Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Come Along on Blog Hop

I am fortunate enough to be able to link up the the Hip School Hop blog hop for homeschooling moms today.  I have found so many homeschool moms who are new the homeschooling journey as well as many experienced homeschool moms and grandmoms out there who have valuable advice on how to handle homeschooling.

I think the one thing that I love about visiting other homeschool mom blogs is that once you subscribe to some of them and trust me there are many many more that I have not yet found, there is support in nearly every blog that I read.  If the blog itself does not necessarily pertain to an issue that I have having at the moment, there are comments that perhaps do.  But I have had many days when I see a problem or a question in my homeschooling that someone else has already experienced and either found a solution or a worksheet, curriculum that fits the situation.

My blog is fairly new and I have only been on this journey for a few months now, but I have learned so much in this short time that I find it incredible that I was never aware of this before.  I never in a million years dreamed that at my age, I would be teaching - unschooling my grandchild.  I had plans to simply retire and be a typical grandma (Mimi) to the only grandchild I am likely to ever have, but I would not change this path that God has chosen for me for anything.

I hope that many of you will begin to follow my posts.  Many of them are of the struggles and the triumphs that we have hear at home, but there are also posts about other bloggers and what they do that you will find here from time to time as well.

I plan to begin to talk to other homeschool moms and get their insights to some specific questions and do some blog posts that may possibly help those who God chooses to lead my way.

I look forward to meeting you and traveling this amazing journey with many of you.

May God bless each and everyone of you this day and all the days to come.

Be Blessed
Mimi

Friday, April 26, 2013

Feeling Frazzled

It seems that feeling frazzled is a way of life for me anymore.  I generally like to give Jaeden Friday off from most of the work that we do.  This week was a bit different, I had given him Wednesday to spend the time with his mother as she was off that day and then yesterday, we spent most of the day getting some things done around the house, grocery shopping and stuff like that.  Now he did get a smidgen of learning in on the grocery shopping but not much since it was a sort of marathon trip with little time to actually have him do too much.  Today however, I tried a new program that a teacher in the gifted programs here in our area suggested to my daughter.  It is called ScootPad and it is a very simple online program to use.  You can start at whatever level you choose and choose the concepts you want included.  There is a free 30 day trial where the child can be assigned practices for his concepts in Math, Reading and Spelling.  They can earn coins for each level of work or assignment that they do.  Bonus coins are awarded for getting all answers correct.  You can purchase this for only $3.99 per month which is a really good deal.

However, Jaeden was in a mood today and it did not help that I was having much difficulty with my vision.  Apparently I scratched one of my eyes during my sleep and it was pouring water and swollen so everything was a bit slower.  But his attitude today left much to be desired.  Everything was just 'dumb' old work or this is just 'stupid'.  So it took much longer to get through it.  His attitude also got to the point of warranting the dreaded spanking and even that did not stop him today.  So he lost the ability to get to see his uncle on Sunday which is the first time since he was about a year old.  My son has been in the military so gone from this area for a long while.  He was very upset.

But it is more than that.  He just does not want to or is not willing to do anything at all today that is requested of him.  I have no clue what is going on inside that speedy little brain of his.  He did not want to practice his karate for his testing tomorrow.  So we have finally, just taken the visit with the uncle away, taken away his TV time for the evening and now he sits on the couch pretend playing, talking to his pretend superheros and in general just ignoring everything around him.

What do you do when this happens to you?  I would love some suggestions.  It does not help that it causes us to lose patience with him.  We are praying about that one.  It did not not help that his mother was willing to do this work with him rather than me who is usually the one leading the study time.  Nothing.  So what do you do, let it go, give in.  There is only so much punishment or corrective action that can be taken.  I did give him Bible story book to read, he refused, I gave him his Bible, he refused.

HELP!!! Suggestions are needed here and I would greatly appreciate and try most anything at this point to prevent these type of days from happening.  I am just lost with this one.

Thank you for listening.

Be Blessed

Mimi

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Give Children a Voice - Make Sure They Are Heard

This post is about making sure that children know that what they want and what they think is important and that their voices should be heard.

