Is School Testing More Important than Taking Kids to Work for a Day?

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April 26, 2010

Once a year, there is a “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day“, but the public schools are speaking out against it, saying that missing even a single day of school will hurt the children, especially in light of “high-stakes” testing.

I was wondering what you thought about the article

I have to say this seems silly and even moronic to me.  Here are a few of the benefits that came to mind of having kids spend a day at work with their parents:

  • Ahhh.  So, that’s why I need to learn math.
  • Hmm.  Dad (or Mom) really works hard.  Maybe I should value and appreciate the things I’m given a little more.
  • I do (or don’t) want to do this kind of work when I grow up.  What do I need to do now to reach the future I want?
  • Hmm, maybe I should start thinking about my future.
  • I met a lot of interesting adults today who were really helpful.  Maybe I could find mentors in fields I’m interested in to help me out.
  • Maybe I should study more so I can have a more successful future . . . that might help me on those “high-stakes” test 🙂
  • Dad (or Mom) and I had some great conversations about careers, money, finances, interests, school work, etc. . . . and guess what is the biggest predictor of school success (and yes, high test scores) . . . parental involvement!

Seems silly to think that unplanned snow days, field trips, teacher study days, etc. are all fine reason to have a school free day, yet spending a valuable day with a parent exploring careers and the workplace is dismissed as having no value and even being detrimental to scholastic success.  So sad.

What do you think?

And check out the “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” website for some great ideas.  You may have missed the official day, but there’s no reason you can’t do it another day. 

And another idea for homeschool teens is to help them shadow a whole bunch of the adults in their lives.  Why not shadow someone every month or every week?  What a great way to help chart your future.  How would your college choices or career have changed if you’d been able to shadow a hundred different profressionals during your teen years?  Just a thought.

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Why Don’t We Teach Kids to Be Entrepreneurs? Great Homeschool Ideas!

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April 23, 2010

In grade school, I saw a display of “Bonkers” marked down to $0.10 each, since the candy was being discontinued.  The going rate for a candy bar was $0.25 at the time.  I went home, got every cent I had saved, $20, and bought 200 of them.  I took them to school and sold them for $0.20 and doubled my money.  As a kid, I had already come up with ideas about making a profit while also pricing my product under the competition. 

I loved this talk by Cameron Herold with great ideas to encourage our kids to be entrepreneurs, to be innovative, leaders, problem solvers, business founders instead of employees.  If you have a kid with an interest in business, making money, being a leader, go grab him or her and spend 20 minutes enjoying this video:

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School at the Park – Ideas to Make Homeschooling Fun

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April 21, 2010

Jacob has just discovered the most amazing creation in the universe . . . THE PARK!  He bolts out of the car when we get there and runs from slide to swing to climbing wall the whole time we’re there.  I’d love to suck some of that energy out for myself.  Any ideas on how to do that?

So, this morning he headed out to the garage to throw away his diaper (starting chores early :-)) and before I knew it, he had climbed into the van, up into his car seat and told me very firmly, “Park!”

The rest of us finished our writing (while Jacob screamed at us) and then loaded up our school books, hats, water bottles, a box of crackers, and headed to the park to do school.

Here’s how much more fun it is to do school at the park:

Alex had jotted down his spelling words and I quizzed him while he circled me on his scooter.

The slide and the swing sure spiced up Brooke’s reading, so she didn’t mind so much (We’re waiting patiently for her to discover that reading is fun!)

And here’s a video of Jacob happily practiced his colors (though the red step kept throwing him) and crazy toddler jumping skills.  That’s what happens when you have three older brothers to show you what kind of acrobatics are possible, even if you’re not quite 2-years-old yet:

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Homeschool Gym Class – Bowling for Brothers

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April 8, 2010

With the beautiful weather outside, it’s time for some ‘gym classes’ outside.  Our youngest has 3 older brothers and seems to be picking up very quickly on physical skills.  All it took was watching a few times before he was ready to join the big kids and go flying and spinning down the hill.  I’m amazed by how much he can do already.

Of course the older boys had to improve the experience, and soon were trying to bowl each other down.  One boy would roll really fast down the hill while the others would try to dodge and leap over the incoming ‘bowling ball’.

Brooke stuck to sidewalk chalk.  My princess is quite different than my gang of hooligans.  🙂

Have you been doing anything fun outdoors?  We love new ideas.

Enjoy!

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The Cost of Keeping a Homeschooling Toddler Busy

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April 7, 2010

With my youngest almost 2, he’s sometimes a handful while I’m trying to help the older kids with their school.  This morning, he saw the paint bottles we had out yesterday and got all excited.  I stripped him down to his diaper and set him at the table to paint.  I stuck around for a bit to help him, and he seemed very engrossed and excited to just sit there and paint.

I went into our schoolroom, off the kitchen, to help the other kids with some online spelling and Teaching Textbooks math.

