Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Each week in December, we're awarding a NEW Subscriber a FREE 1-Year Subscription to: www.EverythingHomeschooling.com. If you have not yet subscribed, please enter to win. Or, if you know of someone who would enjoy a Subscription to our site, encourage them to enter!
Simply e-mail Sherri@EverythingHomeschooling.com and tell us why you'd enjoy a Free Subscription to our educational website, www.EverythingHomeschooling.com. Include your e-mail address, too.
Each Monday in December, we'll announce that week's Winner, and we'll e-mail the 1-Year Subscription to the Winner. So be sure to enter a working e-mail address! To enter, visit www.EverythingHomeschooling.com or e-mail us!
Happy Homeschooling and Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
- Making your own Snow Globe and Snowflakes
- Virtual Field Trip to a Christmas Tree Farm
- Visiting the North Pole and Playing Word Games
- Reading Christmas Stories and Legends
- Christmas Traditions Around the World
- Crafts to Create and Activities to Do
- Christmas Recipes to Cook Up
- Lyrics to Over 100 Christmas Carols, and much more!
Click the "Christmas Unit Study" link for Christmas and Winter Crafts and Activities on our Home page at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com. Then enjoy the holiday season!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Here's some homeschool help:
1. Yes, you can homeschool your children, even if you work full-time, part-time, or are a stay-at-home mom or dad.
2. Yes, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Each state has its own homeschool laws, but these are simple to comply with.
3. Contact a homeschool group in your area with any questions or concerns you have about homeschooling in your state. If you need help locating a group, just contact us at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.
4. Homeschooling is not expensive; in fact, it's possible to homeschool for free.
5. Yes, you can design your own curriculum and lessons, and award a diploma when your child has met your standards and educational goals. And, yes, this is easy to do.
6. If you have any questions at all about homeschooling, please visit us at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.
Homeschooling is a wonderful experience for families and children, an experience that will be cherished for a lifetime!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
1. courses offered by an educational institution,
2. a list of all the courses of study offered by a school or college,
3. a program or plan of activities.
Your "homeschool curriculum" probably matches definition #3, above. New homeschoolers often become confused over "which curriculum to use" or "where to buy a curriculum."
In reality, a homeschool curriculum is simply "a plan of homeschool activities" that you use in your homeschool. It need not be an expensive curriculum, nor does it need to incorporate textbooks or workbooks.
Homeschoolers can use textbooks and workbooks if they'd like. But it certainly isn't necessary.
Your child will learn more readily and more fully when you and they homeschool in a manner that best complements their own unique learning styles. Spend a bit of time determining your child's own learning style. Consult the book, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style, by Mariaemma Willis. Then, based upon your child's learning style, create your own curriculum -- your own program or plan of homeschool activities.
Remember: Homeschooling is not a school at home. Don’t confuse yourself or your children, thinking that it should be. You’ll only make it harder on yourself.
As John Holt warned: “To parents I say, above all else, don’t let your home become some terrible miniature copy of the school. Live together, as well as you can; enjoy life together, as much as you can. Ask questions to find out something about the world itself, not to find out whether or not someone knows it.”
Remind yourself each day that your duty is to guide your child, not force instruction upon him. Your role is to help him learn how to learn and to encourage him to seek answers to questions, find materials and information that will help him learn, explore the things that interest him, and find new and challenging ways to learn.
This, then, will be your family's homeschool curriculum!
For more help with creating your own homeschool curriculum, using homeschool activities, or hundreds of educational ideas for weekly homeschool lessons, visit Everything Homeschooling at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Use our SafeSubscribe form (at right) to sign up for your Free Newsletter. Simply enter your email address and begin receiving our Helpful Homeschool Newsletters delivered right to your inbox. (You can Unsubscribe at any point.)
Or, you may visit our Website at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com to sign up and to enjoy our many homeschool activities and resources. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here's some information that has been helpful to our members:
1. At www.EverythingHomeschooling.com, click the Weekly Lessons (for Grades K-2, Grades 3-6, Grades 6-9, or Grades 9-12), then log in.
