Friday, November 14, 2014

FREE Homeschool Giveaways

FREE Fridays! The holidays are coming, so we're offering Free Gifts on Fridays. Visit www.EverythingHomeschooling.com and click the "Free" button. Or simply email us to be eligible for a Free 1-Year Subscription, which includes all the Weekly Lessons, Daily Learning Activities, Unit Studies, Hands-On Science Experiments, and more!

Check back each week between now and the end of the year for more Free Gifts from www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Happy homeschooling!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Children's Learning Styles and Learning Environments

When you understand your child’s learning style, your children will be happier, they will learn more quickly, your job will be easier, and homeschooling will be a joy!

Learning Styles:

Visual learners. Children who prefer to spend time pouring over pictures and graphics, and respond to bright colors and visual stimulation. They tend to learn best through visual presentations.

Auditory learners. Children who enjoy listening to music, audio tapes, and people reading aloud or talking. They can learn best through discussions and verbal information.

Tactile-Kinesthetic learners. Children who like to move around, touch things, and talk, plus they have a difficult time sitting still. They learn best through an active, hands-on approach.

Some children do best with a combination of these styles. Try these styles, or a combination of them, and observe which best captures your child’s interests and enthusiasm. Interested, enthusiastic learners grasp concepts quicker and retain knowledge longer!

"Active Learning" Benefits:

Swiss educational theorist, Jean Piaget, found that quality learning took place when children were actively involved in their own learning process. Through exploration and discovery, children turned their experiences into learning patterns that provided foundations for further explorations and subsequent learning.

Piaget found that children’s cognitive skills, or the way they process information, were enhanced through physical experiences and perceptions. He believed in active learning environments where children could discover, absorb, and build on new experiences and information.

Learning Environment Ideas:

* Keep hands-on projects and manipulatives within easy reach of children.

* Display educational charts, posters, maps, illustrations, pictorials, and mobiles where children see them frequently.

* Designate an arts and crafts area with paints, clays, markers, arts and crafts supplies.

* Create a musical space for instruments, sound effects, musical equipment, and dancing.

* Design a theatrical area for dramatic plays to bring social studies and literature to life.

* Incorporate games, construction sets, Geo-Boards, and Cuisenaire rods into lessons.

* Use lab or kitchen equipment for experiments and for reinforcing science and math concepts.

* Browse learning center supplies, or photos of learning centers, to gain additional ideas for your own learning environment.

Your children will be thrilled to have fun, learning materials at their fingertips throughout the day, every day!

Happy homeschooling!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Creative Homeschooling

Creativity is an important component of each day.

Much has been said about problem-solving skills, which are certainly important. But expecting children to solve a problem, or to come up with solutions, without having ample opportunities to be creative and inventive, can limit their abilities to solve problems.

Therefore, creative-thinking skills are as important as critical-thinking skills. To help foster creativity in children, we can avoid focusing on perfectionism, or on making comparisons or judgments, which only add pressure, stress, and anxiety.

For children, the creative process is always more important than the end result or product. The benefits lie within the creative activity itself: the enjoyment, the freedom, the exploration, the hands-on learning.

Respect and support for creative endeavors, experiments, and projects is much more helpful. If a project doesn't turn out the way a child anticipated, we can encourage him to try again or to consider a different approach the next time. We want to refrain from taking over the project and telling him how we would do it.

The following ideas encourage creativity in your children:

1. Allow plenty of free time for working on creative projects.

2. Create space for projects, so children can easily revisit them and work on projects between other activities.

3. Provide plenty of craft and creative materials: papers, card stock, colored pencils, markers, crayons, paints, paste, glue, tape, safety scissors, clay, craft sticks, chenille stems, beads, sequins, glitter, felt, yarn, buttons, gears, dials, nuts, bolts, spindles, construction pieces, small motor parts or solar parts, etc.

4. Encourage discussions about projects and activities, including "what-if" questions, alternative ideas, and unique visions.

5. Allow quiet time and solitude for contemplation and creation.

6. Be a creative role model, participate in creative projects, and encourage brainstorming sessions and collaboration on projects.

For creative ideas on homeschooling your children, plus Weekly Homeschool Lessons for Grades K-12, visit our site at:

www.EverythingHomeschooling.com

Happy homeschooling!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Science: Atoms, Molecules, and the Five States of Matter

Five States of Matter

Matter is all around you and is made up of atoms and molecules. What's an atom? What's a molecule? Keep reading!

Atoms are the building blocks of matter. You have billions and billions of atoms in your body.

Molecules are atoms connected by chemical bonds.

Matter has mass, takes up space, and is all around you. There are 5 states of matter: solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs).

Watch matter, atoms, and molecules change right before your eyes with our "Today's Lesson" activities. To get started, click "Today's Lesson" on our www.EverythingHomeschooling.com home page.

Describe your experiments and observations on our Science Experiment Log Sheets.

Use our Homeschool Forms to record your daily lessons and learning activities.

For Daily and Weekly Lessons all year long, use the lessons for Grades K-2, Grades 3-6, Grades 6-9, or Grades 9-12 on our website at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Happy homeschooling!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Free Homeschool Activities and Lessons

IT'S OPEN HOUSE WEEK at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Experience Free Learning Activities this week, such as:

1. Creating and Designing Roller Coasters

2. "I Wonder" Science on Molds, Absorption, and Mixtures

3. Tessellation Art and Math

4. Interactive Explorer Discoveries

5. Measuring the Speed of Light

6. Cooking with Math

7. Science Experiments on Solids and Liquids

8. Geography Games for Learning Fun

9. Exploring Ecosystems, Habitats, and Biomes

10. Creating Superheroes from Historical Figures

11. Diagramming Sentences the Easy Way while Reading a Book a Day

12. Creating Collages, Sculptures, and Fiber Arts with Fun Art Projects

And Much More!

Just click Free Activities here: www.EverythingHomeschooling.com/free.aspx!

Happy Homeschooling!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School Costs versus Summer Learning Fun

It's still Summer! And we're still enjoying Summer Learning Fun at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Meanwhile, some families are spending far too much money on back to school costs. I just read that the cost for school supplies, alone, is approximately $100 per child, according to the National Retail Federation. And with clothes, shoes, and electronics, the cost can be close to $700 per family with kids in kindergarten through high school!

Fortunately, through www.EverythingHomeschooling.com, families can educate ALL their children, from Kindergarten through High School, for just $15.95 per year. And that allows children to remain in a safe, comfortable, low-stress environment — which is priceless!

Avoid the outrageous Back-to-School costs this year and come join us! It'll be less stressful for you and your family, and your children will enjoy a fun, well-rounded education all year long through our site: www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Happy Homeschooling!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homeschool Mid-Year + Homeschool Spring Break

Spring has Sprung!

Remember that you can begin homeschooling at any time during the year. You can begin homeschooling during the middle of the year, during the middle of a week, or even during the middle of a school day!

Some states might require a "Notice of Intent to Homeschool" within 30 days of withdrawing your child from school, or within a similar time-frame. To check on your state's requirements, contact your State Homeschool Association. They'll have all the information you need on homeschooling in your state.

Spring break can be a good time to begin homeschooling, too. It allows children time to relax and decompress, as you make plans to pursue fun, educational activities for the weeks ahead. Summertime is another good time to ease into homeschooling your child.

Remember that homeschooling is not "school at home." Rather, it's a natural part of living and learning each day, and there's no limit to the fun, learning activities that are available to you and your family!

For learning ideas, crafts, and activities this Spring, see our "Today's Lesson" or our "Unit Studies" page on our homeschool website at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Happy homeschooling!