Saturday, August 20, 2011

Homeschool spelling

Once upon a time, I was a very frustrated mother when it came to spelling lists for my 5 homeschooled children. I tried (insanely I might add) to do each of them as separate grades with separate lists and separate tests! OHHHHH that was nuts! Then I tried to incorporate a few of them into levels, and then give combined lists - and tests. A little less nuts, but still pretty crazy. I searched endlessly for a way to tame the huge paper tiger that I had looming over me every week.

I finally found Vocabulary and Spelling! It was love at first sight. Truly amazing..... My children could use the lists I wanted them to use, or choose from others that they have available and practice their lists with really cool animated interactive games. They could also take the test right there on the internet, with it scoring it as they went. (Ahhhhhhh) Then came the icing on top of this wonderful sweetness.... all that I had to do was go and check their records and print off their grades. Wow... I was hooked - no more headaches and no more paper tiger! Amazing....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Homeschooling is a wonderful endeavor - a worthwhile endeavor, but sometimes when the whole house seems to be falling down and the children just don't want to be still, the bills need paid, and Susie just won't get the math concept you have been teaching just seems like too much! Have you been there? I know that I have. The only way that I can make it through is to take a step back and look at what I have put on my "proverbial" plate. If I can remind myself what the most important things are - streamline my life so to speak, I usually can focus on those things and get back to the fight. Yes, some days it does seem like a fight - but a good fight. Your children are learning every day. Even though progress may seem slow and you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel - TRUST ME - they are learning!

Just don't let the frustration build to a breaking point. Take time out. Take a few days off if you need it. Find your focus, and streamline your life to include the most important things. You are making an investment in your children...and they are worth your time and effort. Even when Susie doesn't get it...remember one day she will - and you will be right by her side to cheer her on!