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How To Balance Work And Play When You Homeschool Your Kids

Being a Mom is a tough job at the best of times. Not only are you a primary caregiver, but you’re also a taxi driver, a nurse, a banker, a cook, a clothing stylist and the number one cuddler. It can be tough. Then, when you add the idea of homeschooling into the mix, you become their primary educator too.How To Balance Work And Play When You Homeschool Your Kids

As a busy Mom, you want to make sure that all of your lives are balanced. Not only are you trying to ensure that their education is varied, enriching and rewarding, but you want them to have fun being a kid too. It can be hard, but you actually can balance work and play when you’re a homeschooling family.

Have A Rough ScheduleHow To Balance Work And Play When You Homeschool Your Kids

It’s not always easy to have a set, dedicated schedule when you homeschool. Sometimes, you don’t even want one. But, you can allow yourself to find the perfect balance when you have a rough idea of when you’re doing what. It can also help you to make sure that their education is as varied as possible. Maybe it will work best for you to schedule in set times per week for play. This way, you can keep the education as free and flexible as possible, but know that a lot of playtime is allocated for too.

Be AdventurousHow To Balance Work And Play When You Homeschool Your Kids

It can get a little tiresome if you’re in your home a lot of the time. To add a little variety to your school day, and ensure you’re getting play ticked off, it can help to schedule in weekend trips, if you’re free time and bank balance allows it. You can head across the country, get out and learn. Your little ones can also have a fun and educational experience that enriches them in different ways to being at home.

Have A Goodie BoxHow To Balance Work And Play When You Homeschool Your Kids

You can have a lot of control over playtime when you have set activities allocated for it. Yes, you want your children to have fun at playtime, but it needs to be balanced. So, why not create a goodie box that’s specifically for playtime. Fill it with toys and games, like drawing and cornhole (and add cool cornhole skins), that your children will love, but will also ensure that their education is balanced out. You could even reserve it for the end of the day, or use it as a reward when your children have finished a quiz or done well after a tough lesson.

Connect With OthersHow To Balance Work And Play When You Homeschool Your Kids

As a homeschooling family, you can often feel alone. But, the homeschooling community to so big and inclusive, there’s really no need. Connect with other homeschooling Moms and families to share ideas and experiences. You might find that something another family does would work really well for you too.

Listen To Your InstinctHow To Balance Work And Play When You Homeschool Your Kids

Most importantly of all, do what feels right for you. You’ve chosen to homeschool your children for all of the right reasons, so you will know what suits you all. Listen to instinct and go with your gut. If you’re new to homeschooling, it might feel easier to follow other paths, but you’ll soon figure out what feels right for your family. Allow as much play as you feel necessary and work with what helps them to learn best and you’ll never go wrong.

Camp Invention more than just Summer Camp #Giveaway

As a working parent the looming summer is bearing a heavy burden on my shoulders.  We’re set up with the pool membership, my mother has retired and plans on doing activities with the kids, my oldest is changing her work schedule so she can have more fun this summer instead of working all day.

But what about the dreaded “brain drain”. In my opinion summer should be fun.  Not full of assignments and reports but there also has to be some stimulation of the mind that DOESN’T come from video games. This is where Summer Camp comes in.  Camps give kids a bit of structure in the middle of summer chaos.  The schedule and organization is reminiscent of school but definitely with MORE fun and creativity involved.Camp Invention Summer Day Camp STEM learning

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with hands on activities.  These young minds are exposed to innovative giants such as  National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Inductees, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) representatives and high-profile educators. Each year embarks on a new adventure and program. Camp Invention Summer Day Camp STEM learning

For 2015 Camp Invention brings to its campers “Illuminate”.  This year’s program will encourage students to explore their inventiveness through an innovation laboratory, investigation of circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge. As they build and make discoveries, they will have a chance to invent a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises.Camp Invention Summer Day Camp STEM learning #Giveaway

This year Shae will be a camper and Shaun will be a counselor in training with Camp Invention/Invention Project. This will be their first experience with summer camp and its gonna be amazing.

I want your child to have an amazing summer too!  We’re giving away a camp registration for a local chapter of Camp Invention in your community.

