“I’ve Decided to Homeschool and I’m Freaking Out! Help!”

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Ha! Just because I’ve been homeschooling a while now, people think I know what I’m doing and starting to come to me for advice. Which cracks me up because I am the first one to tell you I have no idea what I’m doing!

I think the first piece of advice I’d give to any new homeschool mom would be to get used to the “winging it” and the “flying by the seat of your pants” feeling. Just as you get used to one age level, the darn kid will grow up a little. Each age has its own challenges and needs.

Also, if any “expert giving you advice tells you “this is the right way to homeschool” (as if there is only one way), WALK AWAY. You don’t need that kind of annoyance in your life! Honestly, there are as many ways to homeschool as there are children on earth. The real beauty of homeschooling is the ability to tailor each educational experience toward each child and family.

With that in mind, here are my tips to begin:

1. First, examine your child’s learning style. How do they learn the best?

What is Your Learning Style?
The Learning Style Quiz
Know Your Kids: Identify Their Personal Learning Styles

2. Learning should be fun. Whatever you do, it should instill a lifelong love of learning, so that it becomes a way of life. Self-motivated, curious minds will make your job so much easier!

This means homeschool might look very different than your public school experience and that’s okay!

3. Examine your own teaching style and personal time constraints. When we first began, my was very flexible, however, now that I’m working my schedule is extremely structured. And now that my girls are a bit older and can read well, we have focused on making them more self-sufficient so they can do most of their work on their own, while I’m working myself.

Homeschooling can and will adapt around your life situation, but you do need to keep this in mind when making decisions on specifics.

4. Check out HSLDA.org and your local state organizations such as HEAV here in Virginia to cover all of the legal mumbo-jumbo for your state.

5. Then, check out curriculum that fits all of the above. Some programs are too-teacher intensive for my style and taste. There is some curriculum that is too much “my way is the only right way” for me. There are some I don’t consider “nutrient-rich” enough for my kids, and there are some programs my kids think are boring and too much busy work.

6. Get involved/participate in your local homeschool community. Perhaps that will be a Co-Op. Perhaps that’s Park Play Days, or ad-hoc, individual classes or activities. Build your own local support network and community. It’s vital for long-term homeschool success and satisfaction.

What else would you suggest to someone starting their homeschooling journey?

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Our Updated Homeschool Mission Statement

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Since I discussed Creating a Homeschool Mission Statement during my Preparing for Convention series, I thought I’d actually share with you what Hubby and I have decided on. This has been reviewed and updated for this year. (And is based on “Defining Your Homeschool Mission: It’s More Than Your Why“) It still serves us pretty well, but we refined it a bit. This has been slightly revised since an older post.

Our Homeschool Mission Statement

Our Goal

That our children become well-rounded, well-educated, interested individuals – who have the ability to investigate their own interests and be productive, independent, discerning, successful adults (however success is defined by them). We want our children to have strong Christian hearts and spiritual knowledge, as well emotionally and spiritually healthy.

“Our mission isn’t simply to pursue knowledge, but to pursue God’s wisdom and prepare our children to become God’s effective servants. We want our daughters to grow confident in Christ and the unique role that God created them to fulfill for His greater glory.” (quote that I loved enough to steal to use for ourselves.)

Verses That We Base Our Homeschool Plans On

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. — Proverbs 22:6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. — Proverbs 3:5-6

 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? — Mark 8:36

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. — Deuteronomy 6:4-9

What Are Our Non-Negotiables?

  • They must be challenged and be on a “college-ready” path, whether they go or not.
  • College itself is flexible, advanced training or education of some sort is not.

How Do We Evaluate Our Efforts and Results?

  • Their joy in learning. Learning can and should be fun, and more is retained when they enjoy what they are doing.
  • Their curiosity and desire. Education should serve as a vehicle to whet their appetite for more knowledge, and give them the vehicle to further that knowledge.
  • Successfully learning, retaining lessons. Not regurgitating information but truly understanding it.
  • Personal relationship with and love for Christ. Deepening knowledge and understanding of the Bible, exploration of applying that understanding to their own lives, and sharing that love with others.

