Organized Chaos in Your Homeschool: It’s a GOOD Thing

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

I purposely kept today’s video short because I know most of us are going to be busy, busy, busy today. 🙂

When you mention the words “chaos” and “homeschool” together, most would automatically assume the combination is a bad idea, and they’d be right.

But what if I told you that ORGANIZED chaos is a whole different ballgame?

Let’s Talk About What’s Actually Classified as Homeschooling

This is the last post/video I’ll be making on this topic (unless it becomes necessary), but I just wanted to share with you this fantastic article on deciphering what is classified as homeschooling and what is not.

The author, Tina Hollenbeck, is so thorough, and she perfectly described WHY the distinction is important.

Homeschooling Is for EVERY Child

It’s time to get something straight – there is no child that isn’t a “good fit” for homeschooling. This is a notion brought on by generations of social conditioning. Parents were the primary educators of their children for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. School as we know it has been but a blink of an eye.

It is natural for children to be home. It is natural for kids to be with their families. The problem we face is that we’ve been trained to forget this.

Homeschoolers, Be on the Alert for This…

As homeschool parents, we have people like HSLDA and the homeschool pioneers to thank for the freedom we have today. Just a few decades ago, homeschooling wasn’t as accessible as it is today. In fact, it wasn’t even legalized in every state until 1989.
It’s so important to not take what others have done before us for granted.

That’s why when you get requests like THIS, you need to think about the possible repercussions before accepting them.

Historical Fiction Books with a Dash of Science!

As a relaxed homeschool mom of many, finding ways to pack as much learning into shorter lessons has become my “specialty.” When you have as many kids as I do, spending 6 hours a day doing homeschooling lessons just isn’t possible, or even desirable if I’m going to be honest! Continue reading “Historical Fiction Books with a Dash of Science!”

I Was Wrong About School…

Okay, I’ll admit it when I’m wrong about something, so it’s time for me to come clean today:

I was wrong about school.

When it comes to homeschool bloggers, I have been one of the most vocal opponents to the public education system.

That hasn’t changed.  Continue reading “I Was Wrong About School…”

10 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Teaching Degree to Homeschool

Several times a year without fail, I have a conversation with someone that goes something like this:

So where do your kids go to school?

We homeschool.

Are you a teacher?

No.

Do you have a teaching degree?

No.

Then, are you qualified to teach your children?

Sigh.   Continue reading “10 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Teaching Degree to Homeschool”

A Relaxed Homeschool Approach to KONOS Character Curriculum

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have mentioned KONOS Character Curriculum on my blog. This unit study resource is not only just about my favorite tool in our homeschool, but it’s also a symbol.

You see, after I burned out, sent my kids back to school, and then withdrew them again, KONOS was the first curriculum I used after I finally decided to never replicate school again.

Ever.  Continue reading “A Relaxed Homeschool Approach to KONOS Character Curriculum”

A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Giving Our Children the World

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I know you’re probably getting tired of reading about how anxious I am for school to start, but I just can’t help myself because I just realized that this is the second last break-post I’ll be writing. After that we’ll be back on task again. I went to the library on Monday to get the books we’ll be needing for the next few weeks, and I honestly had to hold in excited laughter as I was putting the book list in my purse because I didn’t want my kids to think I was nuts. 🙂

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Another thing I’m really excited about is that this week started Jamie Martin’s Read the World Summer Book Club. Each week she’ll be focusing on a different part of the world, and we can choose books to read to coincide with that geographical area. We’ve been using her new book, Give Your Child the World, because of the exhaustive book lists included in it. (I should point out that I am not an affiliate of simplehomeschool.net. I just really wanted to share this great opportunity with you!) Continue reading “A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Giving Our Children the World”

A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Spiders and Squirrels and Snakes, Oh My!

The end of the school year is in sight, and the great outdoors are calling! (If the rain ever stops ;P) Join me for another week of highlights from There’s No Place Like Home!

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Well, we’ve now just completed the second last week of school for the Littles and the Big Kids. The Teens have another three weeks to go because they follow a more traditional school schedule. The end of the school year is a bit bittersweet for me because, while I love the summer, I do not enjoy the lack of structure from not doing our school routine everyday. Besides that, I really do enjoy our school routine, so I know that I’m going to be bored out of my mind without the hustle and bustle of the school day. Oh, well. Just plan on me posting lots of new unit studies because that’s what I usually spend my time doing when boredom sets in. I will admit, however that I am looking forward to the deep cleaning we always do the first few days of summer break because this house is a wreck.

This week was very similar to last week in that it’s been cold and, once again, I had to take five children to the dentist. Fun. No cavities this week, but one does need to see an orthodontist. Joy. Other than that, it’s been a pretty laid back week- as far as a household of twelve people can be laid back. 🙂 Now on to our week:

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The Littles

This week we started reading Madeline, which the kids have enjoyed so far. We found France, where the story takes place, on our world map and each child got their own map to place a story disk on. They also colored their own French flags, and we discussed so many different topics while reading, such as appendixes, hospital visits, steamboats, land line telephones (who would’ve thought they would be considered history in our lifetime!?), and the Eiffel Tower.

I’m going to confess that we spent a lot of time vegging out in front of the TV because it’s just been a cold, rainy week, and we really didn’t feel like venturing outside.

The Big Kids

The older kids are still working on their research/reference unit and will probably do so until the end of next week when they finish school. We read about Noah Webster and each child has been busy compiling a list of words they don’t know from our read-alouds and their silent reading selections (which, incidentally, are all the same as last week) to author their own dictionaries. Today they got to decorate the covers.

Caollin (11) did get to spend some time at the creek with Dillon (16), and she had a blast finding salamanders, crayfish, and a newt. Otherwise, they, too, have just been relaxing in the house, waiting for the sun to finally come out again.

The Teens

Schoolwork-wise, it’s really just been business as usual with these three.

Arianna (14) has been busy reading and helping with the younger kids during school time this week. On Sunday she went to see a local theater group’s performance of “Mary Poppins” with my mother. She really enjoyed it and hopes to see some more shows like it. (She recently saw “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” as well).

Dillon is still having the time of his life taking photographs and has even ventured out in this dreary weather to hone his photography skills. Here’s a sampling of what he did this week:

A few days ago he created a Facebook page for his photography, and he’s really been working hard at perfecting his skills.

Devin (17) has, once again, spent a lot of time with our oldest son this week. She’s looking forward to next month’s anime convention in Atlantic City and is busying herself with the details of what characters she’s going to cosplay. She also wants a job in the worst way, but I just haven’t gotten around to getting her a photo ID just yet.

Unfortunately, our school district does not issue school IDs to homeschoolers, which makes everything from getting a job to attending after-school events to taking SATs that much harder. I honestly believe they should begin issuing them to homeschoolers, since we do have to report to them yearly, so our kids are, technically, still students in the district, but what are you gonna do?

Anyway, this has been our week! What’s yours looked like?

 

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