Here’s what I found about 15 minutes later:

“What?  I was just painting.  You said I could paint.  And no, I don’t have a dirty diaper.  It’s just paint.”

Cost of 15 minutes helping the other kids with their school = 20 minutes for a bath, new diaper (his was dry), 5 minutes washing down both chairs, 5 minutes rinsing out two very brown rags, the paint plate, and 3 sopping brushes.

A baby who loves trying new things = Priceless  🙂

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Some Fun Art Games from The Getty Museum

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March 22, 2010

Looking for a fun change in your art instruction?  The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has developed a collection of fun art games called “Getty Games” using pictures of artwork, sculptures, and more. 

They use the artwork to do matching games, detail detective, switch, and jigsaw puzzles.  You can click on the book icon any time during a game to get info on the background of the art pieces used in the game.  Pretty fun, even for me.

Enjoy!

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Carnival of Homeschooling – Party Edition

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March 8, 2010


Welcome to the Party Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling


One thing we always come back to in our homeschooling house . . . is having fun together.  Sure, there are difficult days homeschooling.  But, when we look around at each other, we see the freedom to learn, live, and love together every day.  It’s really a ‘Party’ of homeschooling every day at our house, and we love it!


With all the tools, materials, LEGOS, and especially ideas around our house, something is being built every day.  Here are some ideas for having a homeschool . . .

Building Party

Barbara Frank presents Tinkering School posted at Barbara Frank. What a great idea – invite kids, bring tools and supplies, add a couple dads and a garage, and make your own tinkering school.

Christine at Our Curious Home gives a run down on a fun science project involving spinning tops while coping with the winter illnesses many of us are enduring now.

Jenny at Home is Where You Start From presents Growing borax crystals, a homeschool Science project.  She says, “We successfully grew borax crystals on pipe-cleaner “stars” in a jar.  They were beautiful and educational.  I walk you through the simple steps of completing this project.  Home school = fun school.”

Kaye Swain presents Cheap Scrapbook Supplies + Great Scrapbook Inspirational Sayings = Happy Grandkids posted at SandwichINK.  She says, “My grandkids and I have had fun combining cheap scrapbook supplies and sweet scrapbook inspirational sayings to make all sorts of fun projects.  I love it when we can combine fun, giving, and learning – making it perfect for their homeschooling programs.”

Young kids learn while they’re laughing, giggling, running, and having a homeschool . . .

Play Party

Lara DeHaven presents Having a Purim Party posted at Texas Homesteader.  She gives some great ideas for celebrating various holidays throughout the year.

Sarah presents Preschool Play posted at The Forest Room.  She explains “Various preschool work from this week with some comments on development and quotes.”  I really enjoyed her art, muffin tin, and preschool letter ideas.

DeputyHeadmistress presents I had a different schedule planned for today… posted at The Common Room, saying, “The DHM had a schedule all planned and organized, and then the boys got busy with something else.”  I loved the map ‘fun’ – kids learn so well when they’re playing.

Tom DeRosa presents See the Ultimate Number Line Game in Action [Video] posted at I Want to Teach Forever, saying, “Here’s a math idea that will get your kids up and moving!”

We all have our own beliefs and many of us are happy share to them with others.  Browse these interesting opinions, and I couldn’t resist calling it a homeschool . . .

Political Party (and Opinions on Homeschooling)

Katherine presents budget cut suggestion posted at No fighting, no biting! She says, “As states and counties cut workers, perhaps they could slash some positions that seem to exist primarily to harass homeschoolers.”

Cristina presents The Department Store World posted at Home Spun Juggling. She shares, “My thoughts on how our society separates issues and subjects into different categories and my own ideas about taking a more holistic approach. ”

Janine writes about how “homeschooling allows us to have our children work on hard things that really matter,” in her article called Life stress and homeschooling posted at Why Homeschool.

Dana presents In defense of the Pearls…some thoughts posted at Roscommon Acres.  She gives her take on the debate involving the Pearls who lean heavily towards not ‘sparing the rod’ and the controversy involving the death of a young girl in a family following that philosophy.

Rodney C. Nanney presents Homeschooling Dad Running for State Representative posted at Put Michigan Back to Work.  Both he and his wife share their thoughts and motivations for his first foray into politics.

Alasandra presents Political Asylum for Homeschooling? posted at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog Awards, saying, “I am really tired of bigots like Libby who know nothing about homeschooling harassing, bashing and insulting homeschoolers.”

Crazy Stats People presents Press Release: Chocolate Versus Vanilla posted at Count By Homeschoolers, saying, “Are homeschoolers particular about their ice cream? Help us find out by participating in our latest survey!”

ChristineMM presents Thoughts on Homeschooled Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts posted at The Thinking Mother.  She shares her thoughts after reading an article on the topic in Scouting magazine.”

Susan Ryan presents Useful Homeschoolers posted at Corn and Oil.  She offers her own review of articles in Scouting and Yes Magazines.

We’re often stumped and looking for something new.  What you need to do is attend a homeschool . . .