What We Look For in Curriculum

  • Christian-based education.
  • Family-based curriculum and learning together as much as possible.
  • Encouraging independence in learning as they mature, though learning together when possible.
  • Should encourage the love and joy of learning, delight-directed learning whenever possible. Not on “teaching to the test,” or Common Core Standards.
  • Flexibility of time and curriculum and interests.
  • Ease of program on teacher. Minimal preparation needed. No personal need to reinvent the wheel.
  • Spending time with girls and as a family.

Have you created a Family Mission Statement, or  a Homeschool Mission Statement/Plan? I’d love for you to share it with us if you have!

Congrats to my HEAV Giveaway Winner!

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Congrats to the winner of my HEAV Family Convention Pass Giveaway! Congrats to Deanne L. – check your email for more information!

 

Previous posts about HEAV Conventions that you might enjoy:
HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale
Getting Dad Involved in Your Homeschool
Other Ways Homeschool Dads Can Be Involved
HEAV Convention Wish List Tip!
HEAV From the Dad Perspective
Lessons Learned from Past Conventions
My Biggest about the HEAV Convention!
Getting Ready for HEAV???
Last Minute HEAV Convention Survival Tips

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HEAV- Home Educators Association of Virginia – website
“I am excited to be a blogger for HEAV this year. In exchange for sharing my honest opinion about this convention, I was provided with a family registration at no charge.”

REVIEW: Apologia’s Anatomy and Physiology (and HEAV Giveaway!)

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Since I do not have high-school age students yet, this post is a guest post from a local friend, Ronda Everson. Thanks Ronda! PS. Apologia will be at HEAV this year!! Check out their sessions and speakers, and their booth in the Exhibit Hall!!

Based on a thorough review of the Apologia Anatomy and Physiology curriculum, I plan to use them next year with my 10th grader.  (These products were a gift free of charge, in exchange for an honest, personal review.)

The materials that are available for this curriculum are a textbook, student notebook which includes the labs, an anatomy coloring book (I did not have access to this for review), tests and solutions, a textbook on mp3 audio disc and DVD instructional guides.  The DVDs can be used on both PC and Mac computers.  Instructions for using the DVDs on both systems are provided.

The textbook is hefty at 576 pages and is divided into 16 modules with a lab assigned for each module.  A materials list/module are provided in the back, which is wonderful for planning purposes.

Overall, I liked the way the text is written and is definitely written at a higher level.  A student would need to have taken strong introductory biology and chemistry courses before delving into this curriculum.

There is a short review of most of the key concepts before the book moves to a deeper level.  However, the review is short, because the authors assume that the student has encountered and understood the review material previously.

The material covered is thorough but written in an easy to understand style.  There are adequate pictures and diagrams supplementing the text.

I love the way the student workbook is laid out.  There is a yearly schedule provided which includes lesson readings, study days, tests, and labs.  The schedule is based upon a five-day/week, 32-week school year, but could easily be adapted as needed.

The student notebook also has pages provided for note taking and even has a section on how to take notes which is a skill that all students need to develop.  In the back of the notebook are the lab experiment instructions and an area for recording their results.  However, they recommend that a student keep a separate lab notebook in the correct form and I would tend to agree with that recommendation.

There are additional sections of the student workbook that are awesome.  The appendix of Latin and Greek word parts are invaluable when learning all the vocabulary that is part of any science discipline.  Case studies are a fun exercise using the information that the student has learned, applying it as a ‘medical detective’ like a real physician.  Suggested solutions to these case studies are also provided.

The lab experiments/activities will require a microscope and some prepared slides.  The final project is a fetal pig dissection.  For those that are not willing to do ‘real’ dissections, as we are, there are life-like models and virtual options, which are just as acceptable.

Overall, I was very pleased with the materials and think that my student will respond well to them.  He is not especially drawn to the biological sciences, but I believe it is a valuable course to take.  It is well written and thorough.

I can see this curriculum being especially valuable for those students who plan on pursuing further education in a medical related field, but it is also excellent for all students who are ready for an upper-level science.  We all should have a thorough understanding of our own bodies to make wise choices in taking care of ourselves.

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Sign up for my HEAV Convention Pass Giveaway!!

Yes, you can win a pass so you can attend HEAV’s convention for free! (Leaving more money to spend on stuff! WAHOO!) Optional Programs are not included. This giveaway ends May 10th at midnight, so sign up now!

