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Tips & Tricks: School Schedule

 Some people might think that homeschoolers just lounge around most of the time, some might think we follow the same schedule as public school. Well, the beauty of homeschooling is that you can choose your schedule. We do not follow the same schedule as public school. Instead, I have chosen that we do school year round. Our school year starts the first Monday in January and we end the Friday before Christmas (so a 47 week school year). I take a week off for the birthdays of both our girls and my husband. I also take Thanksgiving week off. If you have read some of our post before you know that we do school Monday through Friday. Some choose to do school 3 or 4 days a week. It really just depends on what works best for your family. Now, if you live in a state that has schedule laws for homeschool then you need to follow those but for Texas there are no such laws. The reason why I choose to do year round with very little time off from school is that way she does not have a long summer bre

What I Have Been Up To?

I have been hard at work crocheting various things. I got a bit behind on the crochet schedule I made for this year since I had an order to do. I do not keep all the items I sell on hand. For the majority of the time when I get an order I have to make the items unless you order from what I have in stock. This order was a custom order and one that takes a bit of time to make. But I have finished quite a bit of crochet items this year. I still have a lot of crochet I want to get done but I am going to take a break from that and work on my cross stitch and embroidery. These are the sets I have finished this year. All of these patterns are by  AradiyaToys . And of course all of these items are in stock and available for purchase. 

Tips & Tricks: Requirements

Before you begin homeschooling it is best to check out what requirements your state has. In Texas, it is very easy. I don’t need to notify anyone, no need for teacher qualifications, no state test (STARR test), no immunizations. I only need to teach math, reading, spelling, grammar and good citizenship. The curriculum must be written as well. You must conduct school in a bona fide manner. I teach all subjects not just the required ones. I do this because I think it’s important for our children to get a great education and because colleges will want all subjects. We also get the immunizations when the pediatrician says and I do give quizzes and test. If your child has been in the public school system then you must send a letter/mail to the school stating that you are withdrawing your child with the intend of homeschooling. There are many letters online you can find if you need help writing one. Now, this is information is not true for all states. So, it is best to lookup the state laws

Review: Djeco Fish Rainbow Colored and Glitter Craft

If you have read before you will know we live Djeco. We have used a bunch of their kits. However, this  Glitter Kit  was definitely not one of my favorites. It is fun and the projects turn out very pretty but it is a mess. You get glitter, a stick to remove the stickers and 4 projects to do. You remove all of the stickers of one number than pour the glitter. There is a little hole in the box so you can pour the glitter back into their containers… ya this was a mess. Some of the glitter doesn’t come out of the box. Sometimes the glitter doesn’t pour out right and it got all over everywhere.  Since not all the glitter comes out of the box it ends up getting mixed with the previous colors. This does add a cool effect to the next time you use the glitter but I wish it came off of the box easier. We have done two of these projects so far and are out of the pink glitter in the tube. This is highly disappointing since we’ll need it for the last two projects. Luckily, I have spare things of gl

Tips & Tricks: PE Class

I have been asking before about what we do for PE. I do not think you have to put your child in an extracurricular activity for them to get exercise. There are many things you can do at home.  Exercises for Kids: Going on a walk/run/hike Riding a bike in the driveway or neighborhood  Go swimming  Playing tag Go to the playground/park There are kids workout videos on YouTube  Playing a physical video game like Ring Fit Adventures or Just Dance Do pilates/yoga/stretching with your child All of these are great exercise for not only the child but for adults as well. My daughter and I do many of these together. She does also do gymnastics. Our gymnastics center also offers a homeschool PE class. So, you could always call around your area and see if they have something like that. A lot of homeschoolers also get together and form teams that play against each other in different sports; football, soccer, volleyball, etc. How does your student get their exercise? Let me know in the comments belo

Tips and Tricks: Sick/Missed Days

How to you handle sick days or days you’re to busy to do school? Well here’s what we do. If I am sick we still do school. Plain and simple. I still do housework and care for my family so I feel I can still be teacher. If our daughter is sick we take off until she is better. When she is sick I don’t feel she can focus on the learning. Now onto missed days. Some days you may have a lot to do or you may just want/need to take the day off. I use Saturday and Sunday as contingency days. So we can miss up to 2 days of school a week. I don’t like doing this because I have the year planned out and want to finish everything on time. I know with homeschooling you can finish things whenever but planning the year is what I prefer.  Since I like sticking to the schedule I’ve made with Timberdoodle’s online scheduler  we do make up sick/missed days. When the snow storm hit Texas we missed a week of school. So upon returning home I had to figure out how to complete those 5 days of school. We could ha