small habit has made my whole house tidier, because the kids have carried over into their rooms and the kitchen/ living room areas. I actually enjoy my home now! Who would have thought starting homeschooling actually created a cleaner home! LOL

8 years ago · Like · Comment

SaraSusyBob

For my 3rd and KG children, I have a 9x12" plastic box with a lid that contains a clipboard, a small pencil case, and their schoolwork for that day. I've attached sticky notes to anything that needs discussion and/or teaching from me. That's their cue to ask me before starting that assignment. This way, I know how much we have to accomplish that day, the kids get to choose the order in which they want to complete that assignment, and it is already organized and portable should we find ourselves schooling outside the home that day. (Really, they just school throughout the house following me and our lives.) It's easy for me to check their finished work and to prepare for the next day also. The boxes are stored on the bookshelf next to their schoolbooks.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

M5

I have the older (high school) students keep track of their own grades using an Excel spreadsheet. That way they can keep track of their progress and their level of success while taking some of the paperwork out of my hands. We of course review it together every couple of weeks. That allows us to be sure we are accurate and we can have an open discussion of progress.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

carolineinon

We use Fridays to review, by way of games, what we've learned that week. I even give out prizes like candy or things from the $ store. They look forward to Fridays.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

booksb4bread

Any time I purchase a book that includes reproducible pages, I take it to an office supply store and have the spine cut off. I put the cover and back in the windows on a 3-ring binder. Then I punch the pages with a 3-hole punch and put them in the binder. This makes copying so much easier, and the cost it adds to each book is no more than about $3.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

pep

As simple as this might sound... my best teaching tip was for me to accept that during "school time" I was the teacher and I didn't have to get all the other "home duties" done. I have devoted that time to just wear the teacher hat and not all the other hats a mom and wife wears. It has made a world of difference in our school day!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

sweetpea

The free/basic version of Homeschool Tracker has been a lifesaver. I keep up with attendance records, grades (it calculates for me), report cards, field trips, assignments, reading log, etc. www.homeschooltracker.com

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Brett

Members tell us time and again that one of the best resources they ever bought was a 1-year subscription to Discovery Education streaming Plus. With on-demand access to 9,500 complete videos, it's much like having the entire DVD selection of your local public library available to you in the convenience of your home, 24/7/365. You can find out more here: http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/discovery-education-streaming-plus/

8 years ago · Like · Comment

tmasters

This is along the same idea as mentioned below ... another teaching tip or tool. I also use Avery Sheet Protectors and Expo markers for workbook pages or handwriting practice. I am also known for using it for math or reading games or center activities. I don't like to waste paper by having to print off the same game over and over again. So, when I find a center game or activity that I REALLY like ... I print it off once and place it inside the sheet protector so that is becomes a reusable activity. Some activities require two board games. This has saved our family a lot of money when it comes to copy paper which can be quite costly these days.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Lily of Grace

It may sound backwards, but my best tip for being a good teacher (or mom or wife or daughter or friend or anything!) is to make sure I prioritize my own needs for refreshment. For me, if I am not regularly being fed, nurtured, encouraged spiritually, I have nothing to give my children. My teaching becomes dry & lifeless. There's no spring in my step. Now hear me rightly, I am not talking about a life centered on selfish indulgences. I am talking about filling up the well that I can have a cool cup of water to offer my family to drink. I have played martyr for many years as a mom, even in the area of my spiritual life. As many seasons have passed, I have come to realize that nothing matters more to me than my walk with God, and giving priority to that relationship is not selfish. It is crucial - for my survival and for the well-being & health of my entire family. So I am seeking to love God with my all. I don't do it perfectly. I don't even do it well many days. But nonetheless I am seeking to make Him my goal & my highest priority & delight. And I am finding that in the seeking, that I am also being sought after. And what I find is a renewal, strength, refreshment, perspective, equipping that all the homeschool teaching books cannot contain. And my family & homeschool is blessed!

Do not lose yourself, like I had for many years, in your children. Love them. Care for them. Teach them. But keep yourself from letting them squeeze out your pursuit of God. His grace is sufficient for the journey, but we will not find ourselves experiencing it to the fullest unless we seek after Him as if for the greatest of riches. When we seek Him with all our hearts.....ALL our hearts....then we will find Him - not just in salvation for eternity, but for the here & now.

