I began reading aloud to my kids from the time they were infants. Even though the oldest is now 18, they still enjoy hearing a good book read aloud. There are some tips for reading aloud to kids that will enhance the experience. 1. Enunciate. I’m not talking about saying each and every word distinctly and clearly complete with pauses between, but sometimes, when reading aloud, it’s a good idea to enunciate more than you would in your natural speaking voice. When you’re only hearing the words, rather than seeing them, as your listeners are, it can be easy...Read More
Author: Kris Bales
Homeschooling is a big commitment. It can seem overwhelming at times. Lots of people have advice for how to make your homeschool successful. Today, I want to offer you 10 ways to ruin your homeschool. You know, in case you ever feel a need to purposely sabotage your efforts. 1. Expect all of your children to learn the same way. Just like they all have different personalities, each of your children probably has a different learning style. If you really want to ruin your homeschool, be sure to fail to recognize how each of your children learns best and...Read More
You know those times when you wonder if something you’re thinking of saying is going to come across as rude, offensive, or just upsetting? I’m here to give you an inside glimpse into the mind of a homeschool mom. There are (at least) 7 things you should never say to a homeschool mom – unless you’re trying to see if you can make her head explode, which could be amusing, I suppose. What about socialization? Really. We all probably heard this one enough in our first year (or month) of homeschooling to last us a lifetime. We have talked...Read More
I think sometimes we homeschool families are reluctant to tell the outside world that homeschooling isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. That every project isn’t Pinterest-worthy. That sometimes we have to turn to Google to jog our memory on what exactly the Pythagorean Theory is and how you use it to figure out the length of that stupid triangle’s side. That reluctance isn’t without reason. We have enough voices crying out against homeschooling, so sometimes we feel the need to circle the wagons and present the good side – you know as opposed to the horses’ rear-ends. The only problem...Read More
If you’ve homeschooled for more than, oh, probably a week or so, you’ve probably experienced them – the hard days of homeschooling. The kids are bickering. The baby’s fussy. The toddler’s into everything. The teenager’s moody. The kids are crying. Mom is crying. And, nothing – nothing – is going according to plan. You just want to throw in the towel. So, how do you keep going? How do you keep homeschooling on the hard days? 1. Assess the situation. Take a moment to step back and assess what’s going on. Are you getting back into a routine after...Read More
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