What’s your child’s learning style?

 

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What’s your child’s learning style?

 

In my 18 years of homeschooling, my six children have allowed me to experience different learning styles as we learned together. Most of us are strong learners in one of these four ways. Some of us are a mix of styles. I am a strong visual learner, and I am not as good at learning by hearing.

Most people learn well by doing things. This is hands on learning. This is often referred to as a kinesthetic learner. I have used hands on unit studies to teach my children history and science. They remember the things they do and experience. So we spent time experiencing history through re-enactments. We have experienced science through experiments. My children have long-term memories from their unit studies.

One of my children is a strong auditory learner. He is also a strong kinesthetic learner. When he was little, I would give him something to occupy his hands, such as playdough or blocks. Then I would read books to him. He would remember everything I read to him even though it seemed like he was not paying attention.

Another one of my children is a strong visual learner. He picked up on reading faster than any of his siblings. He is not as strong in auditory learning, but he is a strong kinesthetic learner. It is interesting to see how the hands on learning is a complement to both my auditory and visual learner. We used videos as a supplement many times over the years. Pureflix has a great homeschool video collection. You won’t have to be concerned about content like you do with other streaming services.

Some children and adults learn through writing. When I am working on something new, I like to write it out. It helps me process what I am learning. If I am taking a class, it helps me to take notes and outline the material.

What types of learners are represented in your homeschool?

 

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Planning Family Fun Day

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

Each week part of the weekly plan is to have a Family Fun Day. We structure our week so that the Home Blessings are done, and the Zone Missions are completed. This leaves us with Saturday as Family Fun Day. (*Note* Any day can be Family Fun Day if your spouse works shift work.)
What I hear often is that you don’t know what to do on Family Fun Day. You have grown accustomed to spending Saturday as a project day, and you end up not doing something fun on Saturday as a family because you did not decide what to do.
There are many things you can do for Family Fun Day. If the weather permits, plan an outdoor activity. If the weather is terrible, you can have a family game day, or you can plan an indoor activity.
Sit down as a family and make a list of activities from suggestions from each person. Then you can pick from the list and rotate through the choices. Each person will get to do something he or she enjoys as time goes on. You can give guidelines as far as cost and distance traveled.
My family has enjoyed picnics, hikes, fishing, playing in the snow, bowling, skating, games, going to sporting events, board games, and visiting family and friends.
The people I observe having Family Fun Day in their weekly schedule have planned it and set aside time in their schedule for it.
What are some of the things you have done for Family Fun Day?
Today’s Zone Mission is to do a 27 Fling Boogie in the Entryway and Dining Room.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is take out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Decluttering Daily to Help You Get Organized in Your Home

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

Happy February 1st! As we launch into a new month, you have a fresh start on the Habit of the Month. This month we are going to practice the habit of decluttering daily.

You only need to do this for 5 to 15 minutes a day. Earlier in the week, I talked about how I fit daily decluttering into my schedule. There is not right or wrong time of day to declutter. You just need to find a place in your routines where you can build it into your routines.

For an area that is full of clutter that you want to get rid of, start today. Set your timer. Turn on some music. Start flinging. You just need to have a box or bag handy for items to give away, a box for items to be put away, and a trash bag for items to throw away.
If you have a full garage or basement, you may want to put a reminder on your phone to declutter in that area specifically every day. You are making an appointment with yourself because this is important.
With a lot of paper clutter, set up your shredder near the area you are in the most. Spend 5 minutes a day shredding paper. Resist the urge to sort into piles of paper. Deal with one piece at a time. Set up files that you need.
When I talk to people about paper clutter, they say it with dread. I want you to turn that thought around. Decluttering paper is a good thing. It will bring you peace. It will help you take care of your home. If it makes you feel like you are making progress, weigh the paper you are decluttering. Do a 27 Fling Boogie with paper. It doesn’t take long if you just take the first step in getting started.
Tell me how you are dealing with your paper clutter.
Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter and dust in the Dining Room and Entryway.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.
Have a great day!

