Hands on Homeschool

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 
 
Dear Friends,
This week I was reading a post by a homeschool mom with children ages 8 and under. She felt like they were not doing enough “in your seat” school work. My experience of homeschooling these last 18 years is that young children need less “in your seat work” and more hands on educational time.
Have you done any culture studies with your kids? One of the most interesting things we have studied has been cultures around the world. We enjoy learning about the countries, their customs, and what they eat.
Sometimes we get the winter doldrums in our homeschools. What helps me is to inject a fun little unit study into our plans. That gives us all a little lift in our spirits.
If you have never done a unit study before, they can be simple and fun. They do not have to be complicated. They do not have to take a lot of time either.
Does your family have a certain type of food they like to eat? You can use that to help you decide on what country to study. One year, we used a cookbook that gave menu ideas and recipes for various countries around the world.
We used our world map to locate the country. We watched some videos about the country. We discussed their economics and exports. We learned about their government and religion. We read missionary stories from that country.
We made lists of foods that they ate, and we made menu plans. For our study of Asia, I took them to a large Asian supermarket. That was an education for us all. It was fascinating.
When we studied Mexico, we went to the Hispanic grocery store. We played music from the different countries, and we listened to their language. We attempted some simple phrases, too.
There are so many ways you can study about other countries and cultures, and if you have never done a study like this before, consider doing one soon.
Today’s Zone Mission is to check your supplies in the bathroom and laundry room.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken stir fry.
Have a great day!

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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 Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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