Did you fly a kite when you were a kid? I think I can safely say that most of us have at one time or another flown a kite. In fact, I still fly them. I guess this is one part of my childhood that I never grew out of. There is just something about picking out a new colorful kite and watching it soar high into the sky. Since spring is the best season for kite flying because winds tend to be the most prevalent, this would be a great time to buy a kite. Or as part of your homeschooling, art curriculum, you could even have your child make a kite with you. Then you and your child could enjoy this favorite childhood past time together.
Spring has arrived! This is the time of year for animals to come out of hibernation. If you have not studied about the different animals that hibernate in your homeschooling yet, now could be a great time to learn. I have always found it interesting that animals are able to survive for so long, asleep. For example, did you know that if blood is taken from a hibernating ground squirrel in the winter and then injected into an active squirrel in the spring time, that active squirrel will actually go into hibernation. Why? Apparently, scientists have found a special substance in the blood of hibernating animals called HIT (Hibernation Inducement Trigger). There are so many more interesting facts about hibernating animals. This is a perfect study to add to your 5th grader’s science lessons (;
Interest learning is always the best, in my opinion. I think we can all agree that when you are interested in what you are learning, you are able to retain the information much better. That is why I love to add interest led unit studies to our regular homeschool curriculum. Recently, my 5th grader has been obsessed with space travel, planets and such. From books to documentaries, and internet searches, he just cannot seem to get enough information about the topic. I love to see my children thirst for knowledge. Reminds me of one of the reasons I chose to homeschool
February 14th, Valentines day, is almost here. Growing up I went to public school and I can still remember how much fun I had picking out Valentines for my classmates. We always had a party when we would give out our Valentines and then we would go through and see the Valentines we had received. Cupcakes and punch were also part of the day’s events. Now that I have my own children, I knew that even though I would be homeschooling, I wanted them to have fond memories of holidays in school too. That is why I have always made the day special. I let them make themed decorations. We add themed printable worksheets, and games too. Of course, I also buy cupcakes and let my children make Valentines for family and friends. It is just a lot of fun, not just for my kids, but for me too. Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone <3
Does your 5th grader have their own computer, tablet, or maybe a smart phone? Maybe they got one for Christmas, or maybe they do not have their own, but they have access to one of these devices from other family members. With access to the internet available in most homes today, and many kids having their own devices, the ability for kids to get online is easier than ever before. This makes internet safety for kids that much more important. If you have not talked to your kids about internet safety, if you have not put safe searches and parental guards on the devices your child has access to, now would be the time. Remember that children, no matter how young or old need us to provide these safe guards for them.
Winter has arrived! Time for days filled with snowball fights, snowman making, sledding, and nights cozied up in front of a roaring fire. Just a fun time of year! Of course, this time of year is also great for homeschooling. Winter unit studies are a thing fun to do, in place or in addition, to your regular homeschool curriculum. Your child can learn about winter weather and winter animals. You can also add fun themed printable worksheets and crafts. A unit study is simple to create, but you can also buy them pre-made. Whether you make or buy one, it is sure to liven up your homeschool lessons. Happy Holiday’s Everyone!
Math is one of the subjects that either you like or you do not like. So, unless your child likes this subject, you may already being hearing some complaining about their fifth grade math . At this time, the math is getting a bit harder. Your child is doing decimals, fractions, and may even be starting to do some algebra and geometry too. For my children, I try to help lighten the mood during math, by adding some math games. Math games can really help ease math anxiety and help children not only learn the material, but maybe even develop a love for math.
Does your fifth grader like Halloween? Most kids do. I mean what is not to like? There is dressing up, candy, spooky decorations, spooky television shows, and spooky books. Holiday’s like Halloween are a great opportunity to add some fun into your homeschooling. Besides making themed printable worksheets and reading spooky books, you can teach cooking by having your child make candy or Halloween themed foods. Kids can also have fun making decorations for the house. They can even help create and make their own costume. So, as you can see, Halloween really offers a lot of spooky learning opportunities.
Happy Halloween Everyone!
September is back to school time for most homeschoolers, unless of course you are homeschooling year-round. By now you have probably sent in your letter of intent, picked out your homeschool curriculum, and bought any other supplies needed. One thing many of us forget to think about, however, is providing socialization opportunities. There are several ways you can achieve this. First, join a local homeschool co-op. You can find them by searching the internet, asking other homeschooling families, and sometimes your local school board’s homeschooling department may know of some in the area. Second, if you are Christian and are not already part of a church, then this may be a good time to start. Many churches offer programs for children on Wednesday nights. Third, Scouts. Boys or girls, this is a great way for kids to make friends. Fourth, take a class or join a club. Whether it be a 4-H, book, music, dance, art, or karate, clubs and classes are a great way for kids to meet people who share their same interest. Last, but not least, sports! Some churches offer some sports, but your local recreation department will definitely have them available for your kids.
Summer will be over before long and the new school year will begin. For those of you who are new to homeschooling, you are probably very busy trying to get ready for your first year. Websites and blogs like mine are great ways to get some insight and tips on how to homeschool. Talking to other homeschooling parents, whether in person or online, are good ways too. If you have not already, you should learn about the laws for homeschooling in your state, as every state is different. In addition, you will need to decide what type of homeschool curriculum you will want to use. There are so many options available today, asking yourself a few questions can help to narrow it down.
- Do you want a or secular homeschool curriculum or a Christian homeschool curriculum
- Do you want to use a boxed curriculum or do you want to put it together yourself
- What is your child’s learning style?
- Do you want to school year-round?
As over whelming as all this may feel now, that feeling won’t last long. Soon you will be one giving advice to next year’s newbies