Party of Ideas

Rachel Lynette presents 8 Fun things to do with Idioms posted at Minds in Bloom. She says, “I know I am preaching to the choir when I say that idioms are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Check out these out of this world ideas – they’re the cat’s pajamas! ”

Christina S. presents Project: Popcorn! posted at Lesson Pathways Blog.  She says, “A fun post from a homeschool mom about her ‘Popcorn’ theme unit. Great ideas!”

Barbra Sundquist presents Time Management: Procrastination posted at HomeBusinessWiz.  She says, “New research shows that contrary to common belief, procrastination has very little to do with our skills to plan or manage time. The root of the avoidance is our reaction to work, sense of purpose, or self-esteem.”

Sebastion, who presents Questions about Homeschooling posted at Percival Blakeney Academy needs some help with questions for a homeschool Q&A panel.

Mrs. White presents The Cleanest House Ever posted at The Legacy of Home.  She’s got some great ideas for your next big cleaning day . . . and how to get the kids to do it all.

Shannon Entin presents Learning Through Living posted at Mom Improvement. Check out the great living history restaurant they found.

GrrlScientist presents BirdNote Radio Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “BirdNote is a radio series about the intriguing ways of birds. BirdNote programs are two-minute vignettes that incorporate the rich sounds of birds with stories that illustrate the interesting — and in some cases, truly amazing — abilities of birds.”

NerdMom presents Book It Time!!! posted at Making Money, Keeping Money.

Kristie presents How to Save On Your Grocery Bill posted at Saving Dollars and Sense, saying, “This post offers practical tips for bring down your grocery bill.”

If you want to see some variety, compare the bookshelves and teaching methods of a few homeschoolers.  And we’re always looking for more ideas.  Make sure to check out this homeschool . . .

Curriculum Party

Tiana Krenz presents What Does “Enough” Look Like? posted at God Made, Home Grown.  She gives some advice to help box-checking parents who are trying to evaluate if they are doing enough schooling.

Kerry Jones presents Make Way for Change! posted at Parent Community and Forum.  Some great thoughts on the evolution of homeschooling in their home.

Katie presents Uses and Benefits of Audio Books posted at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage.  She says, “So many uses for audio books and so many free places to get them!”

Amy Bowen presents It’s too much!!! posted at Eclectic Homeschooling.  She shares how many things she’s able to do and enjoy with her children because she homeschools.

Catherine presents Applying Montessori principles in our home, part 1 posted at Petticoat Government.  She gives some great insights into “applying Maria Montessori’s principles to be a better teacher and mother.”

Dave Roller presents Structured and Unstructured posted at Home School Dad, saying, “I have been struggling lately with my home schooling style lately should I be structured or unstructured. Here is what I’m thinking.”

Nak presents “Ulysses S. Grant as Desdemona” or “Adventures in Speech Class” posted at Sage Parnassus.

And some days it all just doesn’t work out so well.  Here’s some advice that might help the next time you feel like having a homeschool . . .

Pity Party

Amy presents The Homeschool Schedule Blues posted at Raising Arrows.  She gives some great ideas when you feel like your curriculum just isn’t working for you.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word presents Sick Day posted at Hope Is the Word.  She says, “Observations and questions from a “sick day” in our homeschool.”

Linda Dobson presents Homeschooling: The Gift That Keeps Giving posted at PARENT AT THE HELM.  She gives us hope and a fun look into the future as she enjoys her homeschooled daughter now continuing the tradition with her own daughter.


This concludes the Party Edition of The Carnival of Homeschooling.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  Feel free to comment and link back to this post or other articles you liked.

You’re also welcome to submit an article to the next addition using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Enjoy!

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Build a Free Tabletop Basketball Project at Lowes

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March 8, 2010

This Saturday at 10 am, the kids can go to your local Lowes and make a free wooden table top basketball game.  They also give the kids a free Lowe’s apron and patch for each project.  My kids really love the Lowe’s Build and Grow clinics.

Enjoy!

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Free Crafts in March at Michaels

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March 6, 2010

With Easter coming, and March being ‘craft month’, Michaels has a whole bunch of craft projects available on upcoming weekends.  Some free, some you need to pay for some of the supplies. 

Today from 10 am to 1 pm, you can make little yarn people for free.

A great little outing if you’re having a slow Saturday.

Enjoy!

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Carnival of Homeschooling is coming to HomeschoolBytes next week

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March 2, 2010

I’m hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling next week, so if you blog about homeschooling, or even have a post that you think homeschoolers would find useful, please submit your article through the link below, and I will include your post:

Submit your blog post to the Carnival of Homeschooling

A blog carnival is a collection of links and descriptions to a bunch of good articles on a certain topic – in this case, homeschooling.  It’s a nice way to browse through a bunch of articles at the same time, while also getting a chance to find new blogs and meet new people.  For the blogger, its a great way to exposure and more readers for your blog.

I hope to see your articles!

Misty

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