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Previous posts about HEAV Conventions that you might enjoy:
HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale
Getting Dad Involved in Your Homeschool
Other Ways Homeschool Dads Can Be Involved
HEAV Convention Wish List Tip!
HEAV From the Dad Perspective
Lessons Learned from Past Conventions
My Biggest about the HEAV Convention!
Getting Ready for HEAV???
Last Minute HEAV Convention Survival Tips

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HEAV- Home Educators Association of Virginia – website
“I am excited to be a blogger for HEAV this year. In exchange for sharing my honest opinion about this convention, I was provided with a family registration at no charge.”
“The Apologia links above are affiliate links and I appreciate your support of my site! Please review my affiliate and review policy here.”

How to Get the Most out of HEAV Convention 2018, Part 3!

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This post has been revised from previous years, here and here.

Today I’d like to share with you my own preparation steps to get the most out of HEAV’s Convention!

Step 1: Register!

If you haven’t already, STOP RIGHT NOW AND REGISTER. RIGHT NOW!

And then, BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM IF NEEDED. DO IT TODAY!

Step 2: Organize!

To begin, do you want to participate in the Used Curriculum Sale? Right now is the time to sign up and get ready! Start pulling all of your “old stuff” together for the sale, and get it priced. Because we missed last year, the mountain of books I need to sell have reached EPIC proportions! Be sure to read my earlier article about getting ready for the Used Curriculum Sale as well!

Step 3: Evaluate!

Now that the old is gone, evaluate what is left. Have you pre-bought/pre-collected items for next year? Get them together and see where the holes are. Any missing gaps? Make sure you make a note of it. Have you made your decisions for your curriculum for next year? Where are your continued question marks? Any wish lists?

To add to that list: any questions that you really wish you can ask for help on? Each year there are “Curriculum Doctors” and they are the absolute sweetest ladies on the planet. So calm and so reassuring to this new homeschooling mama, AND they always have such great ideas for me!

Step 4: Consolidate!

This is just a simple note to say that now is a good time to get all of this wonderful pondering and prepping organized in one place. In some sort of fashion that would make it easy to carry around the convention hall.

Because you know you’re going to forget something and just want to give yourself a good head-slap. Or you get home and realize you bought things you don’t end up needing. Like a particular book on my bookshelf that I have bought THREE TIMES. Because every time I see it I buy it, forgetting that I’ve done that twice already! Or, ya know, you already have six-zillion different science experiment idea books on your shelf, you really don’t need the five more you impulse-bought at the exhibition hall. Ya know. Or, the REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION about math curriculum that you only remembered to ask the last two hours of the convention, so you have to race around looking for that particular person who is the perfect person to ask, that you already had the half-hour conversation with the day before? Ya know, that sort of thing. Not that I’m talking from experience, of course. Not at all!

Step 5: Define Your Situation for Next Year

Before I make any decisions, I find it very helpful to look ahead and make a note of any particular “situations” I already know are coming up in the next year. (Perhaps for you it might be a new baby, transition, or already scheduled trips in the works.) I think it is very helpful to keep these in mind as you plan for the upcoming year.

Next year, we will be covering 5th Grade and 7th Grade ages in our homeschool. The girls have been working mostly independently this year, and they are really enjoying Mom not being involved. They want to be more independent, and I get to focus on heart-and-character building. So we will look to continue that trend next year.

Step 6: What Worked This Year? What Stays?

I’m a huge fan of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and with that in mind, there are several things I want to keep on doing next year. These decisions are made after chats with both kids, both together and individually, and also with the hubby.

MATH — We’ll be sticking with Teaching Textbooks for our core math.

CONVENTION PLAN– I won’t need to worry about purchasing anything for math!

GRAMMAR AND WRITING — This past year we’ve been using Apologia’s Readers in Residence 1 and Writers in Residence 1 programs. Unfortunately, doing both at the same time was too much for my girls, so after a month or two, we began to alternate weeks of each book. So, we will finish up both of the programs (eventually!) and then continue with Writers in Residence 2 next year!

CONVENTION PLAN– I already have what we need! No need to purchase anything new!

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS — American Heritage Girls has become a “required” part of our homeschool curriculum. This past year we focused on participation, character, and service. We will be continuing again next year.

SCIENCE — We tried Apologia Science this year, and my girls LOVED it. I was shocked! But yes, after years of trying to wing different programs, and be more creative with science, they enjoyed working their way through a book/workbook program. We used Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics, and Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals this year. Again, my girls LOVED this. And oh, I HIGHLY recommend buying the experiment kits that match each book. Everything was labeled, organized, and ready to go! Made my life SOOOOOOOO much easier. Did I mention how happy we were with science this year?

