Cindy West over at “ Our Journey Westward” is having a site wide sale over Thanksgiving weekend. If you have never tried adding Unit Studies to your day, this is the perfect time to try one.
Unit studies are great ways to infuse topics your children are totally fascinated with into your homeschool day.
Unit studies can be literature based, research based, nature based, journaling based or just ways to include whatever your student is interested in primarily in the field of science. We used Unit Studies especially in the winter, when things are cold, getting a little routine and we all need a boost. I usually let my children pick the topics and find a study that helps them learn about that topic. Check out the website and see what is there! Our Journey Westward
There are studies specifically designed for winter such as “Constant Conifers”, “Coping with Cold” and a few others. Check them out, your kids will love them !
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How do you respond to friends, relatives, neighbors when they question you about your homeschool?
How do you answer the homeschool critics in your life?
Critics will question your choice to homeschool. After all, we have one of the best schools in town right here. They will question your ability to teach your child. “Do you have a teaching degree or are you smart enough?” They will question your child being out with you in the middle of the day. Homeschool children do not go to school for 6 hours so if you need groceries, they go with you. They will question your choice of curriculum. “Why are you not using …. it’s the best?” They will question all the little details of your day. They question your choices because your choices cause them to question their own choices and more importantly their own answers. Sometimes it is as simple as “friendly conversation”, sometimes it is way more than that.
So how are you going to answer the “nosey” cashier? How are you going to answer your neighbors bragging about winning the school science fair? How will your child answer “what grade are you in?”
Everyone will have a different answer. Talk with your family and come up with some answers so that you are prepared for that day- it will happen one of these days.
You are the Principal
You are the Principal and Lead Teacher, your husband is the Superintendent of Schools. You decide what time of the day you homeschool, what materials you will use, whether you have a designated school space. You even decide if you are going to do every single redundant grammar sentence or just some because you know the child knows the answers and does not need to beat it into the ground. It is something to think about ahead of time. Someone at some point, is going to question you about little or big things. Be prepared.
Here are a few books to encourage you in your homeschool journey
1. Things We Wish We’d Known
2. But What About Socialization? Answering the Perpetual Home Schooling Question
3. the Homeschooling Father
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