This year The Illuminate curriculum features five energetic and fun-filled modules that include:

  • Inducted – this module will introduce your child to innovation role models and give them a first-hand account of what it takes to make their mark on the world and get into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
  • Design Studio – Children will be empowered to explore their creativity in our innovation laboratory, where they can design their own invention, investigate circuits or take on a nature-inspired design challenge.
  • I Can Invent: Next Level Gamers – No matter if your child is an avid video gamer or plays occasionally, they will love the opportunity to help the Camp Invention Gaming Labs come up with the next must-have video game called MazeWorld.
  • KartWheel – Future engineers will love the opportunity to create a freestyle race kart that can withstand water and navigate the ultimate wet terrain obstacle course – all while designing in the outdoors and getting some exercise.
  • M.O.V.E.: Motion, obstacles, variety, excitement – Our campers are movers and shakers and we want to encourage them to use that momentum in our kinesthetic learning module! Participants will use their imagination as they reach for the stars and get in motion, overcome obstacles, make variations to classic games and build excitement during this activity!

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I’ve done something right as a parent. All 3 of my kids are incredibly smart and great students. Shae though, takes it to a whole new level. She has something different, something special about her that is gonna take her far. She’s always loved reading, drawing, writing, researching, talking and challenging herself. In this house technology is often king. Between the 5 of us we have a desktop, multiple laptops, smartphones and tablets and iPods. Each housing some kind of game or educational software for someone. is one of those “games” that got the most use for us. From reading to art to music to printables to math, is comprehensive educational resource for preschoolers to kindergartners. The curriculum is so the basic fundamentals of reading, writing and math are accompanied by the arts, music, science and more in over 5,000 different activities. comprehensive early education website
Math teaches numbers, shapes, patterns, and measurements. The site’s games and creative activities make math fun while giving young learners the practice they need to build a strong foundation for success. educational games and lessons for kids, Math, Reading, Art and more

Learning Through Puzzles’s curriculum includes hundreds of jigsaw and cutout puzzles that help children learn and remember important ideas and skills in reading, math, science, art, social studies, and music. There are puzzles for every letter of the alphabet, sight words, stories, the numbers 1 through 20, shapes, zoo and farm animals, and many, many other topics.

Reading’s reading curriculum helps children to quickly learn the letters of the alphabet and their sounds, as well as learn to instantly recognize the sight words that are most important for beginning readers. Your child will learn to love to read with our hundreds of fables, fairy tales, nonfiction books, and more.

Music & Songs’s Music and Songs curriculum is designed to teach children to appreciate and enjoy music. The wide variety of songs on the site allows your child to experience the building blocks of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics) as well as several different styles of educational games and lessons for kids, Math, Reading, Art and more

As your child starts and develops skills and knowledge the progress trackers gives you updates on activities completed by academic level. The content is updated so the activities and lessons stay fresh for the children.

Rewards are a great motivator. This is why implements a Ticket system to encourage more achievements with the learning activities. These tickets are used to virtually purchase accessories for the child’s avatar or a pet fish for the classroom. Of course there is a lesson behind the ticket system; it brings a little math fun as they keep track of the “spending”.

Shae is entering 2nd grade now so is too old for but it help tremendously in her earlier school years. Those were the formative years and she grabbed every piece of information and knowledge she could and is running fast with it. I thank for keeping it fun and entertaining without skimping on the quality education.

Sign up for today and get your 1st month free. Each month costs $7.95, the cost of a few coffees at that over priced coffee house. Invest in your child’s education today and don’t be disappointed with the measurable improvement you’ll begin to see in just a couple of weeks.

Two lucky LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! readers are going to each win a one year subscription to Let me know you incorporate education into your child’s routine outside of school.

To receive these extra opportunities for entries, you must fulfill the first REQUIRED entry above. Please note the changes to the entries and frequency, entries that don’t follow rules may be disregarded/ignored/deleted

Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Monday July 21, 2014. The winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. This contest is open to Contiguous US residents, age 18 or over. For complete rules please read our blog contest rules page.

Let’s Talk About Sex Education, or the Lack of it.

