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5 Things New Homeschoolers Need to Know

Are you considering homeschooling in the fall? If so, there are a few things new homeschoolers need to know!

Are you considering homeschooling in the fall? If so, there are a few things new homeschoolers need to know!

It is hard- Really!

There will be days when you want to quit. There will be days you will wonder WHY IN THE WORLD AM I DOING THIS?? I think that was the biggest surprise I found when I began homeschooling. People warned me, but you have no clue until you begin. Solution? Find an awesome homeschool mom to be friends with. Connect with other homeschoolers; they will encourage you that you are not alone. If you have no one local to connect with
an online support group.

Prepare for Critics

Everywhere you go you will find someone who does NOT agree with your decision. I was not prepared for this and announced at a holiday dinner we would be homeschooling. You should have heard the silence, then criticism. I don’t recommend breaking the news that way…. Solution? Remind yourself WHY you homeschool. Be prepared for questions, have witty statements, and remember that it is really no one else’s business. These are YOUR children.

You will 2nd guess yourself

The critics will make you second guess yourself. The difficulty will make you second guess yourself. YOU will make you second guess yourself. But really, that fear is one of the biggest enemies to homeschooling. Don’t let it rule your life. Solution? Go back to your homeschool mission statement and remind yourself that you are doing what is best for YOUR family.

It is hard

Ok, I know I already mentioned that once. But, it deserves repeating.

It is worth it!

Every good, bad and ugly homeschool day is worth it. Believe me! The critics, the fear, the second guessing yourself, it is all worth it. When? When you hear your daughter sounding out words for the first time. When? When you see your son finally grasp something you have been working on for weeks (or months!). When? Every single day when you see and hear your children playing together, or when a discussion happens that you know wouldn’t have happened if they were in school. There are so many things that make homeschooling worth it!

So, if you plan on homeschooling for the first time this fall, I hope you remember these 5 things that new homeschoolers need to know. Don’t let the difficult days rule your life, prepare yourself for criticism, when you 2nd guess your decision remember WHY you are homeschooling, and when you are ready to throw in the towel…. Remember that it is ALL worth it!

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.

 

 

Roller Skating Association

As the voice of the roller skating industry, we strive to promote the success of our members by providing education, professional resource tools, and fostering the advancement of roller skating.

Summer Reading List

Through the years, we have read countless books. Here are a few of our favorites that you may consider putting on your summer reading list.

I try to have a sample reading list ahead of time for each child to ensure they pick out good, quality literature. Yes, I let them make their own selections, but I also recommend a few titles that I think they will like.

Through the years, we have read countless books. Many of these I believe would be great for most children. Here are a few of our favorites that you may consider putting on your summer reading list.

Babies and Toddlers

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (there are a few in this series like Baby Bear, and Panda Bear that are also great!)
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon,  by Crockett Johnson 
  • Babies (So Tall Board Book) by Gyo Fujikawa 
  • Peekaboo Books (babies LOVE these types of books)

Preschool

  • Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman 
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • If You give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond 
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  • Edwina, the Dinosaur that didn’t know she was extinct by Mo Willems
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Corduroy  by Don Freeman

Elementary

Early Readers

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Seuss Books
  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean 
  • Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Aweibel
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett
  • Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
  • Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten.
  • Amelia Bedeliabooks by Peggy Parrish
  • Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • Harry the Dirty Dogby Gene Zion

Independent Readers

 

  • Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Historical American Girl Series (Authors Vary)
  • Circle C Beginnings by Susan K. Marlow 
  • Bindi Wildlife Adventures by Bindi Irwin and Jess Black
  • Magic School Bus series by Joanna Coleand Bruce Degen
  • Sisters in Time (Authors Vary)

 

These books we have not read, but they have gotten rave reviews by other homeschool moms and are on my kids summer reading lists.

  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Runaway Ralph . by Beverly Cleary
  • Summer with Elisa by Johanna Hurwitz and Debbie Tilley

 

 

Middle School

  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
  • By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
  • Because of Winn-Dixie   by Kate DiCamillo
  • Love That Dog  by Sharon Creech
  • Hol es by Louis Sachar (Newbery Medal winner, 1999)
  • Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien and Zena Bernstein 
  • Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Fiderle

Have you ever heard the phrase “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”? I whole-heartedly agree with that statement! Read alouds are a favorite in our home. We have read every book on this list, and my kids love to have that time together as a family. Our read aloud time is during lunch, but really, you can carve out time anywhere in your day to sit down and read a book as a family. Just find a time that works for you!

Read Alouds for the Whole Family

  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 
  • Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh and Leonard Weisgard
  • The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  • Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
  • Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • Animal Stories by Thornton Burgess
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • In Grandma’s Attic by Arlette Richardson

So, take this list, or make your own and go to the library! Summer reading programs can be found at your local library and most bookstores like Barnes and Noble.


 

Explorations in Antiquity

The Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Georgia helps people encounter the ancient biblical world through its history and culture. Through authentic archaeological replicas, Kid’s archaeological digs, shepherd’s bread-making, Biblical meal presentations, daily life artifacts in the Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery, lectures, and other personal experiences, ancient Middle Eastern life comes back to life today.

The Importance of Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs are SO important. Here's a few reasons why you should consider having your kids participate in a summer reading program.

We all know how important reading is for our kids. Children who are good readers typically do better in school. Reading helps kid become fluent, independent readers.  Reading opens up learning opportunities, helps kids to develop empathy, opens the door for new ideas, and encourages a good imagination. This is why summer reading is so important!

Many of us have closed the books for the summer, and while we know learning doesn’t have to happen when school is “in session”, in reality summer is usually when we allow our children to have “down time”. Learning may not stop, but it slows down. Thankfully though we can encourage our children to continue to learn throughout the summer with a great selection of summer reading titles and by participating in our libraries summer reading programs.

Summer reading programs are in full swing across the country and the opportunities for learning abound. There are many benefits to participating in a summer reading program.

Summer reading programs:

  • Encourage reading to become a lifelong habit
  • Offer activities for those who may be reluctant readers
  • Reading over the summer helps children keep their academic skills up
  • Studies have found that children who take part in their libraries summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills.

We participate in our libraries summer reading program each year. My kids LOVE the library and love to participate in the fun hands on literature related activities they offer.

Are you in? Then check out this list of amazing books perfect for summer reading! 

 

 

 

 

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