Seek Him, find Him, be refreshed. Then & only then will you be able to be all you are intended to be as a teacher, mom, wife, etc. The secret to living isn't found in a book or strategy, as helpful as they may be. It is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Big Hugs of encouragement to all of you beloved moms out there,
Lily of Grace

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Killerbsmom

I utilize the "Donnayoung.org" weekly planner for all four of my children. It is a wonderful planner that allows for a 6 week schedule for each child. The spreadsheet allows you to create and print weekly planners in either 3 to 6 week segments. It even offers room to do an additional 3 weeks of planning as well! It allows me to see how my four older children are progressing from week to week. I recommend this wonderful homeschooler's tool to everyone! Donna Young has many wonderful printables and resources for home, home school and classrooms! It is a wonderful resourceful site!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Kridina

Every month, when 'This Old School House' updates their 'Teacher's ToolBox', I feel INFUSED with ideas. It gets the juices flowing and helps me in so many ways in Teaching my boys in ways that keep them engaged. It's a Teacher's Christmas :)

http://thehomeschoolmagazine.com/teachers_toolbox/

Kridina

8 years ago · Like · Comment

faithful8

One of my favorite resources is the "Special Needs" section of Homeschool Buyers Co-Op. All of the kids I am teaching this year are struggling learners. It is great to have a resource for thinking outside of the box and that I can adapt to their unique learning style.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

medfam

As a "new to homeschooling" family we love our Google drive. We link it to the calendar to organize our lives, and with the search in drive we can find any file, pdf or photo so that every project can be located by any of us and can be found and linked as our schedule changes. WIth the print and collaboration capacity and the online links of all our online courss, it has our entire learning plan and curriculum all connected and accessible anytime and anywhere. It is intuitive, simple and best of all, free.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

momzslj

This is my first year to homeschool a special needs child. The one tip I have had to remember is to have fun and learn at his pace. Stress is what we left behind at public school. Now it's time to learn while having fun! We still have to complete school work, but it can be done in a fun and creative way!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Dkrainier

http://www.homeschooltracker.com/ this is a free computer records system where you can print customized reports, lesson plans, organizers for the students, for multiple students. There is also a paid plus version but so far the free does everything I want. I print out assignments for the week so my older students can learn to budget their time.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Dkrainier

We have found awesome FREE curriculum at History Channel website THC classroom. Many of the resources are designed to complement History Channel presentations so you already have more than one learning style covered if you are like me and have two very different personalities you are teaching

8 years ago · Like · Comment

amybeth913

My biggest advice is "Relax and stop worrying!"

The toughest thing for me was to stop worrying about whether I was "keeping up" with some imaginary "grade level". We focus on the basics (reading, writing and arithmetic) and then we add in a little history and science with various books and documentaries. I was so scared that I wouldn't "do it right" with homeschooling or that my kids would get "left behind" that I stalled "starting" for several months. Now, I'm learning to relax and not worry so much, as the kids are demonstrating that these common worries are pretty unfounded.

We went to our local museum of natural science and the docent was taken aback and very pleased to hear my 6 year old tell him Australopithecus Afarensis did not have stone tools but Homo Habilis made them. The docent said he'd talked to lots of 6-7 year olds over the years and mine was the first ever to spontaneously tell him that Homo Habilis was the first tool maker! She pestered me to get out her "stone tools" (a couple of rocks she had been shaping on her own) to show the anthropologist. He was very impressed!

There is a wonderful blog I recently discovered with a whole timeline of books, documentaries and additional reading to go with the Story of the World curriculum, and I have that wonderful lady's blog suggestions to thank for our greater appreciation of pre-historic times in our beginning History curriculum!

http://satorismiles.com/curriculum/story-of-the-world-1/

I am discovering that, despite my most bungling (to me) attempts to "do this school thing" (it is our first year) my kids are thriving, learning and loving it!

Don't worry! Learning happens and it's magic to watch!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

LNelson

My best "teaching tip," which just happens to lead to "success stories" is to let your child pick what he or she wants to learn! Simple as that! When mine were younger they always got to choose their history and science topics. If a child is interested in the lessons he or she will be more engaged, and retain so much more than if you assign the topic or just go with the grade level suggestions or packaged curriculum. Trust me, your child will come up with some great ideas!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

M5

I am a big fan of having a regular schedule, but when the days get stale I like to mix it up a bit. I think most people do this, but in different ways. Some might relocate to a library, some drop math for a day, some start earlier in the day to fit in a field trip.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

LearningAsIGo

Scholaric online planner is a great fit for our family. We are in a co-op and my high schooler also attends a one-day-a-week Academy. And then there's the curriculum I assign. I wouldn't know until after Academy what they were going to assign for the week. I previously used the planning books, but all of the writing--and adjusting if things were bumped because life intervened or because Academy assigned more homework than I counted on--was too much for me sometimes. So I stayed unorganized at times (sad but true) and would plan on the fly.