2. Click on the "Week 1 Lessons" (or Week 2, Week 3, etc.). All of our lessons are adaptable and flexible for each grade level, with lots of additional ideas and suggestions. That's one of the great things about homeschooling: You can go as far as you'd like and explore as many topics as you'd like!
3. Keep track of your lessons: As you proceed through the lessons, have your Weekly Planner sheet ready. You can print this from our "Homeschool Forms" page. (The button for the "Homeschool Forms" page is in the menu on the left of our site.)
4. Keep track of books or articles with our "Reading Log" for recording books or resources used in your homeschool. You can print a blank Reading Log from our "Homeschool Forms" page.
5. On the blank Weekly Planner sheet, jot down what your children did for the Weekly Lessons listed on our Website.
6. On the Reading Log sheet, write down any materials you used for reading, learning, researching, and even "leisure reading." This can be library books, or books you read for pleasure, or newspapers, or articles from magazines or online articles, or Web links to Websites you used for research, etc.
7. Branch out into the other areas of our www.EverythingHomeschooling.com Website, such as the Unit Studies, Hands-On Activities, Weekly Challenges, Field Trips, Unschooling Activities, Worksheets, Teens Place, Preschoolers Place, and other areas, in addition to the Grades K-12 Weekly Lessons. Enjoy all the fun, educational activities we offer!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Then Join in the Fun at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!
These Lessons and Activities are available at the appropriate learning levels for all Grades K-12 in the Weekly Lessons for Weeks 1 through 3. And there's much more available for all the weeks ahead!
For all the topics listed below, we provide Numerous Activities and Resources. This results in dozens of interesting activities in every Subject Area. And these are just a few examples of the First 3 Weeks!
- Creative Thinking & Creative Writing
- Reading Exercises & Reading Comprehension
- Phonics + Spelling + Grammar Games
- Book-Making Activities
- Books-to-Read Suggestions
- "Reading Log" Updates
- Turning "Discussions into Writing"
- Creating Picture Books
- Authors Everyone Should Know
- Different Types of Literature
- Reading Literature "Right Here, Right Now!"
- Hundreds of Creative Writing Ideas & Story Prompts
- Reading & Language Arts Worksheets for All Grade Levels
- Book Suggestions for All Subjects Areas
- Learning Geography through Animals
- Camviews Around the World
- Online Maps for Geography Studies of State, National, and World Regions
- Map-Making in Your Neighborhood
- How to Create "Virtual Maps"
- Historical Biographies
- Historical Buildings, Landmarks, & Architecture
- Creating & Recording Family Histories, Interviews, & Family Traditions
- Historical Figures
- Historical Events & Eras
- Worksheets for Social Studies, History, Geography, Government & Economics
- Devise New Ways to Measure
- Make Geometric T-Shirts
- Money Concepts & Shopping Games
- Math-Solving Rules & Strategies
- Mental Math Techniques
- Hands-On Math Fun
- Consumer Math & Economics
- Brain Boosters for Every Day
- Word-Problem Worksheets
- Worksheets on all Math Concepts, Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, Dividing, Fractions, Decimals, etc. + Advanced Math, Geometry, Graphing, Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus
- Learning the Constellations
- Making a Constellation Viewer
- Planets and Solar System
- Constructing a Solar System
- Insect Zoos & Animal Zoos
- "New Creature Creations"
- Living Things vs. Nonliving Things
- Nature Walk Activities
- How to "Think Like a Scientist"
- Loads of Science Experiments
- Science Games + Science Worksheets for All Grades
Life Skills & Health:
- Cooking Activities
- Nutrition & Healthy Eating
- Physical Fitness
- Exercise Fun
- Activities for Endurance, Strength, & Flexibility
- Loads of Recreational Games
- Good Character Traits
- "Hero" Traits + Everyday Heroes/Heroines
- Heroes in Greek Mythology
- How to Be a Hero
- For Parents: How to Care for Self + Reduce Stress
Arts, Crafts, Music, Hobbies:
- Arts & Crafts to Keep You Busy All Year
- Art Games that Teach about Art & Artists
- Art Appreciation
- Art Timelines
- Musical Eras
- Composers & Compositions
- Musical Games & Instruments
- How to Make a Variety of Instruments
- Listening to & Singing Along with Dozens of Songs
- Constructing & Creating Crafts for Any Theme or Occasion
DON'T MISS OUT on Upcoming Lessons & Fun Learning Activities!
