Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Interviews

Hi Everyone!

I'm back today with our school interviews. I love these interviews so much! They make me smile.

Super Guy

My name is Super Guy
I am 11 Years old
The yummiest food to eat is Homemade Mac-n-Cheese
My favorite show to watch is My Little Pony
The best thing about school is learning lots.
The worst thing about school is not having a very long recess. 
The coolest person on Earth is Bruno Mars
I am really super good at Building LEGO's
My favorite color is Orange
The best place in the world to be is the Oregon coast
When i grow up i want to play soccer
I really really do not like to eat tomatoes
My best friend is Jack
When i was little i used to drink bottles
3 words that tell about me: active, creative, mischievous
This year i hope to learn Soccer

Sunday, October 16, 2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi Everyone!

Today i'm going to share with you our 2016-2017 homeschool curriculum picks!

Jelly Bean (Kindergarten):

K4/K5 Kindergarten Curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Math - Math-U-See, Primer level
History - Story of the World
Science - Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy 
Reading - I'm teaching her how to read with This Reading Mama's curriculum, along with All About Reading

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hobbies For Kids

Lately i've been racking my brain trying to think of some good and fun, and hopefully inexpensive, hobbies for my kids to get involved in.

Wondering why children should have a hobby?!

This is what theworkingparent.com has to say about children having hobbies:

Homeschooling In... {Utah}

Hi There!

I'm back today with another "Homeschooling In..." post.

Here is a list of all the other states I've already talk about.

Today i'll be sharing with you everything you need to know about homeschooling in Utah!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Student Awards

Don't you like it when your hard work gets noticed?

"Great job on dinner tonight"

"Thanks for helping me organize my room"

"Wow, the house looks so clean"

I mean who wouldn't want to be recognized for doing a job well done?

So why shouldn't I want to recognize my children's hard work just because they are homeschooled?

That's why i created these super cute Student Awards

Sunday, October 9, 2016

How To Name Your Homeschool {and why you should}

When i first started homeschooling my children, i didn't even think about having a name for our homeschool. But as our homeschooling continued it became clear we were going to need a name.

If you are just starting out with homeschooling and you are thinking about giving yourself a name, i'm here to give you some help with coming up with a good name.

And if you are just starting out and don't feel like you need a name, i'm here to help give you some reasons as to why you need one.

First let's start with the why...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

How I Stocked Our Freezer for Only $200! {*Updated with shopping list and recipes included*}

*Updated with Shopping List and Recipes Below*
Hi Everyone!

As my due date is fast approaching (only 22 more days left!), the thought of menu planning, grocery shopping and cooking with a newborn (and 4 other kids) was really starting to worry me.

That's when i decided it would be a great idea to make a bunch of freezer meals, in an effort to alleviate some of the stress.

First i made a list of meals to make and then i wrote up a grocery list based on those meals. Next it was time to go grocery shopping and boy was i surprised when my total was only $200!

Here is how i was able to make 22 meals and 9 smoothie packs for only $200!

Homeschooling In... {Nevada}

Hi There!

I'm back today with another "Homeschooling In..." post.

Here is a list of all the other states I've already talk about.

Today i'll be sharing with you everything you need to know about homeschooling in Nevada!!

1. All children are required to be educated between the ages of 7 and 18 years old.

2. No set required amount of days.

3. Required subjects - English, math, science, and social studies.

4. Testing is not required.

5. Parent must file a written intent to homeschool with the superintendent of the school district.
6. Parent must also prepare an educational plan of instruction to be filed with notice of intent.

7. There are no special teacher qualifications.

Below are some great websites for homeschooling in Nevada:

2. http://nevadahomeschoolnetwork.com/ - Nevada Homeschool Network

3. http://www.nnhs.org/ - Northern Nevada Home Schools

Once you have decided to homeschool your child, and you have looked into all the laws/rules, what comes next is picking out what curriculum you are going to use. 

The best place to start with that is by checking out what curriculum other homeschoolers are using (and loving). In other words Google search "homeschooling blogs" and start reading what all the other homeschooling families out there use. You can also check out my homeschool curriculum picks.

Another place you could go is HomeSchoolReviews, they offer reviews on all the curriculum out there and those reviews are written by other homeschoolers. 

One very important thing to keep in mind, when picking out curriculum, is your child's learning style! 

After you have your curriculum all picked out, now you can start planning your school year. 

A lot of homeschoolers like to keep with the same school year outline as public schools (i.e. start at the end of August and go until the end of May). 

You can also do year round homeschooling (you can take a lot more breaks and even do a 4 day school week this way).

It's really up to you and what works best for your family.

Now all that's left to do is dive right on into it. 

The first year is going to be full of bumps. 

You'll make some mistakes, 

you'll have some rough days/weeks,

but *hopefully* you will learn from your mistakes and in the end it will all be worth it. 

Good luck with the journey ahead of you!!

****None of this is intended to be legal advice (i'm not a lawyer), it's purely informational. So make sure you check out your states laws beforehand.****

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