Kindergarten Homeschooling in Hawaii

In August my daughter started  homeschool in Hawaii rather than in Arizona. Last year in Arizona she was registered as a homeschooler and was considered it an “early kindergartener” this year she’s a kindergartener. I’m not really sure what the differences is as the educational goals seem to be pretty much the same. Whatever grade she may be registered with focusing on her learning what and however is good for her as she’s actually doing a mix of kindergarten and first grade.                                                   With my husband/Lily-Rain’s dad being in Navy training for 3 months & I’m due with baby number 2 in just a few days the start of kindergarten has been interesting!

Waiting for her dads plane to take off as he leaves for Navy training

Beach day! #Learningallthetime

First week I started teaching a short term class of mom and child(ages 2-5) American sign language with yoga,she’s had her ukulele lessons, hula dance class,beach days,few days playing with friends, a field trip to Bishop Museum( where we did the planetarium,learned about Hawaiian culture, biomechanics,sea animals and volcanoes) with our Co-op,a field trip to Pearl Harbor and started a twice-weekly Montessori Style parent-as-teacher Co-op. I’ll be teaching ASL, art & maybe desert animals with the co-op but not until November.
Plus our own school using Time-4-learning, workbooks/print outs, a couple experiments, puzzles,hands on activities etc. 

Practicing writing her name as well as spelling it using blocks that we can use chalk to write on

Free learning at co-op
Bishop Museum field trip

Bishop Museum field trip

Trip to Pearl Harbor

Field trip to Pearl Harbor

Writing her first letter to her dad

Mainly focusing on
Practicing writing(especially since now she can write letters to her dad while he’s gone) more,reading/spelling,learning about the earth and solar system as a whole,art and adding in more math.  Although she actually knows quite a bit math seems to be her least favorite thing so trying to make it more fun with addition/subtraction math puzzles with using popsicle sticks as a visual, skip counting activities, money and cooking.

Counting by 10’s sticks

She even prepared the tofu by pressing it, adding the sauce and seasoning,cut it up and then the next day cooked it! 

Time4Learning and Science4us seem to be her favorites! She looks forward to doing each subject & module. Simple to use and she enjoys learning with it.  Of all the programs we’ve tried I think this one we will the stick with! 


She got really bored with the language arts and math after a few weeks so we changed it to first grade last week and now she’s absolutely loving it!
Fully engaged and loves showing me and telling me what she’s learned after. 

One of the first science4us module she did all about scientific tools

Mixed with dance class, Beach days,random science experiments,lots of reading and crafts, trips to various museums, local cultural events(including a hula Festival & history of Queen Liliuokalani) twice weekly Montessori Co-op it’s becoming a very fun busy school year! 

Sand turtle


Hey ukulele classes are over until November but still practicing

Hula class

At the Montessori Co-op she’s learned a lot about sharks digestive system,axial skeleton, differences between living plants and animals among a lot of other things over the last few weeks. 

Montessori style Co-op

Learned about the axial skeleton at Montessori

Doing connect the dots during free time at Co-op

Different Fabrics

So far we have kind of a schedule going on throughout the week with Sunday tending to be the most structured

Although with the new baby coming within the next week or so and needing to do a lot of things with becoming a Navy family in the next couple of weeks anything close to a schedule is going to be going out the window lol.
We’ll probably end up winging it doing what can be done at any given time and day.
For now though we’re just going to enjoy everything before it gets too crazy. 

Ribbon dancing

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How to Homeschool science

Science! Exciting word or scary?

I know some people think of science as very complicated or dull. That it is just math, unpronounceable names, and periodic table of elements. And it can be however Science is SO much more than that. 

Science is all around in our daily life. 

What you’re doing right now is because of science! There are so many types of science too Oceanography,Geology, Meteorology,Zoology, Human biology, Botany, physical sciences like physics and psychology sciences and many more. 
As homeschoolers science may seem like an impossible subject to do. But you can teach homeschool science. It can simply be incorporated into your family’s life. 

Maybe once you find a way that shows how simple, fascinating & fun science actually is, you might even grow to appreciate and enjoy science(at any age/level) which can rub off on your kid/s. And watching your child excited and really into science is a great feeling! 