I am of a much older generation and was born into a farming community.  I did not stay there long because my father had to find work elsewhere.  However, my mother grew up on a farm with a tough and abusive father and a quiet, diligent and completely competent mother. Some of the lessons taught to my mother stayed with her even though she hid inside herself the abuse that she had suffered until I was in my 40's so that I only remember my grandfather as an old, loud man who seemed to genuinely love his grandchildren.

Some of the lessons my mother taught us were
1. Speak only when you are spoken to.
2. Children should be seen, not heard.
3. Always say yes sir, no sir, yes ma'am, no ma'am.
4. Boys get up out of your seat when a lady enters the room.
5. When entering/exiting a room/building it was always ladies first.

Just to name a few, but today I want to talk about the first two.  I am sorry, but I have grown to disagree with these precepts.  Not in their entirety, but to some degree.  My children were always taught to keep quiet when adults were having a conversation unless they asked you a question (not that they always did this).  But I see in my grandson who is an extremely gifted child and has the verbal communication skills of a young adult, the need for this rule to be somewhat relaxed.  Why?  Let me tell you.

I decided long ago that going out to eat was a treat but one that was necessary for my children to learn to behave properly in a restaurant because we always enjoyed a more relaxed family atmosphere at the dinner table at home.  So, my daughter has taken up this mantra as well (when it can be afforded). Because of this my grandson has learned how to choose his meals from the menu, and speak them correctly to the server when our order is being taken.  What we have found is that many servers simply do not listen to the children or look at them when they are speaking.  I find this to be extremely rude.

First of all, having been a server a time or two in my lifetime, I know that you must pay attention to the children and not just because you think it is going to get you more tip, but because you genuinely want to hear what they have to say and let them know that they matter as much at that table as the adults do.  When I have done this, I have always, always seen better behaved children and no not always a better tip, but that would have been just a perk.  The families always thanked me for treating their little ones with respect.

Last night we were out with friends at dinner when the server took our orders, first of all, she barely took the time to listen to the adults at the table much less the child.  My friend began to give my grandsons order and I asked her "please let him place his own order." to which she complied with pleasure at his ability to do so eloquently.  The server then, looked at the adults at the table because it was not truly possible for her to know which was the mother, and asked, is this right, is this what you want for him. Now to this my grandson got a little cocky and said, 'why you asking them, they are not going to eat it, I am?" "By the way, could you make sure to tell the cook not to put pickles on my cheeseburger or even on my plate?"Not one adult at our table spoke.

I was so proud.

Then as dinner progressed enjoyably and for this also extremely ADHD child he was so good, he sat still for the most part and though he talked a lot, he did not interrupt the adults except to say "excuse me" when there was a lull in the conversation.  Again, so proud.  But then, he wanted his drink refilled.  The server was at our table delivering a couple of refills and he raised his hand, said "excuse me ma'am", she ignored him, again he raised his little arm and said "excuse me" again she ignored him.  Finally after his third attempt to no avail and he was "ah, man, no one listens" under his breath.  I said to her as she was about to walk away, "excuse me ma'am" she immediately stopped and said "yes, is there something else I can get for you?" to which I responded.  "Yes ma'am, this child is trying politely to speak to you."  She immediately looked ashamed and said "yes, can I help you?".  My grandson, said to her, "yes ma'am, could I have another drink please."

My girlfriend asked me why I had done that, why did I not just tell her would like another drink.  I could not believe that she had asked me that.  So I politely explained to her, "he may be just a child, but he has excellent communication skills and he knows what he wants, why should he not be allowed to speak for himself when he is being respectful and polite?"  She said, "It is just easier to speak for them."

That is it in a nutshell.  We can not continue to do things for our children just because it is easier than to allow them to do it for themselves whether it is speaking for themselves or handling a pair of scissors (children's scissors, of course).  How are they to learn to handle things like a conversation or the typical everyday occurrences if we don't allow them to try.

