The boys have been busy today coloring, cutting, arranging and flipping about cells.
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- In your inbox, locate an email from bekki@Abetterwaytohomeschool.com (ex. your welcome mail for the file you just downloaded).
- Open the email and locate the “down arrow” next to the reply button at the top right of the message.
Click the down arrow and select “Add to Contacts List” from the dropdown menu.
Click the “Add Rule” button.
Use the following settings: “If any of the following conditions are met: From Contains.”
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I Know My Phone Number!!
But do my kids?
We have been struggling to memorize our new phone numbers together. It is amazing how confusing it can become when you begin to throw out the old numbers and learn the new ones.
Our family has four phone numbers that need to be memorized. Phew! That is a lot!
I created this fun little foldable to help out our youngest.
In the event of an emergency, can you kids simply pick up a phone and call you or your emergency contact? If not, I would recommend that you begin memorizing phone numbers together.
(I confess, I JUST memorized my oldest son’s cell number. Since I simply dial by contact on my smart phone I never committed his number to memory. Bad mom.)
How do you teach your children important phone numbers?
***Just a final nudge***
My home phone does not work during a power outage. Does yours?
We have a back-up phone. you know, one of those plug into the wall types. I would recommend you not only have a back up, but teach your kids how to use it!
I used to think that was so stupid. Sorry, dad.
Then I grew up.
I watch this truth play out not only in my own life, but the lives of my children as well.
I have 5 very talented and creative boys. Yes, I am biased, but I am telling you it’s true.
My boys are Lego architects, writers, painters, musicians, and simply a whole bunch of fun to be around. Before I sound too much like a snotty prideful mom, I want to repeat what my dad always told me:
I have a nifty printable for you at the end of this article.
I mean really bored.
Do not rescue them (unless there’s blood).
Do not turn on the TV and absolutely ban “all things electronic. (not all the time, just often)
Tell them all you have is an endless list of chores for them to complete if they come to you for suggestions.
If the weather permits, send ’em outside and tell them they cannot come in until the timer dings. At least an hour!
- Sit back and wait…
Depending on how over-stimulated and over-scheduled your kids are, there will likely be a delay between their first boredom appointment and the flow of creativity. It could be a few minutes or a few days.
Trust me it is worth the wait!
Plan for periods of boredom regularly. Daily is best. Summer is meant for this type of schedule- embrace it.
You may think I am crazy, but I am quite sane.
- Create the “new games”
- Create awesome forts
- Write creative stories
- Think painting a fence is fun
- Weave complicated characters and events into their make-believe playtime
- Change the world
Now, if you just cannot handle the thought of allowing your children to become really bored, or if the thought of the possibly whining makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck: cheat. (That’s another lesson from my dad)
- Go to the local thrift stores and let them buy some new dress-up clothes.
- Pick up a few (or a few dozen) empty cardboard boxes.
- Buy an assortment of PVC piping and let them create.
- Find a spell-binding book to read aloud at breakfast or lunch. Be sure to stop reading at an exciting part! This is a great time to send them off. My kids end up personifying literary characters often!
- Buy some spiral bound notebooks and “special pens” to help them write a creative story (Tell them you will not correct spelling and grammar… just let them write).
- Invite a “cool big kid” over to play.
As homeschoolers we can over schedule our children’s lives to the point of physical and mental exhaustion. Slow down. Let the lull of summer on the horizon remind us that it is more than OK to slow down. We need to allow our children to come to the end of their schedules in order to provide time and opportunity for creativity.
Ready to Set Homeschool Goals that are manageable and achievable?
How about goals that will benefit your children more than helping them pass a test?
Yesterday, my 13-year old made me promise that I would NOT do the dishes for him while he was outside playing.
It was almost dark and I was “forcing my kids to go play” before the light was gone for another day, and my son wouldn’t budge. He knew that I was in putter mode and that I was heading toward his lunch dishes.
- Would you like to raise kids that get in between you and a dirty kitchen?
- Do you dream about kids that race you to the dryer so they can be the ones who grab that warm load of laundry that needs to be folded and put away?
- Can you imagine eating a delicious meal that was planned and prepared by your teenagers while you were not in the kitchen?
You are ready for your copy of my book, Homeschool Guide for Real Families.
Here is what you will find:
- What makes a successful homeschooler?
- Survival Plan
- How to Homeschool: Setting goals
- Establish Goals Worksheets
- Identifying Children’s Strengths and Weaknesses
- Over 16 years of teaching/homeschooling wisdom
- Identifying educational benchmarks
- Choosing curriculum
- Planning school year worksheets
- A Year at a Glance Worksheets
- Unit Study Worksheets
- My Favorite Resources
- Staying organized
As a homeschooler, I never had a large homeschooling budget.
I have always taught on a shoestring budget, creating what I need along the way.
I wanted to be able to share so much value with you that you would feel like you found buried treasure.
I am so blessed to be able to work from home as I school our boys.
None of this would be possible without the love and support of my husband and five of our children!
(Not sure? Grab a free sample.)
Homeschooling from the Doctor’s Office
- We learned about phonics and I quickly memorized the phonics circle.
- We listened to Ferdinand the Bull. I laughed and laughed when he “sat on a bumblebee”.
- I played house during play station time and practiced “ironing”.
- At snack time, my friend Shelley and I turned our milk cartons into little boxes so we could collect things during recess.
- Shelley and I played tag during recess until we couldn’t run anymore, then we plopped down in the clover patch to search for four leaf clovers.
- After recess, Mrs. House quizzed us on “F, F, for Freddy Fox” and sang “This Land is my Land” with the first grade class next door.
- We covered a paper with all different colors of crayons and then scribbled all over that paper with black crayon as hard as we could. Once is was black, we used a paper clip to scratch designs into our picture. I was so excited, I made two!
- We worked on counting and did some fun worksheets.
- I couldn’t believe it was time to go home again!