Tuesday, October 30, 2007
During the course of my homeschooling journey I have found more creative and cost effective means of educating my children. When I began teaching my oldest daughter (then 3) how to write her alphabet and numbers, I was consuming a lot of paper. This year I am teaching my 3 and 4 year old how to write and while I was creating a curriculum for them, it was as if I had an epiphany. The first thing that came too my mind was a laminater. Since I've purchased the laminater, I have been on create overdrive. I have created write and wipe binders for them. They consist of the pre-writing exercises,alphabet, numbers, patterns, size and shape discrimination, mazes etc. I am able to customize them according to their needs and they are durable. The best part is that they love to write in them. Schooling does not have to feel like pulling teeth. they have something that belongs to them and are able to use it whenever they want. I can also pass them down for future use with another child. I have also created flash cards, and various manipulatives with the laminater. You can purchase a small laminater which is sold for scrapbooking for $40.00. you can find one cheap on ebay. You can purchase 100+ laminating pouches on ebay for $20.00. That's a steal. Whether you are using it for the youngers ones, older ones, or yourself, a laminater is indeed a sound investment. A lot of the worksheets I printed of the web. A great site for printing the alphabet and numbers is http://www.learningpage.com/ .
Sunday, September 30, 2007
First and foremost, I want to say Peace, Blessings, and Balance to all those who are embarking on this phenomenal adventure we call "Homeschooling". Peace is a blessing all in it self, being able to homeschool is a blessing and God knows I try to maintain some form of balance every day. My children are 6, 4, 3 and 5 1/2 months. I am currently homeschooling them all except for the baby. Though, I must say, when I am reading to them she is absorbing every word. Before I began homeschooling, I never knew it existed until God blessed me with my husband. He being a homeschool graduate himself, I still did not really understand the concept. I thought "How can anyone teach there children at home without being around teachers. They're not going to learn anything." My ignorance led me to believe that you had to have some certification or training. When my oldest daughter was 2 years old, I began teaching her colors, shapes, numbers etc. still not knowing that what I was doing was homeschooling. When she turned 4 she had already learned he numbers, alphabet, colors etc. and showed an interest in reading. My sister gave me the Hooked On Phonics program amd I taught her how to read in 8 months. Then it clicked that I can teach her my self. I was already ahead of the game as far as preschool was concerned. She was beyond that. We started buying books all the time. We both signed up for library cards, and everything else is history. My eyes were opened and the ignorance was lifted. I started researching homeschooling from the different methods and styles to state requirements. I have been homeschooling for 3 years now and love every moment of it.