Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Homeschool Panel Discussion

I think the panel discussion held at the News-Herald last night (8/13/12) went really well. We'd hope for a higher attendance, but at the end of the night I felt like we helped several people by giving them resources and encouragement to jump into homeschooling and that is all that matters.

I didn't have too much to say as I am still learning the ins and outs myself, so it was very informative for me as well. I feel lucky to be a part of this community of homeschoolers.

One thing that has had me thinking all day, was the question about how to get your child disengaged from the TV, computer games, etc. We all responded "just turn it off." In hindsight, I wish I would have thought that response out a little more. Sure, turn it off is the first step, but other thing must happen in order for it work. The parent has to engage the child in another activity. Sure it is easier to turn on the TV while you cook dinner. We all know it gets done faster and there is less mess, but if you turn the TV off and invite the child(ren) to help you, you have an instant math lesson. Fractions, measuring, portioning.

So yes," turn it off, but turn the child's mind onto something else" would have been a better response.

I hope those that attended the session, got some good information form it and if you didn't any still have questions, please feel free to ask them here. If I don't know the answer, I can surely find it out.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thinking of Homeschooling?

Are you thinking of homeschooling? Want to know why others decided to make the choice to homeschool? Have questions about what resources are available to you? Want to know your rights as a homeschooling parent?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join me and several other homeschool moms for a roundtable discussion at the News-Herald's office.

Monday, August 13th, 7pm.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homeschool Classes Outside The Home

I just registered my kids for the Zoo homeschool programs. Lake Metroparks has their schedule for the fall out and I'm waiting for The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Fine Arts. Sure would be easier planning if they all came out around the same time.

Anyone else doing any of these classes? Found any others that are fabulous?