Ummm yeah...the love hate relationship of homeschooling; and I haven't even started yet!

12:54 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

Borrowed from here

Let the cussing, screaming, yelling, headbanging on table begin! If your like me you are right now in some closet or bathroom at this moment contemplating if your doing the right thing by homeschooling your minion...I mean child(ren) at this point...your ripping your hair out and that bottle of wine is looking really good too.

Where oh where is your sanity and is there an adult version of Go the F*ck to Sleep. Oh yeah and people telling you to breath is getting on your nerves...your not giving birth. Anywho...are you in this place yet? Do you want to give in? Well don't! Drink that bottle of wine, scream, rant , whatever you need to and listen up.

No one ever said educating your child was going to be easy. However, in the long run it's worth it. Of course as usual here are some links about that sticky situation of home school vs P.S.

As you can see with the stats on this issue our homeschool kiddos are actually more prepared for college and or a career. The reasons to home school also vary on why some of us chose to go this route. 

Now the other issue is curriculum. I know you seen my posts on this issue and well still trying to fill out my son's studies with his input still about drove me nuts. I'm sorry but I am not spending over 200$ + to get a kit in the box. We as home educators need to be able to purchase what we need without extras that don't fit our kiddos or their learning styles. There has to be a better way to do this and so far I haven't found it.

I'm sure there will be a way in the future but that doesn't help us parents NOW. So I suggest joining groups on FaceBook, Yahoo groups and more to help you and your kiddo. I have found some awesome women in this journey that have helped me and still are. We pass resources like a good bottle of wine. If I can't use it I pass it on to someone who can. I can tell you right now that 3rd grade is a beast to find everything, but with help in these groups and resource groups on facebook I have managed to do it.

Till the day I can go to the library and actually check out said curriculum from them this is where I have to go and what I have to do as well as so many secular schooling parents.


Home Schooling links...or random home schooling things I've run across

4:44 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

Not my picture but if you click on it, it will take you where I got it from :)

So many places on the web where does one start? Well I am going to post a bunch of LINKS! I do love links and even better links to freebies. So enjoy!

General ; my referral link Tons of freebies and paid products too. Made for teachers by teachers. So you know they work well at least in their classrooms.; Many subjects, freebies, pay what you want. There is Secular and non secular studies, some full curriculum and more!; Tons of things here plus people selling items they don't want or trading.; Yup another massive home for all things home schooling. Printables, ideas, projects and more!; Lots and lots of resources that are...yup free ( ifound the lego teaching stuffs here); It's part of the Homeschool Buyers Co-op site but offers different printable curriculum each day of the week.; Different subjects but with the use of LEGOS.

Math; just change the grade you need. This is free math up to grade 9 with everything you need as well as some interactive textbooks (online); Free to join. Can do placement to see where your kiddo needs to be for math. Tons of videos to help with math concepts and more.

http://math911.comPre-Algebra, Introductory Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics; tons more links for math.

Language Arts; You can print all the consumable parts but not the textbooks :); Same as can find some of these books on Scribd unlocked. You can NOT print the textbooks. I personally talked to them on the phone about this.; Has moved here:; can't beat free and there are 440 lessons with 80 quizzes.; Uses project Gutenberg a lot but gives you so much more to work with as well. There is a section for Bible that you can disregard if your doing secular teaching.; Classic lit., Grammar and logic. PDF format with teacher's guides, lessons and more.

Science Secular Science. You do have to buy the curriculum it's not terribly pricey like I have seen somethings on Amazon. The store is here.; you can get the videos from Youtube and the books from the Library. BTW Mrs. Frizzle ROCKS!; Some are available some you can just download.

Social Studies; more stuff from the same sight but geared to 3rd grade and higher. All downloads; just pick grade, what your looking for and country. And subjects come up!about-us/c1a4e; this the about page. They have US history, world history and world religion. Tons of stuff for the kiddos to do.; no money to travel to a museum will click on the link and away you go!; Tons of free or paid programs, free to register.

Foreign Languages; 35+ languages to learn all for free 33+ languages to learn; Extensive list of languages; Offers a couple of languages. Uses the Immersion method. I'm doing German with this one.; Was created by the U.S. government but are Public Domain Many Languages 

Well I hope you enjoy the massive list of links I have found.



Curriculum the difference between secular & non-secular; and reading ramblings

1:13 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

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So your gonna homeschool like me Sweet. Welcome to the millions of parents who are and have been doing it for years. I'm sure you have done what I did pour thousands of hours into the curriculum that you are going to use. Yeah me too...I've been to Currclick, teacher's pay teachers, scribd and more. Only problem that I have noticed and you might have to is what's the difference between "secular" and "non-secular" when it comes to studies. I can sorta answer this.

And there you have the definitions of what each one means...confusing to say the least. Now for the fun part of homeschooling. There are many reasons why one chooses to home school their kiddos. We are doing it for reasons that were mentioned in another post.

So the massive con that I have noticed that most curriculum one looks for is very "non-secular" and that's fine but when you want to go out side of this curriculum it's a nightmare; between trying to find the grade you need and the cost being enough to make a car payment what is a parent that is limited in $$$ to do?

You can search Google for hours and Pinterest too. The issue is the same not enough secular curriculum or you can find one book but not the next, and of course what does your child have to say about the books you have picked? It's mind numbing and yes my head hurts and I question myself sometimes and my sanity. It's when my son comes up to me who is one of the most reluctant readers I have ever met asks me....Will I be able to read Captain Underpants when you teach me? Why heck yeah you can read about Captain Underpants why do you ask? My teacher...yup you heard it his teacher won't let him read these books. I ask him why and of course no answer.

I did my own digging on this and found the following: Captain Underpants is and was designed for the reluctant reader. Now that he is in to book 5 most the books in the ever growing series is between 3rd and 4th grade reading level. Helps give them the basic understanding of chapter books that is exciting and has you wanting to know what will happen next.

So with this new found love reading I get his opinion on all areas of study he will be doing. I say for reading curriculum this is a pro...all the way!

I still fight through the cons of curriculum because there are so many more options for the "non-secular" groups of home schooling. The "secular" groups have to fight and research for topics that fit our kiddos.  I just hope that sometime soon some of these publishers will lower their prices (Yeah you Pearsons, MacMillian/MacGraw Hill, and others) so that we too can give our kids the best education out there!


Weekly Planners...the search is over!

7:24 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

Don't this look pretty?

So the next step of this homeschool journey is lesson planner. I have searched google, pinterest, currclick and teachers pay teachers to find what I was looking for.

Hours of my life staring at my laptop screen and eye strain later I found my planner and the bonus is that it's edible...not as in you can eat it, but you can change what you need to suit you. I LOVE this planner and can't wait to print more of it.

You can find the planner here. This is created by another blogger user that happens to be a teacher. This baby is color coded and has a place for sight words, spelling words, math skills and more. I LOVE IT! I edited the template to fit what I needed for homeschool such as field trips and reading books instead of groups. I changed the subjects of learning to follow how my son wants his lessons to be. Which by the way he loves having a say in his education.

This is what the planner looks like...I will say this.....This planner was created as a freebie by Mrs. Lindsay. She did not pay me nor am I endorsing her for any monetary gain or free product or what have you in the legalese of letting you all know that I am getting nothing return for writing this post. I just love to share great things that I find for homeschooling or what have you on this blog. She has more freebies, but I will say that most of what she has to offer is for 1st grade. Still worth checking out!

I'm so super happy to have finally found my planner that I can customize for us. You will need power point to download this planner.  Enjoy!