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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Running - for fitness & fun



This year I am taking part in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, which is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. This is the fourth week, and the topic is Enriching Our Learning.



Last spring, one of my children decided that he would like to start running. I had taken running up a few months earlier, and he wanted to give it a go. Since one of his friends also wanted to try running, we decided to meet up in a local park so that I could take the two of them together.


Once he started, my daughter (then only 5 years old) joined in, and later one of my other boys. I told them that if they could make it up to three laps round the park (5K, or just over 3 miles), I'd take them along to parkrun with me on Saturday morning. Parkrun is a free, timed 5K run, manned by volunteers.

Celebrating my daughter's first parkrun with an ice lolly.

In the end, my daughter was the first to manage the distance, but my two younger boys and their friend soon completed their 3 laps and started coming along to our local parkrun too.

We're now regulars at parkrun, aiming to be there every week when possible.  We even ran on Christmas Day - and made it back in time for church! It's good for their fitness, and a good way to be part of a local community. Michael and I take turns to run with the children or to run at a faster pace.

We've also volunteered to help a couple of times, and will do so more in the future. The children really enjoyed this - particularly when they got a chance to be in charge of the bar code scanners one week!

Peach Volunteers

Over the months, my eldest has come along to watch us run most weeks, but hasn't quite decided to join in (though I think he has sort of wanted to for a while). Last week he came along and ran one lap, and this week he managed his first full parkrun. He's really pleased with himself - and I hope he continues to enjoy it as much as the rest of us!


This is the final week of the 7th Virtual Homeschool Fair. Our topic is:  Enriching Our Learning.

Note: All posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 29th.
Celebrating 7 Years of Homeschool Support & Encouragement by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
All of the Extras by Christy Schaefer @ Unexpected Homeschool
How To Explore Special Interests In Your Homeschool by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Learning outside of the box by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
Putting the Heart Back into our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Adding in the Fun by Michele @Family, Faith and Fridays
The Electives We Use in Our Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
The Fun Parts of Homeschooling by Annette @ A Net in Time
How we add in the fun stuff. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Running - for fitness & fun by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
Adding in the Extras by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
What About the Fun Stuff? by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
And the Learning Goes On, And On, And On by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Let's See What's Out There! (Electives and Extras) by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break











Friday, 26 January 2018

Friday Reflections - 86

A dear friend, a member of our congregation, went to be with the Lord this week. Our days have been marked with sadness as we have lost a sister in Christ unexpectedly. We rejoice that she knew and loved Christ, and is with him now. 

As my six year old said: "It is really sad, but she is safe. She is in Christ."

We have continued with many of our normal activities with the children, keeping up with their work and trying to get out and about.

My 10 year old is attempting a cooking challenge this year. His friend came up with the idea, and wrote a list of challenges, and he has joined in too (you can see the list here - his friend is the daughter of Sarah@DeliveringGrace). They often bake together.

This week he cooked a delicious roast dinner for us:

 

My eldest also had fun getting started on some chemistry using some new equipment. He was only boiling water in a test tube for now, but he enjoyed it.



We also had our home education group this afternoon, where we were looking at Earthquakes & Volcanoes.

My group attempted to make earthquake safe structures using cocktail sticks and marshmallows, and then testing them on a dish of jelly. 


We also made a model of the structure of a volcano out of cake:


It's been a hard week in many ways, but we have been driven back to the gospel, and back to the Lord. 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Choices, choices - how to choose your curriculum wisely

This year I am taking part in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, which is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. This is the third week, and the topic is Our Homeschool Curriculum.


When you begin to home educate, or when a new stage of home education begins (such as the start of senior school), then the choice of curricula available can be a little overwhelming. The freedom to pick what suits your family best, and each individual child, is one of the huge benefits of home education, but it is also a serious undertaking, and can become a burden.



So, how to choose? Here are some principles that I have loosely followed, and which have helped me decide the way forward at different times.

1) Go Slow

Take one or two subjects at a time, and invest whatever hours you need to in order to make a good decision. If possible, I start researching a number of months ahead, but when this isn't possible, I will wait to start a new subject rather than rush the research stage.

2) Do your Research

My first port of call will usually be The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. I like the classical approach, and reading through the curricula suggestions by subject and stage of education is usually a helpful starting point for me. A high proportion of my choices, especially early on, were from this book.

I will talk to other home educating parents about what they are using. When I was starting out, friends letting me have a look at the resources they had was very helpful. In case it's helpful, here is a list of the key resources we've used for my primary aged children.

