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.
Children are not typically built with a solid spiritual foundation. As a matter of fact, a majority of children are taught old Christian values. This is not to say that our children are unaware of God or that they do not have a spiritual side. However, they are not taught how to spiritually connect with God.
Many children are growing up in an environment where there is a strong emphasis on the division of church and state. As a result, this teaches them that the world is a religious place and that God and the religious leaders tell the people what to believe. Children are constantly being encouraged to ask questions and seek answers. However, they are never taught how to seek out answers. That is where parents and spiritual advisors can step in and fill the void left by the mainstream.
Grounding themselves in the land of spirituality will help them to see that there is a spiritual side to every question. They will be able to test everything and see the truth behind all the questions. Every answer has a meaning and a practical application or outcome.
When a child has been taught how to seek out answers they will have complete confidence in all of the scientific principles, historical events, and scientific laws. They will be able to draw on these sources and fully understand the workings of the world around them. This is where parents can step in and arm them with information and evidence. They must have the courage and integrity to look at the world through their child’s eyes and to trust that what they are taught is true.
Some schools and homeschools are even starting to incorporate Quakers like mutations like residuum or worms. residuum is simply a melding of DNA. It is a form of evolution that happens to have a very specific timetable. It is a form of natural selection acting as a balancing and slowing process. What makes it so special? It is the fact that its mutation is focused and intentional. It gives an excessive boost to the strengths of the student.
It is my contention that these differences between mainstream and homeschooling are the reason for the preference for one. They bring different levels and ways of learning and certainly different ideas and concepts. Discussing and teaching homeschooling is a daunting task for any parent. It is a way of being very hands-on; often more so than the conventional school setting. But there are many topics and ideas that cannot be covered in one article.
For instance, different forms of therapeutic nutrition and exercise can be covered in one article or in a series of articles. And that is just the beginning. With the influences of multiple sources of information and varying styles of teaching and learning, no doubt a decision can be made with relative ease on what is most suitable for a child’s needs and desires.
I will, at this point, refer to myself as Dr. John Tomassi, and I am writing this article in my capacity as the founder and publisher of Homeschoolingfacts.com, which provides numerous details on proper homeschooling methods, advice, and resources, and defines and assesses today what homeschooling is and is not.
Hopefully, this article will help answer your question as to what your child should be learning at home. As parents, we want what is best for our children, whatever that lesson may be. We always want the best for our children, but we also realize that we have limited time with which to educate them. What weFFord is to give the best learning possible, while doing the best we can for our children to become successful, valuable members of our society.
Whatever the topic is that you are studying or whatever topic your child is exploring with your child, homeschool teaching resources should be at your disposal. It is in your best interest to use as many of the teaching resources already available as you can to better suit your needs.
Some of the more specialized teaching resources that you may find useful are the many bookshelves that your child has at his school. Homeschool teaching resources are specific to your child’s learning needs and style. Typically you will find a section for “Audio/Visual” teaching which includes sound recording classes, e-books, and filmstrips. Another section is for ” volunteered teacher applications”. Add a comments section where you can post short biographies for your teacher. Post weekly lessons on the chemistry of materials in your child’s tutor.
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.