How do we ever expect them to be able to tell the good news of Jesus Christ, if we never let them speak in the more mundane aspects of life. How do we ever hope to accomplish raising, competent, intelligent, independent children, if we don't let them speak for themselves when they can, often times better than we can for them?

Personally, I want an independent grandchild who knows what he wants and knows how to ask for it efficiently, with respect and courtesy.

Kudos to you Jaeden.

Thank you for listening.

Be Blessed
Mimi

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Something Everyday

There is something that I tell my grandson many times over and that is that we must learn something everyday.  If we fail to learn at least one thing everyday, it seems like a wasted opportunity.

I don't believe that God wants us to lose any opportunities at all.  He places those in our path for us to use for His glory.  Therefore, I try diligently to learn at least one thing everyday and encourage my daughter and grandson to so as well. I wish I could also encourage my son and his wife and her child, but alas, God has not yet healed that relationship, so I wait on God.

One truly  big thing I am still learning is this thing I call my homeschool journey.  It has changed, I have changed, my grandson has changed and we continue to do so on a daily basis.  I of course, came from the perspective that one is taught a subject in steps and each step of the way there was always some form of written classwork and additional homework.  Repetition was the key and our interests were NEVER taken into consideration.  Well suffice it to say that I was a bit of a handful in school 'back in the day".  However, as I look back on some of those days, I realize that I was taught a lot of information that I just simply do not remember and have not had any use for in my entire life.  I think that if I had been taught these things as they might apply to the things I had an interest in, I might have remembered them.

So one thing I am learning is to NOT TEACH.  I am trying to reteach myself some things but also to teach myself that I can not teach my grandson.  I must show him the how of the basics and then show him how they can be applied to those things that he has a true interest in.  Now for my grandson, interests are quickly visited and quickly left by the wayside.  There are a few that began and have continued from the time he was about 2 such as ocean life.  Oh no, not just any ocean life, it must the be the biggest ocean life he can find.  It started with sharks and that interest continues even now, but he has also moved on, we have studied Orcas this week with some reading and some Orca Activity Sheets and he relates it back to his knowledge of sharks.  We have also signed up on a site for Orca Sightings.  We will get emails of all the sightings and then we can track on our map their locations and how they move around since they don't migrate as many people seem to believe that they do. Did you know that?

Have you thought of giving your children who are learning to read, informational books.  Some children like my little man don't particularly like to read storybooks.  Jaeden says, "It is not important to read storybooks, they are fake."  Out of the mouths of babes.  He has preferred non-fiction since he began reading on his own nearly two years ago.  His stories come at bedtime when either his mother or I read to him.  Or sometimes he just wants me to tel him a story.  It started out with stories of my life as a child and has ended up with stories that I make up but that could easily be real.  He loves those.  I am starting to try to remember them all and get them into writing.

The best learning times for me are when Jaeden is reading a book and I hear multiple "mimi, did you know?"
I then know that he is 1) reading it in its entirety and 2) that he is retaining that information.  He has become a plethora of useless information; or is it?

Today we also studied Proverb 22.  At first he fought me on it but then with a little redirection, some attitude adjustments and a bit of ignoring his outburst at me, he picked up his Bible and read the entire chapter and now he is watching a Bible DVD which has a lot of music on it but also teaches many of the stories of the Bible and hooooray, he after 2 view of the video has memorized many of the songs.

Well, it's back to the stove for me.  Dinner is cooking and daughter will be home in a couple of hours from work and we can dine and then hopefully go for a bit of a short walk.

Have a blessed day.

Mimi

Seen This? It's Great

I was fortunate enough in that last week or so to find a blog Practical Pages. I found some wonderful lapbook information and notebooking pages on artists, etc.  I immediately emailed the author and asked if she would allow me to use some of her pictures to create a post here on my own blog.  She was very gracious and said of course.  I had of course informed her that I would link to her blog. 

So I wanted to share this with those of you who have been taking a peek at my new blog here because I found Practical Pages to be more than just a place where I could obtain some free information.  I am actually learning something from Nadine's post as well.  She instructs on art as well as many other areas.