I also regularly ask for ideas on various home education forums on facebook, which will also yield many options to choose from. If I am looking for something fairly specific e.g. a reading curriculum suitable for a child with speech delay, this is particularly helpful.

Once I have narrowed the choices down, if I am at the nearly-certain stage, I will look for samples online, and maybe get the child I am looking at it for to have a glance at any sample pages with me so I can gauge whether or not it will be a good fit.

Some of my 8 year old's books this year.


3) Keep Clear Aims

It's worth being clear about what your looking for.

For example, when researching Latin options, I knew that I wanted a British curriculum (we learn the noun cases in a different order - and I am too old to change!), and a strong emphasis on grammar. This immediately ruled out lots of options, and made the process easier.

When I was looking for supplementary maths for one of my sons, I was pretty certain that I wanted something in a book rather than online; again, this narrowed my choices helpfully and meant that my research was focused.

4) Know your Strengths

I have a degree in Classics (Latin and Greek), so I'm pretty confident that I can deliver any Latin curriculum. Art, however, is something at which I am weak - so I need something much more step-by-step to help me and my children.

5) Know your Children

If you have a 7 year old boy who hates writing, then using a history programme that requires extensive written composition is going to suck the joy out of your studies. Conversely, choosing a maths curriculum that is overly repetitive for a very able student may be frustrating (or they may find it fun - you will know your children!).

A history activity from The Story of the World.

6) Spend Cautiously

Often, the less expensive options are very good, and there is no point in blowing your home education budget when a cheaper option is available. Especially early on, while I was growing in confidence and knowledge, I relied on cheaper materials, most of which I could buy easily in the U.K.

7) Spend Wisely

Nonetheless, there will be times when a more expensive option is quite obviously better. If you have the freedom to choose to buy what you want, or can manage your resources in order to be able to do so, sometimes it is worth investing in something more expensive.

For example, I invested in All About Reading and All About Spelling for my younger two children, largely to help my son with thorough phonics instruction as he had a pretty severe speech delay. They have been outstanding (I've written about them here), and well worth the investment. Plus, they are fairly easy to sell second hand so I am trying to keep them in good condition so I can recoup some of the investment later.

I often spend my early summer break selling books and resources we no longer need, in part to fund purchasing some of my more expensive choices.

8) Don't Compare

It is so easy to look at what someone else is using with great success, and wonder if you should switch you current programme. You may be right - I've pinched plenty of ideas from other people; however, don't change in a panic. If something is working for you, then keep going. Every family, and every child, is different. There are lots of "right" options.

Exploring Nature with Children was a curriculum I chose when I saw a friend using it.


Also, it will be the case that other families have different emphases and strengths. If this is an inspiration, it can be a real help. However, if you are constantly chopping and changing what you do whenever you see something that looks appealing, it probably won't yield great results for your children. If I see something that looks good, I may spend a few weeks (or months) trying to realistically consider if it will work for us or not before adding something new.

9) You WILL make wrong decisions.

With all the research and planning in the world, we all pick something that just doesn't work - for a myriad of reasons. It's not a disaster, and dropping something can be the right decision. I usually try to give something a good go before we give up (and it's only happened a few times), but it is worth having the confidence to backtrack if something isn't doing the job it's supposed to.




Looking for more curriculum ideas? Visit my fellow homeschool bloggers! 

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 22nd.
Our Homeschool Plan for 3rd, 6th, 8th, & 12th Grades by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Our 10th Grade Plans by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Planning Out Our Unschooling Studies by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
The Details of Curriculum by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Reflections of a Curriculum Junkie by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Freedom through nature journaling. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How I pull together a homeschool curriculum without packaged curriculum by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
Our Favorite Curriculum and Resources - An Annotated Bibliography by Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
Our 2018 Homeschool Curriculum Choices by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Top Home Educating Resources by Sarah @ DeliveringGrace
Homeschooling Curriculum We Are Using This Year by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Use the Force and Complete the Course by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Choices, choices - how to choose your curriculum wisely by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
Our Curriculum Needs - grade seven by Annette @ A Net in Time
The Heart of Our School by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Curriculum We Have Loved Using - Virtual Homeschool Fair -Week 3 by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
How to Avoid Gaps in Education by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
Tricky Subjects and Starting the Decision Making Process by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
High School Syllabus by TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy @ GoldenGrasses


















Friday, 19 January 2018

Friday Reflections - 85

Since my shortly before my daughter (now 6) was born, my 3 boys have shared a bedroom. Most of the time, this has worked pretty well, with a fairly large room to accommodate them. Now that my eldest is 12, and they are all getting larger, it seemed like a good idea to spread them out a bit, so my 12 year old has just moved into what was the spare room.