Easy ways to get started with Homeschool science:




Start Simple
Depending on the “grade” level of your child,what they know,how they learned it’s probably best to start with something easier

Don’t start out with a complicated curriculum that will take a lot of preparation,supplies and pre-understanding. That can discourage both them from learning,enjoying and understanding and you from feeling okay with teaching it. 

Decent book we first tried from the library then got one from a Facebook group for $2.

Just start out with something simple even if it seems too easy. You can always advance to more difficult areas of science.
This year(so far at least) we have been doing easy experiments from experiment books at the library.  Also bought a couple at used book sales. Book stores,book exchange, Amazon etc are all other places to pick up science experiment books. 

These books tend to have hand-on activity and a short explanation of the concepts behind the experiments. 

Until she’s older that is good enough. Of course when Lily-Rain wants to learn more we check out YouTube or library again for more about whatever subject she wants to know more about. 
Another easy science option is getting a all-in-one curriculum. 

All you’ll need is right in there. Most of the time the experiments from the curriculum only need small simple supplies you may already have at home so you shouldn’t need to buy a lot of extras

Go Outside! 
My favorite way to teach homeschool science is to leave the house lol. 

Just step into your yard,the park,beach,forest and BOOM nature study!

 Weather, soil, plants, insects,animals/birds….it’s all science! Astronomy is great too- study sun,earth’s rotation, stars etc.
Wherever you go really all you need is to observe.  

We have a “outside science pack” with a few items we might need
°binoculars

°magnifying glass 

°A jar or small bags for collection °sketch pad

°pencils

°°°°And my phone°°°°

 Because looking up right then and there what type of flower that is or what that type of fish eats is amazing! She is still super excited and curious so retains information. A lot more then I thought too- weeks later she will randomly tell me why the leaves are different colors! 

Then back at home figure out what your child was most interested in or dive deeper into what you looked up while out and find out more with books,YouTube videos, museums etc 

Bishop museum in Honolulu

Learning constellations in a Planetarium
 


Learn with them! 

Having college degrees don’t always mean much. I have collage degrees including one each in Biology(B.S) and psychology (B.A) and I still learn so much right along with my daughter every day.  No matter what education you have you can still learn a lot.

When I don’t know an answer, she will see me look it up or we look it up together. Watching mom/dad/teacher actively learning is such a great thing for them! Letting kids see you learning and enjoying the process of curiosity, research & learning new things teaches helps them see how to be life long learners.That’s important because there is always more to learn even after they are “school age”As I’m sure many homeschooling parents can attest to! 😂😄 Homeschooling in general is not only a good way to teach/show science (and every subject/life skill) at home, but is an opportunity to teach kids to love to learn so that they become lifelong learners!

 

Join A homeschool Co-op



Co-ops are wonderful ways for homeschooled kids to learn from different parents or others that may be able to teach science (and TONS of other topics) in a lot of ways,lots of hand on activities or at different places like museums or even “behind the scenes” somewhere.

Try An Online/DVD Course
Whether you teach it just yourself,by a curriculu,co-op or a mix consider an online course or DVDs. There are lots of good options available in most areas of science. Both paid online classes and plenty of free classes are out there.

Human body (biology) DVD

*microsoft education community has free live video classes on a lot of subjects including science.

*coursera is free unless you want a certificate of completion. 

*Khan Academy

*Great courses /plus 

*Great Courses Plus is a video on demand site. 
Are just a few that I know of off the top of my head  I know there’s a lot out there people my co-op have quite a few.

Microsoft and Khan Academy my daughter uses on a regular basis.

Khan Academy astronomy
Coursera course I am doing to learn about the solar system since my daughter is loving learning about it.

These type of courses/videos allow your child to get instruction from someone else, but you have control of the grading and any experiments. This supplement will take some pressure and stress off of you on science or any other subject you’re not 100% comfortable with doing by yourself. 

A monthly science club kit

There are a few including from Amazon and the magic school bus among others. They usually have a different topic each month and include supplies for an experiment and a book/pages explaining the what and how. You can also buy single kits online we got a magic school bus science kit from Walmart. 

