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Dear Friends,
Happy Friday! We made it to the end of the week! This ends our second week of our homeschool year. We started slowly on August 1, and I enjoy adding in a subject at a time over the course of a few weeks. This helps everyone adjust better.
Have you got your school year under way, or are you planning to start soon?
We don’t start with a lot of fanfare, but we will have a Back to School Party with our homeschool group in September. We plan a potluck lunch and let the kids play. We can start planning our group activities, and the teens enjoy making some plans, too.
We use a mix of technology and books for our homeschool, and that seems to work well for us. The boys use DVD’s for math lessons, and then they do their lessons. They read their history and science independently, but I do projects with them as a group to tie it together. They have their language arts programs for their respective grades with reading, writing, grammar, and spelling.
We started homeschooling in 2000, and it is hard to believe that this is the beginning of year 18. It’s strange to be down to 3 students, too. I remember when I had 6 students. They grow up fast!
If you are homeschooling little ones, I encourage you to read with them daily ann incorporate playtime and hands on activities. They will learn so much from playing and experiencing learning.
If you are homeschooling upper elementary and middle school, you can still provide project-based learning and hands on projects. It takes a little planning and creativity.
High schoolers can still do hands on learning for science and history. Their reading will be more prominent than younger years, but they will remember their projects and experiments.
Enjoy each stage of the learning process with your children!
What do you have planned for Family Fun Day tomorrow?
Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is pizza and a salad.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at


Back to Homeschool — 2 Comments

  1. You were talking about project based hands on learning. Maybe you can share some ideas for my son. He is 10, autistic, and deals with sensory issues. We have slowly been moving from traditional homeschooling to more play based learning. We have found reading and maps work well for geography,history and social studies. We have found kitchen science and nature work well for science. Hooked on phonics is great for reading and spelling. But for math im finding it hard to move away from the traditional curriculum, even though its not working for my son. Id love to go more real life math but not sure how to, as well im trying to pull together a list of the basic must have essentials for math vs the long list of curriculum based standards. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated:)

    • You are doing a great job with your son! Have you looked at Math U See or Life of Fred? Those are two that come to mind.

      Have a wonderful day! Tami

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