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For the last few months I’ve been doing an outrageous amount of research for my bill for Youth in Government. I had to figure out what I wanted to change about the State of Delaware and try to create a law about it. While I was thinking about a topic I kept coming back to one issue, teen pregnancy. Delaware is 6th in the country with the highest teen pregnancy rates. After doing some more digging I found that states with Comprehensive Sexual Education have lower teen pregnancy and teen STD rates than those with other forms of Sex Education.

Comprehensive Sex Ed is taught throughout a student’s entire school career. It starts with lessons about bullying and inappropriate touching in kindergarten through second grade. Third through fifth graders will learn about the human body, body image, healthy relationships with adults and other children and identifying adults who they can talk to when they have questions about their bodies. In middle school they learn the standard Sex Ed lessons that most children are taught, with lessons about puberty, the reproductive system and different types of contraception while stressing that abstinence is the best option. During high school, teenagers learn about the importance of protecting themselves if they chose to have sex, healthy sexual and emotional relationships, pregnancy options, and symptoms and treatments for STDs.

What makes Comprehensive Sex Ed different from abstinence-only-until-marriage Sexual Education is the idea that we have accepted that some teenagers are going to have sex and that it is our job to make sure they understand how to protect themselves from pregnancy and STDs. By teaching kids that abstinence is the only option, schools are leaving them open to STDs and pregnancies because they don’t know how to use or even obtain any kind of contraceptive. It’s better to be educated about the dangers of sex than to be kept in the dark and open yourself up to them. I wanted to make Comprehensive Sex Ed required in Delaware so that one day we could be like New Hampshire, with only 3% of all teenagers getting pregnant instead of our current 9%.

This is not a sponsored post. The information and statistics were gathered independently from professionals in the health and sexual education field by Sabreena to be used in her bill presented to “Legislation”.

Retro Education from Reading Rainbow

There are few things that bring back really fun and entertaining memories from my childhood; Frosted Flakes cereal, Strawberry Shortcake and Reading Rainbow. Reading Rainbow was an educational children’s television program that aired from 1983 to 2009. Each episode promoted literacy and learning with the showcase of story book and segments of LeVar Burton discussing the theme of the week. These segments were my favorite. I loved when he focused on people and the communities they lived and worked in.
Reading Rainbow is now offering a DVD to be used as educational media for classrooms everywhere. The collection of DVDs are closed captioned, just 30 minutes long and include plenty of resources for educators in grades k-Grade 4.

  • Theme weeks which are a week’s worth of theme related episodes with lessons plans
  • Curriculum index so you can easily find what you need
  • Accelerated Reader List of Reading Rainbow book titles
  • Research articles on Reading Rainbow
  • Teacher guides consisting of starters, activities, additional reading suggestions, and links

Each DVD has its own curriculum as well as theme. These are great tools to incorporate into a program of study that has already been established into a school’s schedule. If the theme is cooperation one week, honesty the next then science during the spring season you know you’ll be covered. Reading Rainbow’s DVD’s are a useful, informative and educational for literature, science and math curriculum without having that school, learning feeling. Order today and enjoy a pleasant change to your everyday class.

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Waiting For Superman Review

Recently Melinda and I received a Blu Ray copy of Waiting for Superman for review.  I was excited because this was a movie I wanted to see for a long time but just never got around to it. I’m glad I did.

Waiting for Superman is a movie showing us just how messed up our education system is and how hard it is for children to get a good education.  It shows how good teachers run into the system which holds them back from being the best they can be while bad teachers are protected by the system.

One of the sad things about Waiting for Superman was the lottery system.  This happens when kids want to go to a better school but there are not enough spots for the number of applicants that have applied.   The crazy thing is you see this happening all over the US.  When we first moved to Delaware we wanted to get Sabreena into a program at her high school called the Cambridge Program.  It is a two year program for honor level students that you need to apply to via an application that contains essay questions.  Your grades are also taken into consideration.  Sabreena her whole life has been a straight A student so we figured she would get in with no problems but we were very wrong.  Sabreena was not accepted and it had nothing to do with her grades it had to do with available spots.  It’s ashame that students need to compete to get a good quality education but unfortunately that is how our school systems work.

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN.

If you want a real look into America’s school system watch Wating for Superman.  It’s a real eye opener.

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