Welcome to Our Homeschool Website!
If you are brave you can visit our Halloween site. I’m sure it will give you a fright! We are a homeschool family in our sixth year of homeschooling and this is our on-line school room where you can see what we have been up to. We have created this site to help us with our studies and to help homeschool kids and their families use the web as a learning tool by providing them with educational links and ideas. If you think that you would like to participate in our on-line projects, we welcome your involvement. We have lots of things for you to see and do, and hopefully help you in your adventures with homeschooling.
~~ A Website For Homeschooled Kids and their Families ~~
Visit our homeroom to see what we have been up to lately. Share your work with other kids around the world.
Here you can read some of our stories and book reviews. Find out who our featured author is and submit your own work.
Read poems that were written by homeshooled kids. Submit your own and take a look at other poetry sites.
Do you use the web for your research? Here we have made a page to help us with our research projects.
Find out what’s new in our Science Lab. Be our featured scientist and submit your work. Lots of science links here.
Find out what kind of math we are doing this year and what books we are using. A good place for math links also.
Here you will find some links to sites that will help you with your writing projects. Read what other kids are doing.
This school year we are studying world history. Take a look at the links we have found during our homeschool journey.
Keep up on what’s going on in the world. We have found some links that you can check out daily and weekly. Be informed!
Visit our art gallery to see what the kids have been doing. We have art links and links to other young artists on the web.
If you are interested in learning about our home state of California, we have lots of information for you.
We have Oodles of Doodles for your personal webpages, so be sure to check them out before you leave.
One of the advantages of homeschooling is the ability to make learning fun. Most children do not enjoy being lectured at but respond remarkably well when you take the time to talk to them and create unique lessons that do not feel like schoolwork. One creative option is the use of homeschool games to judge how well a child is grasping new material and to ensure that they are able to apply new skill sets.
There are different types of homeschool games that can be incorporated into the home classroom:
- Computer software
- Puzzle books
- Competitive group
Games are competitive by nature, but your child can compete with themselves just as they do with others. Which games you select will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Ages and grade levels
- Subjects of interest to a child
- Subjects a child is struggling to master
- Learning styles
Time available for games
Homeschool games can be important tools that help your children learn without getting bored or feeling overwhelmed. They are especially useful if your child is resistant to learning or struggles in a particular subject.
Where to Find Homeschool Games
You can look for homeschool games in teacher supply stores, through homeschool curriculum providers, or through homeschool organizations if you don’t mind buying secondhand. You can also look online, as there are many websites featuring a wide selection of interactive games for children at different grade levels. Some game sites may require a membership fee.
Many of the best games for homeschooling are homemade. One idea is to find websites that relate to the special interests of your child and create an “I spy” type game. Write out clues or questions and have your child use those websites, or one chosen website, to find the answers. They may also be required to find clues that lead up to a password. That password can “unlock” something special in the classroom. Make sure the information they are reading and the questions they are answering relate to their current lessons.
Three Popular Resources for Homeschool Games
Take a look at these resources for games already being used extensively by other homeschooling parents:
- Brain-E-Games: You can purchase downloadable homeschool games for extremely low prices. Alternatively, use their game options to get creative and create similar games yourself.
- Buy blank game boards with a variety of patterns already printed. You can use markers, stickers, and other supplies to create unique homeschool games. Boards can be used for any subject and any grade level.
- Homemade Spinner: Make your own spinner for game boards using Microsoft Word.
Top 5 Homeschool Games
You should select games that will capture the interest of your children and the lessons you are trying to teach, but these five games are favorites for many other homeschooling parents:
- You’ve Been Sentenced!: Hilarious, yet educational, game that even adults will enjoy.
- Sum Swamp: A board game that teaches basic math skills.
- : Look for their “mind benders” books for all grade levels.
- The Scrambled States of America: A board game that teaches placement of the states.
- BananaGrams: The learning version of Scrabble that can be used to create homemade homeschool games.
How to Use Homeschool Games
You can use homeschool games to supplement lessons you are teaching in your home classroom, but you can also use them in creative ways. For instance, why not officially declare every Friday game day? Rotate the games available as your children progress to different grade levels, and do nothing but play educational games all day. You may also have a “game hour” at the end of every school day. Children get to end the day with laughter, but they will still be learning.
