Jan 27, 2009

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern project

homeschooling, homeschool curriculum grade K

The Chinese New Year is this Week and My kids and I are not only reading about it we are going to do some fun projects click the link below for a fun color and cut n paste Chinese Lantern project!

Jan 26, 2009

My top 10 reasons to home school

cafe mom, homeschooling
Are you homeschooling or want to be maybe you are on the fence about it. 

My top 10 reasons to home school

1. I get to be with my kids all day and watch them grow!

2. I get to be the one who teaches my kids, I get to see there face light up first hand when they have accomplished some new skill!

3. We get to use the world around us as our classroom and my kids get a real life education.

4. My kids will have supervised socialization and we get to meet new people together.

5. My children and I get to choose what we learn and how we learn it!

6. On average by the 8Th grade home schooled kids are 4 years ahead academically then kids in public schools.

7. Homeschooling provides an environment that is focused family.

8. Education is a part of our life, instead of our life being a part of education.

9. We get to travel on days when other kids are in school that means shorter lines at the museums and amusement parks.

10. It just makes good sense!

What is the best advice you can give to someone who is starting out homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling?

Jan 23, 2009

Social Studies Project K-2 grades..

Social Studies: cut n paste colage

You will need old magazines, glue, scissors, big piece of construction paper.

Have children look threw the magazines and cut out pictures of there choice enough to fit on the construction paper for a colage and set aside.

Then have kids paste to the construction paper in any order they like, so fun!

When they are done ask them social studies questions like.

1. What type of objects did you use in your picture?

2. Which objects would you find in a house?

3. Which objects would you find outside?

4. Can you find any of these objects in our house?

5. which room in a house would you find the objects?

6. What kind of a store do you buy these objects?

7. What do you like best about your picture?

This is a fun project for K-2 grades, you can also use magazines with nature pictures and ask science questions..


Jan 22, 2009

Reading and Phonics Curriculum

     I know that starting out homeschooling can be overwhelming and scary especially when you know very little about the curriculum available, this post is meant to give you ideas about what other home schoolers use, recommend and have worked best for there kids!

My son is in K and we are doing the Primary Phonics workbooks plus easy readers and Explode the Code workbooks. I love these programs for Phonics and Reading it is so easy to use and to the point and my son loves it! He is 5 and is reading at a 1st grade level with these programs I highly recommend them!

Primary Phonics and Explode the Code by epsbooks.com

Reply your recommendations to this post, which programs have you used and what do you like about them?