Visit us now at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com and Happy Homeschooling!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Therefore, fun, flexibility, and following one's interests are key.
This doesn't mean that one needn't learn algebra, or needn't learn how to write a proper sentence, or needn't learn the anatomy of a frog. These things can easily be learned in a fun and interesting manner in the home environment. Then, while learning these topics, take the opportunity to branch off into other interesting areas, as well.
In school, while learning a topic, students might think, "Oh, I wonder why or how...." But they rarely get the opportunity to find an answer to their questions. The teacher keeps them on-task, or the bell rings, or they are otherwise interrupted, and that key learning opportunity -- finding an answer to their question -- is gone.
In the homeschool, though, teens can spend as much time as they like, sating their curiosity and finding the answers to their questions, so that learning is never-ending.
We at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com have made it easy, educational, and interesting to homeschool your high school teens -- or all of your children, from Grades K-12!
You can use www.EverythingHomeschooling.com for your sole homeschool curriculum in all subject areas, for all ages. Any books that you might want to use can be obtained from your local library. For instance, there are numerous books in the library covering biology and chemistry, along with illustrations of experiments and educational projects to do in your home.
Our Weekly Lessons in Science (and in all the other subjects) provide online resources, in case you're unable to get to the library or prefer not to use the library. On our site, you'll have the convenience of using online reference materials and hands-on project ideas for all your subjects, for all grade levels.
For credits earned, you can keep a High School Transcript. This Transcript can be printed from our Homeschool Forms page. Also, request the current High School Transcript from your child's high school, then add to it, as he or she completes each subject at the end of the semester and the end of the year. More on keeping a transcript, and recording credits earned, is available on our site at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.
When using our site for your homeschool curriculum, print out our Weekly Planner Logs (also available on our Homeschool Forms page) and jot down what your children do each day. Or, your teens can easily jot down what they do. For instance, if they dissected a frog, that goes under Biology. If they synthesized water, that's Chemistry. (We provide loads of links to science experiments in all branches of the sciences.)
The links in our Weekly Lessons include resources for reading about topics, plus hands-on projects, plus worksheet resources. All Subject Areas are covered on our site -- Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Life Skills/Health, and Arts/Music/Crafts/Hobbies.
In each of the Subjects, there are 5 to 7 educational activities, sometimes more. This provides plenty of learning activities for each week. And, more importantly, it provides lots of extra ideas for pursuing various areas of interest, so that teens and kids of all ages can acquire even more knowledge about topics that interest them.
Our Weekly Lessons are based upon "national curriculum guidelines." Yet, they are also flexible and wide-ranging, to help keep education interesting to children.
Our Weekly Lessons generally flow from week to week. Yet, we incorporate interesting games, new hands-on ideas, and freshly updated material that keep learning fun each week, for all grade levels.
Enjoy homeschooling with www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
1. Homeschool Curriculum or Curriculum Guidelines are very helpful if you're not sure "what to teach." Find them at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.
2. Weekly Homeschool Lessons are provided for each week, too! Select from Grades K-2, Grades 3-6, Grades 6-9, or Grades 9-12, at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com. Then start homeschooling today!
3. Daily Homeschool Activities are included to bring new knowledge and interest to each homeschool day at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!
4. Hands-On Homeschool Activities provide science experiments, arts and crafts, and ongoing educational projects.
5. Unit Studies offer "learning across the curriculum" and interesting themes to keep variety and fun in your homeschool.