Home school materials are those items that each child will need when receiving an education while attending classes at home. Many children have their own parents to home school them, but in some cases, the grandparent may be the teacher or even another adult in the family. Materials needed for homeschooling are varied and much like the needs of the teacher in a private or public school setting.
The first item a parent will need to put into place is the curriculum they will use to teach their child. The most curriculum covers broad subjects especially in the early years of school. Many of them include several subjects into one packet. These can be costly, running from just under 100 dollars to more than 400 dollars. There are many different catalogs that can be used to purchase a homeschooling curriculum, and of course, they are available from many online shopping sites. A parent will also need to purchase charts and posters to put up on the walls of the in-home classroom. Charts showcasing the alphabet would be among the first items needed if the parent is beginning in the kindergarten or first grade. Other posters or charts maybe for the sounding of letters, the primary colors, etc.
Parents can also locate items in stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. Many things can be used to enhance the learning experience. But perhaps the best supply that any parent can have on hand is their intense desire to provide their child with the best well-rounded opportunity for learning. Parents must really do their own homework, no pun intended before they start out in their homeschooling venture. It is a very difficult decision to take a child out of a public or private school to teach them at home. This is not a decision to be entered into lightly. Parents must be willing to give all of their time during traditional school hours and even more, to their child. This is a must or the whole experience will not be a positive one.
There are literally hundreds and maybe thousands of materials that can be used for teaching a child at home. Everyday household items can be an opportunity to teach a child about cooking, cleaning, the importance of good hygiene, how to wash your hands, which can be combined with the dangers of germs, etc. Just taking a child on an outdoor adventure can be very educational. Children can learn the difference between trees and their leaves, the different insects that may be located in their area, and other outdoor flora and fauna.
The sky is really the limit when schooling a child at home. Children can learn just about anywhere, from museums to art galleries to the local grocery store. If a parent takes the time that is needed to put together an interactive education plan that centers upon the individual child, that child will be successful, learning at home. Parents will be the successful teachers of their child and can assure that their child reaches their educational potential.
There may have been a single reason that you began to homeschool or multiple reasons, but no matter what drew you into homeschooling in the first place, you will find that some days will be harder than others. Some days will seem to steal your joy away and going about your daily routine for schooling will take every ounce of energy that you have. This isn’t unlike other jobs or careers. It’s just the way it is, even when we love what we do. So how do we keep the joy in our homeschool program? These four tools will help!
First, remember what drew you into homeschooling in the first place. You had goals and aspirations for your family and for your children. Stop to reflect on what you are doing each day and make sure that the daily tasks and curricula are helping you to reach those goals. Stick close to your vision statement for your homeschool, and your vision will remain true. Don’t let yourself get off the path or you’ll only increase your frustration.
Next, be spontaneous in your day. If you are struggling to find your joy, your kids might be as well. Homeschooling takes constant attention and commitment, so it can be tiring. Sometimes your joyful attitude can be recaptured just by doing something unusual. Is there a great museum exhibit going on in town? Go see it suddenly, even if it’s not in the lesson plans. Is math getting boring and full of drudgery? Play a math game today before you do your lesson. If you weren’t homeschooled yourself, you can probably remember the days when your teacher would throw in a spontaneous game of “Heads Up, Seven Up,” or something similar. Those are fun “interruptions,” and they quickly create joy, so be spontaneous.
On occasion, if the whole family is suffering from joy-less homeschooling, add in a day off. The school work will have to be caught up somehow, so use this tool cautiously, but every now and then, it’s okay to take a day off from your studies. Families who homeschool focus much of their time on thinking, learning, working, teaching, etc. Sometimes, it takes time to focus on relaxing. That may mean taking a day off together to watch movies, go shopping, sit in the sun, visit friends, or something else that has nothing to do with school. But it could also mean a “sleep-in” day or a “stay in your pajamas all day today” day. Your kids will love the occasional permission to be “lazy” and you will be amazed at how much happier and joyful they will be when you return to school.
Finally, decide to be joyful. Instead of focusing on the difficulties, focus on the blessings in your homeschool. Replace your negative attention with attention to the things you can be joyful and positive about. If you are feeling like you’ve lost your joy, then it may just be because you’ve allowed yourself to take your eyes off of your blessings. Keep them there, and joy will stay with you much longer.