Teach Me Tuesday #1

By Alisha Rosenthal
In Featured
Jan 13th, 2015

I want to use this blog as a place to encourage others in many areas. Even though I didn’t start homeschooling until my oldest were in 3rd and 4th grades, it has become one of my top passions! They are currently in 6th and 7th grades and my youngest started Kindergarten this year. It is a passion of mine, however, that doesn’t mean I always do well at it. I do have small victories here and there. I am sure that any other homeschooling mom would say the same thing. We have good days, we have bad days, and we have great days!

I want to start sharing with you something we are doing in homeschool each week, good, bad, or indifferent! I hope you will join me and share things from your homeschool as well!

This year, we actually took a Christmas break that went right along with the public school calendar…that was a mistake in this house! We got so off track and out of routine that I am STILL trying to get everybody going in a good rhythm again! So, last week was tough. I can’t even name anything we did that was all that great.

This week, we started out a bit rough. I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was Monday morning, and my youngest was sick. So, we just went through the motions. The oldest two went on their own with a math worksheet on multiplying positive and negative fractions. I printed it from Teachers Pay Teachers. LOVE THAT SITE by the way! They also read in our U.S. history book that I bought off of Amazon for $3.48 at the beginning of the year and read their library books. My daughter is reading “Catching Fire” and my oldest son, one of the “Middle School” books by James Patterson. The youngest bumped up to level 4 on the Hooked on Phonics app and was SO proud of himself!

Last night, I tried to sort of revamp what we are doing. I don’t know how your homeschoolers are, but mine get so tired of the same things over and over really fast. I stumbled on homespellingwords.com¬†for new spelling lists that go all the way up to 9th grade! I also went into my iBooks app and found some great free books for us to explore, including “iPad and iPhone App Development,” an 8th grade grammar book, and and Algebra 1 book.

Did you know that iBooks has a section in “Education” where you can take virtual field trips?! I did not! This is something we are going to explore this week for sure!

iBooks Virtual Field Trips

Today, we made playdough. Get my recipe here. When my 5 year old is bored, he can go from sweet to trouble in 10 seconds, so I made playdough with him really quick. He played with it while I did grammar and science with the older two.

homemade playdough

Then, I went to the restroom and he made a huge mess with it, got in trouble and had to sweep and wipe the floor!

I downloaded an app called “Shake States” to my iPhone for him. You shake it, it shows you the state and gives the name. Then you touch it and it tells you the capital. The only problem I have with it is there is no sound. I think it should actually say the state, so I wouldn’t have to read it to him. He really enjoyed it….for almost five whole minutes! haha!

Of course, we are continuing to use our favorite websites, and our portable learning centers on a daily basis. That is about it! We are not accomplishing a huge amount currently because we are living with my husband’s grandmother while our house is being built! It has been a joy, honestly, but it is cramped! I cannot WAIT to get into the new house in a few weeks!

We joined a new co-op that meets on Fridays and our first meeting will be this week! The kids are excited to be taking things like French and Government without me in the room to boss them around…lol.

What have you been doing in your homeschool this week? Please, share with us! We love to hear new ideas!!!

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I am a Christian wife and homeschooling mother of my 3 children ages 12, 11, and 5. I am a hot mess but I somehow manage to accomplish things! I hope I can be an inspiration to someone out there, like so many others have been to me!

9 Comments to “Teach Me Tuesday #1”

  1. Jamie says:

    You are so strong to home-school. I only have one, so I feel that it is needed for him to be with others his age. Where we live, there aren’t any options for getting the kids together, etc. It’s great that it’s working for you! :)

  2. Prov. 22:6 – “train up a child…” – you get it :D

  3. I have considered home schooling my youngest when he is ready to start school. As a preschooler, I either run out of ideas or don’t have a computer for him to use. Our desktop died a few months ago when I was going to get him involved on abcmouse.com.

  4. Jana says:

    We don’t homeschool, but there is nightly homework and reading to be done!

  5. tara pittman says:

    You are doing an awesome thing for these kids. I have friends who home school and their kids are very smart.

  6. Jessica says:

    I always think of homeschooling my kids. My oldest is in 3rd and youngest in PreK. I am not sure both my kids would benefit as much from homeschooling. I wonder if people home school once kid but not the other.

    • Jessica, I started a trial run the summer before we officially pulled them from school. I just wanted to see if I could do it and if they would cooperate. 3rd grade was the deciding factor for us…My oldest went through 4th grade and it was awful!

  7. Stephanie Keeping says:

    I think it’s fun seeing the kids learn and soak up all the knowledge.

  8. Homemade play dough saved the day for my kids and me many, many times when they were little. It’s a great way to distract them from unwanted behaviors.

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