Thursday, November 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
Writing has always been a priority in our Catholic Homeschool from when we first started, I’ve always
As we started day two of this, our fifth homeschooling year, I am able to see how much this has helped my children be comfortable with writing. This year I am formalizing our writing a little more as my eldest little is in the third grade. I do realize when I was a school teacher children in the first and second grade were composing paragraphs, which is fine but I wanted to try a different approach. In my way of teaching I wanted the children always exposed to writing and drawing. As a Reading Specialist I thought it would be a great way to help children with reading comprehension in the future. I have noticed that when I read to my children they are constantly examining the pictures on the page as I read the lovely little stories they have been exposed to. This, in turn, helps them create images in their minds as they are reading to better understand and remember what was read. It is a known fact that children who write before they read become better readers than those who do not. So, to me, providing so much writing so early is a win-win situation. (This does not mean I am not providing reading opportunities either, reading to my children is equally important for both reading and writing.)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I've always wanted to create covers for the children's composition books. We love composition books, I always buy them when they are $.50 a piece and love how sturdy they are. The ones that are fancier are more expensive and with five children buying those are not possible and keeping within our budget. So I decided I'd create some for my children instead. Of course, I want to share them with others. I've already shared them with Facebook friends.
I printed two per page, cut them, and used simple school glue to glue them down. I might put a line of tape all around the edges if I see them start to turn up but I don't think it will be much of a problem. Here is what they look like:
The children are very excited to have pretty covers over their composition books and finding the right book will be a simple task. If you are interested in downloading them here they are:
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
When my first born was placed in my arms for the first time, fifteen years ago, it was both the happiest and the scariest moment of my entire life. No other joy in this world compared to the joy I felt at that very moment. At that moment, it dawned on me that I was personally responsible for taking care of this brand-new life. No other fear in this world compared to the fear I felt at that very moment. Forty-eight hours later, as I sat in the wheelchair and the nurse placed my little bundle of joy in my arms and waved good-bye, my heart sank for a second and I thought, “How on earth am I going to do this?” As I walked in the doors of our home, my concern turned to prayer and I said, “Help Lord, I don’t know what to do!” I felt the ginormous responsibility. My prayer was not necessarily for the physical needs of that tiny infant; my worry was more for the spiritual needs of my son. How was I, a sinner, going to do this incredible task of raising a child… a heaven-bound child?
A couple of years ago, in my local newspaper, there was a nice article about a homeschooling family with five children. They quoted the home schooled children and the author spoke statistics…when I saw it laying on my kitchen table, I thought wow how exciting and went on, with much enthusiasm, to read the article. Later on I checked my e-mail and saw lots of messages from local home schoolers who were outraged by the comments being left on-line regarding the article. I skimmed through those messages (a bunch had already been blocked by the paper) and noticed the one prevailing topic: socialization. Generalizations about any group of people is common among humans. So this was not a shocker. But when I read comments from other who have never walked in the shoes of a homeschooling family it made me think that they believe that we keep our kids in a closet (without windows) and don’t allow them to go out and be “socialized”.