We've spent a lot of the week painting, and today we moved his bed, desk, and some storage furniture across. Since he is a big fan of all things Doctor Who related, he's chosen a bit of a tardis-blue theme, he has new bedding to match, and a special poster. He's also been decorating tiles to use on the fireplace (we'll put them up when he's finished), and adapted a cheap Ikea clock.

Newly Decorated Room

More room...

A Doctor Who Clock


We're almost there - just a few more pictures to go up and we're done. I don't like disorder, so I will be glad when everything is away again!

There was a slight hiccup this evening when my son shut the door when I was in there with him, and we couldn't open it again. It took my husband quite a bit of effort, and eventual hacking at the door, in order to free us!  Once we were liberated, he took the lock apart and fixed the catch - so hopefully this won't happen again.

Other than that, we've had a fairly steady week. We've met with friends, been for walks, and continued with our usual work. We also rediscovered a rope swing in some of our local woods, which was great fun.

Fun on a Swing

Having Fun!

I tested it first - and the children offered to look after my phone, so there is photographic evidence!

I was asked to test the swing.

I'm enjoying the mornings getting a very little lighter too. The gloominess gets me down a bit, but the sun is now up by the time I get back from a run - and that makes it a much cheerier start to the day.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A Typical Day?

This year I am taking part in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, which is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds.


This is the second week, and the topic is Our Method of Homeschooling.




I'm often asked what a "typical day" is like for us. The truth is, that though there is a clear pattern to our days, and certainly a high level of consistency, there is still quite a bit of variation day to day and week to week.

Nonetheless, this is the broad pattern that we follow (for now!). All timings are aspirational, and therefore approximate:

6:40 a.m. Our alarm goes off. Usually one of us will go for a run and the other will deal with children and make breakfast. We both aim to read our Bibles before breakfast - but will make time later in the morning if we don't get enough peace and quiet for this first thing.

7 a.m. The children get up. They all have a chore to do, and their Bibles to read, and to be up and dressed and so on by breakfast.

8:15 a.m. Breakfast time, followed by family devotions, led by Michael.We have learned from experience that cooking breakfast helps the children get through the morning better, so we often have eggs or pancakes or porridge to sustain us.

8:45 a.m. Reading aloud. I aim for one Christian book, one fact book (art, history, science etc.) and one fiction book. At the moment, we are reading a simple encyclopedia called How Things Work, a book on church history, Hearts and Hands by Brandon and Mindy Withrow, and the fourth book in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson: The Warden and the Wolf King

9:15 a.m. Book Work Begins. The day's work is written in my diary, so they can all check what they have to do.
The Diary of the Day's Work



Everyone starts with a set of 20 mental maths questions, then they begin their core work for the day. They all begin with maths and English, usually starting with maths. My 12 year old is allowed to choose the order he does his work, and at the moment prefers to start off with Writing with Skill. My 8 year old has caught up with his 10 year old brother in maths, so they are sharing a text book and have to take turns doing maths first!

Some of my 12 Year Old's Books

This section is a mix of subjects where a child will need my attention for the whole lesson, and those which they can complete on their own once I start them off. I am usually trying to make sure that everyone can keep moving without having to wait for my attention for too long - so it can be quite intense for me at this stage of the day!

10:30 a.m. Break time. Time to pause for 20 minutes before a small snack and continuing...

11 a.m Back to Book Work. We'll spend most of the morning on our book work. By this time, the boys will have moved on to stuff like Latin or Greek, and I might have a bit more time to do some spelling work with my 6 year old. If we've had a slow start, or an unproductive first half of the morning, we'll just try to catch up a bit so that there isn't too much left of these core subjects for the afternoon.

12 noon Time for a (reasonable length) walk, usually. Sometimes we go to the park, sometimes we'll have a quick walk and some extra playing time, and once a week we usually meet another family for running in the park (for those who want to), followed by a picnic lunch.

A Walk in the Woods



1 p.m. Lunch time.

1:30 p.m.  Set reading. No talking, just reading for half an hour. I read too if I get the chance.

2 p.m. Piano practice and coding or touch typing for my older two. Anything left from the morning for my younger two, or a chance for an extra Bible lesson for the two of them while the older two are occupied.

3 p.m. and on... This slot in the day is the most fluid. Sometimes we're done, and everyone goes to play. The older two will probably have something left to do. Often we will do history or science or art in this slot, or cooking or seeing friends or other extras.

