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.
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.
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!
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!
July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
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I have a lot of blog posts about iPad apps at lisajacksondesign.wordpress.com.
I do use iPad apps a lot.
I use preschool prep and leap frog dvd’s.
I use netflix. I also use lifeschoolk12.com.
I use discover the book of mormon.
I use spellingcity.com (subscription level) with the spelling city app, and
I print my curriculum from lifeschoolk12.org. She does have it online, and I use the iPad for the parent manual and print the curriculum.
I also love spelling workout workbooks,
Holt and Scott Foresman math textbooks from the 90’s, and
God’s Design for Science curriculum.
I shop on Amazon for building up my library at my house. My homeschool mom planner is from Mardel.com and is called, “a simple plan.”
July 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
I have seen this in plenty of Christian Homeschool books. I did not coin the phrase in my title. However, I can testify to you that God wants me to homeschool my kids. He has told me in answer to prayers once before I started bugging my husband about it, once when my husband and I prayed together about it and many times since when I have doubted. I know this is what Heavenly Father wants me to do.
I know that 1 Nephi 3:7 in the Book of Mormon is true. God does not tell me to do something that He will not help me to do. God WILL show me how to do this. He will guide me. He will prepare a way that I may accomplish what He has asked me to do!
If God called you to homeschooling and you doubt, stop listening to Satan and jump in. God will help you one day at a time. You CAN do it! I promise!
He will guide you and answer your prayers. He will tell you ideas for how to deal with issues as they come up. However, God will not likely:
- Bring a curriculum to your doorstep
- Fill our your day planner
- Force you to pray to Him
- Tell you when your child is in Pre-School, how you can socialize her in High School
- Find you a High School chemistry program when your child is in 3rd grade
- Make your relatives and neighbors stop thinking homeschool is crazy
- Teach your kids how to do their part in cleaning your house
- Make finances easy and pain free
He will do these things for you: When you are worried about High School when your child is not even close to High School yet, He will help you to feel better about it, perhaps by helping you meet someone whose kids are in High School, who is Homeschooling. He will:
- Guide you to the right places in person or on the internet so you may find the right curricula
- Help you find people to guide you, or sources, for good organizational supplies, like planners
- Listen and answer when you pray to Him
- Teach you how to best teach your child pre-school, by putting ideas/ people in your path to help you
- Lead you to a good science curriculum for third grade when your child is in third grade
- Help to soften the hearts of others slowly and gradually over time, as you are faithful and as you pray for their hearts to soften a little more to homeschooling
- Help you to find guidance which will help you to teach your kids to do their part to clean the house
- He will guide you to learn how to stay within a budget and work toward freedom from debt (Search for “Dave Ramsey: Financial Peace University.”)
July 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
If I were to consider not by average, but by year for my kids preschool through 12th grade, how much more or less we spend on homeschooling than what we would have spent and saved were our kids public or charter schooled, here is the breakdown. I used an online charter school, but I have counted as if I did not get reimbursed, so you can see what the cost would have been, had I paid for all of it myself.
2012-13, 3 students: I saved $1,100
2013-14, 4 students: $100
2014-15, 5 students: $1,400
After adding up costs, it added up to $1,000 per year per child. I was surprised at the cost. Then I subtracted things I would have paid for even were they in public school. After that, I started subtracting what I had saved by homeschooling. All the savings surprised me even more, as I had not previously considered those.
All this includes extra costs of housecleaning and extra costs of lunches beyond what they would be if we had them in public school. It includes homeschool retreats, homeschool group events costs, classes and lessons (including sports and lessons that most people put their kids in). I enrolled my kids in, conferences, field trips, annual family memberships to learning places, printer paper, printer, printer ink, school supplies, games and dvd’s, apps, computer, iPad, office supplies, art and craft supples, music supplies, gardening supplies and books.
This not account for loss of income I could have had coming in from my graphic design business had I not been busy with this. It does not include lessons and sports we would have still had our kids in had we not homeschooled. This does not account for family events, memberships and family field trips for learning we would have gone on even if they were in public school. I have subtracted the costs of school supplies, books and fees we would have paid were we a public schooling family, and books, supplies and DVD’s we’d have purchased even if in public school.
I encourage you to figure out how much you spend per month on all of your kids on:
- Trendy fashion clothing and accessories you would not need if they were in homeschool
- Toys your kids heard about at school that you had to buy them because they heard about them
- Backpacks, binders, locker accessories, school fees and supplies you would not have to buy were they in homeschool
- Therapy sessions and doctor visit costs that you would not have were your family homeschooling
- Day care, extra meal expense and extra clothing you must buy for the wife to have paid work
- What you spend on class treats, PTA donations, donations to the school, fundraisers for/ related to the school
- School supplies you have to buy not just at the beginning of the year, but monthly (posterboard for a presentation, printer ink, note cards, supplies for making a model, science project supplies, photocopies at libraries, DVD’s or books required to rent or buy for school, sewing supplies required for school, gardening supplies, etc.
- Gas/ Petroleum/ fuel/ electricity, to run your vehicles, to take your kids to and from school and school events