Here is a page on
Armor of God - Young Man

Here you can see the poster she created for this. 

She also has a link to the post for Put on the Full Armor - Young Woman 
Here is the poster she created for this page


There is so much more to Nadine's blog that you just really have to go take a look.  She offers many free pages and to name a few page there are Copywork, Famous ArtistsMaths, Lapbooks.  

There is even Planning & Organization
Here you will find an overview, yearly planner, 36 week planner and a weekly planner.  




















There is some amazing gifts here for everyone.


She has many other free pieces that you can obtain from her blog as well.  Not only that but she offers you links to other information, detailed instructions on some of her ideas and methods of art, Book Lists and even Projects for you to try your hand at.











Take a few minutes, grab a cup of coffee or tea and a muffin and browse through her blog.  I found it so very helpful and all she wants everyone to benefit from it.  Her only request is that you respect her copyright and link back to her site when you share to others.  This simply means don't link directly to your own PDF copy.  This is truly not asking much for so much giving.

Share this with your friends and I hope that you will benefit as much from this as I have.

I will continue my search for the most practical and frugal means of homeschooling my grandson as I can possibly find and when I locate ones that I believe are worth mentioning here, efficient, helpful and Bible based, I will be posting more.

In the meantime, take a look around Nadine's Practical Pages and see if you don't just love it.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Philippians's 4:23

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Teaching in the Moment

Today I had a unique opportunity to teach my grandson a bit of a lesson on healthy eating.  You see it was a bit past time for lunch when we arrived back home from Karate class today, so I proceeded to prepare him a turkey/cheese sandwich.  I was looking in the fridge for something to accompany his sandwich when I happened to see the small container of blueberries I had purchased while shopping a day or so ago.  I bought these for several reasons, the least of which being that I like them myself, but more because I knew that my grandson had eaten them a couple of years ago just prior to his very picky eating stage and wanted to try them on him again.  So I decided today was the trial.

I put a few of them in a small ramekin for him, he ate his sandwich but course he began to explain to me that he does not like blueberries.  I tried the coaxing and the 'no snack later if you don't methods to no avail. Then I explained to him the benefits of the blueberries to his health and said let's pull it up on the computer for him to see.  He put his brand new glasses on and proceeded to read the information.  He still said, "but I still don't like them."  So, I am thinking and pondering what other methods might work since telling he did not know whether he liked them or not until he tried was also not working.

I decided to click on a YouTube video of 'children with cancer".  I know this may seem a bit strong/harsh for a 5 year old to see but it was a well done video and I explained as we went along and there was some informational text throughout the video as well which he read willingly.  This particular video also gave good information on the different types of cancers than most often affect children, how many children are affected and how many die from cancer.  He was very interested in this information and watching the children and how they coped with the illness that had befallen them. During the video I suggested that maybe I could just toss the blueberries into his mouth to see if he could catch them and he agreed.  Yay!!!.  So I popped 2 or 3 at a time into his mouth and he ate them, with a bit of a grimace but ate the all the same.  Then came the end of the video and the "In Loving Memory of" and a list of names.  A lot of names.  He asked me who all those people were as he read aloud for himself all the names he saw and became very quiet and contemplative when I told him that the names belonged to the children he had just seen on the video.  he looked at me and said "Mimi, they died?"  He then ate the rest of his blueberries and told me that he would eat some more at another time.  So tomorrow for breakfast we are having oatmeal with blueberries, apples, cinnamon and a little brown sugar, at his request.

Now you know that at the end of a video on YouTube, there are little blocks with photos and titles for other videos similar in nature.  Well what was most surprising to me was that he asked to watch several more of them, some were children telling their own story, one was a father's words to his child who passed with photos of he and his child as well as several describing in photos and short written narrations of the journey of a child through this difficult time in their lives and their survival.

He enjoyed these videos and though the lesson may have seemed a bit harsh, it was a lesson learned and led to more discoveries as he asked to see what other fruits and vegetables had for our bodies.  He is even now doing just a bit of research with my help all the benefits of herbs and spices to our health.