6. Online Field Trips provide additional opportunities to explore and absorb new knowledge, ideas, and experiences.
7. Weekly Challenges motivate children and teens to stretch their imaginations, thinking skills, and problem-solving skills to create or design new objects or ideas.
All this and more is available Every Day at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!
Start Homeschooling Today, and Have a Happy Homeschool Year!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Many are interested in how other families organize their homeschool spaces. Do you have a dedicated Homeschool Room? Or a special corner or closet for organizing your homeschool supplies?
Snap a photo and e-mail it to us at Sherri@EverythingHomeschooling.com.
We'll post your photos for other homeschool families to view here on our Homeschool Blog and on our website at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.
We look forward to seeing your photos!
Monday, July 6, 2009
It's been noted that school children lose about 2 months of knowledge over the summer. As a result, school teachers spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students forget during the summer.
Homeschooled children have an advantage over traditionally schooled children during the summer months. Here's a few reasons why:
1. Homeschooled children are accustomed to learning every day, whether it's a weekday, weekend, holiday, or vacation. Learning is simply a natural part of each day, just like eating, sleeping, playing, living.
2. Homeschooled children have a sense of responsibility where their education is concerned. When learning is a natural part of each day, it ranks right along with brushing teeth, getting dressed, giving hugs, caring for others, helping friends or family, choosing a book to read, making something new, solving problems, and other daily activities. Education isn't something that occurs only at school. Rather, it's a natural part of a homeschooled child's everyday life.
3. Homeschooled children enjoy learning, they enjoy challenging themselves, and they enjoy finding new things to learn, whether it's summer, fall, winter, or spring. With the freedom and flexibility to explore a world of knowledge, they are off and running! One idea will lead to another, and -- just like a tree that branches out into new and varied directions -- the homeschooled child follows new topics that consistently branch off into areas of new knowledge and fascinating activities.
Join us at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com to share ideas on Summer Learning through our Message Board, or to see dozens of Summer Activities that have been suggested.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Vacations or day-trips can provide plenty of learning opportunities. It's usually easy to include geography, history, and science themes during most trips. Include math concepts, too, by figuring distances, speeds, miles per gallon, costs for attractions, lodging, meals, and the total cost for the entire vacation.
Even if you don't leave home, there's plenty of activities to keep children learning all summer long. Join your library's Summer Reading Program. Books can open doors to new worlds, new experiences, and new knowledge -- a wonderful way to gain an education!
Become involved in 4H or summer programs at the local Parks & Recreation Department. Try new hobbies. Try old hobbies! Take art classes, music classes, woodworking or weaving classes.
Visit local museums, nature centers, zoos, state parks, and other areas of interest. Then create crafts and activities based on the places you visited and the things you saw there.
Make a list of all the new things children want to learn, then learn them together. Jot down fun learning ideas on paper, cut them into strips, then place the strips into a jar. Draw a "learning idea" strip from the jar each day, then create fun ways to learn about the topic.
Use books, such as 365 Simple Science Experiments or The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book for educational science projects. Check into the Summer Smarts Activities or the Summer Bridge Activities books, too.
The "Summer Activities" on our www.EverythingHomeschooling.com site provides dozens of learning ideas! And new summer learning ideas are added all the time!
Friday, May 1, 2009
It's a great time to try the "unschooling" method of homeschooling, too. Our site provides a section just for unschoolers or for those of you who would like to incorporate some of the unschooling strategies into your homeschools.
You might be so impressed with how much your children learn through "unschooling" over the Spring and Summer, you'll continue unschooling year-round! If so, come visit us often at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com, and watch for our expanded "Unschooling" section debuting soon on our Everything Homeschooling website.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
We hear from many parents who are thinking about homeschooling their children. Some of their most-pressing questions revolve around "grading" and "testing" their children. However, grading and testing are tools that are used for judging a large mass, when you, otherwise, do not have the time nor opportunity to determine a child's true knowledge, skills, and abilities, one-on-one.
