When to Change Up What You’re Doing and Just Move On

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Koda LOVES rolling in the ice and snow. I don’t know why.

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The snowdrift is so high, it almost touches our windows. This is TEXAS, people!

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Sledding in the front yard – oh yeah!

2-2014 – Warning – This gets a teeny bit political…

We are SO cold right now.  The President and his Dem friends say that there’s a warming trend going on that is melting ice caps or something.  Penguins are dying!  Well.  The penguins need to come to Dallas/Ft. Worth or Atlanta or Chicago.  The Great Lakes are even freezing!

While Washington fears the heatwave, we are sitting in our house FREEZING!   We did turn down the heater a bit.  The 650 dollar electric bill last month was kinda scary.  So, blankets, hoodies and Uggs are the uniform during the homeschooling day.

I just changed Sophie’s math curriculum and it got me thinking.  Some newer to homeschooling may feel they need to stick with a particular part of their curriculum or else.  Or else what!!???  They happily check off boxes, and their kiddos are accomplishing the tasks, but is it hitting their happiness zone?  Is it delighting them to learn this information?  Kids remember concepts better when there is something attached to it.  It is often that I will run a quick YouTube video to illustrate something that I think will help them remember a new concept.  I’ve shown Schoolhouse Rock to help them learn their multiplication facts, played an actual rain dance song to discuss weather (and we danced too!), and showed parts of movies during history.  My brain thinks that EVERYTHING is connected somehow, so it’s not difficult for me to think of a random 80’s song to illustrate my point about the Russian Czars! Weird, but true…

Of course, no kid LOVES every topic you can throw at them, but, for instance, if they hate math, is there a way to teach it so they are not SO miserable when they sit down to do it?  This is when you have to plug into your kids learning styles and interests and do a little research.  After a couple years (yes, I said years) of teaching my kids, I was much more aware of their interests and learning styles.  I know how to motivate each one and when I’ve hit the point at which they simply can not hear me any longer.  Taking that, along with resources like other mommas, Cathy Duffy’s 101 best, Amazon reviews, home-school co-op friends, and the like, I can mold a program to fit each child.

My rule of thumb is that if I am homeschooling them, I can take the time to figure this stuff out and tailor a program that suits each of them.  No matter what, DON’T get discouraged and think that you are a failure if you try a bunch of different things and they haven’t worked.  Ask the Lord, He knows your kid better than you do, and he is faithful to show you the way.  Incidentally, He also knows what info your kiddo needs in his/her toolbox for the future.  He is faithful!

Math Mistake

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1-2011

This is Syd and when we started to homeschool, we did not know what kind of math to do for me, so we got something on the internet called adaptive ciriculum and the 1st lesson was super easy. then, after a few weeks, it got really stressful and hard. then mom noticed that i was doing 7th and 8th grade math and im in 6th grade. but now im on a very cool math program called math u see and i love it.

 

To Add or Not to Add?

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11-2010

Wowwee!  There are lots and lots of things to choose from in the realm of curriculum!  It is a beautiful, amazing world, full of possibilites…..but can also be COMPLETELY overwhelming to a homeschool newbie like myself.

When I strode into my first homeschool bookfair, I thought there’d be about 10 things to choose from.  I’d buy the best of the ten choices and be on my way.  Little did I know, I’d manage to find my way to the door hours later with a pounding headache and little to no idea of what I’d like to use!  It’s important to know that you absolutely do not have to buy anything when you go to these bookfairs – they are all on-line and appreciate your business either way.

I spent time looking over all of the literature, reading on-line reviews, and praying over my decision.  I ended up choosing a very good curriculum for our family and still wander from it from time to time, just for fun.

So now, I keep adding things and moving things around and massaging every detail.  Day to day doesn’t look too different from last week, but sometimes it is.  I am adding a keyboarding program for Sophie, who really hates writing.  I know that she will have to write sometimes in life…..or will she???  I am changing up math for the 3rd time.  Math has been difficult for me to get a bead on, but I think this new program is going to be IT (I always think that!).

All of my changes are relative to the things I am learning about my children.  As I learn more, I change things up to suit them and we keep on a-movin!  After all, isn’t that exactly the reason why I began homeschooling in the first place?  I wanted to zoom in on their special-ness and nuture it.  I wanted to make sure that they didn’t have to put up with the frustration that goes with a teacher who goes too slow or too fast for their taste.  All-in-all, they are better for it.  I am still adding and taking away and massaging, but I am also learning.  I am learning all about the special gifts that God has given my girls, and the special gifts He has given me by allowing us the time to do this……