Visiting with family and friends is the highlight of the holidays for many homeschoolers. Unfortunately, before the festivities and merry-making can begin comes a part of the holidays that most families dread – the process of “getting there”! Although Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are some of the most wonderful, family-filled events of the year, they also usually mean plenty of time in the car.
Family, food, homes, health, friends – without a doubt these blessings are the core of many people’s reasons to be thankful during this Thanksgiving season. However, homeschoolers have some unique motivations for gratitude that are easy to overlook. Take some time this season to reflect on the things you appreciate about homeschooling, and the blessings that homeschooling brings to yourself, your children, and your family.
Turkey and stuffing might be the staples of Thanksgiving, but for many families the holiday means much more. Homeschoolers often seek to go beyond simply a festive meal to create a culture within the home that encapsulates a sense of belonging, security, and love. One important way families do this is through creating Thanksgiving traditions.
Turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, family gatherings, lists of that for which we are thankful…the warm and cozy harbingers of the Thanksgiving season are upon us. For homeschoolers, it is an excellent opportunity to teach children the history of those who first came to America, and to focus on the events and sacrifices the Pilgrims faced in coming to this new land. When making your Thanksgiving plans this season, check out these resources to make the history of the holiday meaningful.
Congratulations to Lori Kilpatrick, our Grand Prize Winner! Lori has won an iPad. I have sent an email notification and will get your iPad in the mail as soon as I hear from you.
Congratulations to Francine Mitchell, our latest winner! Francine has won a Kindle 3G and Wi-Fi with a leather case and a $100 amazon.com gift certificate to help her start her eBook collection. We have approximately 100 more reviews to go before our Grand Prize, an Apple iPad, so be sure to leave your reviews soon. You definitely want to be entered in that drawing which will be held when we reach 500 review submissions.
Veterans Day is coming up on November 11, and it is a great time for homeschoolers to teach children about the sacrifice of those who have fought or currently fight for America and who serve out of the love for their country. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors American soldiers who died in their service to the nation, Veterans Day is intended to honor all veterans, with a particular focus on those who are still living.
Wow! You all have been very busy submitting reviews and suggesting resources for our database. Since yesterday we have reached the 75th, 100th and 200th reviews and I am pleased to announce that Beth Hollmann has won a $75 gift certificate to the location of her choice, Chrystal Richerson has won the Vado HD Camcorder and Nicole Hale has won the Wii system. Congratulations, ladies.
Modern technology has brought unprecedented opportunity for teaching students. According to Internet World Stats, as of June 30, 2010 there were almost 2 billion internet users (anyone currently in capacity to use the internet) worldwide. A 2003 report by the National Center for Education Statistics details that 19.4% of homeschoolers engaged in distance learning through the Internet, email, or other use of the web. This figure, which almost certainly has grown in the past 7 years since the report, does not include the multitude of homeschoolers who supplement at-home learning with the use of the Internet. From instantaneous definitions for vocabulary words to full lesson plans for any grade, without a doubt, the World Wide Web has changed the way the world does education.
Congratulations to Sarah Jackson who won the $30 gift certificate to amazon.com, Nicole Hale who won the $40.00 gift certificate, and Chrystal Richerson who won the $50 gift certificate. Thanks for your reviews, ladies!
Congratulations to Beth Hollmann, the first winner in our review giveaways. Beth won a $20 gift certificate to amazon.com. Our next drawings will be when we hit 30, 40, and 50 reviews, so be sure to submit your reviews if you haven’t already.
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Author Aldous Huxley wrote, “Everyone who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting.” Although most homeschoolers have an awareness of the importance of reading for children, it is always helpful to review the evidence that backs up our feelings. With the cooler weather coming, fall is the perfect time to take a fresh look at why reading is such a critical factor for children’s success, as well as get reinvigorated toward making reading one of the foundations of the homeschool curriculum (and part of everyday family life).
Cooler weather outside gives homeschoolers just one more reason to focus on reading! Although reading aloud is an excellent family activity for children of all ages, including those who have long been reading on their own, it is particularly important for children in elementary school. During this critical time period, parents have the opportunity to truly instill a love for reading that has the potential to influence the child’s academic development throughout his or her school years.
Some people just aren’t textbook people! What do you do if your homeschooler learns by living, instead of studying textbooks? What if your child soaks up knowledge like a sponge, without being directed in any way? Can you still create a serious-looking high school transcript?