 Starting in August (month before I’m due with baby #2!) we will be starting the magic school bus one since Lily-Rain loves the show and hopfully either Amazon STEM or little passports. 

Great to add to your homeschooling especially if eclectic like us! 

Choose the method/s that fit your kid/s style, how you teach and have fun learning! 

Photo from Magic island on Oahu Hawaii 5/7/17

Things kids can do for Earth day everyday 

Earth day is over but celebrating the planet we all live on can and should be part of our regular lives. 
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Children have the most pure,compassionate and straightforward attitude when it comes to care of our planet, taking care of animals and humans. 

Childhood (the younger the better I think) is the best time to be able to nurture this natural empathy,love, compassion, willingness to care for the environment,animals and others.


As homeschoolers we have the privilege of incorporating these into our daily lives- planting a vegetable garden or a tree, researching deforestation, cleaning up the local park to understanding the repercussions of trash in the ocean.


All are amazingly important! 

Life is learning- learning through life. 

Flagstaff AZ August 2016. Beauty is everywhere!

Here are some simple things that can be done to help the environment and those who live on it….. from animal to Human 

1. Set up a recycling station!  weather for your house, for your Co-op group whatever. Simple and great way for everyone especially kids to learn how to separate trash and recyclables. 

Easy way to have a mini recycling station or to teach how to separate recyclables

2. Get each of you(each kid and yourself) a reusable bottle and take it with you everywhere you go. Some can cost a fortune ,others just a few bucks,plain looking or unique design,some kids bottles have characters on it.

These are great to have on the go to prevent buying water bottles or other drinks when out. 
3. Use tote bags! “Tote life” as my daughter calls it (from a TV show called we bare bears lol) is great some stores will even give you a discount for bringing your own bag. In Hawaii(as of the 2015 bag ban) you have to have a tote bag there’s a couple stores that you can buy a plastic bag when shopping but 99% you have to bring your own. Make it more fun and decorate an reusable shopping bag to use! 

4. Make birthday cards using recycled materials.
5. Build your own compost pile  and make sure to put your food scraps there. Worm farms are good too but only if there’s enough food

6. Did you know that it takes 660 gallons of water to make one  hamburger? If you’re not already

Make a vow to eat vegetarian/Vegan food for one week. If you are already veg get a non-veggie friend or family member to go animal free for a week. 

Meatless dinner

7. Recycle all cardboard packaging- even the small food boxes. You can make all kinds of crafts make robots,doll houses or racscars with small boxes a regular size play house, rocketship, play kitchen etc with big boxes. 

 It might take awhile to get enough boxes to build what you want but it’ll be so worth it! 
8. Clean up the local park/beach. Make it more fun and get others involved by making it into a scavenger hunt. 

Clean up scavenger hunt

9. Make your lunch as much packaging free as possible. Think Bento boxes or any type of reusable containers over Ziploc bags and foil. 
10. Plant a tree! Even a tiny one 🌴🌳🌲 
11. Take a walk instead of car to near by store/park/library and hug a tree…. Or 10 on the way. 

18 month old tree hugger 😂🌳🌲🌴

12. Create your own veggie patch. 

No matter how small or large its great. 

13. Regrow your food from kitchen scraps
14. Learn more about bees and how important they are. :::::

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15. Have a clothing trade party for friends and swap some clothes/shoes etc. I did baby trade parties a few times in Phoenix we would trade toys and clothes for other stuff for our kids or us. 

This kid decided to pick up trash “so birds can’t get sick” while waiting April 1st 2017
Sunset between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon July 2016
Ponderosa Forest

Adding Montessori to our eclectic homeschooling style

Adding more Montessori inspired learning activities

 

Her absolute favorite activity! 

Our Co-op offers a parent-child togetherness class where the parents and kids can work together with other parent/kids or individually in a completely Montessori Style “classroom”

Between the products that I’ve made or bought(quite a few kid size tools/household products) and the co-op just in the past couple weeks it’s made a huge difference she’s learning to enjoy more areas by learning through playing. 