Time for Art


4 p.m. and on... Sometimes there's still a bit to do, but usually most children are done by this stage. They're allowed a small amount of computer time (10 minutes each, but they are allowed to do this in pairs so it's 20 minutes in practice), and half an hour of TV at some point before or after tea depending on how long it takes them to tidy up and so on.

6 p.m. Evening meal.

7 p.m. All the children get ready for bed around this time. My 6 year old has her Bible read to her, and sometimes an extra story before she has lights out soon after 7. My 8 year old and 10 year old read their Bibles themselves, then are allowed to read to 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively (my 10 year old needs more sleep than his siblings!).

My 12 year old doesn't go to bed til 9 p.m. He sometimes does half an hour of work in the evening. He knows he has this time available, so might choose to save something for this slot, or use it to get ahead a bit.

That's the basic structure, but there are often changes that need to be made. We have our home education group fortnightly, which takes a big chunk of time on a Friday. Towards the end of term, if everyone is tired I let them sleep in a bit. Some days we need more time outside, other days everything gets a bit fraught and we spend more time with our books. There are trips out and other planned interruptions, as well as unexpected disruptions.

The basic structure helps to keep us in order even when it all goes a bit pear shaped, which is really positive.

I need to remember that a day that doesn't go exactly as I planned isn't necessarily a disaster!

What do my fellow homeschool bloggers have to say about their Homeschool Method? Go visit them to find out!

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 15th.
How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Give Us.... by Annette @ A Net in Time
A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace
Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Overhauling Our Homeschool - Adjusting our "How" to fit our "Why" by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Captain's Log, Supplemental - Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy
So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory
Homeschool Methods – 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset





















Friday, 12 January 2018

Friday Reflections - 84

Term has begun again in earnest, and I think we have now just about readjusted!

After a relaxing break over the Christmas holidays, it is satisfying to get the books out again and crack on. Although it always takes a day or two for everyone to warm up their skills once more, it feels like we're getting back in the swing of work again.

In addition to the normal book work beginning again, we are also having the ceiling fixed in our spare room. This necessary work precipitated a discussion about our children's bedrooms, and we have decided to move our eldest into his own room. Three boys sharing a room has worked fine up to now, but they are all getting bigger and could do with some more space.

Since the ceiling is being painted, and all the furniture is out of the room, we are going to paint it before he moves in.We don't have any spare time for decorating, so it will probably take a week or two for us to finish the painting, though. In the mean time, my eldest has been decorating tiles with a Doctor Who theme for us to use on the front of the boarded over fireplace.


We finished up our week with our home education group. We were studying Digestion and Healthy Eating. The group I run made a rough model of a digestion system, and we "digested" banana and a biscuit. It was very messy, but fun! We also made some healthy snacks to eat.


Next week will be more of the same - painting, working, trying to stay on top of it all!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Home Education - 10 Reasons we keep going...even when it's hard

This year I am taking part in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, which is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds.


This is the first week, and the topic is The Reasons We Homeschool.




I have 4 children, and my eldest is 12 years old. I started teaching him to read when he was just 4, so I have been in the thick of home education for 8 years now.

There have been brilliant days, awful days (which I try to forget!), and many ordinary days: productive, often happy days - but where life doesn't always go to plan.

Maths and museum trips, writing and refusing to write.

Playgrounds and painting, Latin and laughter.

Cooking and clearing up, science and squabbles.

Giggles and grumbles, hugs and harsh words.

Grace and more grace.

It's not an easy choice all the time, and I'm not always confident that it's going well. In the midst of the hard work and the hectic bustle of our busy family life, it is easy for me to forget why we took this route at all - and why we keep going with it.

So, here are 10 reasons we are still home educating. Some of them are the reasons that got us into this in the first place, and some of them are unexpected blessings we found along the way.

1) God's Word

We can teach God's Word to our children every day. Our morning Bible times over breakfast don't need to be rushed because we aren't in a hurry to leave the house. The children all have time to read their Bibles on their own at the start of each day, and I can also teach my way through the Bible with them. Although all these are things I hope I would do even if my children went to school, we have more time to make sure that they happen.

A Picture from Bible Time


2) Christian Education

Although this is related to the fact I can teach God's Word directly to the children, the hope is that the whole of their education will be shaped by the the truths we learn about God in the Bible. This will shape the way we talk about history or science or politics; it will affect the books that I read aloud or set for the children to read to themselves; it will be reflected in our conversations and in our curriculum choices.