Scholaric has made my planning so much easier.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Swainsrus

I decided to print our notebook journal prompts for math, science, history, writing and grammar on Avery mailing labels. My oldest is in fourth grade and I have more coming up behind him. I print enough copies of each prompt for each one of my children. One is for my oldest doing the work now and the extras I file away in the correct grade and subject level curriculum files. My oldest then sticks the daily prompts on a ruled notebook paper, does the problems on the prompt and files it in the correct 3-ringed notebook after it's been corrected. Now as my other children advance in age most of the curriculum and appropriate journal prompts will be ready to use and hopefully this will help save me some time as well.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Momm

Teach with love and teach what you love. When the student loves his or her teacher, the student loves the material the teacher loves. Loved material is much more readily learned.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Academy For Adaptability

Since I am homeschooling our daughter who has Autism, the greatest tool I've come up with is a daily checklist which includes a question mark section that is built in to our day. It's what I call the "adapt card"- she understand that I, as her teacher, can pull the the "adapt card" at any time, and it will be OKAY for our schedule to change. This allows us to spend more time on a subject if needed, scale back an activity based on her needs, etc. Change in routine is often very hard for special needs children, so having this tool be "built in" to our schedule, softens and often even eliminates the emotional meltdowns. It's been invaluable to us!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Julie Casey

I have created a website, http://www.nwmohomeeducators.com, that has lots of resources for homeschoolers. Although parts of the website are specific to Northwest Missouri, where we live, several pages list resources that are of benefit to all homeschoolers everywhere. My children go to the Kids Page under Resources every day to find educational games to play to reinforce their learning in a fun way and I often visit the Teaching Resources when making lesson plans.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

wyomite

To keep track of completed work in notebooks, clip the upper corner of the page to indicate corrections had been done and a grade/score had been given (or checked by mom). No more searching through pages to find the assignments that need finishing.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

amichka12

My first and third grade children each have a binder in which I've put a sheet for each day of the week in page protectors. Each sheet lists the subjects they are to do that day independently and which subjects they need to do with me as well as the approximate length of time the subjects should take. This system has benefited us because now when I'm working with the first grader my older son can look at his binder to see what he can do himself. If he's completed everything, he can do special activities that are listed for each day of the week. The page protectors are handy because the kids can use a dry erase marker to check off their subjects as they complete them. In addition to the subject sheets the binders have work related to their independent subjects, such as copywork sentences or score sheets for recording reading comprehension answers and other similar things. The first grader isn't yet independent with this system, but the third grader does well with it.

3 years ago · Like · Comment

AudreyT

Color coding everything has really helped my son keep organized. Everything for each subject is one color. So, he knows that all folders, notebooks, books (book covers), and so on, are for Math. My son is on the Autism spectrum, and would get frustrated trying to remember where everything was. Now, he knows to look at the wall, find his color, and easily gather what he needs.

3 years ago · Like · Comment

Jingle

Over the years we have learned that too much becomes overwhelming. We are selective at choosing our curriculum and supportive material ( I try never to have more than two extras). Selecting material that works best with your child's learning style makes daily work more pleasant and they will actually look forward to completing their daily assignments.

3 years ago · Like · Comment

Jackie

I love having many math resources on hand. Math is often presented as a dry subject, but it's a lot of fun! There are piles of games using math like Yahtzee, Zeus on the Loose, Monopoly, and Prime Climb. And a number of products often sold as supplements can be combined together to make a fairly challenging alternative - Zaccaro Challenge books, MOEMS, Murderous Maths, Hands on Equations, living math books, and more!

3 years ago · Like · Comment

Zenibrut

We use a simple chore chart with each subject listed. Then, each child can earn a green, yellow, or red check mark based on performance. We even have a box for attitude. Their screen time is tied to the marks they receive. It's a terrific visual motivator.

3 years ago · Like · Comment

Jbutter3

My tip is for teaching preschoolers letters. Buy a set of physical letters you can hold. I use letters that fit into an animal card like a puzzle. Then you make them talk and take them on imaginative adventures. All the while making them say each other's names and working in what sounds they say. Learning through play is fun!