Most tests simply show how well children do in taking tests. They are an indication of test performance, and little more.
When considering homeschooling or a homeschool curriculum, try not to become overly concerned about "grading" and "testing." "Grading" is done through discussing each day's learning experiences with your children. "Testing" is achieved through observing their strengths and weaknesses in the subjects and topics you've been covering.
Yes, tests can be "interesting" and quizzes can be "fun" when they are kept in perspective. But for determining your child's learning successes, you can focus more on discussions and observations to see, first-hand, how well your child is progressing or where he or she might need extra help.
For more insight, read the articles from actual homeschooled students on our "Articles" page at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com. Read "Confessions of an Autodidact" and "Taking a Look Back" to see how flexible homeschool activities and "student-driven interest" led to successful homeschool experiences.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Celebrate "National Library Week" by adapting these Book and Literature ideas in your Homeschool!
1. Select and Read New, Interesting Books
2. Try Fun, Unique Book Reports
3. See How to Create Silly Stories and Tales
4. Enjoy Author Activities and Learn About Authors
5. Create Your Own Picture Books
6. Turn Favorite Stories into Plays or Musicals
7. Construct Dioramas of Scenes from Favorite Books
8. Join a Kids Reading Club
9. Join a Teens Reading Club
10. Take Part in MORE Activities in Our FREE Writing Ideas Section!
Get started at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com by clicking our Free Writing Ideas!
Visit your local library this week, too, and thank your hard-working librarians!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Make flowers out of eggshells! Make eggs hatch from balloons! Visit our www.EverythingHomeschooling.com site to do these Easter activities!
Why are birds building nests now? What are nests made from, and how many different types of bird nests are there? How can you help birds during their nest-building season? Visit www.EverythingHomeschooling.com to learn more about birds, nest-building, and other Spring activities!
Spring is a wonderful time to make Nature a part of your Homeschool Lessons!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Our site, www.EverythingHomeschooling.com, is simple to use, and we'll provide information on using it.
First, as far as starting to homeschool your children -- the best place to start is WITH your children. Discuss what THEY want to learn, what they want to do, regardless of their age.
Remember that "homeschooling" is not "school at home." Rather, it is a natural part of living and learning each day. When families try to "school-at-home," both parents and children often end up disappointed, confused, or frustrated. That's why we are here for you.
Flexibility, variety, and fun ways of learning ARE the KEYS to successful home education.
Read some of the Free Articles on our "Articles" page, which are written by homeschooled youth, such as Andrew Tipping, Michelle Healey, and Hannah Glenn. Their first-hand experiences are very insightful. Simply click the "Articles" button in the menu on our Website.
If you're just starting out, it's helpful to check your state's homeschool regulations and see what they require. The state laws often sound intimidating, but generally they're quite simple to comply with. If you have questions about your state laws, please e-mail us.
In many cases, homeschool families keep a homeschool portfolio, which can include homeschool records. Our "Homeschool Forms" page includes printable Weekly Planner Sheets, Reading Logs, and other forms for our subscribers. Click the "Homeschool Forms" button in the menu on our Website. You may use the Forms if you are unschooling, deschooling, homeschooling, or eclectic-schooling.
To use our Weekly Lessons, go to our Grades K-2 Lessons, Grades 3-8 Lessons, or Grades 8-12 Lessons and do the activities with your children. Start with Week 1 or start with any week listed there.
Or, you may click the Lessons by Subject, on our Home page, such as: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Life Skills & Health, or Arts & Music. Then choose your grade level, and choose a lesson or activity.
Go as far as your children would like to go with the activities -- and, most importantly, let them branch off into any other directions. That's the beauty of homeschooling -- pursuing amazing paths and new adventures sparked by one small idea.
Do the Weekly Challenges, the Hands-On Activities, the Daily Activities, Daily Writing Prompts, Field Trips, Unit Studies -- all included on our Website and designed to provide ideas and inspiration that are interesting, enjoyable, and educational. Write down the activities your children do on the Weekly Planner Sheets from our "Homeschool Forms" page. (Older children can write down the activities they do each day or each week, to save you time.)
