Sunday, January 15, 2012

5th Grade State History

History is one of my favorite subjects. I enjoy learning all of the interesting facts and people and places. I love learning about what the people before me were like and how they lived. Their lives have had an impact on time and influenced what our culture is like today. We owe them much gratitude.

Studying state history can be so much fun for 5th grade social studies. You see, you have all of the information, locations, and artifacts right at your fingertips. You can access state parks, visit your states museums, and even your state official historical locations. You can find these interesting places online, study them, and then to make history really come alive you can load up in the car and go for a visit. Your children will get excited to see how history comes alive when you see, feel, hear, and experience where these things really happened.

In our homeschool we try to do this at least once a year. It is an exciting way to experience history beyond the facts!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Blame Game

Homeschooling is an adventure! Wouldn't you agree? I am not new to homeschooling, as I have been doing it for quite some time, and the further we go on this journey - the more I see that it is a great adventure. Every day we learn something - even if it is something that we shouldn't do! We can learn from mistakes as well as from the perfect and right way to do something.

When something you've been working on in your homeschool goes awry... don't focus on the problem... and don't play the "Blame Game." Sadly, I am speaking from experience. I have so often picked a bad curriculum or just didn't teach the kids something right and then beat myself up over my failure. I want to hang around there and just play that blame game until I feel that I have punished myself enough.

Do yourself a favor and don't go there. Everyone makes mistakes. In fact, making mistakes is how we learn not to do something! So,if you've had some problems with homeschooling over the past few months... don't let it get you down. Just learn from your mistakes and move on!