As a homeschooler, do you ever feel like sometimes your kids miss out on school time milestones? For example, around the first day of school pictures take over your Facebook feed, and everyone shows how excited their kids are to be going “back to school”.
Our first year homeschooling I felt that my kids were missing out, and promised myself that the next year, I would do something different. This feeling led to us celebrating NOT back to school day.
Having a not back to school tradition gives the kids something to look forward too. It lets them see that there are things we can do, because we are not going back to school. IT has become a celebration, a way for us to celebrate the freedom homeschooling.
Here are four ways you can celebrate NOT going back to school!
- Plan a park play date! This is how we celebrate NOT going back to school. On the first day of public school in our district, we meet our homeschool group at a local park. We spend the day there, playing games, sliding, and basketball, whatever the kids want to do.
- Go out for breakfast! On the first day of public school make plans to go out for breakfast. Sit and watch the school buses go by and enjoy the freedom of not having to start school at a set time.
- Plan a field trip! Field trips are a huge bonus of homeschooling, as many public schools are ditching them due to budget cuts.
- Have a jammie day! Spend the day in your jammies, watch movies, eat popcorn, play a board game. The choice is yours!
These are just a few ways that you can start a NOT back to school tradition in your homeschool. For us NOT back to school day has become one of our favorite homeschooling traditions.
Do you celebrate NOT going back to school? If not consider planning something to celebrate the freedom homeschool offers next school year.
Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.
Our teens were born into a world where technology abounds. They easily adopt new technologies and many text as quickly as they breathe. Teens are tech savvy, and learn well through technology. Because of this, it is important to have tools available to them that are natural, and easy for them to use and understand.
Here are four online learning tools for teenagers that can make your and their homeschooling journey a bit easier!
- Khan Academy: Have a child struggling with math? Are your teen’s math lessons over your head? Khan Academy is FREE and there to help. With interactive tools, questions and videos, it can easily be a full on curriculum, or a tool designed to help when your teen is struggling with a certain concept.
- Evernote: Have a teen who is involved in co-op classes? Evernote is a great tool! Evernote allows teens to take notes on one device, and have them available at home to print. They can also share notes with others, discuss class topics, and much more. Teens are able to keep notes and gather sources for their homeschool projects, and then share when the assignment is due. Evernote as a high school learning tool would be a great way to get your teen used to the online world of note taking before starting college. The basic version is free!
- The Chemical Touch: Have a teen learning the periodic table? This app (99 cents) provides detailed information on the elements, standard amino acids, and nucleobases. This app provides your teen with a wealth of information right at their fingertips!
- Currclick: Offering a variety of online classes, books and resources, Currclick is a one stop shop for many homeschool families. Currclick can be used independently and is a great learning tool for teens interested in studying a certain subject in depth, taking an online class with friends from across the world, or for a particular subject that mom may not be comfortable teaching.
Teens are able to teach themselves just about anything they want thanks to online learning tools. For more information about how teens are learning on their own check out this post, How Teens are Teaching Themselves. It also includes site recommendations related to comic strips, coding and game design.
There are many online learning tools available on the web or mobile devices. Finding a learning tool that fits your teen’s needs and interests is easier than ever! Don’t discourage online learning, after all, our teens will need and utilize technology for the rest of their lives.
Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.
Young Actors Playhouse is Georgia’s largest children’s theatre organization. We specialize in giving our students the opportunity to develop their acting and performing skills while performing in our plays and musicals. Based in Marietta, we have a thriving Home School Drama Program that meets during the day to practice for our upcoming performances.