Homeschool Collection

Homeschool Collection May Edition

Good Morning! It’s a beautiful crisp late autumn morning here in Australia today and I’m in envy of all the homeschool families in the Northern Hemisphere going into summer soon.

The Crew have had a wonderful month of May with some great products on their review lists. Be sure to take some time to take a look over the following items as they may fill a need in your homeschool in the new year.

This month 16 of our crew members are sharing some encouragement for you and your homeschool. We invite you to grab a cup of your favourite beverage at the moment and join us as we share with you this month.

Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses shares

Abby @ Making Room 4 One More shares

  • Mini Geography Lesson: Imports Scavenger Hunt (with FREEBIE) – Here’s a quick, open and go mini geography lesson to use today in your homeschool. Kids will learn about the geographical theme of movement with an Imports Scavenger Hunt!
  • 5 Secrets for Homemaking Sanity While Homeschooling – “Have you ever met a busy homeschool mom? Funny question, right? We’re all busy! We’re juggling homeschooling, volunteering, parenting, hobbies, side gigs or full-time jobs, laundry, cleaning, and meal prep. Whew. We know that the homemaking stuff can’t be ignored. It has to get done. We also know that the homeschooling stuff can’t be ignored. It has to get done. Here are five tips for your sanity!”
  • I Don’t Lesson Plan (and you shouldn’t either) – “Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed out when you see pictures on Pinterest of big organization files or planner books for homeschool moms? I do too! Because the fact is (even though I’m a former classroom teacher), I don’t lesson plan, and you shouldn’t either. There, I said it.”
  • 88 Things First Time Homeschool Moms Need to Know – Are you a first-time homeschool mom? You might think you need to know all about lesson planning, or Charlotte Mason, or unit studies. The things you really need to know about homeschooling are these simple, beautiful, and direct truths.

Yvie @ Homeschool On the Range shares

Susan @ My Happy Homeschool shares

  • Writing for the Future – “Teaching writing can be intimidating, especially if you don’t feel like a good writer. Here are some tips you can use to encourage your students to write. ”

Destiny @ Some Call It Destiny shares

Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break shares

Monique @ Early Learning Mom shares

  • Raising Bookworms: What We Read in April 2019 – “Another month gone by… Does anyone else feel like 2019 is just flying by? So once again this month I got laryngitis yet again. I’m really not to sure why I keep getting it. Usually I get it once every year to year and a half. But so far I have gotten it twice in 4 months. So as you can image, losing my voice put a damper on our homeschool and read aloud time. However we still managed to read 16 chapter books and 70 picture books.”
  • Homeschooling on a Budget: Children’s Hospital Book Market Haul – “Homeschooling on a budget. As most parents who have even looked into homeschooling, it can be EXPENSIVE! But I have discovered over the years that if you shop smart, you can get everything you need for much cheaper, some times even free.”
  • Early Learning Revolution – “Early Learning Revolution Did you know there are programs on the market that help parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn to read, do math? You know what else? If you do the programs right they work too! Some programs worth mentioning are How to Teach Your Baby to Read, BrillKids Little Reader, Your Baby Can Learn(formally known as Your Baby Can Read, MonkiSee, Tweedlewinks, etc. ”
  • Summer Life With Autism & Year Round Homeschooling – “Summer is officially over. My big kids are back at their respected schools, and Little Z is back to the homeschool grind. Well not that we really stopped learning since we are year round homeschoolers. But we did pull out the new curriculum a few weeks ago. Life has been very hectic the last few months and I had taken a long unplanned hiatus from blogging and YouTube. I just felt that I was being pulled away from this platform. Instead I needed to put all my energy into my family. Last September my body was getting so run down. I got sick 2 times that month. It made me see I had to slow down.”

Lori @ At Home: where life happens shares

  • Riding The Wave of Unexpected Interest – Lots of rain can lead to an interest in waves and flash flood. So we followed that wave of interest and came up with a mini-unit study of flash floods, sink holes, and the power of water.
  • Cultivating an Attitude – I am sharing ways to be intentional about having an attitude of gratitude.
  • 5 Ways to Include Music in Your Education – Five simple ways to add music into your home education routine.
  • Winnie’s Great War – This is a fun read-aloud option that will capture the attention of all ages. Relating the story of the bear that came to be Winnie the Pooh, Winnie’s Great War is a touching WWII story about a real bear cub and how he served during the war.

Wendy @ Life on Chickadee Lane shares

Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag shares

Crystal @ Our Little Bunch shares

Annette @ A Net in Time shares

  • Four Considerations when combining work and homeschool – As moms (and dads) we have to make choices in our daily activities. What will we do on a given is influenced by a variety of factors in our lives. What our families are engaged in, the weather, commitments we have made, and more. When we work as well as homeschool, sometimes making it all fit together relatively smoothly can be a challenge.
  • Leaping Lagomorphs – I first learned of rabbit hopping as a sport about five years ago now? i was preparing a rabbit class for some homeschoolers and was looking for activities one could do with their pet rabbit. Rabbit hopping came up as one of the options. Later at one of the rabbit club shows, the 4-H kids put on an agility rabbit demonstration. I learned how to start training a rabbit to do rabbit hopping.
  • Poison Gas in World War 1 – Did you know that France was actually the first company to use poison gas in World War 1? I didn’t either. Learn more about the use of poison gas in WW1 in this blog post.
  • Choosing Rabbits to Keep – One of the challenges in having a rabbitry is deciding who you will keep and who will not keep. Sometimes it’s very easy, but other times it is very challenging. How one makes a decision depends on several factors and is affected by your overarching goal for your rabbits. This post is all about choosing rabbits to keep in your herd.

Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together shares

Amy @ the WRITE Balance shares

  • 3 Things I’m Learning About Learning – Since the beginning of our homeschooling journey, we have gained some great wisdom from the communities we have been a part of. Here are a few things we have learned about learning.
  • The Value of Gardening in Education – “Whether it is a few pots on back porch or an acre of land carefully planned out in February, having a garden is an incredible asset to your family’s education. Planting and harvesting (and everything in between) is something that we have in common with every generation before us. While your family may not rely on your garden the way my grandparents did theirs, the process is still this incredible hands-on tool for enhancing education and keeping our hearts grounded – pun fully intended! ”

Kristen H @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach shares

Michelle @ THe Brave Homeschooling Mama shares

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