Category: Homeschool



Even before beginning to homeschool I have checked Amazon.com for free e-books though these e-books have become essential as we journey forward, as I know that there are materials that my children may not be exposed to otherwise. These materials are good for homeschooling and traditional students, so I have compiled a list of e-books that were free today.
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Preschool
Rabbit Readers – First Book – Kindy & Preschool: 5 Very Simple Learn to Read Stories for Beginning Readers
Baby Birds : Smart Kids Count
A Children’s Story about Cells: For Children who Appreciate Biology
Hands and Feet with Colors: Finger Painted
Learning Same and Differences for Young Children Preschool and Kindergarten
Kindergarten
B is for Brighton Beach
When I Grow Up I Want To Be (Picture Book for Children aged 4 to 9)
Who Plays in the Musical Zoo? (a fun guessing game for children ages baby-5 years)
First Grade
Mrs. Purdy Hatches an Egg
The Clothes We Wear Reading Readiness for Young Children
Teacher Resources
How to Teach Kids Music – 5 Best Music Games: The Best Music Activities to develop Talents of your Kids
Exercises to Math Shorts – Derivatives
Idioms For Kids
Speed Reading For Beginners: Drastically Improve Your Reading Speed in One Day
30 Days Math Addition Series: Two 1 Digit Addends, Daily Practice Workbook To Improve Mathematics Learning Skills: Maths Worksheets
Processing Time: Developing the Interpreter Muscle (The Interpreting Handbook Workbooks 5)
Effective Classroom Management: An Interactive Textbook

I hope you find some (or all) of these e-books helpful.

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Going on our two week mark with homeshooling and I have learned more about my children in this time, than I have their entire lives (sad I know) which makes me wonder… Who is the real teacher?

Am I the teacher or are they? This also makes me wonder how I should proceed from here. I know that my son Ice needs structure, Kc is a visual learner and has a short attention span when it comes to me. Mae and Doe will do almost anything to “please” me which makes them a bit more independent and little Miss Nova can talk (and understand) better than most toddlers that I know as she just wants to be like her older siblings.

I am wondering how they would do if I give them the materials for their lesson then appoint them as My Teacher. Would this make learning more appealing for them? This is one of the perks of homeschooling, I can adjust my plans according to each child’s needs, to ensure that I instill the love of learning… Wish us luck 🙂


I have always wanted to homeschool and it took me 7 years to finally get started, but I did and that is what matters. If you want to find out how our day went, you can see what I wrote here http://www.bubblews.com/news/9521329-not-bad-for-our-first-day


I have spent So Much time looking for free ways to teach my children math, that I didn’t even realize that I don’t have to be searching at all! Why? Because I already know how to count, add, subtract, multiply, divide , and I know how to group objects. The only thing left for me to do is Apply My Knowledge and use it to teach my children. So I decided to start with our preschooler.

I took 15 objects for this first project, I chose cars, books and action figures. I placed them all in a pile and asked our 4 year old to separate them into groups according to what they are. After Doe grouped the objects I had him count each group and he did, “1,2,3 mommy. There are three groups” . I then reworded “How many are in each group?”  He counted five in each group, so I continued by asking him to count everything. After counting all the way to 15 he responded with “Wow mommy, there are so many!”

Finally I asked him to sort each group by size. So he took the books and the action figures, lined them all up from large to small, but he surprised me with the cars. He placed the largest one first then the next largest and he stopped. I asked him why he stopped and he said “These are the same size.” and he paused “I know!” He then stacked the two cars on top of each other and put the smallest car last in line and said “There that’s how to do it”. Such a smart little man 😀

After that we started playing with the toys and I read him a book. Not even an hour after we put everything away he was asking me if we could do it again, so we did.

 

 

 

The Plan


Over the past couple of weeks our children have had a greater fascination for the money inside of the piggy bank. Taking the change out and putting it back in, separating the pennies and nickels, driving me nuts with the mere fact that I have to keep my eyes peeled for lingering coins where the baby crawls.

The other day our middle daughter, Mae, asked me if she could get a penny for cleaning the table, so I grabbed a penny from my pocket and gave it to her. A couple of hours later I held up a dime and looked at the sink, she took the dime and went over to start the dishes (note to self, never pay for a job until I have finished inspection).

Last night was a rough night for our youngest, Nse, as she is cutting more teeth , so I didn’t sleep well. As a result I was able to hear our oldest boy, Ice, when he had an accident and was able to prompt him to the restroom to finish his business. My husband, woke up and helped me out and had told Ice that he needs to try a little harder to wake up dry, and tried encouraging him to wake up dry to earn money. This is when it hit me… Pennies…

I am still in the early stages of this new plan, though for the most part, each child will start out with 100 pennies and will have 2 charts. One will be to record everything that they earn, the other for what they owe their father and I. At the end of each week we will tally up all of the charts and pay (or take) what is due. Once they have reached a certain amount, they can buy themselves something that they want, or just save it, whichever.

The charts will have general concepts like, Do the dishes when asked without hesitation earn a penny, Do dishes without being asked earn 2 pennies, or Refuse to do dishes when asked owe us 2 pennies. While making the charts unique to each child for example: For each day Doe does not take food from the fridge without asking he will earn 2 pennies, but For each day he does take food without asking he will owes us 2 pennies.

Though I am not stopping there as we go through an awful lots of snack foods and drinks, so for now on, they will have to decide if they want to pay for a snack or drink outside of what we give them. I am hoping that our oldest, Kce, will learn that even though food ‘Dose grow on trees” doesn’t mean you have to eat it all at once.

There are so many lessons which can be learned by this process, including but not limited to, How to use charts, math concepts, responsibility, perseverance & the value of money. Now I realize that this is not going to be an easy transition as it takes 21-28 days to break or “make” a habit, but I am going to give it my best shot… Wish me luck 🙂

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