Homeschool Day Boxes and How They Work!

August 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

I tried this day boxes system, based on the system called, “work boxes,” which I did not like, as I am an Alfie Kohn fan, and it worked well. It works well as long as I have time to get the day boxes ready that morning early, or the night before.

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I found that the kids like new and different things in there. They despise having very similar things, day after day. I found that even a toddler has to have things, because he wants to be like the others and have something made for him to do, so he can work, too. He did get bored fast, so I must have always had very boring things in there for him. I tried to get something from each subject we were doing that day. I also put the book they are currently reading for fun, in there.

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I also put the ruler, the scissors, the glue stick, the markers, the pencil and the paper they needed for that day’s stuff, in their box. This makes it so nobody has to go look for something they need, giving them about a 100% chance of getting distracted and not coming back for quite some time!

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They really liked them and they made my job much easier during the homeschool day! One thing I did not like was that the boxes took up so much space on the table that it does not give them much space to work. I solved that by getting out a card table, but then they fought over which table they wanted to sit at. Oh, my! That’s the way kids are!

 

 

What to Do if Your Friend or Loved One, is a Homeschool Mom

November 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

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I called my husband in the middle of our homeschool lesson, telling him how hard it is to make it through a lesson. I have kids pillow fighting while I call him. Already, I had solved at least 3 dozen little problems, such as:

-Telling my 10 year old son a dozen times to please not suck his thumb.
-Resolving conflicts over who gets to play with one child or sit next to whom.
-Asking my kids to please not scream loudly, step on the piano keys, hit people, fight, etc.

The list could go on, but I do not want to overwhelm you. The point I want to make is this:

Homeschooling is HARD WORK!!!

My grandmother told me on Halloween, that I need to send my kids to public school so that I can have a break. I know I need a break. I couldn’t possibly agree more. Homeschooling is hard work. She means well. I have just heard one too many times, that since it is hard, I should quit.

These are the things which make it hard:

-The bullying comes from one’s own siblings
-Mom has to remind herself to breathe in slowly, close her eyes, relax and breathe out slowly (frequently)

When a homeschool mom, Mom’s hobbies become:
-putting together the homeschool room/ homeschool areas.
-finding curriculum, worksheets, books, learning games, co-op groups which suit the family, homeschool group events, learning aids and so forth
-cleaning and organizing homeschool stuff
-filling out new schedule or routine plans, or calendars
-finding ways to escape when the husband or other big helper, is in.

I am really upset that some people tell me that because it is hard, I should stop doing it. Do people ever go up to U.S. Soldiers and say, “If it is so hard, then just stop doing it!”? No. No, they do not. They go up to them and say, “Thank you. Thank you for serving our country. Thank you for keeping our nation free.”

Public school teachers have a frustrating, difficult job, like unto mine in many ways, but different also. They are also stressed, like me, over teaching kids to have respect for the teacher. They are also stressed about kids fighting, running around the room, not listening at times, and so forth. Yet, when a public school teacher complains, do people ask them to quit, and tell them, “You really should not teach school, because it is too hard. You need a job that is less stressful.” No. People do not. They thank the teachers. Mothers gush over public school teachers and tell them things similar to: “I do not know what I would do without you. You are a great teacher. Thank you so much!”

Parents have a very tough job. It is neverending. It is very difficult. It is stressful. When parents go to others and complain about how hard it is, do we say to them, “You should not be a parent, then. Just stop being a parent. Give the parenting job to someone else. Let people in care centers do it, take lots of breaks and switch shifts. It is too stressful for you. You need to not parent that child anymore”??
Seriously? If you said that, you would have just lost a friend. He or she would think you are insane. They did not complain, wanting you to tell them to stop doing it! This is what they want. They want you to have empathy for them. They want you to be a listening ear or a sounding board. They may want a hug! They do not want to stop being the parent to their child!

Next time you feel like saying to a homeschool mom, that what they do is too hard, and she should quit, know that you are risking losing their trust in a big way. This homeschool mom will not use you as a sounding board again. She will add you to the bottom of her extremely long list of people she cannot vent to.

Know this also, that this woman truly does have a very impossibly long list of people she knows she cannot vent to, or dares not try venting to for the first time. She needs to vent. It is a healthy thing all women must do to keep their sanity. Women who homeschool are not extrahuman. They are NOT more amazing than other women. They are normal, everyday women who need listening and caring from other women. They need a sounding board. Please do not tell them to quit.

Instead, support them as a friend supports a friend. This is what we homeschool moms crave. We need badly, people who listen and empathize, but do not tell us to quit homeschooling. We need people who listen, think inside their heads, perhaps, that that is really hard, and then say aloud, “That would be really hard. Let’s go play, and get our minds off it, and help you feel like yourself again! You need a break!”

So if you are my friend and you are reading this, call me and let’s go hang out. If you are a really good friend, you will ask about homeschooling and listen, but not tell me to quit doing it.

Thanks in advance for calling me and going out to a movie or to dinner, to help me to be myself again, or for those who have done so, in the past!

Public School, Homeschool and Behavior Issues

October 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

My son used to have major behavioral and psychological issues when in public school. In a week, I noticed slight changes. In a month, I noticed more changes. After 3 months, his issues had been cut to 60% what they were when he had been in public school. After one year of homeschooling, I think the behavior issues were about 40% what they had been in public school. Now it has been almost 3 years. He is older, so, granted, that could make a difference, too, BUT I think homeschooling has made a bigger difference than age. He has behavior issues still, but they are down to about 20% what they were when he was in public school.

