Homeschool Blog and Tell #HSBAT April 2015

 

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Welcome to the April Edition of the Homeschool Blog and Tell Linkup!

This is our monthly link-up that allows you to show off what is going on in your homeschool!

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’d love to see you share something poetry-related from your homeschool! Or just tell us what you’ve been doing this week, or any cool projects you’ve done recently.  Our theme this month is A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, so if you have a post about your homeschool day, link it up in our blog hop here!

We have created a Pinterest board just for the Homeschool Blog & Tell, so you can see your posts featured there:

 
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Through the end of this month, link up your homeschool-related post and we’ll share it with our readers.

So, show us what you got!

Now for a few guidelines: (I know…no one likes a lot of rules, so there are not many.)

  • Please direct your link to a certain post NOT your home page. We have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.
  • Use a least one photo in your post. We want to SEE what you have done!
  • Link your specific post to The Homeschool Post. (Again, we have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.)
  • These can be OLDER posts. We are okay with that – we want to bring new readers to your blog!
  • Please link back to us or use the button above in your post or on your blog somewhere. We want everyone to know about the link-up and share it with their friends! Thanks!

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to ask! We are here for ALL homeschoolers and truly want to bless you guys!

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Sara (58 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Homeschooling in London – A Day in the Life

 

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

We’ve been living in South Kensington, London since last January. John is 10.35 and Christine is 8.8 years old.

While this is our final week here before returning to our New York home, and we are trying to savor the experience….this is still a very typical homeschooling day for us marked by online education, a lot of reading, and a little sightseeing.

5:00 am I’m at my PC working on my website and videos. I usually get up at 3 or 4 am but overslept.

6:00 am Inez (wife) is up and headed to the gym.

8:00 am John arises, eats breakfast.

8:30 am Inez leaves for the office. The princess, Christine, arises.

9:00 am Chrissy eats breakfast.

9:15 am John starts his Skype piano lesson. Chrissy takes her weekly bath/swim in the tub!

9:45 am Chrissy starts her math on the computer IXL.com

(I am doing odd jobs, cleaning, laundry, dishes,….even working on the same PC that John has his lesson on. We have a dual-monitor setup.)

10:15 am Piano lesson ends. John reviews his corrected piano “exam”. He scored only 75/100.

10:45 am John starts chess exercises on ChessTempo.com.

11:15 am Chrissy finishes math and starts guitar practice.

(We have NOTHING to do today, i.e. ZERO obligations. I am trying to figure out how we should spend our day. After 14+ months here, we are leaving in 5 days, first for an 11-day trip to Thailand, then back to our “home” in New York.)

11:20 am John calls up a game shop in Covent Garden. He makes a 1:00 pm appointment to play a game of Warhammer with a member of the staff there. It’s free. This is something John has been begging for.

11:30 am Chrissy does the last few pages of her cursive workbook.

11:35 am Chrissy gets back on her IXL.com math.

11:45 am John finishes his chess and packs up his Warhammer pieces.

12:15 pm We get out the door with books to read, 2 Kindles, and my camera!

12:50 pm – 1:50 pm John was at the store playing Warhammer while Chrissy and I had lunch, and read, at Shake Shack ($30 for 2 burgers, 1 hot dog, 1 order of fries, tap water, and self-service!)


On the way back we stop at Raison D’Etre Cafe to visit the owner – who happens to be one of John’s “clients”. Click the link. John designed and set up that simple website for him.

Today he was extremely happy to get paid for his work – 40 pounds, roughly $60 at today’s exchange rates!

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3:30 pm Arrive back home at our “flat”.

3:30 pm – 3:50 pm I set the timer for 20 minutes of “free time”. John chooses to read one of his assigned books anyway – Retribution Falls.

3:50 pm – Chrissy gets to work on her old blog. I say old because she started a new blog today. John is still reading but he’s on to the next book in the series – The Black Lung Captain. I am uploading all the video footage you saw above and now typing this blog post up.

5:15 pm I lie down for 50 minutes to stretch my psoas muscles….with headphones on, listening to a podcast. Chrissy sneaks off to her room to play.

5:50 pm John is still reading this whole time. He’s loving this book series. Inez comes home and starts dinner.

6:45 pm Dinner about to be served. John is on page 386 of the second book that he just started!

7:45 pm John is listening to this piano channel on YouTube.

8:00 pm Inez and I take a walk to the supermarket. John starts Khan Academy math. Chrissy practices the piano for 20 minutes.

8:35 pm The kids get a rare Monday night dessert – M&M brownies. We usually do no sweets Mon-Wed. John is on page 442 of his book now.

8:45 pm Kids are banished to their bedrooms for the night. Inez is spending time with them, probably packing up and organizing all their junk. I am finishing up this blog post which will be published in 1.5 weeks when I’ll be basking in 95 degree Thai heat.

9:54 pm Kids’ lights out. Big day tomorrow as we’ll say goodbye to all our home ed friends at our “Tuesday Park Day”.

Our typical homeschooling days weren’t always like this. We built up to it over time, with trial and error, by “stealing” ideas from others, and by relentlessly cultivating excellence in all that we do.

If I were to give any advice to homeschooling families starting out who are looking to create blissful and productive days it’d be this.

  • Eliminate completely the biggest time and brain wasters – TV, films, and video games.
  • Have your kids read constantly. You may have seen mine reading on the train, on the bus,…and they also read at restaurants, cafes, etc.
  • Use computers to learn almost as much as possible.
  • Take a hard look at all organized activities and constantly ask yourself whether or not they are worth the time and whether or not you could improve upon whatever benefit they provide.

 

Dan (9 Posts)

Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at HomeschoolDad.com.


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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Nitty Gritty Blogs 2014

 

Each week we will be highlighting the Top Ten Bloggers from each category of the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards. We understand the hard work that is involved in running a successful blog. Kudos to all who were nominated, all who made the top ten, and to our winners!

Homeschool Blog Awards #HSBA2014 Winners! at hsbapost.com

This week we are highlighting the 2014 Best Homeschool Nitty Gritty Blogs!

Best Homeschool Nitty Gritty Blog

These bloggers aren’t afraid to be real and tell it like it is on their blogs.  They make us feel better and let us know that it is OK that we aren’t perfect. What would we do without them?

Winner 2014 Best Homeschool Nitty Gritty Blog

Our Busy Homeschool and Mountains of Grace tied for winner this year!

Top Ten 2014 Homeschool Nitty Gritty Blogs

In no particular order:

Tales of a Homeschool Family

Three Plus Two

Through the Calm and through the Storm

Running with Spears

The Pennington Point

The Chaos and the Clutter

Watch Me Homeschool

Adventures in Mommydom

 

 

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Sara (58 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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