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K is for Kindle…

K is for Kindle…

If you had asked me what the perfect work for K would be to describe our homeschool, a few months ago I would have had an entirely different answer.  But I purchased a couple of Kindles for our homeschool, and there is no going back.  We are seriously in love with these tools and we will be using them quite heavily the next few years.

Before I decided to buy the Kindles, I really didn’t think we needed them.  I mean, what is wrong with a perfectly good, real book?  I love the feel of a book in my hands and the feel of turning the pages as I read it.  I even love the smell of books.  So why on earth would I entertain the idea of  having an e-reader in our home?

As I began to plan our curriculum for this next year, I found myself in need of several Classic books for our literature course.  My first course of action was to check the library, because they would surely have the Classics, right?  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find more than about one book that was on my list and it was an alternate.  I was shocked.  I just couldn’t believe that a public library wouldn’t have the Classics on their shelves.

My next course of action was to figure up the cost of putting all of the books I would need for the next few years on my own bookshelves.  The cost was adding up quickly and was turning into a very expensive venture.  I seriously needed to find another alternative.  Enter the Kindle.  Not only could I find every book I was going to need and more, but they were all available for FREE.  The cost of purchasing the Kindle was much less than the cost of purchasing the real live books.  And so into our home the Kindle was born.

I have to say that I have found the device to be extremely friendly.  I have grown to adore mine.  And Chandler really loves his own.  The only holdout is my husband, but I think it will just be a matter of time before he joins us and has his own.  As it is now, Chandler and I are using our Kindles daily.  I still am found with a real live book in my hand often, but I am also found with my Kindle every single day.

I am looking forward to our school year and using our Kindles in our learning plans.

K is for Kindle…

J is for Jumping…

J is for Jumping…

Now why on earth would I say that J is for Jumping in our homeschool?  It sounds kind of silly.  But it isn’t if you know that we have a trampoline and I insist that Chandler jump on it whenever the weather permits.  Chandler doesn’t like to participate in a lot of sports, so physical activity is always something I have to strongly encourage him to do.  The trampoline works.

I like to use the trampoline as part of our PE program.  He often is told to start his PE by going and jumping on the trampoline for 10 minutes.  That means non-stop jumping.  When I am feeling particularly mean strict, I make him do it for 15 minutes.  At other times,if I feel we need a short break, I will tell him to go out and jump for a set amount of time.  It really is a great way to change things up in our day.

Honestly, I probably like the whole jumping concept more than Chandler does.  But he will do it without groaning and with a teen, that is a good thing.

In our homeschool, J is for Jumping…

I is for Independence

I is for Independence…

One of the things we have been working on in our homeschool is independence.  I am a strong believer of independent learning.  While I am there to help and assist as needed, I think that real learning comes when a child learns how to learn on their own.  It isn’t something that can be taught from a book.  It is something that they must learn on their own, with a little encouragement from Mom.

For our homeschool, I am responsible for planning and organizing our lessons.  I schedule the work that needs to be done and then it is up to my son to complete it.  I expect him to follow whatever directions I may have left for him.  He is fully aware that I am available when he actually needs my help with something.  I am always here to discuss and help explain something.  There are some directions that say he must include me as I want to have fun as well.  But overall, it is up to him to complete his daily work.  He knows that once he is done, that he is free to do the things he wants to do.  And he has learned that it is much better to do the work correctly the first time as I will hand it back and add more work to it.

So how has this taught him to be independent?  This last year there were some times that I was sick and wasn’t able to get things prepared for him in time.  He took it upon himself to do his schoolwork independently.  He would complete the next chapter or assignment in his textbooks.  He worked independently until I was able to assist him.

I think his independence will make our high school years just a bit nicer and help him to prepare for college or whatever he wants to do in his life.  I is for Independence…

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