4 years ago · Like · Comment

mostlymommy

My most invaluable resource has been the various homeschool-themed chat boards of which I am a member. Any time we are struggling with something, any time I'm researching curricula, any time I have a question--the members of those boards are sure to have priceless input for me. The experiences, advice, and encouragement of others have made our homeschool journey smoother and less lonely.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

Kel

After 11 years of homeschooling 4 kids and fighting cancer last year, we have found some things that work for us. I decided I did not want to be spending all my time preparing school and so we have wandered into the land of textbooks for many subjects. They have actually made school at our house more enjoyable because I has more energy and time to actually enjoy the family! In addition more work is getting done because it's easy to see what is to be done next and it doesn't depend on Mom to get it all started - much less chaotic. Between a more textbook based approach and Homeschool Planet, we are having the best year yet!

4 years ago · Like · Comment

simtot

One of my favorite resources is Mystery Science. It has been a great online resource for Science activities for my son and his friends. They really enjoy the online information and the printed activities. I also find the information fun and informative.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

Chessie

I think every homeschool family has that One Thing that once they discovered it, it changed their entire homeschool experience. Maybe it's a curriculum, or an organizer, or an online resource. For us, that One Thing was Discovery Streaming. It has changed our entire homeschool experience, and I can't imagine what we would do without it. Struggling with a topic in math? No problem, just do a quick search for that topic. Choose a math explanation video with a teacher who will walk your child through the topic, even giving them practice problems to try! Science, History, Geography, Math, Language Arts- everything is there and easy to find. It has changed our homeschool for the better in so many ways. I would even recommend this for non-homeschool families, as I believe it is an invaluable tool for any student.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

Cmtwinmama

I have a portable file box with files labeled Monday-Friday. Sometime before the school week starts I go through and put the corresponding pages in the file box and add all of the kiddos work. I also have a 31 bag the files fit in and we are always ready to grab and go.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

Kirk

My favorite resource from Homeschool Buyers Co-op is my subscription to The Happy Scientist. Not only is the content very good, my boys like watching Mr. Krampf's videos. The Happy Scientist is a great way to supplement what we are studying. Also, when one of the boys finds something they are interested in on THS, we use it as a starting point for independent studying.

The things I use the most are our large, magnetic dry erase board and an exercise ball.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

pittmanaa

If it is not in Google Calendar, it does not happen...I used to use Cozy but my family never got on-board. Today, the whole family is plugged into MY calendars...we all know who is doing what, at a certain point in time, and everyone likes that they get notfications not only on their phones but their computers, as well. I am also a FlyBaby that is learning how to Fly and I seem to have more time available now even though I am now back in school...yeah!!!

4 years ago · Like · Comment

LaurieD

One thing that is most important to me is that my daughter have an international education. We learn languages, culture and so much more by doing home exchanges around the world. It keeps costs low but allows for a tremendous exchange of culture. We are currently in Spain for a month and my daughter plays everyday with Spanish speaking children and even watches TV in Spanish.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

Sango

We are effectively using Google Docs. Each day's lesson plan is a document with precise instructions and related standards. The instructions include links to required materials (or noted as printed, if the material is not digital). We try to use digital materials that are searchable. We also use Dropbox to store learning materials and, perhaps most importantly, evidence of proficiency in a portfolio. We're relatively new at this, so it's possible that our system has unidentified flaws, but so far it's been great for sharing resources with both parents and our student.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

KryzdeJDCSA

Coz calendar is the only digital app that has kept me organized. The flylady physical calender with stickers and nice big day squares works for me and keeps the kids involved and informed!

4 years ago · Like · Comment

bandora

My must have resource is Evernote. I use it for everything from research, planning, shopping lists, record keeping and even as a virtual portfolio by taking pictures/scanning work to reduce clutter. The convenience of having the information on any device, computer, phone, tablet, laptop makes it invaluable and preserves my sanity.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

dawgwife

I have to say my most favorite organizing tool has been Homeschool Planet. The versatility of this online scheduler has made our school year flow smoothly - even when I have to changes schedules last minute, because I can quickly adjust the school day schedule with a click of the button. Printing the schedules out for the kids works for us too, because my kids like to check off their lists.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

tedebear

I think one of the most valuable resources one can have is a good support group, or at least a group of friends. This is not just good for the kids, but mom as well. Other homechooling moms are great to vent to, bounce ideas off of, go to for help & offering suggestions. It is important for mom to be able to have other grown-ups to chat with now and then. I've been so thankful to have found a great group that my kids and I have always felt comfortable with. We've done so much together with this group.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

micheled

For learning math addition facts we have started playing board games but whatever the spin or roll is the player adds the fact number we are working on. We can play any number of board games or even card games like war and practice math facts at the same time.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Mom of 3

