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Home Grown Books is a unique collaboration of artists, educators, and parents, and its artwork and reading structure create a holistic and successful reading experience for early readers. The new series is called The Adventuring Set, and it has seven themed books with watercolor paintings that depict days of old with kings, inventors and knights in shining armor as well as castles, submarines, maps and other adventure tools and settings. The images by New York artist Case Jernigan are imbued with cultural significance, sensory details, and memories of tradition found in the stories and myths that he grew up exploring. At the end of each book, Case shares a note to spur further discovery. The books are designed to be appealing visually and conceptually to parents and children alike.
Welcome to I See Me! where we provide the highest quality, most personalized books and gifts for children. We opened for business in May of 2000, after a year of active product development. My husband Allan and I received a personalized book as a gift for our first son in 1998. While we loved the fact that it was personalized, we thought that the illustrations could have been much better and the story more customized to the child. Thus I See Me! was born. Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books and gifts that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills. --Maia Haag, author and CEO of I See Me! Inc.
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We homeschool and use Story of the World for history. This year, to make things easier on myself (and so I wouldn't keep forgetting to copy the student pages), I ordered a printed set of student pages (the worksheets from the back of the activity) for each of my children. When they came, I put each set into a 1" binder. Now, when they're ready to do history pages, they'll be ready :)
Another thing that I like to do with Story of the World is use Netflix to find videos that go along with the chapter we're reading that week. I use this list (not my creation) to find videos for each chapter:
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
One thing that has really helped our kids get ready is to do a "test run" a day or two before school starts. We pack their bags, walk to the school, and then do our "first day of school" pictures with them. It gives us a practice run and allows us to capture the moment without the stress of the first day. We've done it the last few years and found it has helped them to rehearse the beginning and end of their first day!
I am working with my kids this year on setting goals for the months ahead of us. Dad and I participate as well. We're planning to walk to school more regularly as part of our fitness goals and we're both committing to creative projects we want to achieve this year. I've committed to some volunteering at school and have encouraged my kids to think about what they might like to do for service this year, on campus and off. We have also set quick boundaries on eat, sleep and work, keeping things pretty scheduled at this point so we can all get back on track.
As a family that homeschools through a sort of hybrid school (that offers enrichment courses) and an ex-school teacher, I have realized that the building blocks of literacy are best learned alone, while everything else works very well is a social setting. Gardening, art, music, is usually best as a social learning opportunity, while reading and writing is really just about DOING it. My daughter just gets distracted bring to learn this stuff in a group. We spend about 4 hours a week doing Language Arts and Math (which is a lot of theory), and then through Social Studies and Science (which seem to be both a social and individual learning adventure) the arts, foreign language, art etc, she gets the opportunity to apply these basic building blocks. It is too bad we use up so much of social learning time in school for subjects best learned individually. We actually focus on the "extra-curricular" and add more theory (L.A. and Math) stuff at the speed she is able to integrate it into her life. For the record, she is 1 - 2 grades above the level in all subjects.
We homeschool but didn't always do this. One thing that I took from the public school and used in our homeschool is the idea of an "entry task". Ours is different in that there are several "tasks". They may include a journal entry, a maze or logic puzzle, handwriting, spelling practice, etc. Regardless of what it consists of, the kids know that they can grab their folder and get started even if mom is finishing up something else. My girls are usually pretty eager to get the day started because we do the more fun stuff after the 'less' fun. They have figured out that taking initiative gets the day moving and the fun comes quickly.
Mom to three very active girls Anna (14), Kayla (12), Maya (8).
Take it on year at a time. Remember, the professional teachers get overwhelmed every fall too. You can do it, in fact, you are probably better at teaching where your own kids are concerned than anyone else could be, because you know them best.
Slightly crunchy mama of three, one cs, one ubac, one vbac. Planning a vbac in October. Bookworms anonymous member.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
I agree with doing as much as you can the night before or even day before. Also we make up breakfast options and freeze them for crazy mornings when we are running behind. For example: pancakes, waffles, and french toast.. then you can pop them in the toaster for a quick but home made meal.We try to keep shoes and book bag by the door so that nothing gets left behind and makes for a quick exit too. We Also put clothes out too to have those ready to throw on.
A time saving tip for back to school would be to get any of the medical or volunteer or similar forms at the end of the school year. Then you can fill them out and make the necessary appointments in the summer and have it all done. Then you can avoid the back to school rush of trying to get into the doctors or waiting to volunteer.
We need Criminal Record Checks to help out in our kids classroom. However they start doing field trips and classroom stuff pretty much the first couple weeks. And at the begining of the school year a CRC can take 6 weeks or more to get done as there are so many needing to be done. So I never got to is last year and could only help out at certain times. This year I was "on the ball" and got the form in June and it only took a couple weeks to come back instead. Now I can hand it in to the school on the first day and start volunteering right away!
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My homeschooling tip: when working with my older child, I get out a basket for the younger ones that they only get to play with during school time.
Lovin' up my Solstice son b. 12/07 and my HBAC Autumn daughters b. 10/10 and 9/12!
We too found that prepping everyting the night before really helps in the morning. That and since we pack food we usually get a draft of a menu at the beginning of the week (but move things around if our bodies tell us differently) and prepare the food for lunch the evening before. That is going to be hard to get back into that routine for school since it's been so lackadaisical with my hubby staying home.
The best tip that I have received yet about homeschooling is to use workboxes!! The organization is gives me really helps me and definately helps my son stay on task... plus he thinks going to the boxes in the morning is fun! The other tip that has helped a lot in my homeschooling is that teaching them character is more important than teaching them facts.
Jesus-loving Doula/Birth Photographer Mama to Tor 4/2007, Zion 11/2009, Enoch 11/2011, and Zephyr due 12/13/2013
Now that my boys are 7 and 2.5, I decided to make them each a separate homeschool notebook. In the notebook is the yearly plan, a month's worth of lesson plans and each day's printable for the current week is filed behind numbered dividers. While my 2.5 year old won't likely be getting his own work, this will be helpful with my 7 year old who is sometimes eager to get started!
Proud homeschooling mama to DS 3/06 , DS 12/10 , and munchkin #3 coming 7/2015, wife to DH 7/01.
Oh back to school! We are unschoolers so consider every single day an opportunity to learn..but I do love to "mark the school year" with a special day. I think it's important for homeschoolers/unschoolers/whatever you label yourself, to do something special so that kids have that yearly memory. We normally have a special breakfast (this year gluten free chocolate chip pancakes) and than I fill Bolga baskets with new school supplies, and a new book..We also have an adventure that day! This year we are going to "not back to school day" at a local zoo, which will be so much fun.
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