So all in all, I would say that this was a good day even though it was not traditional learning, my grandson learned a valuable lesson about nutrition and healthy eating.  But he also learned that God will not give us more than we are able to handle. It strengthened his faith and his hope in the Lord.  For this I am grateful and I will continue to try to provide this type of learning for my grandson.

This was my day, how was yours?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Failing? Who? Me, My Grandson or God?

Well a few days ago I wrote a post about the issues of ADHD hopefully coming to an end with a new homeopathic treatment we have begun.  Let us just say that post was a bit tooooo optimistic.  Yeah, not so much on the road yet.  It seems the first few days were heaven sent or were they?  Right, that is the 'not so much' part. 

First let me say that I am not writing this for anyone to feel sorry for me and I don't really expect anything except that maybe someone out there has the same type of issues going on even if less severe and to let you know that you are not alone. I think we must all have some of this and are simply too ashamed of ourselves to put it in writing for all to see.  I think that this is one of God's answers to me, put it out there and let everyone know that you are no different, you have problems too. If you do and you would like to leave a comment, please feel free to do so or if you have questions, please feel free to ask, I will respond as I am able.

For two days now we have had meltdowns, his and ours and his and mine.  First it was over the school work, then it explodes into every aspect of our lives.  Second it was over taking his nightly medication, which is not really medication, he takes a supplement of melatonin at night in order to get to and stay asleep.

This child was sleeping through the night at 3 weeks of age, but for the last couple of years, it either takes hours for him to get to sleep or when he does, he does not stay asleep, so we, after talking to his doctor began giving him a small dosage of melatonin at night.  Melatonin is a naturally occurring substance in the body and when given in the evening it simply relaxes the body and mind so that sleep can occur naturally. Last night, he just simple refused to take it and when he finally did, he would not drink anything with it and got choked and threw up. What a mess.Then he started screaming at us about it and one thing led to another til finally I crushed it up in his water and put it into a syringe and just basically forced it down his throat.  Mind you this was already nearly 9:30 pm which is a bit late for him anyway since no matter what time he goes to bed his is up not later than 7 am.  So that being said.  I feel like a monster.

Many hurtful words have been said between me and my grandson this week on those two occasions from "why are you so mean" to "Mimi, I just hate you and want you to leave" to me feeling that I hate him as well, (I DO NOT), many tears and screaming and yelling for absolutely no reason.

I have cried over this, prayed over this and in general just think about this most of the time, still no answers.  No answers from God, no answers from my own thoughts, nothing, nada.

Still searching for the answer and waiting on the Lord for some guidance. We did not do school yesterday and we are not doing school today, taking a bit of a break just to allow us both to relax a bit.

On the bright side, we picked up his glasses yesterday afternoon and he is happy that now he can read and realizes that he can see so much better.  Thank God for that.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend of happiness and peace.

May God Bless you all.

Be Blessed
Mimi

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Our ADHD Problems Seem to Be History

I have to tell you that with my ADHD grandson, we have been pulling our hair out trying to figure out ways to keep him calm, keep him focused.  We did go the traditional medication route, but we were not happy with it.  It only worked for about 3 hours and the doctor would only say, well give him another in the afternoon.  With no health insurance this was just not something we could afford, this medication not only is not the best solution but it is very expensive.  So a searching I did go.

I found a site for a company called Native Remedies.  I already knew that we were interested in a homeopathic remedy if at all possible.  If not, then it would be the park everyday for a few hours letting him run til he could not run anymore then come home and struggle to get through the math, science, etc.  You get the picture.  Well this may have been the find of the century and many of you may already know about it, but I have to tell you, we put off ordering any of the items there for quite sometime and finally, I said, "we have to do this."  So we got our order this week  A product called Bright Spark.  I had read the reviews (all of them).  Many raved about the product, some did not, some returned their product for a refund and some just gave up I guess.

The hard part is the first day, there have to be 6 doses, 1 per hour for 6 hours and you are done for the day.  Well the change in medication and the amount did a number on Jaeden's stomach, but he handled it well.  The second day, he did ok, no stomach issues at all and he was calmer, not by much, but some.

