Have you ever noticed how amazing our children are? They can learn so much – so fast! Sometimes what they learn – is not exactly what we want them to learn… like all of the dialogue in certain movies! This past week – I convinced myself that if they could memorize all of the dialogue in their favority movies – they could be memorizing and doing so much more in school. It is funny but the easiest way to get your children to learn – is by getting them to learn via a fun method! So, among many other things that I incorporated this week- I also purchased the full 46 song version of schoolhouse rock – every song they ever made. I think my kids will be learning alot of things in the next month! Maybe the presidents – or how about the parts of speech – remember “Conjunction – junction – what’s your function…” I think almost every child in America remembers that one!
We also decided that we would spend more time doing educational games instead of playing meaningless computer games or watching crazy cartoons. We have seen one of our children get a better understanding of a certain subject matter in just this short space of time – because of an online game that he was using!
And oh… if you are worried that your child couln’t possibly use the computer – HA! Just try them… think they won’t be able to manipulate it – or use the keyboard… they will – and FAST! Especially if you use a online keyboarding game.
Yes, we must admit – though parenting and homeschooling is not easy – are kids are amazing!
I thought that I would take a moment to post a few of our favorite homeschooling web sites. We use many and hope that some of these may become your favorites as well.
Today we are participating in a online math contest with others from all over the world at www.worldmathsday.com.
We like to use this site for online learning games.
I enjoy this web site for articles and encouragement in homeschooling along the way.
For the big people at our house we use Academic Earth to take FREE courses on things we are interested in.
We like to use Librivox for online classics – you can listen while you work.
See stars with this great astronomy resource.
Use Whyville to play games and earn “clams” to purchase online incentives.
Great for beginner preschool phonics and letter recognition is Starfall and we also use Time4Learning Preschool.
For your teens that need writing and grammar helps Grammar Girl and Time4Writing are great tools!
For great spelling word help… try Spelling City.
Of course, these aren’t the only ones we use – maybe I will post more later –
Do you have a favorite homeschooling website? Please share!!!
I had forgotten just how amazing it is when a child learns to read their first words. Today, I remembered the joy I had at teaching little ones how to read! – I am so thankful that I have had the priviledge to give this priceless gift to so many little people when I taught preschool. But today, what joy! I was able to finally give that gift to my own little preschooler. She smoothly and effortlessly began reading her own simple sentences! It always reminds me of the caterpillar – so ugly in its little brown cocoon. Then at a time when we least expect it – out he comes as a beautiful graceful butterfly. I have seen this process and it is so amazing that it takes your breath away! That is just how I felt today – watching this little person come into the beauty and grace of reading that she had been working so hard towards for the last few months. I know a few months back I posted on how frustrated I was with her. I never thought we would make it to this point just a few short months later. I am so thrilled and so happy – and so excited. My heart always rejoices to tell them when they finally learn to read – that now you can read the the Word of God all by yourself!
This was an added blessing, for today in Bible we were studying the fruit of the Spirit, not only the ones in Galatians, but the ones listed in II Peter 1:3-9. We were going through each of these mentioned, and came to “knowledge.” I asked all of the children what they thought Peter was saying when he included “knowledge” in this list? One of them answered that to gain knowledge and seek knowledge was a fruit of the Spirit. Wow! This was an open door for me to have a little “family talk.” Each of the children had been battling with all of the work of school and to be honest – with a bit of laziness. So, as we wondered and studied why knowledge was listed – I was able to show them how this was all a part of our being “conformed to the image of Christ.” Each of the fruit of the Spirit is listed to show us what those characteristics and qualities are that “should” come from a heart that belongs to the Holy Spirit. I think they were kind of suprised that knowledge would be listed among others such as gentleness and brotherly love. But why would our Creator have made a world full of amazing things and given each of us amazing inds – if we weren’t supposed to study and learn and gain knowledge and understanding? I never cease to wonder at our God – and how He “hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.”
II Peter 1:3-9“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that perain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Ande beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.