I wonder so often, whether they would even exist, had he never been in public school, but that does not solve anything, so I shouldn’t.

I will tell you some things that I think made a difference for my son. They are important to me. I cannot guarantee they will work for you. Every family will do different things. I am sure something here could help someone, though, so here it is.

When I began, I had already read about 6 books written by amazing author Alfie Kohn, including “Unconditional Parenting” and “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” which I recommend you start with. His books are very thick because of solid references which are in the back of the books. These take up about one third of the book. I looked at the references and used them to decide which books to read next. These were also very helpful.

I love “The NDD Book,” about how your child getting enough sleep, exercise and the right nutrition, will spfor sure affect his or her behavior. My child does get more sleep out of public school, because if, for example, we happen to stay up late on a Thursday night, visiting relatives or something, the he sleeps in the next morning (Friday). When we do an exhausting field trip, project, co-op or gathering, he eats and naps. He naps whenever he needs it and I let him, because he does not do it very often, and I have talked with him about how his body will tell him when he needs it. Usually when he has a meltdown, we feed him (that helps) and then he will go lie down for a one hour nap. When he gets up again, he is cheerful, kind, helpful, obedient, etcetera.

We have discussed what works best for him, with him. He likes this. When we forget to do this for a while, things do not work as well. He also needs regular one on one love and individual attention. Before he really “got into” reading, I used to get up in the morning and, first thing, read to him sitting in a chair in his room, to help him wake up. I read for half an hour. This helped him get out of bed cheerfully. It also helped him feel loved and helped us bond. I cannot deny that it made him love books, as well.

I teach my kids via eclectic homeschooling, and one thing included in 60 to 90% of our homeschool, depending in the day, week and month, and what is going on, is letting him learn however he wants, and whatever he wants, as long as it is within our religious standards. A lot of people call this unschooling, but I prefer to just describe it, as the “un” has such negative connotations. He learns a ton this way, and the freedom of this approach takes away a lot of behavior issues.

We also use an LDS curriculum called “L.I.F.E. School.” “L.I.F.E. Stands for Life Integrated Family Education.” The kids all get the same lesson. Then they do their work, which is similar, so they can help one another, but it is different for each grade level. I love it. It makes things so much easier for me. I do not have to do as much work to out things together for my kids to learn. The gospel is woven into every lesson. It teaches art, geography, history, science, literature, poetry, theater, reading, grammar, paleography, spelling, and many types of writing. It teaches dictionary work and research, essay

The only subject not included in this curriculum is Math. I am fine with that. I work hard at math teaching, most of the time. When I do not, I have to make up for it later.

Co-op Art Lessons

October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Shape with Unity, Harmony and Variety

Art Lesson for Kids: Still Lifes

Art Lesson Co-op, Unity and Harmony with Shape

October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Co-Op Art Lesson 5

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Shapes
Unity and Harmony

Paul Klee

Senecio

Piet Mondrian

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture

Cubism

Paul Cezanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire

Georges Braque

Houses at Le’ Estaque

This Land is Their Land. It is not your land…

October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

“This land is your land. This land is my land, from the red wood forest, to the gulf stream waters. This land is your land. This land is my land. This land was made for you and me!” I really wish this song went like this: “This land is my land. It is not your land, in California, and on Native tribe lands. This is not your land, but it is their land. Eminent Domain is a bad law. This land is their land. It is not your land. Obama, you are a dictator!”

My son said, “We have to tell President Obama to be a good guy. We have to be good. We have to be good always.” He is hoping President Obama doesn’t know where our city is. This is why:

Obama land grab California

I am of the opinion that they merely want to control all of us, eventually. They are taking bit by bit, so that eventually, they will own and control all of the land. Emanent domain says the City, State and National government can take whatever land they want, from any of us. We must get rid of the emanent domain rights of government. There is also much propoganda of late, going around, about how the Native aamericans had said, that the Great Spirit is who the land belongs to, and it cannot belong to a person. This is government propoganda for us to let the government have the land, so that nobody owns it. The problem is, an entity will own it, and it is, an Oligarchy. The second problem is, the Oligarchy is not the Great Spirit, but is an evil form of government, which we must fight off, as it wants to replace our Constitutional Republic.

Spanish Lesson 2, Relatives

September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Leccion 2: La Familia

Relatives boring http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/spanish-vocabulary-basic-family-member-terms.html#lesson

Familia para escolar inicial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESapCgjMq7s

Mi Familia es la gente que me quieren https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odI6zy0xPPQ

Números https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkGFfAGLDg0

Cinco Monitos Saltando en la Cama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z1uz_V8mdI&list=TLKoVO129MkUMe3z9s9MadRXOqV4c2fIPs

Historia para niños (pájaros) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7RqBvH5Zhk

El Patito Feo Historia Animada con palabras (Disney) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zkXYl0bLgs

Craig Bowden versus Rob Bishop Part 1

September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Lisa:

Sounds good!

Originally posted on Marine Vet For Freedom:

election2014I was asked recently by one of the people interested in my campaign to illustrate the differences between myself and Congressman Bishop, essentially why the people of Utah’s 1st District should vote for me.  I do believe that is something important, and I will outline what some of our key differences are as well as areas we are similar.

First, I would like to address that I do applaud Congressman Bishop for many of the things he has done for America and the state of Utah.  I do not look at Congressman Bishop as an enemy, and that should be made clear.  He has championed many causes that do benefit our country and our state, especially in the area of Utah lands.  He has been right at the forefront of ensuring Utah gets to decide what to do with the lands within our borders.  That is important, because the people…

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