Since I have started back to college, I have realized the most important tool to take from school is to be able to read and comprehend what you read. We start our day now reading 45 minutes and writing a paragraph about what we read. Even my 6 year old is participating in this and we all look forward to finishing stories.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

tmasters

I used Starfall (an online reading and phonics program) a lot when Alyssa was younger and she still enjoys the basic FREE membership today. She just turned four years old. Here is the website http://www.starfall.com/ (start with ABC's if you haven't ever been there before). They also have a starfall more program which includes math activities but that one is not free except for a few activity samples. I hope this helps the early learners if so come let us know by liking this teaching resource. Thanks a bunch!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

tmasters

This is just a teaching tip or tool. I purchased the Crayola Activity Center from Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon. If you are curious what it looks like go to this website http://www.crayola.com/products/splash/educator/dry_erase_activity_center/. The Crayola website also has a ton of FREE printables including educational games to slide inside and use with the it. I use it a little differently when I am not as concerned with handwriting skills for the day I use it for workbook pages which can include Explode the Code, Math U See, Math Mammoth, Horizons Reading and Phonics, etc. It is awesome! That way if I ever decide to resell the product I can also resell the workbook pages or include them as a bonus gift to a family in need. Not to mention if you have more than one child and you want to reuse the same curriculum with that child - there is no need to purchase a separate workbook. Hope this helps!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

tmasters

So, I have another great resource to share with you today. This resource is UK based so some activities and clipart may not be helpful but it is still a wonderful resource that includes high quality teacher printables and activities for reading, math, thematic units, other languages, art, etc. The website is http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/. My daughter loves the colorful clipart and I find many ways to use their printables for our homeschool activities. I use them during Alyssa's center time activities, in games I create, as story props, or as labels for organizational purposes. Give it a try and explore the website! I hope you like it as much as we do. If so, please come back and let us know! Thanks a bunch!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

tmasters

I wanted to tell you about a reading resource that I came across a few years ago. It is GREAT and full of reading activities including alphabet, phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, sight word or high frequency, basic phonics, advanced phonics, reading strategies, fluency, and vocabulary activities. The ideas presented are free as long as you give credit where credit is due. They also discuss dyslexia but the website activities can be used for all students ... I know because my daughter is not dyslexic and we used the activities. There is a download central tab - this is where you go if you would like to purchase already created reading activities at an extremely affordable price to use during your homeschool lessons. This website helped me out tremendously throughout the early years of Alyssa's schooling. Alyssa is four years old now and we still use the advance phonics activities. It is a very informative website that gives an easy explanation to how to teach reading. Check it out and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

8 years ago · Like · Comment
tmasters: Oops ... I forgot to give you the website address. I must have been too excited - LOL! Here it is http://www.readingresource.net/.
8 years ago · Like
tmasters: Oops ... I forgot to give you the website address. I must have been too excited - LOL! Here it is http://www.readingresource.net/.
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tmasters

One thing that helps me stay organized is the workbox system created by Sue Patrick. I started using the system with my daughter when she was about 15 months old (educational toys). It also served as a matching activity in the beginning (match number card to box). Now, I place one curriculum or subject in each workbox for us to complete each day. Some days she will do them in numerical order and other days I just let her choice which box she'll do based on her interests that day. Here is the link to Sue Patrick's website if you would like to learn more about the book she wrote http://www.workboxsystem.com/. There are also a ton of homeschool families of all sizes using this system (with and without their own adaptations) - just google the workbox system. I absolutely LOVE it and can't tell you how helpful it has been in organizing our homeschool day!

