“Me Time” for Homeschooling Parents

One thing that a lot of homeschooling parents realise is the importance of a little “me time” to themselves. As a relatively new homeschooling Mum (3 years), I certainly have felt the benefits of just a little time every day by myself. Sometimes this will be in the early morning, sometimes in the evening – but whenever it is, it’s certainly something I need every day. But how do you fit this into the daily schedule and just what does one do during this “timeout”?

HOW TO ACHIEVE “ME TIME”

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Changing homeschooling routines

changing homeschooling routinesNow in my third year of homeschooling, I’ve discovered that you shouldn’t be afraid of changing homeschooling routines. We’ve almost finished first term in Victoria and already I’ve made multiple changes to our homeschool routine.  This year was a new challenge for me as my second (& youngest) child started school.  Although not overly worried about how to work them together, I did want to make a rough timetable to give myself an idea of what I was covering and when.

I decided I needed to spend at least one hour as “one on one” time with my youngest.  Whilst this was happening, I had planned for my eldest (Grade 2) to complete some work by herself.  This worked really well – for the first week!!! Then different things caused our Continue reading

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10 Favourite Kids Books

10 favourite kids booksI’m blessed that my children love books. It doesn’t matter if I’m reading to them, my eldest daughter is reading to me or my youngest is flipping through pages and pretending to read. Either way books play an extremely important part in our lives. For this reason I’ve put together a list of our 10 Favourite Kids Books. Please note, these books are in no particular order of favouritism. Continue reading

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How do I start home schooling?

Home schooling is something that many people talk about, but few people have any idea just where to start.  It may seem like home schooling is just too difficult or complicated, or takes too much time.  It can also seem overwhelming – you may often ask the question, “How do I start home schooling my children?”

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If you want to home school but are not sure where to begin, here are some tips that may help.

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Help Your Child to Read & Write

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help your child to readActivities for Smart Kids is pleased to announce our online reading course through our sister site – Help Your Child to Read .  If you are interested in making sure your child masters the fundamental reading skills, then read on.

“Help Your Child to Read Better” covers all you need to know about developing your child’s ability to read and write in a systematic and step by step way.

With our online course “Help Your Child to Read Better”, you’ll discover how to:

  • Use your skills to prepare activities that will develop your child’s reading and writing.
  • Check your child’s sound awareness and knowledge and show how to blend three letter words and build on them.
  • Teach your child the different spelling of vowels in words.
  • Show how words can have similar spelling patterns.
  • Choose the type of books that support fluent reading.
  • Introduce comprehension skills.

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