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Successful Homeschooling, Issue #05 -- Tell Me About Your Favorite Curriculum and Win Free Books!
September 02, 2008
Summer vacation is ending and the new school year is upon us, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end.
In This Issue:
Win Free Books!!!
Successful Homeschooling is now in the process of collecting homeschool curriculum reviews. From September 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008, you have an opportunity to win books, as follows:
Submitting a review is as easy as typing an e-mail telling a friend about a product your family enjoys. Follow this link to read the rules for this month's homeschool review contest.
Secrets for a Successful School YearThe new school year can be a roller coaster ride for both children and parents. The excitement that comes with purchasing new books and supplies can quickly turn into feelings of burnout and discouragement. Here are 3 secrets to getting your new year off to a great start:
Gradually transitioning into your full program will keep both you and your children from feeling overwhelmed. You can always extend your school year, if necessary. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Keep it Simple
If your lesson plans become overwhelming, don't hesitate to set them aside. Get back to the basics, and reduce the number of projects to one per month or quarter. Find simple ways to add fun to your program that are are not time and labor intensive.
Shake Things Up
If your schedule, curriculum or lifestyle isn't working for you, don't be afraid to make adjustments and try something new. Cut back on outside activities if they've become overwhelming. Rearrange your schedule. Try a new phonics program or shake up your routine with a fun activity.
Beginning in October, I'll share a fun and easy learning activity each week in a series called Make it Fun Monday! For details, check out my homeschool blog.
Homeschool Games Make Learning Fun!
Homeschool games are a great way to build family unity and add fun to your lesson plans. Games can help your children review math facts, increase vocabulary, learn trivia and develop problem solving skills.
Make games a regular part of your routine by starting a family game night. Set aside one night per week when every member of the family will be present. Turn off the television, computer and telephone ringer to limit distractions. Make a favorite meal or snack, and let children take turns being in charge of the arrangements.
Begin your game night by playing a game that the youngest members of your family will enjoy. Then let younger children watch or "help" while the older members of your family play. Alternate between playing games of chance, where every member of the family has a chance to win, and games of skill that rely on knowledge or ability.
Games don't only build math and language skills, they can bring laughter into a home and heal strained relationships. As a parent, be sure to model good sportsmanship, and use frustrating moments as a time to teach good character.
Your children will soon begin to look forward to these wonderful nights together. Even better, they'll have so much fun, they won't even know they're learning.
Follow this link to find tips for choosing homeschool games for your family, along with a list that includes some of our family's favorites. For a fun way to keep track of the time your family spends playing games, take the Million Minute Family Challenge.
Sage Advice from a Veteran HomeschoolerThis summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing veteran homeschooler Terrie Bittner. Terrie is mom to 3 homeschool graduates, and author of the book Homeschooling - Take a Deep Breath, You Can Do This!
Here is a portion of my conversation with Terrie:
Please feel free to contact me with your questions or comments.
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Enjoy the journey,
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