Such a great find! Saw it in a class found one for $8 😄

Although she is still a lot more interested in Reading,animals & human body and since that’s what she’s most interested in it’s what we tend to focus on. We’re “eclectic” homeschoolers(labels suck! But for somethings that’s easier rather than trying to explain we do whatever whenever lol) so Montessori is not the core learning style but just one of of several styles that fit what she wants to learn and how she understands and enjoys that subject/topic/area best.

nature tic tac toe
Popsicle stick alphabet
Felt environment labeling

The materials for Montessori can be extremely expensive! 

 I lucked out with being able to pick up a couple things at Goodwill, a local used Homeschool Group(sandpaper upper & lower case letters for $4!) and making a few things of my own.

 If you’re going to get Montessori style products do research you can get things a lot cheaper than the first website that pops up on Google.  Facebook groups, homeschooling curriculum groups ,Craigslist, thrift stores, OfferUp even making your own. 

Felt letters

If you don’t know the definition of it 

Montessori is a philosophy and education model created by Maria Montessori. She was the first woman physician in Italy in the late 1800s. At its core Montessori education is designed to promote peace and considers child as a whole as well as the environment around them and builds on the way children naturally learn.  

Maria opened the first Montessori school in Rome in 1907 she died in 1952 but the Montessori Educational philosophy is still extremely popular today -especially with homeschoolers- although there are many many Montessori based schools. 

The style of “teaching” is based off of the environment/world around them and incorporates a lot of Life Learning rather than strict Traditional School subjects-i.e science,social studies. 

 Like my last post about life skills Montessori does a lot of that where kids will learn through doing normal stuff and learning to care about the environment around them. 
There are many Montessori complete curriculums as well as Montessori style unit studies which we will be incorporating probably in summer however like I said being electric we just use whatever happens to work best for us.

 I think that’s one of the Privileges of homeschooling: being able to follow your child’s lead to what they are most interested in,showing them and teaching them that in the best way for them. Whatever and however that may be! 
Where to get free Montessori style materials. 

  • Montessori for everyone
  •  Montessori print shop and
  •  Little Schoolhouse in the suburbs are 3 web sites that offer free (and paid) Montessori themed studies. 

 Well that’s a lot more than that I’m sure but those are the ones I’ve used to get a few unit studies to see how my daughter likes this style for more areas. 

Sandpaper letters.

Learning life skills young

Been incorporating more life skills into Lily-Rain’s daily life. 

She’s always helped out with laundry but now that she’s tall enough (and still in that ‘I want to help mommy do everything!’ faze lol) she will actually help sort the laundry into each washer,help transfer it from the washing machine to the dryer and help fold everything. She also knows how to press tofu, cut some soft foods (like tofu, bananas, tomatoes & bread), washes the counter, puts books toys and school supplies away,makes her bed,helps cook( prep food like peeling carrots and potatoes washing produce, fill up pot with water,turn on stove-with me-,stir food, cut food,open boxes, is learning to use measuring cups etc) and is trying to wash and dry dishes. 

Even though I may have to redo some of the things she does she is learning how to do basic activities that are part of daily life. I have a feeling once baby Leilani gets here more daily skills will be learned as well. 
I’m hoping over time she will learn to do these things-and more- so she can be fairly prepared when she is out on her own. 

Although that is years away it’s never too early to start!

She does get I guess you could call it an “allowance” but its not any particular amount of money for any particular thing. She started saving it in January when we started doing on money math,learning about savings, budget etc. 

She wanted to get the Starfire DC heroes doll but today she ended up picking out a singing pink teddy bear for the baby. And is so excited to be able to give it to the baby when she’s born…. even though that still months away. 

A present she picked out to give to Leilani using her own money

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List of practical life skills for kids to learn. 

  • Do Dishes.

Both by hand and in dishwasher; including loading the washer right way,washing, rinsing, drying and putting away. 

Every time I do dishes(well almost anything) she insists on helping or like today she wanted to do it all by herself and I had to watch her be a big girl lol

  • Laundry

Wash,dry,sorted by color, right temperature, which type of soap/bleach to use,folding & even using an iron.

