Monday, December 17, 2007

Contest time!

First of all, isn't that cash register cool? It's made out of legos! Well, you can enter to win some cold, hard, gift certificate style cash at Justsomestuff. It's $50.00 to spend at . It's easy to enter and the rules are simple! Just answer a few questions!

How many children do you have / homeschool? 2 boys, ages 11 and 8
How long have you been homeschooling? about 18 months
Have they always been homeschooled, or did they ever go to public/private school? My oldest started out in public school for K and 1st grade. He began going to private school in second grade. My youngest started school at the same private school for K and 1st grade. We started home schooling in 2nd and 5th grade.
Do you plan on homeschooling until graduation? I have every intention of home schooling until graduation. Time slips by so fast. I can hardly believe that I have a jr. high aged child!
Do you belong to a co-op? Yes. It's been a great addition to our at home curriculum! The boys didn't care for it much at first but now they count the days until the next time we meet! It really helps to break up the "same 'ol, same 'ol" ya know?
Do you school all year long, or use some other schedule? We've kinda worked ourselves into an adjusted public school schedual. We start in July. We're generally bored with life and hot weather by then so we start school. We take most of December off because mommy is busy like crazy. Then we work like crazy to get everything finished up by the end of April. So we take ALL of May and June off. I feel like we can do this since we don't take days like Martin Luther King day off and Columbus Day off and... and.... You get the idea.
Do you use textbooks only, or do you like to supplement with other materials? We use a few online programs like Brainish and Spelling time that are online. We also use text books like Saxon math and Apologia Science. We really like unit studies though, it's what seems most interesting to us!
Are field trips included in your school plans, or are they just family time? We rarely "plan" anything! LOL,, sad isn't it? We just roll with it and learn what we can!
Do you and your kids do crafty stuff together for school time? Not every day but since mommy likes it the boys are "FORCED" into it too!
Would you consider everyday household life stuff ‘home ec’? Yes! My boys already know more than I ever learned in Home Ec! My 8 year old can sew on a mean button and my 11 year old can make an omelet that is at the very least..... edible! They can scrub a toilet and I'm teaching my boys to do their own laundry.
Do you have any advice for new homeschoolers? It's not school at home,, unless you want it to be! Do what works best for you and don't be afraid to experiment!
Do you have advice for homeschoolers with little ones under foot? Nope. Never done it but I feel like I could. Having little ones is all about being flexible so home school wouldn't be any different!

1 comment:

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I don't think I could homeschool. I'm not very organized, but I do like the Seton material. I have a nearly 10 yr old, in private school and a nearly 2 yr old, underfoot! I might look into it more if middle school becomes a disaster... Wait and see.