8 years ago · Like · Comment
tmasters: Here is another resource that compliments the workbox system http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/need-to-get-organized-check-out-homeschool-workboxes/.
8 years ago · Like

We both keep a student agenda. At the beginning of each day we sit down and discuss our learning goals for the day, and write down the specific activities that would allow us to meet those goals. Some of it might include research, direct instruction, field trips. At the end of the day she has checked out every objective. She is confident of what she has learned and master every skill she set out. It allows for her to manage her time.. she is only 7 and manages her agenda like a pro, at the same time allows her some input in the activities she MUST complete before she can move on to do other things.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

COGS

I use an Excel spreadsheet that lists each subject, for each day of the week. Each block has the specific assignment for that day. Our children can look at the sheet each day and know what they are expected to accomplish for the day and week. To create the next week's sheet, I simply copy and paste into a new worksheet and update the next week's information. My goal is for the kids to be responsible for their education and work more independently. This has been a great tool for our family.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

i have the greatest thing of teaching is bible the holy bible is a good book to read it tells about our earth and resources that we use but some people donot respect GODS EARTH THAT HE BULIT JUST FOR US AND PEPLE WANTS TO DO ANYTHING LIKE LITTER OR POLUTION . THAT NOT RIGHT PEOPLE SHOULD RESPECT GOD AND HIS RESOUCES THAT HE CREATED AND ALSO I OWN A WEBSITE CALLED HTTP://SAMUELFLYNNBIBLESTUDY.SHUTTERFLY.COM

8 years ago · Like · Comment

The best thing I did this year was to start my day with a short Bible study booklet and prayer.
The next best thing I did this year was to hand over the daily math checking to my son. I had been doing it for both my kids every day and as the math level increased so did the time it took to check daily work (and in some cases, relearn what I had forgotten after all these years!). Now my son checks his own daily work (I still check tests, and he still brings me any questions he doesn't understand). This has saved me so much time I feel more on top of the rest of my work and I've been able to start taking piano lessons - not just "selfish time", but to continue my own learning journey and learn a new skill. I highly recommend people do at least one thing they enjoy just for the fun of it. It makes us better people.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

happybutterfly

I organized my weekly schoolwork during the weekend. I'm mom of three enthusiastic kids and also have a part time job during the evenings so I need to be organized in order to succeed. I make the plans at least one week ahead by kid by day.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

My biggest challenge has been organization, but I finally found a planner that has saved my sanity! I love The Well Planned Day! I am not a fan of computer planners because I want something I can get my hands on and carry around with me. My youngest son has several medical issues that require us to go to specialists several hours away every week and I need something portable. The Well Planned Day has plenty of room for everything I need.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

glittergirl94

Organization is what scared me the most when we began homeschooling. I found Homeschool Tracker after a google search and it's been an excellent tool. The basic edition is free(what I have), easy to use, and helps me stay organized! www.homeschooltracker.com

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Nonie

I'm still working toward organization, but I'm finding that Google Calendar is a blessing in keeping our appointments for outside-of-the-house lessons and classes straight. It also helps me to plan to spend time on subjects that need more focus on days when we have longer hours at home.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

leisuretime

Oh, I forgot to mention. All of the lesson plans I make on HomeSchool Tracker can be saved. They'll be available to reuse on the younger students. So all the work I did this last summer isn't just a one time gig. Once my son gets to fourth grade (the grade my next oldest/youngest child is) in two years, much of the work will already be done!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

leisuretime

I've always fancied myself a natural organizer. I did pretty well keeping up with the documentation side of homeschooling three kids - even four, when he was in kindergarten. But last year, with four in first grade to ninth grade, I hit a wall. I was so overwhelmed I contemplated bringing our homeschooling journey to an end.

A friend told me about HomeSchool Tracker. It is a computer program - about $50 one time cost that includes lifetime updates and support. It was overwhelming at first (I'm technologically-challenged). Last year I only used it for my end of the year reports, but it made those MUCH easier!

This summer I decided to buckle down and use the program. It took extra work up front, but I started the year with our entire school year planned out! Now, at the end of every week, all I have to do is push the print button and my entire week of assignments is printed out! Then, I enter their grades at the end of each day/week. At the end of this year, I'll push the print button again and all of the grades will automatically be calculated and printed out on the report card/transcript.

I also enter their activities and awards. I track my older girls' volunteer time, and the computer program tallies it. When it is time to apply to colleges, all of those items will be available at the stroke of the print key!

It also has the ability to include chores. So, if you need help organizing your days - at school or at home - this might be the blessing you've been looking for! There is a 30 day trial available for $5. If you purchase after the trial, the $5 applies to your purchase. If you decide to purchase, I'd appreciate you including my referral code: WFEQJ.

I look forward to reading others' organization tips!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

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