Oh, did I mention it is recommended that it be given on an empty stomach.  Well the first day that was not hard as he still had his traditional meds in him, and on that medication, he simply did not eat at all til the meds wore off.  I am sure some of you have seen this with your own children. Well we have now finished our third day and I am going to have to go the grocery store.

He is calmer, he is not as aggressive, he does not make all the noises he used to make just out of the blue.  Now he does still make some noise, he is a boy after all, but the constant barrage of just random noises and screeching and squealing seem to have dissipated,  AND, HE EATS.  Today, I thought I was going to have to lock the pantry.  I fixed him breakfast, sausage gravy and biscuits.  His lunch was a ham sandwich and a cup of grapes.  In between breakfast and lunch he had a brownie made with spinach and carrots added.  His afternoon snack was half of a huge apple.  For dinner he had 10, count them, 10 fish sticks, a cup of glazed carrots, a brownie and for snack he had half of a Snicker bar.  After each time he ate, within about 10 minutes he was telling me he was hungry, so I made him lemon water with Splenda, several of them.  He drank, I think, 8, 8oz bottles of water.

Can we say happy, AND, he did not do laps back and forth in the living room for 10 minutes, stop for a few and do it again.  I am so happy.  If you have an issue with ADHD, first, of course, talk to your doctor, but if you want a homeopathic remedy that has worked for us, at least so far, then by all means check out Native Remedies for Bright Spark.

We also ordered their Focus Formula, but have not added that because we wanted to be able to tell if there was any difference on one before we added the second.  I think we will be adding it to his regime at least for the hours that he needs to focus for math, etc.  But I could not be happier.  If this progress continues, we will be one happy family.

By the way, I am not being paid for this in any way whatsoever, I just wanted anyone out there who deals with ADHD to have this information and the knowledge to know that we tried it and it is working for us.

I have added a couple buttons on the right of the page of some other places to go for freebies and what-nots.

Be Blessed
Mimi

Thursday, April 11, 2013

No Tips Today but a Cry for Help!!

I know that I promised tips and links but today, I really need to ask for help from anyone who has been through this.  My grandson is extremely gifted but also extremely ADHD.

I have been wracking my brain for the last few months trying to get a handle on homeschooling my grandson.  He is extremely gifted and finding the appropriate level for him is difficult at best.  He has been reading since he was probably about 3 1/2 years old to some degree.  Well his reading is, of course much better now and gets better everyday.  He struggles with math.  Not the concepts nor does he lack ability, that is not it, he just does not like it.  He hates to write anything. 

I have tried to get him to write his answers on the computer as well as do a blog.  He was interested in the blog at first and of course it was going to be private and links sent to only trusted individuals to review and comment on for him to see what others think of his progress. Nope, tried it once, became very frustrated with the amount of time it took him due to lack of knowledge about where the keys were to spell his words, to the point that now he has this blog set up at his own direction and he won't use it unless I agree to do the typing for him when he tells me what he wants to say.  That would be fine, except that there is no teaching value to it as there won't be anyway to show him possible grammatical errors, spelling errors or just plain progression of complex sentences.  Well now, his table work I call it, worksheets and that sort of thing is either a struggle and loads of frustration on both parts or he gives me the answers and I write it for him.  Of course, I always try to make him spell his own words.  For him, this takes too long, he gets frustrated.

So, I decided to give him some assessments and found through a facebook group of homeschoolers that I belong to several for reading.  None of which really gave me much insight into his comprehension.  However, he has taken 4 of them, 2 of which were very informally given to him.  On one, according to the scoring method instruction indicates that he is at 7th grade 9th month reading level.  Another one gives a mean score and of course a low and high score, none of which go above about the 3rd grade level and does not seem to accomodate his level of reading and/or phonetic abilities.  Then there were two other very informally given, just something I saw on the computer and asked him to read the words til he made a mistake, both of these place him at the high end of the 4th grade level for reading.