After doing 4 loads of laundry yesterday she ended up folding all the towels by herself as I did all our clothing
  • Prepare at least a few complete meals. Not necessarily five-course gourmet meals (but extra points if you can do that lol!) But basic cooking skills other than Ramen. Like couple different breakfast lunches and dinners
  • Plant a garden. Whether it’s done with starter plants or seeds… herbs, flowers, produce its all great! In our house in Glendale Arizona we had a garden once you move into the house, fall I hope to start another one. The garden in Arizona had jalapenos, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe ,watermelon, grapes and carrots the last year. 

Had a garden for 5 years at this house.

Even though she was a toddler at the time she helped water the garden and loved to pick and eat tomatoes you right off the vine!

The first batch of tomatoes from the last year we had the garden at the house in Arizona
  • Plan a budget.

Shop for say week’s grocery and staying within budget. Using income with sales, ads,apps and coupons and coming up with a list to stay within budget

  • Keep bedroom/bathroom /kitchen clean. Kitchen goes hand-in-hand with doing dishes but also stuff Like making sure to clean out the fridge, cleaning the stove the counters, making sure the toilet the bath are clean,make sure there’s no leftover food or drinks in the bedroom, vacuuming,sweeping,windows washed etc.
  • Take care of garbage. Seems simple for making sure they know to take trash and recyclables out in a timely matter, when the trash pickup date is and how to separate trash from recyclables
  • The Steps to emergency shut-offs (gas, electricity, water).
  • Open savings & checking account and Write a check.
  • Change car tire & Change oil.
  • Apply for employment. Including Writing a cover letter and creating a resume.
  • Care for personal health:Hair care,clean body/face, trim and clean nails etc.
  • Know basic nutrition, how to prepare Foods & know how to pick out certain foods(I.e checking tomatoes)

  • Learn CPR & First Aid.
  • Pet care: feed, water, groom, bathe,playtime/attention clean up after.
  • Rug stain care/shampoo carpet
  • Return an item. How to contact the seller, obtain necessary paperwork, fill out paperwork, package items for return complete online return,write a letter/email of complaint for a returned item.
  • Look up jobs online.
  • Volunteer in a local community area of Interest- like animals or environment. 

Yes most of these seem like commonsense things. But it’s necessary to teach kids these skills so not only can they help out now but once they are out on their own they have the basic skills to get through life. 

Homeschooling while pregnant and on bed rest 😞

Found out recently that we are adding another girl to our family! Lily-Rain will have a litter sister.


 So far she’s been nothing but excited wanting to help out when the baby gets here,teach her stuff,play at the beach with her etc. Lily-Rain even helped my husband & I pick out the baby’s middle name. 
Been a pretty rough pregnancy including bed rest most of the time with doctor saying I shouldn’t spend more than 60 minutes a day standing a walking due to being such high risk.
So been making the most of that short time going to the beach/ waterfall/playground taking Lily-Rain to ukulele class, sea turtle watching, hula class,live music, Butterfly Conservatory, Home Depot’s woodshop and if the time of day is okay Co-op classes.

Been learning about butterflies for the past few days so went to see how they go from caterpillar to butterfly.
Been learning about butterflies for the past few days so went to see how they go from caterpillar to butterfly.
Been learning about butterflies for the past few days so went to see how they go from caterpillar to butterfly.
Woodshop at Home Depot
Woodshop at Home Depot
Right after taking ukulele class
Co-op event
Drama class with co-op
Warming up exercises before hula class

Field trip to a local newspaper Star-Advertiser

 Since we have been spending a lot more time at home we’ve been doing a lot more at home stuff not just workbooks and whatnot but science experiments,LOTS and LOTS of reading,crafts coloring( we just started doing a letter and hawaii-based word a day coloring book), DVDs, practicing sign language throughout the day instead of speaking and doing a couple I guess you would call it unit studies about butterflies,the human body (heart and blood for past few days) and the Magic School Bus worksheets and experiments that each go with a episode. 

