Homeschool Ideas

Hogwarts Homeschool – Part 3

1.) Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into? At the beginning of the school year, many new and exciting things were taking place. I intentionally chose to save the sorting activity for the end of the year. I was worried it would divide us and ultimately mess up our points system (read about our …

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Do your kids resist writing?!?

Since 1st grade, Jozlin has displayed a strong resistance to writing. Assigning a paragraph or even one sentence would send her into a downward spiral of emotions. For over a year much of my mental energy was spent trying to develop a way to kindle a love of writing within her heart.  Thankfully I’m not in …

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Cursive

This year, Jozlin is learning cursive. To her it’s an exciting secret code. Jozlin says, “I love learning to write cursive because it is beautiful, it strengthens and exercises my hand, and it teaches me to read better.” Cursive is now the coveted subject in the Barnes Family Homeschool. Zaylee flew through level 1 handwriting, …

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Create Digital Drawings

 As a mother, my passion for learning helps bring a new excitement for learning into our home. While pursuing my interests in music composition and drawing, I am finding my children enjoy watching and learning alongside me. About a month ago, I was planning out the steps needed to launch my new songs. One step …

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Multiplication

In 3rd grade, Jozlin is working to master multiplication facts, long division, and stacked multiplication.  Multiplication facts are FOUNDATIONAL and CRITICAL. It feels like we are standing at the bottom of a nasty cliff. She must memorize these facts in order to make the climb to smoothly sail forward in her mathematical career. *Note: I …

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Sewing Unit

We find it easiest to add homeschool enrichment classes in small units. For a sewing unit we spent December afternoons sewing minky quilts.  Last summer, Tony’s sister found a bunch of new minky fabric scraps at a garage sale. For $15 we obtained enough minky to make 3 tops, 1.5 backs, and plenty to spare. …

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Hogwarts Homeschool – Part 2

1.) Reward System Since, what feels like, the beginning of time we have practiced implementing a morning 5 routine which includes get dressed, say prayers, make bed, brush hair, brush teeth. Simple right?!?! Guess again… let me tell you, I have heard every complaint under the sun as to why a certain poor soul living …

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