The Criticism from Announcing that you Homeschool

I read many books and researched online before I decided to try homeschooling (due to a personal issue that arose). I wanted to teach my daughter successfully and my family were our biggest criticizers the first year we tried it! My family had never really been around many people who were homeschooled and couldn’t imagine why I’d want to go that route.

My family worried most about Arianna not having any friends but whenever we go to a park, a doctor’s office or playground, my daughter is the first to ask if the other child would like to play, so she makes friends, easily. I don’t worry about this and she has a few friends through church, too.

Next, struggle was trying to convince them that she could learn from home. This was proven by her end of year test scores…and that surprised them the most!

This year, our family is quieter about our homeschooling and find some things interesting, even. We have a few criticizers left but most are from friends that are not originally from the US and don’t get the whole reason why we homeschool. Their countries teach about Christ in the schools, where ours don’t, on the normal. We are overcoming our hurdles with leaps and bounds…and we are having fun proving everyone wrong. )

If your family doesn’t support your decision, try finding friends that do or your church family….if not, I’m here to support you. )

How have you dealt with criticism from homeschooling?


Teaching Blend Words (example: br, st, ck, sc, dr, etc)

My daughter (Arianna) is behind (statistically) in reading and struggles with many blend words, so I came up with an idea to teach her the blend words and remember them better. This will go along with the worksheets we use, too.

I decided to make our December test (we test each month) a project and it’s our third project this year. She has to make a poster board sized collage using pictures and words that contain blends, using magazines (a good way to re-purpose them). She has to have at least 100 (1 word/picture = 1 point) to get a 100% on her test.

We are advanced enough in history and math that we can skip these on a test this month and get her caught up with reading and let her use her creative juices. 🙂  Arianna loves to cut and glue, so this will let her “make a mess” and call it school work.

We had a a day at the playground today, and enroute there I asked her to look around outside and tell me some blend words that she saw. We spotted trees, sticks, grass, etc….this gets her thinking about her surroundings and teaches her while saving paper.

Travel time is a great way to bring up interests and teach them, they aren’t going to walk off, so great for the things they aren’t crazy about or things that are harder for them. 🙂 Arianna usually ends up asking me more questions in the car than she would at home.

How did you teach blend words? Is there anything you would do different?

Our Homeschool Physical Education

This I worried about at first, but when I figure in learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels or riding  her scooter or just running around and playing, all can be considered a “gym” class. Arianna plays backyard baseball and soccer with her Daddy and that teaches her skills, too.

I never thought about playground time as phys ed classes, too, but a good friend pointed that out to me, too. And my daughter loves to dance and sing, too! Great exercise and fun, too! 🙂

Today, she was having playground time, while pretending she was treasure hunting. What a great day she had and she found a few treasures…an old earring and a gold dusting kit (partial one). It was nice to watch her use her imagination and play!

Unschool (homeschool) Year Two, second grade, Post 1

We are learning through experience that homeschooling is not “school” at home but learning through life and the different ways of learning are endless. Our first year was crazy and a bit hard for me to adjust, but with help from a friend (also retired teacher), I learned a new way to teach my daughter, Arianna. She caught on faster than I did. 🙂

This year we are doing interest based/kind of Ron Paul(ish). We use the Bible (and a child’s Bible) as our history lesson, along with books and the internet (for now…until we move) to learn about ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and Dinosaurs (interest that we dug into). This video: is fantastic for taking a Christian look into dinosaurs. My husband and daughter both enjoyed it, very much and my daughter remembered more from that video than from her workbook. 😉

We study math using free worksheets (themed or seasonal) from other homeschool blogs, worksheet generators, workbooks purchased from Dollar Tree and five below (stores), and we also, use dry erase boards to practice problems and methods to get the same answers.

Spanish is the foreign language we have incorporated into our learning because Daddy is from Guatemala and we want to visit his family within the next five years, so we need to speak their language (Mommy knows some). We use youtube for pronunciation practice, and Daddy, too. We bought a workbook from five below to practice words and get familiar with new ones. We kind of bounce around around on the words, so as not to be pushy.

Science is our FUN subject to study, as Arianna loves experimenting! We try to do an experiment that matches our theme for the month (my way to break up the year) or if we hear of a cool experiment, we try it! Cooking and baking is the other way we get to science work….and we both get our hands on for this….fire and stove/oven-high supervision. We have made frog bread before (studied frog life cycle last year), soft pretzels, cookies, tortillas (favorite at our house), dinner, etc. She learns basic fractions by helping to measure ingredients, so that brings math into everyday learning, too. 🙂

English (Spelling and Reading included) we learn through various methods, too. We read chapter books each month (currently on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens), practice reading labels in the kitchen, books (thrift stores are a great place to stock up), books online, and magazines for children or even catalogs that have things in it that they like.  We are learning the parts of speech, right now and there are many resources that are FREE online to get worksheets or give you ideas to make your own, so we use these. And Mad Libs games are a funny way to practice and have fun with your child!

We do arts and crafts almost everyday and they go with our lesson or holiday or monthly theme. We made a replica of Jamestown in 1607 to go with our history of Virginia lesson. We worked on it together and she remembered more from doing it. We made She made Wizard of Oz characters using toilet paper rolls (cardboard part) when we read the book and she loved the craft! We try to recycle or reuse/re-purpose items as much as we can and school crafts are a fun way to do that. This month we are studying the history of Christian Christmas symbols and we are making a lot of great crafts to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday! Our house looks beautiful!

Music is in my daughter’s sole and if she isn’t dancing, singing or listening to music, than she is either studying, or writing something to sing! She even choreographs her own steps! We also, have found online piano keyboards to practice playing, and that’s fun, too.

Phys ed for Arianna is free play, field trips to parks, health lessons or playing a sport with Daddy! She rides her bike and scooter or takes nature walks, too.

And this brings us up to date with our life. Look for post 2 and coming soon a Winter theme Reading Bingo log!