Top 10 Things Procrastinated Around the House

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Dear Friends,
Happy anti-procrastination day! Today I want you to tackle one thing you have been putting off. It can be anything around the house. As I have talked to ladies over the past two years, I have heard of many things that they struggle with doing.
Here are the Top 10 things I see procrastinated:
1)      Paper clutter
2)      Making phone calls for appointments
3)      Paying bills
4)      Swishing the toilet and swiping the bathroom sink
5)      Shining the kitchen sink
6)      Folding laundry
7)      Getting dressed down to the lace up shoes
8)      Going to bed at a decent hour
9)      Including children in daily routines
10)    Menu planning
Did I hit on any of the things you procrastinate? Following the FlyLady’s routines and zone missions on a consistent basis will help you with all of these. You don’t have to do everything all at once. You can start with one habit at a time. That is why she gives us a new Habit of the Month to practice.
In January we have practiced shining our kitchen sink at night. This gives you a great way to start your day with an empty and clean sink. It does not have to take you a long time. When I shine mine at night, it is pretty quick. I put any dishes in the sink into the dishwasher. I do a quick wipe and rinse of the sink. I dry it with my daily towel. I put that towel in the wash, and I pull out a clean towel for the next day.
Tomorrow, we will start a new Habit of the Month, so tonight, I want you to finish January strong with a clean and empty sink before you go to bed.
Tell me what you have been procrastinating.
Your Zone Mission today is to put away anything that does not belong in the Living Room.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is beef stew and salad.

Have a great day!

Fitting in Decluttering, Zone Missions, and Home Blessings

Getting Organized:
In Your Home and Homeschool

Dear Friends,

Are you trying to figure out where your Home Blessings, Decluttering, and Zone Missions fit into your daily routine? Someone asked me how I fit all three of these in with homeschooling.

My day is divided into segments using my Morning, Afternoon, and Before Bed (or Evening) Routines.

In the morning, I will do a Home Blessing. I list them for you each day. That is how I have broken mine down into manageable steps. The boys help me with the Home Blessings, so it moves along quickly. It does not cause a big delay in starting our school day.

In the afternoon, I will do a Zone Mission after lunch. This helps me get the detail cleaning done in each area of the house, and it is only takes 10 to 15 minutes to do. You can also include your children and make it a game. Learning to clean and having joy about cleaning is a great life skill.

After dinner, I will do some decluttering. This can be focused on a Hot Spot that developed during the day, or it can be decluttering wherever needed, such as the boys’ clothes or a stack of paper.

Dealing with with the mail is a daily routine for me. It helps me keep control of the paper coming into the house. It only takes a few minutes if you do it daily.

Depending on the ages and number of children that you have, you can move these around to fit your needs. You might find it works better to do the Zone Mission and Decluttering back to back. Each school year has a different level of need, and I have shifted things around over the years as needed to meet their needs and still get my daily routines completed.
Here are a couple of links to a previous year’s schedule for both me and the boys.
Here are some articles from The FlyLady on Flying While Homeschooling.

http://www.flylady.net/d/gycw/flying-with-homeschoolers/

Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.

Your Zone Mission for today is to move the Living Room furniture and detail vacuum.

My menu plan for Tuesday is Cornish Game Hens.

Have a blessed day!

Decluttering in Two Zones in One Week

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
This week we are wrapping up January, so we will be in two Zones. Monday through Wednesday, we will be in Zone 5 – The Living Room. On Thursday and Friday, we will be in Zone 1 – The Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room. Do quick 10 minute Mission each day and don’t stress about it.
Zones 5 & 1 Missions: The Living Room & Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room
Monday – Declutter and Detail Dust in the Living Room
Tuesday – Move Furniture & Detail Vacuum in the Living Room
Wednesday – Put away anything that does not belong in the Living Room
Thursday – Declutter & Dust in the Entryway & Dining Room
Friday – 27 Fling Boogie in the Entryway & Dining Room
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
As we transition into February, I want you to look at your daily routines. If you are not decluttering for 5 to 10 minutes a day, I want you to find a place in your schedule where it makes sense for you to declutter daily.
By decluttering a little at a time, you will find it gets easier and easier to maintain your home. You will have less stuff to deal with daily. I talk to ladies all of the time who struggle with making decisions on what to do with stuff. That is why it will help you to do this a little bit each day. You will only have to make a few decisions. If you try to spend a lot of time decluttering, you wear yourself out. Then you don’t want to do it again for a long time.
For me, my decluttering either happens in the middle of the afternoon or right after dinner. With homeschooling, I do not have time in the mornings to do my decluttering.