Magic school bus episode activity /experiment sheet

A little identification puzzle type thing about flowers

A lip balm making science kit although we used soy wax

Sandpaper letters 😀 these things normally cost a fortune found them at Goodwill for $3!

Although I definitely feel like a not-great-mom since we’re not doing as much as we used to in any given day I am glad she’s still very happy,healthy and learning. 
She was trying to act out the rock/ wave scene from The Little Mermaid

 

Bee facts 🐝🐝🐝🐝

              Bee Facts for Kids

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  • Bees are found all over the world except the Antarctica. 
  • Bees feed on pollens and nectar from flowering plants.
  •  Do you know there are more than 20,000 species of bees?
  •  They have a long and complex tongue that helps them to obtain the nectar from the flowers.
  • Most bees live together in colonies. A colony has a queen, many worker bees (all females) and male bees. Each worker bee has a job to do. The worker bees are divided into different groups each with its own task.
  • Male bees are called drones. They live in the colony in spring and summer but are kicked out before winter.
  • The hexagonal structure in hives is called a comb.
  • Some worker bees produce the wax which is used to build the combs.
  • Bees mix little bit of honey with the pollens and pack them into the cells so that the young ones can feed on them. 
  • Bees are awake during the winter – they keep the hive warm and safe!Some bees fan the hive to keep it cool while others guard it against other insects.
  • The bees keep their comb very tidy. They clean the combs and throw away the garbage so that it remains healthy.
  • The queen bee lays the eggs in cells of the comb. Larvae are hatched from the eggs in three to four days. The worker bees get food for the larvae. It takes 21 days for an egg to develop into an adult bee.
  • Do you know what a brood is? A group of young bees is called the brood.You must have heard the term busy as a bee. Bees are very hard working. The worker bees go from one flower to another, collecting nectar. In one collection trip, a bee visits 50 to 100 flowers! And they fly at a speed of 15 miles per hour. Can you imagine how hard it is to produce honey? Bees make around 1600 round trips to produce one ounce of honey.
  • Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow! Bees transfer pollen between the male and female parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.

Our Homeschool mission statement & my reasons for home education

Our Homeschooling statement

We homeschool in order to allow Lily-Rain to explore the world we live in,study in depth what she is interested in, be creative, develop critical thinking skills,learn life skills,develop/keep a lifelong love of learning and most importantly to be a compassionate person to humans, animals & nature.  
We do this so that she can discover her own passion while developing life traits.

She will be able to develop these skills/traits in a learning environment personalized to her (changing) styles, ever growing and changing interests, and skills with a strong emphasis on life learning. 

As a mom I treat Lily-Rain with the respect she deserves as a person,don’t speak down to her,talk things through together and value my loving connection with her.

I am dedicated to this home education environment through research,connecting with others, daily life learning, and attention to the ever changing wants, needs,passions & desire of Lily-Rain

Homeschooling…..the reasons its awesome 
1. No comparison to other kids their age and no judgement if they don’t meet a certain standard  Pretty much everyone want to be accepted.  Without the continual comparison afforded by being in school all day,most of the year kids are more free to be themselves regardless if they fit the “norms” of other children their age. 
2. Time to explore interests at great length if wanted. With the one-on-one style of the homeschool environment, kids are generally able to focus on what they are passionate about/ allows more time for exploring interests.
3.  One-on-one teaching.  One-on-one teaching allows individualized interaction that meets kids where they are at allowing them to go ahead or stay on a topic longer if necessary. 
4.  Lots of time to play! Rather then their days spent at school & nights doing homework with many schools getting rid of recess that young kids truly need.  They can enjoy their childhood. Seriously though young kids learn SO much through play- indoors & outdoors

Watching fireworks at a nearby Lagoon

5.  Lots of interaction with others not in their age group.  OMG socialization?! 

 Kids who are socialized by all ages- younger, same age,older kids adults and elderly are exposed to much more richer experiences.
6.  Lots of opportunities during the day to do what you want/need. No day is the same in the homeschool. Taking field trips are a natural progression of the homeschool lifestyle.