Then there is the math that he hates.  He can do it.  He can do 3 column addition and subtraction with regrouping.  He can also add and subtract simple common denominator fractions, addition of columns of figures, count money and most of the time can give change for small amounts like change back from a $1. or $5, tell time, simple graphs.  But he will not even try to learn multiplication no matter how I present it.


So my questions are these. 

1.  How do I get him invested in his learning?
2.  Do I really need to know what his reading level is?
3.  Should I be assessing his math skills?

I know that he is better off being homeschooled than public school, that was a disaster, but I also need to know that he is really learning.



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Few Places to Look

On this post I will post a few of the links that I have found useful in my beginning stages of the homeschool journey.  Some I continue to use and others I don't use as much anymore, but all are useful and most are full of free information and worksheets for practice or testing.  A couple even have the ability to create your own worksheets and spelling lists.

This is a link that I found just today and though I am not all that familiar with Lexile Measurments for Reading, I am reading and learning but through The Lexile Framework for Reading I was able to get a good idea of Jaedens reading level.  Once you are there scroll down just a bit and you can click on Learn More on the right side where you see "Find a Book".  Watch as this does change back and forth between Lexile Measurements and Quantile Measurements and the page changes with it.  This link will take you to a place where if you know your what your child's Lexile measurement is you can simply enter the figure and then submit or if not you can select the grade your child is currently working in and click to answer one of about 3 questions; mine was I think "I find the books at school to easy".  Click on submit again and you will be taken to a page where you can click on all of your child's interests, click submit again and you will be given a list of books that you want to have your child read.  This is cool because next to every book is a small icon for locating the book in a library, or amazon.com or to even purchase on the Internet.  I have found many books that Jaeden will love to read at our local library through this list.  This site has over 140,000 books in its list all designed to accommodate the Lexile measurement for your child.  These measurements do follow the core curriculum being instituted and while I am not in favor of this core curriculum and is also why Jaeden will not go back to public school, it does give a wide selection of reading material for your children.  I hope you find something they will enjoy here.

One site I found helpful, at least in the beginning is  School Express  where you will find over 17,000 free worksheets as well as the ability to create your own worksheets and it's all free or your can pay a fee for broader access.  Another is TLS Books.  It is all free worksheets and it is divided in to grade level and there are tons of worksheets there to choose from.  You can get an entire grade level of math, language arts, science, etc.  Take a look and see what you think.

I also found the following very helpful as well and I continue to search and find every single day.  All of my homeschooling materials thus far have been free.  The only things I purchase are the occasional books that I can't find in the library or if it is a book that he really enjoys that we found at the library, I will buy it for his personal collection.

http://www.notebookingpages.com/free-resource-center/
http://www.cyh.com/SubDefault.aspx?p=255
http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/
www.artforsmallhands.com

This is just a few to get you started.  Check back often and there will be more.

Thank you for reading and be sure to let me know of things you are interested in finding.  I have a lot of resources.

Be Blessed
Mimi




Sunday, April 7, 2013

Welcome to Our World



Hi there and welcome to our little world here.  My daughter and I are new homeschoolers and are looking forward to meeting you and discussing ways of giving our children the best education and solid moral values.

Please read our page "Our Story" for more information about who we are and how we came to be homeschoolers.  Post your comments and questions and we will be happy to try to answer all of them.

I look forward to hearing some inspiring ideas from you all and hopefully I will have a few that may inspire you as well.  From time to time I will post some freebie information or links to free information that may help you along your journey.

Since this is a new blog about our journey, please be patient with us as we learn and grow as homeschoolers.

We also want you to know that we are Christian and we teach Christian values.  We do not push them on anyone but you will notice them here as well as reference to Scripture from time to time.  This is not meant to offend anyone as we believe that everyone has the right to believe in their own way and we do not judge anyone who chooses to believe differently than we do.

We appreciate and will post any information that others wish to share as well as make note as to who has given or created th
e information.  We take no credit for ideas or information that we do not create for ourselves.

I hope that you enjoy riding along on our journey.

Be blessed
Pam