You have landed on a ‘work-in-progress’ here. Well, not really in progress, more like a playground for a creative soul …
Are you looking for a typing curriculum or a fun way for your students to learn keyboarding? I recently found a FREE typing class that fits my homeschool family to a ‘T’.
Typing Club can be found within Google Chrome’s ‘educational’ group. You can get to it outside of Chrome by the link provided above.
Once you register, you will be sent an email notifying you of your special school URL. The teacher (that’s you) can sign in to the teacher’s portal to choose lesson specifics, what requirements you expect for each child to perform at each lesson, and can track their typing lessons. Each child can be assigned a user name and password for their classes. If they are still young, you can sign them in yourself.
In the teacher’s portal I can track progress and see how long the student was on, how many times they attempted each lesson, and what their individual progress is.
I have been doing this a couple weeks now and I have not received any spam email from them.
This program is currently free because they are still working on the software. They will give warning when and if fees will ever be required. However, as long as it is free, I am trying to let as many people know as possible!!!
I know as homeschoolers, we often feel that the public school system and the National Education Association are against us. Sometimes they are, and sometimes they are not. I would like us to consider joining in their Read Across America drive March 2, 2012.
“But why on earth would we do anything like that with those people?”
Reading is important and fun. Reading can make or break a student. Even though I love reading, some of my children really don’t. I have a desire to foster a love of reading in my children, just as the NEA desires to foster a love of reading to public school students. To be fair, we are educators as well even if our venues are different.
There are two basic reasons why I am going to participate in this year’s Reading Across America:
1. I hope that any increased interest in reading will raise funding in Libraries, which I use constantly in my homeschooling. We are always in the local public library and I get frustrated when they don’t have a book I would like. When children are reading, libraries get books. It’s that simple.
2. I find that sometimes I need the encouragement to sit down and read aloud to my children. There are many of them here 😉 And I can get bogged down with my daily routine. There have been studies done concerning the benefits of reading aloud to your children. We read books on our road trips and the kids love it. I need to incorporate reading aloud into our school week. It would also help me to remember to snuggle with my kids on a regular basis, since that seems to be some of their love languages (and it is certainly not mind).
You don’t have to pledge your classroom or sign up for anything with the NEA. But I would like to encourage all of us to sit down with our kids and read a book to them. Not just on March 2, but often. Happy reading!!
I recently found this blog post and wanted to share this for my Memory Lane walk today. There are people out there who mean well and say the wrong thing. Then there are people who really have no filter on their mouths who say whatever they want. This was a run in with one of these types of people, I just didn’t take the time to understand what this woman was trying to say.
Recently I had my first negative experience with a person in public as she questioned me about why my kids weren’t in school. she actually asked me “is it easier to home school your kids than getting up with all these kids in the morning to go to school?” And it is days like today that make me get so angry with people like that.
Rough night of sleep with hubby on duty at the hospital, I don’t feel as safe in our DC area house as I did in our KS house, and our large dog was also restless last night. you can imagine how it sounds for 120lbs on 4 feet chugging up and down steps, and you should hear the noise he makes just rolling over on the wood floor!!! Anyway, this morning is a rough start, getting kids to focus was not an easy task, and the ‘comedy bone’ is in full swing with my children as well.
I texted a couple buddies who share my HS blues, and they sent me to tim hawkins for some humor and a much needed coffee break from the situation. please enjoy. and for the record, HOME SCHOOL MOTHERS DON’T HAVE IT EASIER THAN OTHERS!!
Did you know you can find free lapbooks? Yep, you can. I can’t wait to dive into this site, but I wanted to get it shared first. Dynamic 2 Moms offers free lapbook downloads, but more importantly they have a place for brand new homeschool moms. It’s called New Beginnings. Veteran homeschoolers offering support and encouragement through Webinars. I am looking forward to diving into that myself 😉
The lapbooks are an amazing tool for young children as they learn history. The visual is always helpful for kids to get their minds wrapped around anything. I just used their lapbook layouts for Phoceician Ancient History. The website is easy to use, the content easy to download or print. My children were quite excited about the ease of use.
Okay, not the family, but the blog 🙂
I enjoy playing with themes and backgrounds and WP just costs too much to do such things. Please hop over to our new website where I will continue to add anything concerning homeschooling that I run across.
This blog will be ‘shut down’ at the end of February.
I apologize for my long absence. I am currently working out the details on moving my Homeschooling blog elsewhere. I really like WP, quite a bit actually!! However, you may have already noticed I love to play around with my layouts and color schemes. WP has raised the custom css price beyond what I can pay annually. So I will let you all know when the move officially happens.