How do I keep my enthusiasm going throughout the year?

Recently, I was asked how I kept my enthusiam going throughout the year. There are several techniques that I utilize to keep me enthusiastic about teaching my children throughout the year.

First, I schedule breaks in my school calendar. The fastest way for me to burn out and lose my enthusiasm is to overschedule our school work. We will typically do school for 6 to 9 weeks and take a week-long break. I use my curriculum as a guide for choosing when to take a break. And we all come back to our books refreshed once we have a break. This does mean that we might school on a year-round schedule, but it certainly helps keep me from getting burned out.

Secondly, I use a curriculum that makes learning fun. I love using KONOS and the unit study approach to learning. I love learning along side of my children.

Thirdly, I plan field trips to give us a change of pace from hitting the books. Admittedly, we are not able to do a lot of field trips due to budget constraints and the limited amount of time I have for field trips. But, a well-placed field trip is a welcome change to our day-to-day schedule.

Fourthly, I try to get out of the house for a mom’s night out or other similar event. I need to get out and recharge my batteries. And a homeschool mom’s night out is a great way to relieve some stress. If it does not relieve your stress, don’t go! I found that I could get caught up in doing too many jobs for the mom’s night out that I was burned out. So be careful of that!

How do you keep your enthusiasm going throughout the year?If you have any questions or comments, I welcome them at orders@dhss.com.

Have a blessed day!

Works for Me Wednesday

This week for Works for Me Wednesday, Shannon has asked for a toys worth buying list. I would say that the best toys we have bought over the years have been in the following order:

1) wooden train set

2) bicycles

3) Tonka Trucks

4) Anything made by Little Tykes

5) Any of the Melissa and Doug wooden toys

We have five boys, and the Thomas the Train wooden train set with hand-crafted wooden table has made it through all of them. We also live way out in the country, and the children all love to ride bikes. Some of them even learned to ride without training wheels in January, because they were so excited with their Christmas bike! We have also invested heavily in Tonka trucks. I think my mom still has some Tonka trucks that belonged to my brothers. We also have had very good service out of any toys we purchased that were made my Little Tykes. That stuff is nearly indestructable! And we have also enjoyed the wooden toys made by Melissa and Doug.

I suppose I could link to all of these, but they are pretty well known, so I will just let you use Google or Ebay to find products.

Have a blessed day!

Contest Winners!

The Bloggy Giveaways are now over. I have selected winners for the four contests that I held this week, and I want to thank everyone for their participation. I have also emailed the winners, so please be on the look out for those emails!

Contest #1 – State the Facts book, Vocabulary Book, Mind Benders book

Random number generator choose commentor #6 – Stephanie.

Contest #2 – Latin Books

Random number generator choose commentor #12 – FLMOM

Contest #3 – Reason and Write Book

Random number generator choose commentor #4 – cvdmvega

Contest #4 – Basic Skills book and word practice cards

Random number generator choose commentor #14 – samsakara

Thank you!

Giveaway #4 – Basic Skills & word practice

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Comments are now closed to new entries for the contest. I want to thank all of you for your entries this week.

I used the feature at random.org to generate the winning number for this contest.

And the winner is…………

Commentor #14, samsakara. Thank you for entering!

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Giveaway #4 – Basic Skills book and World of Words cards.

The 4th giveaway for this week to celebrate the Bloggy Giveaways, I have two books that would be appropriate for a preschooler or kindergartener. Both items are new.

The first book is a Capital and Lowercase letters practice book, and the second is activity card set for working on words.

Rules for entry:

  • Please post a comment on this blog post for the Basic Skills book and World of Words.
  • Please provide a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win.
  • Please tell your friends about the giveaways this week on my blog.

I will draw the name of the winner on Saturday, November 1, 2008, between 9:00-10:00 pm EST. Please enter before 9:00 pm EST on November 1, 2008.

This contest is open to residents of the 50 United States. I am sorry that I cannot accomodate international entrants at this time.

Thank you for entering! Have a blessed day!

Giveaway #3 – Reason and Write

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WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!!

Please no more comments for entering the contest. I appreciate all of the entries in my contests this week.

Using the number generator at random.org, I chose a winner.

And the winner is ……………

Commentor #4, CVDMVEGA! Congratulations! I will be contacting you via email. Thank you for entering!

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Giveaway #3 for a Reason and Write book for students in grades 4-8.

My third giveaway in the Bloggy Giveaways is for a student workbook to build a successful writer fr written exams. The teacher portion of this book has some highlighting, but the student pages have not been written on, so it would not hinder use of the book by your student.

Rules for entry:

  • Post a comment on this blog entry for the Reason and Write book.
  • Leave a valid email address.
  • Tell your friends about the giveaways on this blog.

I will choose a winner sometime bewteen 9:00-10:00 pm EST on Saturday, November, 1, 2008. Please make sure you leave your comment before 9:00 pm EST on November, 1, 2008.

This is open to residents of the 50 United States only. I am very sorry that I cannot offer this to my international audience.

Thank you for entering! Have a blessed day!

LINK to Giveaway #4

Bloggy Giveaway #2 – Latin Books

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We have a winner!!!!!!!

Please no more comments for entering this contest. I have used the number generator at www.random.org to give me a number for the winner of this contest.

And the winner is………..

Commentor #12, FLMOM. I will be contacting you tonight! Thank you for entering!

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The Bloggy Giveaways are this week. And I found some of the items I had been putting aside for this week. So there will be three new giveaways posted today on my blog. You will need to enter each one individually.

Giveaway #2 is for a set of Latin Books for Children by Classical Academic Press.

Included in this giveaway are the Latin History Reader for use with Latin for Children, Primer A; Latin for Children Activity Book: Primer A; Latin for Children: Primer A workbook; and the Answer Key for the workbook.

Rules for entry:

  • Post a comment here on this announcement for the Latin Book Giveaway.
  • You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but I will need a valid email address to contact you, if you are selected as the winner.
  • Tell your friends about the giveaways.

I will draw the name of the winner on Saturday, November 1, 2008, between 9:00-10:00 pm EST. So please make sure you comment before 9:00 pm EST on November 1.

This contest is open to residents of the 50 United States. I am sorry that I cannot accomodate international entrants.

Thanks! Have a blessed day!

LINK to giveaway #3