Homeschool Open House


Hi, welcome to my Homeschool Open House. If you’d like to participate in the Open House (and have a chance to win some great prizes) visit The Homeschool Lounge.

I am a homeschooling mom of four children: Kathryne just turned 10 and is in 5th grade. Charles is 8 and is in 4th grade. Ashlyne is 5 and is in K5. Rachel is almost 4. We have been homeschooling from the beginning. I actually had a little school time that I called “Gather at the Table Time” even when my two oldest were 2 and 3.

Before I had children (otherwise known as my former life), I was a school teacher. I taught for 4 years in a Christian school and for one year as a special education resource teacher in a public high school. Being a “real” school teacher has influenced my homeschooling style. I started out as a by the book homeschooler, but I have evolved into a much more laid back and flexible homeschooler.

As I started to write this Open House post, I realized that many of the things I would like to tell you, I have already blogged about in the not too distant past. so, I’m going to include some links here to “show” you our homeschool.

First, our curriculum this year is varied. I am using primarily a Charlotte Mason style of teaching with a little Classical style thrown in. Here is my post about what materials we are using this fall.

One of the things I am trying for the first time this year is workboxes. I blogged about the setup of my workbox system here.

Although I love homechooling and wouldn’t trade it for the world, there are days when I feel like throwing in the towel. Here I blogged about keeping the focus.

If you are just getting started homeschooling, I started a series of posts on Getting Started Homeschooling here. Stay tuned for more posts in this series. Number three is coming up this week.

One of my biggest tips about homeschooling is just read. If you can’t do anything else for the day, read good books to your children. I wrote a post about the value of reading to children here.

I am often asked what I do with my younger girls while the big kids are doing school. Using workboxes, which I mentioned earlier, is helping with that. I also wrote a post about dealing with preschoolers while you homeschool here.

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