You can do it! You just need to practice it until it becomes a habit.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter the flat surfaces in your living room and detail dust.
My menu plan for Monday is pork chops.
Have a blessed day!

Doing Monthly Maintenance Around the House

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
Next week we will be ending January and starting a new month. Do you have a monthly schedule for routine maintenance for your home and your car?
Here are some items I have on my monthly maintenance list for the first week of the month:
  • Change filters on heating/air system
  • Change water filter under the kitchen sink
  • Dryer lint removal
  • Check back up batteries
  • Check fire detectors
  • Check for vitamins and medication refills
  • Check first aid supplies
  • Check trash bags and storage bags
  • Check for light bulbs that need to be replaced
  • Outdoors – check the gutters and other seasonal needs
  • Outdoors – check the barn and food for animals
  • Car – check inspection date, check oil and other fluids, check tire pressure, get it washed
This is not an exhaustive list, and I don’t do all of these alone. The boys know how to do most of these. We do it as a team and pick one or two things a day. The Zone Missions take care of the detail cleaning around the house, and these are just things that need to be done that don’t really fit my Zone Missions.
All of these are great teaching points for your children. If you don’t know how to do these, ask your husband to show you and the children. You should know how to do routine maintenance in the event that your husband is unable to do it.
Learn how to check your oil and tire pressure on your vehicles. Learn how to change a flat tire if you don’t know how to do it. Check for supplies hat you need to have in your vehicle, too. First aid kits, extra oil, and a tire pressure gauge are essentials in my vehicles. I also like to keep an old towel in my vehicle for incidents that might come up.
Friday is also clean out your car and clean out your purse day. If you have not integrated this into your schedule, start today. Send your children out first to get the trash out of the vehicle, and then you can go out to check it. I also throw away any trash that is in my vehicle when I am filling my car up with gas. If the boys are with me, they hand me trash, and I drop it I the can. That way, they are contained and safe, and I am able to get rid of trash that needs to go.
What are some of the things you need to do for routine maintenance around your house?
Today’s Zone Mission is to clean out under your bed.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is take out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Being Proactive in Dealing with Germs

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

This year colds, the flu, and stomach bugs are going around like mad. You can be proactive in caring for your home and family. You can use cleaning wipes for commonly touched surfaces. I use bleach wipes from a pop up container to wipe door knobs light switches, and my kitchen counters.

We are not sick in our home right now, but any time we go out, we can be exposed to different germs. When we get home from an outing, I ask every to wash their hands first thing. I also keep hand sanitizer in my purse to use while we are out.

Some of the most known places to spread germs are church and shopping cart handles. I have been known to keep my gloves on my hands inside of the store to keep my hands from touching the handle of the cart.

The flu is quite bad this year, and I want to be proactive with our health. We take vitamins, drink water, eat healthy, and get adequate rest.

Even with these precautions in the past, we have gotten sick. I have protocols for that as well. Frequent hand washing helps contain the spread of germs. If someone has been ill, I replace their toothbrush when they are better. I use washcloths in place of hand towels in the bathroom.

The FlyLady has a great article on dealing with a stomach bug. Take a minute to read it today. You can be prepared in case the stomach bug does come to your house. I pray that it doesn’t!

What do you do to stay healthy and keep the germs at bay?

Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter items from one dresser drawer.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.

Have a great day!