3) Struggling

I have found home education really comes into its own when a child is struggling and needs extra help. Whether that's an extra week or two on a maths concept, or an extra year or four on learning to speak (like one of my children), or extra support for an anxious child - the time and resources to adapt the work or the environment for that child are invaluable.

4) Strengths

Conversely, home education can allow a child with particular strengths to really invest time and energy into developing these. It could be an interest in cooking, or a talent for art or music. Perhaps a child is a budding writer, or a keen scientist and would like the chance to pursue these interests further. I have a particularly keen mathematician, and he loves his extra maths each day.

Enjoying Maths!

5) Flexibility

I confess, I really like timetables and structure. However, I do appreciate that there are days when the freedom to leave the books and get outside, or arrange a visit to see family, or move everything round a bit to enable us to fit in an extra trip is a real bonus of home education.

6) Efficient

At least when it's running fairly smoothly, home education can be very time efficient. Everything is at hand, the children can work at their own pace, and we can get through a lot. Most days, this happens - though we do have some sessions where procrastination seems to take hold of the children! Overall, though, we can make good use of the time that we have available each day.

7) Family Life

We get to spend a lot of time together. At times, this is hard work, but it is also a lot of fun. The children are very close, and particularly revel in shared memories of days out together, or books that I have read to them. There is time for jokes and silliness, as well as opportunities for more serious conversations.

Snuggling Guinea Pigs Together

8) Outdoor Life

From muddy walks to trips to the playground to helping out in the garden, we try to get outdoors quite a bit. We go running sometimes, and also go on nature walks. My eldest is pretty good at identifying birds, and my youngest is particularly keen on fungus. Even when initially reluctant to get out and about, I find that the children are generally happiest when they are getting plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Searching for Fungus


9) Time For....Whatever

There is plenty of time, even with a fairly extensive workload, for the children to carry out their own projects. Sometimes this is drawing or making stuff, often it is reading books (of all kinds), sometimes it is playing board games or cooking - the options are endless.

Balloon Modelling Fun


10) Learning for Learning's Sake

Although our eldest will, we trust, be sitting exams in a few years time, and we will need to start getting him in the mindset for this, thus far we have been able to focus on the subject in hand rather than aiming for a particular assessment. This has given us the space to enjoy different subjects at different times, and I hope we will be able to keep this up as we head on into the later years of home education.



Now, let’s see what my fellow homeschool bloggers have to say about The Reasons We Homeschool.

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST.
5 Reasons to Homeschool High School by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Weird Homeschoolers by Kim R. @ Good Sweet Love
How We Make Homeschooling a Lifestyle by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Our Ever Evolving Homeschool Story by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
5 Reasons You Will Want to Homeschool by Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays
How Our Homeschool Came To Be (and why we continue) by Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
Home Education - 10 Reasons we keep going...even when it's hard by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
So... Tell Me Again Why You Homeschool? by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018 - Week 1 - Why do I Homeschool  by Joelle@Homeschooling For His Glory
Homeschool Reasons: Bullies, Faith and More by Annette @ A Net In Time
In Pursuit of Purpose by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided To Homeschool by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
The Why Behind Hopkins Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
5 Reasons We Love Homeschooling by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Why We Homeschool - It's What We Do by Kristen H @ Sunrise to Sunset
Why we Home Educate and Extra Benefits by Sarah@Delivering Grace
Homeschooling: The Big WHY? by Lisa @ True North Homeschool Academy at Golden Grasses
Regaining Your Homeschool Focus by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
Why do we homeschool? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
Our “Homeschool” Why by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
It's Worth it! Why We Homeschool, Even After All These Years by Hillary @ Walking Fruitfully
Because Life is Precious by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
1998 vs. 2018: Why We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter




Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair

This year, I will be taking part in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair. This is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. There are a number bloggers taking part, sharing their experiences and ideas throughout January.


The topics will be as follows:

8th January - The Reasons We Homeschool
15th January - Our Method of Homeschooling
22nd January - Our Homeschool Curriculum
29th January - Enriching Our Learning

Visit the bloggers participating in the Virtual Homeschool Fair:

Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
Jenn K. @ A Peace of Mind
Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Jen Duncan @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool
Annette @ A Net In Time
Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
Michele Pleasants @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Chelsea @ Pause.Reflect.Learn.Grow
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Lisa @ True North Homeschool Academy at Golden Grasses
Chelli @ The Planted Trees
Hillary @ Walking Fruitfully
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter