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Finishing Strong – Homeschool Link Up Party {Homeschooling Middle & High School Years} #26.

Finishing Strong – Homeschool Link Up Party {Homeschooling Middle & High School Years} #26.

 

Happy Wednesday and Welcome to Finishing Strong!

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Today we’re highlighting the non-core subjects – electives.

Electives can be so much fun. They are not only needed for high school transcripts, but they are also a great way for older students to learn more about subjects that interest them. By going beyond math and language arts, teens can gain a lot of insight into their passions and may even get a glimpse into what they’d like their future to look like.

Do you write about homeschooling the older grades? Make sure to share your posts with us below.

Discovering Passions Through Electives

Video Making – Our Homemade Elective! by BJ’s Homeschool

7 Ways to Teach Logic on the Sly by Classically Homeschooling

Homeschool High School with Online Psychology Course: Get Inside Their Mind by Education Possible

Photography as a High School Elective by Starts at Eight

What about those Extracurricular Activities – What role do they play in your teen’s life? by Sweetness & Light

Helping Kids Explore Their Interests When You Don’t Have a Clue by Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Next week we’re going to feature another one of our co-hosts – Kyle from Aspired Living.

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Easy Details to Remember & Even Easier Guidelines.

    • The link up party goes live at 5:00 a.m. CST each Wednesday and stays open until the following Tuesday at 11:55 p.m.
    • Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them.
    • You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, or other link ups, or parties. I will remove them. Homeschool related reviews are permitted and of course all topics related to homeschooling middle to high school students.
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    • By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course.
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Teaching Handwriting When Homeschooling the Early Years Part 3

Warning: Lots of pictures and a long post here!

You know I can’t talk to you unless I have lots of pictures.

Too, I wanted to keep the formal part of how to teaching writing all in one post so it’s easier for you to see the progression.

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Today, in teaching handwriting when homeschooling the early years part 3, I am going to show you samples of our transition in handwriting from the beginning of kindergarten to second grade. But first, if you missed Teaching Handwriting When Homeschooling the Early Years Part 1 , I wanted you to take away the fact that you want to create a print rich environment and trust the natural process that a child has in wanting to learn how to write.

Sometimes the process does not always require a lot of intervention on your part.  Think of yourself as a partner or coach in the writing process.

In Teaching Handwriting When Homeschooling the Early Years Part 2 , it is important to allow plenty of time for your child to focus on strengthening the fine motor muscles, which happens through a lot of play and NOT asking your child to write on a line at the preschool ages.

Scooting down through the years now, we want to begin what I call the “formal” teaching writing years, which is about kindergarten to first grade.  Obviously, children will continue to work on improving the legibility of their penmanship in the later grades, but today is about focusing on the nitty-gritty of teaching handwriting.

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The reason we want to pay attention to these these grade levels or years (not necessarily ages because all children are different) is that children can undergo a significant change during this time.  They can go from writing illegibly at the beginning of kindergarten to some beautiful beginning cursive by second grade.

I say second grade because that is the end result of the formal teaching which is happening in kindergarten and first grade.  Again, remember it does not mean penmanship is completely mastered, but you will see the beautiful transition as they keep fine tuning what they have been taught.

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The metamorphosis in penmanship during this time was always amazing to me with each son.  Too,  Mr. Awesome and Tiny progressed close, but not exactly to this same timeline.  Each child is different like I mentioned but wanted to repeat that again because teaching each child has not been an exact science.

I know too that when I was new to teaching handwriting that seeing actual samples of penmanship progress and understanding the growth process would have helped me more.  Providing that here for you, I am hoping it will help to give you a gauge for when you are teaching penmanship.

In addition to working on fine motor skills in kindergarten, I worked with each son on beginning sentence writing.  I would start the sentence and write it down.  Then, they would copy it, think of the ending and write the word or words.  I know it sounds a bit crazy, but the less I knew about homeschooling the better teacher I was at the time.

After I read about so many different learning styles and about how I was suppose to teach writing, I started thinking I was a public school teacher.  I forgot the teacher mom part of me.  In other words, I didn’t even know about copy work and was already doing that when teaching kindergarten.

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No, I couldn’t leave well enough alone because I was afraid Mr. Senior 2013 would be behind.  So I started off as a good teaching momma, then turned Nazi momma because I focused more on teaching him “penmanship” than just the skill.  What do I mean by this?

Well take a look at the picture below.  Instead of teaching him how to write, I had to now push him to learning how to compose sentences.  So I moved from what I knew to do naturally, which was having him to copy what I wrote, to thinking I was running a classroom.  And though composing and penmanship are linked, I couldn’t expect him to learn something that I had not modeled or introduced to him yet.  I guess I expected him to know what a title was for his beginning compositions by one of those Vulcan mind melds they do on Star Trek.

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I did allow him to transition between print and cursive up to this time.  All the while I was teaching cursive, he was still using his print.  Looking back now, I should have focused on one or two well written sentences using his beginning cursive instead of insisting on 5 well written sentences, which is a lot for this age.

Too, I corrected his spelling, no doubt in red (awful, awful momma) on his page.  Though you do want to correct spelling errors as they are writing, it’s better not to jump ship and teach yet another skill like spelling.  Simply showing him how to spell ski on a separate page and not on his writing like I did in the picture above, then going on would have been much better to do.  Of course, I expected him to compose, spell and learn penmanship at one swallow.  A TRUE mistake of a FIRST TIME homeschooler!

Though Mr. Senior 2013 survived my teaching him writing, I shed a few tears here and there as I think how hard I was on him.  He  excelled and wanted to learn NOT because I needed to constantly poke and prod him, but because he loved me.Teaching Handwriting When Homeschooling the Early Years Part 3 By the End of Second Grade 1 Teaching Handwriting When Homeschooling the Early Years Part 3As the teacher mom, I realized I held a lot of power over my little guy and that because of his love for me, he always showed up to try his best.  Thankfully, the other kids that come after the “first” get the full benefit of your experience.

Only another homeschool momma can know the utter feeling of sheer delight by you when you have taught a child the writing process.  Yes, I made plenty of mistakes, but learned in the long run to trust my natural instinct.  Staying balanced about what I learned about the how tos of penmanship and not always applying it to my family has been important too.  Sometimes all the tips just do not apply to my situation at the time.

I hope you do the same thing with what I have shared here with you.  I would love to celebrate your tiny triumphs with you when you have taught a child how to write.  Have you had the honor yet?

I am not done yet with this topic. I have one more post to share about some of the activities we did and and supplies I used in teaching my crew how to write.

Hugs and love ya,

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The Art of Procrastination–Omnibus Ends TONIGHT (Aug 24) at 11:59 EST

Not only is tonight at 11:59 EST the last night of the Omnibus, but it is the last night for us in our house.  I can’t wait to start blogging about our homeschool adventures both here and abroad.

Before I do that though and because I care, I want to be sure and remind you one more time to grab your homeschool bundle.

You know I don’t push many homeschool products because I know that you know they are on my site if you want them.  But the Omnibus  is different.  It is the ORIGINAL homeschool bundle and that makes it the ultimate homeschool bundle.  Yes, other homeschool bundles can mock it, but none can beat it.  That means I am SO PROUD to be part of it and want you to know that.

There is literally something for everybody in this bundle.

I won’t ramble on and on about it, I just want to encourage you to take a good look at the bundle because each product is literally .25¢ and there is something for everybody in it.

Too, if you bought it last year, then it is NOT a repeat of last year’s bundle.  The homeschool authors have created 94 new titles.

Scoot by and give it a look ! You’ll be glad you did. Click on the graphic to grab your bundle!!

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Look at all the titles at iHomeschool Network which is hosting the sale!!!

But read this fine print first because there are a few things I want you to know.

  • The deadline for refunds is September 5. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ (http://www.homeschoolomnibus.com/faq/) or contact iHomeschool Network (http://www.homeschoolomnibus.com/contact) for more information.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20.
  • The downloads are not on my page. The downloads are being hosted by iHomeschool Network .

If you do not understand all the techie things, be sure to look at the FAQ because it will answer a lot of your questions.

Click Here To Grab It Now.

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Beyond Museums and Zoos Homeschool Field Trip Form

Pondering the possibilities of field trips in South America has my brain racing about new field trip ideas and places.  But before I scoot on to that adventure, I want to share today my ideas for beyond museums and zoos homeschool field trip form.

After you have homeschooled for a few years, you realize that some places are what I call keepers for each year.  They are places you don’t mind visiting again and again like museums and a zoo.  But as time marches on and kids grow, you need ideas for other places.

So I created a homeschool field trip reference chart that is divided by season that you can easily add to your 7 step homeschool planner.  I added 10 ideas for each season.

In listing the ideas, I tried to avoid some places, not all though that would be pretty obvious in a particular season.  You know about them already and besides you probably have traditions or will have them in each season.

For example, we had one annual event in January to Incredible Pizza that all of our kids loved.  As adults we could never figure out why not just one, but all ages, young and old loved that trip!!  The place is huge and had lots of games, an indoor skating rink, car races and bowling.  We just couldn’t figure out why it was more special than other places like that we had visited.  It became our group’s tradition in January.

Another thing to remember about field trips as you enter more relaxed homeschooling is that not every field trip do you need to meet educational objectives.

I know groups are different from area to area, but in forming my field trip group it was understood that our main goal was socialization.  I learned as a hard-nosed teacher that learning didn’t have to be so hard and it was better remembered in a fun setting.

Meeting educational goals is tops on our list, but it runs second to our main goal of socialization.  The families in my group preferred our field trip time to be one where the kids had time to interact, form lasting friendships and not be about hearing long-winded lectures.

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Surprisingly, when I relaxed as a teacher and tried not to drill my kids on everything we learned, they too relaxed and wanted to learn more about the places we visited.

I hope you enjoy this form as I plan for a few more field trip forms, but wanted to get this to you as the new year started.   You know how I take my time in creating my forms because they each come from a special place or from my experience in my journey that I want you to know about.  So I really want them useful and practical too.

Download Homeschool Field Trip Reference Chart Here.

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Did you grab your Omnibus download? I grabbed mine and have been reading some of my favorites like the ones about history and how to spice up homeschooling.

Click on the graphic to grab your bundle!!  I have downloaded all of my files and am still looking through all of them.  And if you purchased the Omnibus last year, there are 94 BRAND new titles in the bundle this year!

Scoot by iHomeschool Network to read the rest of the titles and grab your bundle!!

But read this fine print first because there are a few things I want you to know.

  • The deadline for refunds is September 5. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ (http://www.homeschoolomnibus.com/faq/) or contact iHomeschool Network (http://www.homeschoolomnibus.com/contact) for more information.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20.
  • The downloads are not on my page. The downloads are being hosted by iHomeschool Network .

If you do not understand all the techie things, be sure to look at the FAQ because it will answer a lot of your questions.

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25 Cents Homeschooling

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That’s it! This is the last week in this house.  Just about all of our furniture is gone.  This Monday, the people, who bought our bedroom suits will be showing up to load up the rest of it.  And we will be in a hotel by Monday.  Are you ready to embark on this adventure overseas with us?

Last weekend, our dear friends threw us a going away party.  The weekend before I spent the day at Kelley’s house telling her goodbye and this past weekend at the party, I spent a lot of the time with Evelyn and Cynthia, my other two dear friends.  (Do you mind if I skip showing you any of the pictures from that party as I wouldn’t be recognizable with all the flowing tears?)

Here are a couple of pictures I like of them over the last few years or so.

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The picture of Evelyn is when I hosted that surprise anniversary party for her.  The one of Cynthia I love with her husband when they were at the graduation party of Mr. Senior 2013.  I know I am just moving away and not passing away, but my homeschooling journey would not be what it is if it hadn’t been for Kelley, Evelyn and Cynthia.  No truer friends could I have.  Enough said.

Finding the inner zap to write about it with all the swirl of emotions is not easy.  On one hand, I have made all of our arrangements and connecting flights and all of us are beyond excited to learn about South America.  On the other hand, I am the type of person who needs a few of “my people” around.  Close friends, and especially those that you started your homeschooling journey with are treasured.

We have one more big hurdle to get over and that is to tell both of our families good-bye.  This next week we will be going to North Texas to tell my husband’s family bye and then heading back here to tell mine  good-bye.

Focusing on you and all the posts that I have planned, sharing my new unit studies, my new planning forms, homeschooling tips and organizational tips will keep me excited and forward thinking.  I am hoping you stick around for all of it!

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One thing though that has me pumped right now is the Annual 2014 Omnibus sale going on.  You know I don’t plug or push very many things, but when it’s a great deal that I don’t want you to miss, I am excited to tell you about it.

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Here is why I am proud to be part of it each year:

  • The products are ALL by homeschooling authors.
  • They have a document format that everybody will like.  I know I kid a lot about not liking techie things, but my confession is that I like to be able to read my publications on my iPad or Kindle too.  Having them on my computer at home and on my devices while traveling is a sweet perk.
  • One of the BEST reasons for a bundle is that each book or product is ONLY .25¢.

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And OH, did you see that my contribution to this sweet deal is my Forever Blog Planner?  I have OVER 300 pages in that planner alone.  I know some of you don’t blog, but there are other planners too.
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I have downloaded all of my files and am still looking through all of them.  And if you purchased the Omnibus last year, there are 94 BRAND new titles in the bundle this year!

Scoot by iHomeschool Network to read the rest of the titles and grab your bundle!!

But read this fine print first because there are a few things I want you to know.

  • The deadline for refunds is September 5. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ (http://www.homeschoolomnibus.com/faq/) or contact iHomeschool Network (http://www.homeschoolomnibus.com/contact) for more information.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20.
  • The downloads are not on my page.  The downloads are being hosted by iHomeschool Network .

If you do not understand all the techie things, be sure to look at the FAQ because it will answer a lot of your questions.

Click Here To Grab It Now. The Sale Only Lasts 7 Days

Plus You Need LOTS of time to start your hot and heavy downloading!!!

Today, I am finishing transferring all of my files from my home computer to my laptop as I plan to share more printables, more unit study ideas and organizational tools your way.

I can’t wait to share all of it with you and I am excited for YOU about this Omnibus!

Hugs and love ya,

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