Getting organized by decluttering clothes

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Dear Friends,
How does your master closet look? The master closet can become a dumping ground for things you are storing, for things that need a place, for things that you don’t use often, and for your clothes and shoes. Your master closet has a lot of functions, but is it functional?
Is your closet stuffed full to the brim? Have you been avoiding decluttering in it because it is such a massive job?
Today, I want you to stop putting off decluttering in your closet. Set your timer for 15 minutes. Have a box or black bag handy. Start pulling things that you do not wear. Yes, those things you have been holding onto. The clothes that don’t fit. The clothes that don’t make you feel pretty. Let them go!
Look in your closet floor. What is there? Do you need to let go of some shoes or other things that are piled in your closet floor?
You may need another bag, but I want you to declutter some shoes today. After your 15 minutes is up, take the bags of items you are delcuttering and put them in the car immediately. The goal is to get the excess out of your house. When you have your errand day, stop and drop off the bags.
A few of you are thinking to yourself that you want to sell the clothes instead of donating them. I want to discourage you from doing this. It will take time and energy to sell them, and you will likely not see a good return on the investment of your time.
If your closet is really packed full, try to spend 10 minutes once a week in decluttering. Drop of the donations weekly and keep at it consistently. It will get better. Resist the urge to pull everything out at once.
Your children may also have issues with their closets. You can use the same formula for decluttering their clothes. Children often have clothes in their closets that do not fit. They like to hold onto their favorite clothes. Sometimes I make a quick visit to their closets and just pull the stuff I know doesn’t fit. Then I ask them about it. Usually we can talk through any reasons why they want to keep the items.
Another strategy I use is to throw away items with holes or big stains when I am folding laundry.
If you get the amount of clothes in your home down to a manageable level for your storage situation in your closet, you will also improve your laundry process. The more clothes you have, the more laundry you have.
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter items from your closet for 15 minutes.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is beef roast and salad.
Have a great day!

6 Creative Ways to Kick Cabin Fever for Kids

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6 Creative Ways to Kick Cabin Fever for Kids

For kids, being stuck in the house all winter can seem like a punishment. And as a parent, you know that the more bored your children get, the more unruly they can become. So, why not find a solution for both of your problems?

 

If you can find activities for your cooped up children to do, they will come to love their indoor time almost as much as outside time. And if these activities are educational, that’s a parenting win! So, how about taking a little time to try out some of the following activities that will have your kids laughing and learning their dreary winter days away?

1.  Make Elephant’s Toothpaste

According to School A to Z, science experiments not only help kids with fundamental knowledge, they also help them develop patience and perseverance. That’s why experiments like elephant’s toothpaste are the perfect indoor activity. It’s not actually a toothpaste for elephants or anything else for that matter. It is a fun and colorful science experiment that elementary-age kids love. Using household ingredients, they can make a fun colorful foam that will teach them about oxygen gas.

2.  Give Them a Fun Workout

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that one in five school-aged children is obese, and being cooped up indoors all winter could certainly be a contributing factor. The best way to keep your kids healthy is to ensure that they get at least an hour of physical activity each day. And just because they can’t run or ride bikes outside doesn’t mean you can’t encourage exercise. There are tons of fun workouts just for kids available online.

3.  Nurture Their Artistic Sides

Art sometimes gets pushed aside to make room for subjects like math and English that are considered more important, but the truth is art is responsible for much of a child’s development. Language development, decision-making, and visual learning are all skills strengthened through creativity. You’ll find all kinds of artistic activities for kids online with a few creative search terms. For example, try searching for “girls crafts” or “giraffe crafts” to find ideas specific to your child’s personality and interests.

4.  Call on Your Inner Teacher

You may not consider teaching one of your skills, but anyone can teach a lesson that’s already prepared. Try searching for homeschool lesson plans for the age of your children or get creative and use your kids’ interests. For example, you can look for dog-themed lesson plans, dinosaur-themed lesson plans, or many other things your kids find entertaining. Rover.com offers some helpful suggestions for lesson plans about dogs. If you make learning fun, they won’t even know they’re being taught something useful.

5.  Make Some Noise

Let’s face it—they’re probably already whooping it up anyway. Why not channel their noise into something that accelerates brain development and motor skills. Sites like Lesson Face and Take Lessons offer a database of instructors who either give music lessons face-to-face or online. Or you can opt for some fun and educational musical game sites that all kids love.

6.  Share Some Memories

Children love hearing stories about themselves, and what better way to make memories than to start scrapbooking together. There are certainly plenty scrapbooking supplies available in craft stores, but most photo-sharing sites now also offer online scrapbooking. These digital scrapbooks can then be shared via email or social media or even printed to keep for family keepsakes.

 

Cabin fever takes its toll on the whole family, so it’s important to plan ahead when you know you’ll be spending extended time indoors. But don’t just plan mindless activities like eating and watching movies. Keep your kids moving and learning all winter to keep them healthy, active, and mentally alert.

 

Thank you, Special Home Educator for this article.

 

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