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Why Become a Homeschool Blogger?

 

Why become a homeschool blogger? @hsbapost

There are tons, I mean TONS of homeschool bloggers out there. Because there are so many homeschool bloggers it can be hard to break apart and be different from the rest. The difference in our blogs typically lie in why we become homeschool bloggers.

There are usually  three different reasons people become homeschool bloggers. They see it as a ministry and want to encourage others, they want to share their homeschool experiences with others, and they want blogging to be their career and to make money.

Ministry and Encouragement

For me, I became a homeschool blogger for one reason: I felt it was my ministry. The Lord laid on my heart a long time ago the love and desire to help new homeschool moms. Many homeschool bloggers begin for this reason. They truly desire to help and encourage other homeschoolers. These blogs are ones that you leave feeling better about yourself and better about your homeschool.

Sharing Experiences

Homeschooling is lots of fun and many homeschool bloggers just want to share those experiences with their friends and family. These blogs are the ones that have lots of messy crafts, experiments, and homeschool recaps. Their blogs can serve as scrapbooks of their experiences, and give you ideas for projects to do with your kids.

Career Bloggers

Many bloggers start blogging simply to make money, have a new career, and to help support their families. These blogs will have lots of reviews, items for sale, and sponsored posts. These are the blogs you go to when you are wondering about a curriculum, or want to catch a great deal.

Most blogs will fall under one or all of these categories. I started my blog as a ministry, but would LOVE it if one day it becomes my job and helps us to support our family. I also love sharing homeschool recaps once a month with my readers and stories about my family naturally enter into many of my blog posts.

Homeschool blogging can be one of these categories, but it can also be SO much more.  If you are thinking about becoming a homeschool blogger, I encourage you to give it at try! Helping other homeschool moms and sharing our experiences can be so rewarding. And, let’s face it, making money while doing something we enjoy isn’t too bad either ;).

If you’re a homeschool blogger share why you started in the comments!

Misty (5 Posts)

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.


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Create a Newsletter for Fun and Practical Hands-on Learning

 

HSBA newsletter postComputers are commonplace. Just about every house in the United States has at least one. The public schools have many. People who do not know how to use a computer are becoming fewer and fewer. Today the issue is more likely to be not knowing how to use a tablet or iPhone!

While computer skills may not be lacking in your home for your kids, it might be the ticket to helping them enjoy other things with which they are not so thrilled. In our homeschool we have tackled some of these by creating a newsletter.

The idea actually was my son’s when he was in 5th grade. He wanted to share drawings and comics that he’d made with family members who lived far away. Sneaky mother that I am, it turned into a large production that has helped (I hope) with creativity, computer skills and leadership abilities. Here is a link to one of our first newsletters we put out (this is about a year after we started it). And here is the most recent newsletter issue (still going after 5 years!).

How this helps with creativity:

Sometimes kids don’t know what to create. This is a way to get the creative juices going. Kids love to share what they have created. If they know they will be sharing with others, they often will create just about anything. It doesn’t need to be a big production. Just get the creativity flowing…the rest will follow.

Some ideas of what can be shared in a newsletter: art (by the child or one that they enjoy), short stories, poetry, photographs of Lego creations, current hobby, or handicraft, baked goods, prepared meals, a nicely set table, etc. It can be anything! This is a way to get them thinking of what else they can do to share with others.

Simply deciding on the layout of the newsletter is creativity at work!

How this helps with computer skills:

I know a lot of kids these days know more about computers than their parents but they have to start somewhere! Unless you do the entire set up of the newsletter yourself, your kids will get a lot of computer skills time.

There are various programs that can be used to put together a quick newsletter. Most Windows and Mac word processing programs have this capability. For instance on my Mac’s Pages program, there are four newsletter templates that we could use.

Searching on Google will doubtless bring you many more options. Of course there is always the option of being creative and designing the entire newsletter from scratch (that’s what we ending up doing).

