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Successful Homeschooling, Issue #04 -- Summer Fun!
May 27, 2008
For many families, school is out for the summer, but that doesn't mean the learning has to end.
In This Issue:
Homeschooling on the Road
Summer is a great time to take homeschooling on the road. Even short road trips present learning opportunities. Here are some tips for roadschooling:
Here are some additional ideas for homeschooling on the road.
Backyard Nature Habitats
A homeschool friend once told me that the key to attracting wildlife is to "neglect your yard". If that won't go over well with your husband, find simple ways to provide food, water and shelter for backyard critters. Here are some ideas:
This year, our family created a mini butterfly garden in potted plants. The key to a successful butterfly garden is planting nectar producing flowers for the butterflies and host plants for caterpillars to nibble. You will also want to provide your butterflies with a shallow dish filled with gravel and water. For more information on creating a butterfly habitat, visit The Butterfly Site.
For more information on backyard nature habitats, visit Lindsay's Backyard Wildlife.
Butterflies and Baby Boys
In May we received a container of caterpillars for our butterfly habitat. We watched the caterpillars eat and grow, and climb to the top of their container to turn into chrysalids.
A week later, I looked at the container and thought, "Will those things ever hatch?" I took a shower and looked again, and there was one butterfly. I left the room and returned, and there were two others.
Eventually, all 5 of our caterpillars turned into butterflies. I was sad that I hadn't watched long enough to see them emerge, and I thought about my oldest son.
I remember holding Andrew when he was a baby, wishing he would hurry up and learn to walk and talk. Now he's reading and writing and playing basketball, and I want him to slow down.
The clock is ticking so quickly. If I don't watch carefully, I'll miss my boy turn into a man.
So I'm taking the summer of to watch my children grow. We'll take morning walks, make messes in the kitchen, read a hundred stories and sing familiar tunes. We'll go on expeditions and search for hidden treasure in the swimming pool.
My many reasons to homeschool boil down to one - my children. I don't want to miss a thing!
Coming Soon!Successful Homeschooling is officially on summer break, but we'll be back this September with a new look, and detailed information on affordable homeschooling and curriculum providers.
I'll also provide you with an opportunity to win free books by telling others about your favorite curriculum, and I'll eventually open a forum where we can exchange information and encourage each other.
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Enjoy the journey,
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