Getting ready to go to hula class

7.  Learn at their own pace.  We homeschool with mastery in mind.  If a child doesn’t quite understand something we can review or skip and return to it so that topic is learned not just remembered because they think they have to.   

Or if they are learning quickly you can move on to other topics or tougher levels.
8. Critical thinking  Homeschooled kids tend to think more independently. They can be independent thinkers,question what is told & be better able to discern truth.
9.  Individualized education means less boredom and you can teach in whatever why that kid learns best. 
10.  Work for real learning not for grades,not remembering for a test. More for a foundation for a love of lifelong learning Homeschooling can often instill a love of learning.

Homeschooling is good for homeschooling parents too 
11.  Can really know their kids. Hard as that as that can be sometimes, being around our kids all day long does afford us a unique view of their true selves
12.  Can teach with the methods that work for each child.  Freedom of using/trying different teaching methods is not only good for everyone and brings more enjoyable teaching/learning
13.  Can teach with real life!.  It’s hard to raise animals in a classroom,learn to fix a car,to budget or to do many of the hands-on projects that homeschooled families can do. Being able to go to say the beach/out on a boat to learn about the ocean or ocean animals is amazing

Making homemade lip balm with a kit using soy wax

Being able to see how pineapples grow

14.  Can teach with interest-led learning.  The best way I think. A much more likely to not just pay attention but absorb so much more if they are truly interested. Lily-Rain loves learning about the body! Knows the digestive system very well already. It wasn’t a planned topic but she asked about it, became very interested in it and is learning a ton very quickly. 
15.  Can learn together! Whether that be the mom/ dad learns along with the kid or an younger sibling learns alongside the older one. 
16.   Teaching things like compassion and kindness towards others and sharing is part of the daily homeschool life
17.  Able to be with kid all day and not leave them in someone else’s care. Yeah yeah I know that there are some amazing teachers out there. That’s great! Not everyone may agree but I believe that no one loves and cares for the all around well-being of my child like I do. 
18. Experience the “firsts”   

Not just first steps etc but reading their first word/book etc
19.  Let’s us as patents to grow in knowledge.  I have learned so much already from homeschooling my daughter with much more sure to come. 

20.  No stressed rushed mornings trying to get everyone out the door to go to school making sure they have their homework backpack lunch etc.
21. Kids insights and ideas can be inspiring and it will surprise you! 
22.  Seeing them light up when they really GET something or get really into a subject and knowing that it was you who taught them.
23. Kids can learn to cook,to fix broken things in the house,cleaning car maintenance life things that is good for everyone to know at least some about. 
24.  Can create our own schedules that work for our family.

  From daily schedules to winging it non-schedules homeschooling allows us to structure their days/ weeks/years that fits with how life currently is
25.  Can transfer family values and beliefs. For some that may be religious beliefs. For us it’s our view towards animals, then environment, kindness towards people regardless of any differences etc. 
26.  Limits negative influences. People can be a negative influence no matter what. Whether you  homeschool,public school,charter, online or private school can’t stop ALL things negative.  But homeschooling has more freedom to choose who your kids/ family will spend time with….. or not.
27. A safe learning environment.  With the increase in bullying, substance abuse, school shootings etc homeschooling provides a safe environment for our kids to learn and grow up. Again like with negative influences you can’t stop everything however it is nice to limit what’s around
28.   Kids have a natural sense of wonder.  Homeschooling allows not just the kid but families to explore new things together and possibly find a new talent or passion. 
29. Homeschooling means parents are available for the kids. Parents can be ‘there’ for their kids when they need to talk. Given with any relationship it can vary greatly. 
30.  Students can study a wider variety of subjects than is offered in  traditional school. 
31.  More in depth studies.  When something in of particular interest it can be studied in depth for as long as desired.  
32.  Everyday life is all about learning. Trips to the grocery store,fixing the house/car, caring for babies/ younger kids,budgeting, preparing meals etc. Regular life is learning! 
33.  Kids learn to think, discuss,ask lots of questions and explore thoughts without worry they will be laughed at or ignored.

34.  Creativity is encouraged & outside the box thinking is encouraged.
35.  Get help when/if you need it.   learning disabilities and other issues can be ignored in public schools or misdiagnosed.

