Updated: May 26
Hello Moms and friends of Moms,
It's been awhile since my last blog.
I've been busy creating content and living life.
Since my last blog, we (my family) have discovered that my kid wants to be Shaun White so mama had to do what mama had to do and started homeschooling to chase the snow.
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I used to be anti-homeschool and was resistant.
I thought homeschooling created bunch of anti-social weirdo kids and I just wasn't sure about it.
After doing it for few months of growing pains, I was a changed person.
Homeschooling is not so bad.
It gives you flexibility with your schedule and you get to mold your kid's curriculum.
But it's a lot of work and time consuming, not to mention the fights.
If I had a choice, I would sent the kid back to school but we are under quarantine and it looks like this will be awhile.
And a mamas gotta do what a mamas gotta do.
Here are some resources and tips I've learned along the way.
RULES I LEARNED TO MAKE IT EASIER
1. Time the kid.
Tell your kid that they have certain amount of minutes to complete work and set your timer. Otherwise, this will take all day. Mine will.
2. Give the kid an incentive like screen time if they complete such and such.
Kid with an objective is so much easier to deal with than an uninspired potato sack.
3. Set expectations. I tell the kid what needs to be completed and learned for the term and have him help me get that goal accomplished.
4. Maybe your wifi could go out for few days? Amazing how my kid picked up reading after prodding him and staying in an area that had no wifi for days. Now, my kid is an avid reader. Getting your kid to read has the biggest value in education and gives mom some personal space and time.
5. One thing a day.
If your kid learns one thing a day, you are ok. Don't be hard on yourself.
I try to teach one new lesson and review something one of something he already learned, usually math related.
RESOURCES FOR HOMESCHOOLING
1. Worksheets -
Print a worksheet for the topic you are covering and give your kids a mission for 30 minutes and you get some mom time, hopefully. You can choose your kid's grade and the subject at www.education.com. They offer guided lessons and lesson plans but I like them best for the worksheets.
2. Outschool.com offers small live zoom classes on all subjects including personal development and even piano. I schedule early AM classes since your kid has to be out of bed for the class!
3. There are project based learning packets and plans.
Get your kid to learn all about electronics. You can order a kit on www.eeme.com ~ a dad-runned company that teaches kids how to use a breadboard and control a led light!
4. www.khanacademy.org and www.youtube.com is always good for video tutorials and if you need a brush up on what it is you have to teach your kid. 😀
5. Mathantics.com makes math fun and explains math stuff well and they have their own youtube channel.
6. Podcasts are good and educational. I like history podcasts and play them when I have the kid trapped in the car. My favorite one is "American History Tellers". Surprising, how much history they could learn in the car! There are many kid's podcast out there. "Finn Caspian" "Storynory" for stories and "Brains On" for science etc..
but our favorite podcast is neither educational or g-rated since we love to listen to real life ghost stories on "Anything Ghost" with Lex Wahl.
Tutor.com ~ Free online tutoring for K-12
Overdrive ~ Books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, and videos
Kanopy ~ Educational and entertaining movies and shows
BookFlix by Scholastic ~ Read-along and listen to books
ScienceFlix by Scholastic ~ Hundreds of science topics with articles and videos for all levels.
MakeMake ~ Digital books in en español
CultureGrams ~ Maps, flags and reports on countries and states
New York Times ~ Free access to the online edition
Teens of LA Film Fest ~ submissions accepted through June 19th
Universal Class ~ continuing education courses for career or personal enrichment
Lynda.com ~ over 3,000 courses taught by industry experts
Mango Languages ~ free online language learning
I will add to this blog as I go and learn more. I'm on limited mommy time.
Moms! If you have additional resources you want to share, please write below.
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