Some computer skills that they will hone: font, resize, crop, copy/paste, print (in color/black and white), save, key shortcuts, download, insert image, text box, rename, move files, upload, typing, etc. If there are aspects that they want to include in the newsletter but don’t quite know how to do it, they can search for examples, which helps with researching.

How this helps with leadership abilities:

Since our newsletter was my son’s idea, I put the kids in charge of bringing it together. My daughter became the layout design “expert”, and my son was the art and comics “expert”. They conversed and decided what went into the newsletter and what didn’t make the cut.

As time has gone on, the leadership roles they’ve held have changed. We are all editors, as in we all check all submissions for good spelling, grammar, and simply to be sure it’s “good news” to include. There are times when one will be in charge of getting the other sibling to submit a piece of work, whether an article, art, image, or otherwise.

If one of your children really gets into the newsletter “business,” it would make a lot of sense to put them in charge as Editor-in-Chief! They would be responsible for making sure everything fits in the newsletter, that all submissions are turned in, the facts are checked, etc., just like a newspaper.

Creating a newsletter is a lot of fun but it’s also some work. I think it helps apply things that have been learned and share with others. You can see all of our newsletters at the page on my blog.

 

North Laurel (13 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.


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Fun with Summer Writing Prompts

 

 

 

writing prompts

The summer is well underway. Many of us have been out of the school mind-set for several weeks now, and several never really stopped. Others of us (hand raised!) do something resembling the in-between.

When it comes to writing, however, many homeschoolers decide to “take the summer off.” While I can appreciate the need for breaks (we can all use them), I like to think of writing as one of those things we should all do, as much as possible, until it’s a more integral part of how we communicate and express ourselves creatively. Unlike many areas of study, writing is both an art and a science, which often makes it so confounded difficult to master. There are many conventions we are expected to adhere to, and yet, writing in its many forms can be entirely subjective.

Instead of assigning an essay to your high schooler, or asking your elementary-aged child to write a report on his summer vacation, why not try to make writing a little more fun this summer?

I’ve compiled a few (fun!) writing prompts from my weekly Facebook series Wednesday Write in addition to one from my Teen Short Story Writing Circle class.

1) Study this image and do one of three things:

writing prompts

1) Describe what you see in as much detail as possible
2) Write a poem inspired by the image
3) Begin a short story about the image

2) Go outside.

Take a blanket or chair with you and a timer (that’s it).

And then, do this:

Find a comfortable place — shady if it’s sunny.

Close your eyes for five minutes — don’t open them until the timer goes off.

Focus on three things (no more, although you can choose less):

What do you HEAR? Animals, people, machines, wind, water?
What do you FEEL? Heat, chill, rain, humidity, creepy-crawlies?
What do you SMELL? Grass, flowers, exhaust, nothing?

When the timer goes off, go back inside (no lingering right now). Set the timer for another five-minutes. Write down, using as much detail as possible, everything you heard, felt, and/or smelled. How can you convey these things so that we can “see” them–not just hear, feel, or smell them?

3) “These Three Words”

Take “These Three Words” and write a sentence, a poem, or a story. Any length is ok!

Crickets, Sandal, Music

4) “Take Three Objects”

“Take Three Objects” that you find around your house–unusual things that aren’t easily described. Set a timer for five-minutes for each object and have your writer describe these objects in as much detail as possible using sensory images (sight, touch, sound–if it makes a noise). And don’t eat it unless it’s edible.

Have your writer read the description aloud to a family member or friend. Can they guess what the object is just based on the writer’s description? You can modify this into a fun game with two or more players.

5) Invent a Character

Take someone you see on the street or in the supermarket. Imagine a life for this person, and you’ve got a fictional character. Now give your character an obstacle to overcome and you’ve got the basis for a great short story!

Don’t forget that you can write, too–right along with your children! If they see you having fun with the writing prompts, they will be much less likely to believe this is part of their summer curriculum (wink, wink!).

Be sure to follow Gathering Ink on Facebook so you won’t miss today’s Wednesday Write!

Angela (28 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .


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