 If there is something you need help with you as a family can do it with a focus on helping the kid
36.  Use different types of curriculum styles of teaching that work.  If something isn’t working  change it!   
37.  Taking breaks when needed.   some days my daughter can work hours other days she gets frustrated really easily and needs a break. Beauty of homeschooling kids are not forced to just deal with it. 
38.  Can be taught with compassion! A big one for us.

 

39.  No getting lost in the system/left behind.Mom and/orDad know exactly where their kids are in every aspect of life and how they are doing every day.
40.  Sleeping/school schedules. There has been research showing that many  kids today are not getting enough sleep. Homeschooling allows for plenty of sleep as well different school schedules. My daughter prefers afternoon and evening other kids might love working in the early morning. 
41.  Stay home when sick without missing assignments.
42.  Eating healthier foods is easier! Plus kids can help with shopping preparation cooking etc. 
43.  School can be done outside! Even doing a workbook at a park, beach or back yard can be a great change of pace. Plus  Vitamin D! 


Random Reasons homeschooling is awesome
1.  Can do school in pjs
2.  Can do school with pets/More time to care for and play with pets
3.  Lots of family time.
4.  No homework 
5.  No uniforms or other clothing pressures.
6.  Taking “field trips” to the beach when it is hot..,.even when it is a schoolday.
7.  Birthdays are school holidays. Whether it’s their birthday a friend’s birthday or a family members. 
8.  Field trips whenever you want! Museums,hiking,out to the desert,park,beach/lagoon Planetarium whatever. 

Hosting Homeschool Co-op 

​Hosting a little homeschooling co-op about all body aimed at Kindergarten/pre-k age event over the next few weeks. 

First one was on January 26 about bones & lungs. Had some handouts, poster board, read a few pages from a zombies guide to the human body, they asked questions pretty simple but they enjoyed it and learned. Who got to do with it magic Island this great little Beach,park & lagoon in Honolulu. 

For the bones the kids put together a life-size kids skeleton puzzle and then everyone to attend laying down next to it to see who was the same size bigger or smaller than it.


For the lung activity they used straws and balloons for them to visualize how the lungs inflate and deflate as we inhale and exhale.

 

Also spent a lot of time dancing and stretching to show what joints can do for us and how the lungs work harder when you’re exercising.    

Learning  through playing

​The perks to homeschooling is to be able to have fun in life and learn through it.

This past week she learned to boogie board

Boogie boarding

Boogie boarding with a friend

 learned what animals eat algae off the rocks

structure support/ having a good foundation when building something.

Building a house out of vegan gummy candies and toothpicks


Learned about bones & the brain


She did science experiments to learn about the three types of water (solid liquid and gas),how to press & cook tofu, learned to read & sign new words, practice upper and lowercase letters

Made a simple matching game to help her practice big and little letters

….. but most importantly she practiced conflict resolution, being polite/ using manners, sharing/taking turns,got creative while doing crafts, a love of nature and animals, cleaned up the beach three separate times”so fishes don’t get sick”,losing gracefully, remembering bus numbers to go to different places & made new friends. 



Some things cannot easily be taught in “normal” public school.  

Between the kids she plays with at the beach, the friends she plays with throughout the week and kids at Co-op she learns more through simply playing then our regular structured learning of books & online supplement work. Both are very important to us but understanding how much she is learning from life is amazing. 

Is one more important than the other ?

Not really. Not for us anyhow. 

YES learning to read, count, spell,learning history or what photosynthesis is Etc is important but basic human decency like being nice to others and cleaning up the environment is just as important. Not to mention life skills that they learn through life like cooking, cleaning, gassing up a car or changing a tire. Simple things that everyone needs to know but isn’t taught in school 



Don’t underestimate the power of play! 
Also this week found out that I’m 6 weeks pregnant!! 😍😍

Day I had my ultrasound 😀 going to spend most of this pregnancy making sure I stay fit and healthy. And that includes swimming in the ocean a few times a week!

So now she is obsessed with how the baby is growing and how the baby eats.