We have a "Teens Place" page with more advanced educational activities and interesting topics for teenagers. And we have a "Preschool Place" to keep preschoolers learning while you're working with your older children.
The main goal of our site is "Click and Do." It's simple for working parents, single parents, stay-at-home parents. We provide hundreds of educational activities throughout each year.
Simply "Click and Do" the activities, and allow your children to learn, to explore, and to pursue the activities and special interests, or follow new ideas, as well. Help guide them along the exciting paths that inspire or enthuse them.
Feel free to e-mail us with your questions. Our contact information is on our Contact Us page.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sometimes it's challenging to come up with enough ideas to fill a week's worth of homeschooling. That's why we provide FREE Homeschool Activities for you, right here: www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.
You'll always have lots of educational ideas that kids love to learn about, along with fun hands-on projects.
Check out these topics today and do the hands-on activities provided:
- Green Living & the Environment
- Mayans, Aztecs, & Incas
- Snow & Snowflakes
- Paper Structures & Towers
- Colors & Rainbows
- Electricity & Electrifying Facts
- Medieval Castles & Villages
- Story Writing
- Geometric Shapes in Nature
- Life on the Rails & Trains
- Bats, Bats, & More Bats
- Spiders & Spider Webs
- Squirrels & Owls
- And many more topics added all the time!
Plus, there's Weekly Lesson Plans for all subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Life Skills, Arts, Music, & Computer Skills.
Don't miss out! Visit us today!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Starting this January, 2009, Subscribers will be eligible for our Free Book Giveaways every 2 weeks!
You can see some of the books we're currently giving away, by going to www.EverythingHomeschooling.com, then clicking on the "Win Free Books" link.
Books include The Wind in the Willows, Read-Aloud Stories, and Tales from Shakespeare! We also have Robin Hood, 101 Great American Poems, The Swiss Family Robinson, Black Beauty, Favorite Fairy Tales, Anne of Green Gables, The Jungle Book, The Red Badge of Courage, and many more!
Free Bookmarks are included with each book, too!
All Subscribers -- current and new -- are eligible for the Free Book Giveaway!
Check it out today at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!
Enjoy our easy-to-use Homeschool Curriculum, Weekly Homeschool Lessons, Daily Homeschool Activities, and Hands-On Homeschool Projects, too!
Friday, January 9, 2009
This is one of the questions we're often asked at Everything Homeschooling.
Yes, we do!
However, different people have different concepts of what a curriculum is. By definition, a curriculum is "a course of study" or "a set of courses."
The Weekly Homeschool Lessons and Homeschool Activities at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com follow, or complement, the "Typical Course of Study" that most educational institutes follow across the nation.
Yet, even those educational curriculums will vary, depending on the regions or districts where the curriculum is being used.
What one probably means when asking if Everything Homeschooling provides a curriculum is: Do we provide a "packaged curriculum"?
A "packaged curriculum" is not the best educational resource for homeschooling your children.
Why not? Because every child is unique, every child has his or her own learning styles, and every child learns at his or her own pace. A "packaged curriculum," on the other hand, is not designed specifically for your individual child's learning style, pace, or interests.
At www.EverythingHomeschooling.com, we help YOU help your children learn, by providing Weekly Homeschool Lessons and Homeschool Activities that interest YOUR CHILDREN. Plus, this Homeschool Curriculum can be adapted to YOUR CHILD's individual learning styles and abilities, at any time.
The best Homeschool Curriculum is the one that captures your children's interests, keeps them wanting to learn more, and helps them retain what they've learned. This occurs when the homeschool lessons are fun, interesting, and hands-on. And also because the homeschool curriculum is adaptable, flexible, and varied -- to work for YOUR child!
This is the type of homeschool curriculum we offer at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com. It's easy to use, very affordable, and, above all, it helps to make your homeschool successful, interesting, and enjoyable, as well as educational for your child.