Monday, March 9, 2015

Fun with Math Facts

Math can be a tricky subject.  For some kids, they either understand it easily or they don’t.  There isn’t too often a middle ground when it comes to math.  When dealing with difficult math subject, it can quickly become a frustrating situation.  It can help if there is a fun way to approach learning math facts.  If you can find some games online, videos to watch, or songs to reinforce math facts, those practices will absolutely aid in the teaching of math.  

It also helps if you can find practical ways to introduce and practice math at home.  Can you discuss math topics while having breakfast or over the dinner table?  Can you review math while taking a walk or doing some exercises outside?  Jumping jacks and counting go pretty well together.  There are several ways to incorporate math into your daily life to help your homeschoolers learn their math facts.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Learning with Science Videos!

If you ask each child at my house what subject they love the most, the answer would be science.  Elementary science is so much fun because it incorporates so many incredible facets of learning into one subject.  With science, you can make projects for science fairs or just for use at home.  Busting out glue sticks and markers are a guaranteed smile around here.  You can take a few household ingredients that don’t do anything spectacular separately, but when mixed together, create something incredible.  There are new words, new phrases, and new ideas that are interesting for children to see and learn.

Science can be difficult to teach if you aren’t experienced in the subject (that is certainly my problem!).  Fortunately, I have found several science videos to help me with teaching topics that I might otherwise struggle.  What a blessing to have so many resources at my fingertips.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

A new year is upon us.  As usual, I think of how the school year has gone so far and how I want it to continue on in this new year.  I re-evaluate how things are going and think of any changes that need to be made to our school plans.  Do we need to adjust our approach to language arts?  Is math working for us in the best way?  Is someone struggling with handwriting?

I never like to continue on with something that may not be working just because I had once decided it would be a good fit for us.  I’m constantly thinking about how things are going and decided if we need to adjust or change anything to better suit the learning needs of my children.  

Does the new year make you take the time to re-focus?