CONVENTION PLAN — We are already planning to use Apologia Science again next year. My youngest has requested Exploring Creation with Astronomy, and my oldest will begin General Science. (psssst. Apologia is coming out with a BRAND NEW Health and Nutrition course this year! It’s so new, it’s not even on the website yet!!! I’m super excited by it, we might just change to that, once I’ve been able to review it!)

HISTORY — This year we jumped back into a history rotation, after several years off. Because my girls love lapbooks, and loved the Elections Lapbook we did, we decided to use Homeschool in the Woods products. I wanted to use My Father’s World this year, but the girls weren’t having it. So instead, I based our work on the typical outline of My Father’s World and collated various lapbook products from Homeschool in the Woods to use.

CONVENTION PLAN — We have gone VERY SLOWLY through our history lessons, so we have more than enough already purchased to last us a very long time!

STEP 7: — What Didn’t Work? What Needs to Change? What Needs to Go?

What worked for us this year?

Honestly? Anything I didn’t participate in.

I think my girls were sick of me this past year, and ready to more in charge of their homeschool experience. They LOVED the homeschool classses program (like a Co-Op) we tried this year on a whim, and we’ll continue with that. Basically, they learned better when it wasn’t coming from MOM. So I want to honor that as much as I can, and continue down the independent learner path as much as we can. We might continue with our same curriculum we have set above, but we are also considering starting my oldest, who will be in 7th grade next year, on Veritas’ self-paced online Omnibus 1 program next year. That will be a BIG leap of faith for us, in addition to increase of intensity of education for her. So, we’re still waying the pros/cons of that.

That will leave me to focus on the heart this year, and this is most likely what I will be researching at HEAV the most this year. I’m hoping to really find a strong Bible devotional program that focuses as much on life application as Bible knowledge.

What step above are you on? So, what does YOUR plan look like?

Sign up for my HEAV Convention Pass Giveaway!!

Yes, you can win a pass so you can attend HEAV’s convention for free! (Leaving more money to spend on stuff! WAHOO!) Optional Programs are not included. This giveaway ends May 10th at midnight, so sign up now!

Click on this Rafflecopter Giveaway Link to Sign Up Now!

Previous posts about HEAV Conventions that you might enjoy:
HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale
Getting Dad Involved in Your Homeschool
Other Ways Homeschool Dads Can Be Involved
HEAV Convention Wish List Tip!
HEAV From the Dad Perspective
Lessons Learned from Past Conventions
My Biggest about the HEAV Convention!
Getting Ready for HEAV???
Last Minute HEAV Convention Survival Tips

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HEAV- Home Educators Association of Virginia – website
“I am excited to be a blogger for HEAV this year. In exchange for sharing my honest opinion about this convention, I was provided with a family registration at no charge.”
“The Apologia links above are affiliate links and I appreciate your support of my site! Please review my affiliate and review policy here.”

How to Get the Most out of HEAV Convention 2018, Part 2

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This post has been revised from previous years.

Before we evaluate our “current” curriculum status, and “organize” the past stuff that needs to go, we really should take a moment and look to the future.

Yes, even before we start deciding which grammar and spelling curriculum to use next fall.

Think of this time as a great opportunity – it’s like the New Year Resolutions for homeschoolers. We’re out with the old and in with the new. And with that always comes a time of reflection, of celebrating being done, and also making resolutions/goals for the upcoming year.

And this is a really perfect time to sit down with your spouse and “Define Your Homeschooling Mission.

Defining your purpose and vision (see, there goes my “Coaching” voice again) can be life-changing. I know that going through this process each year, (outside of homeschooling), truly helped me clarify the driving priorities and purposes in my life. Step-by-step, I began to evolve into who I am, and closer to whom I’m meant to be.

And oh, isn’t that what we want for our families? For our homeschool? For our children?

So as a personal homework assignment this week, sit down with the hubby, a cup of coffee (or chocolate ice cream, whichever makes the discussion go down better), and really just talk about these questions. Perhaps you might want to email him the link to this article ahead of time, giving him time to come up with his list of answers, and then you both can compare notes.

And just since we’re already going there, I want to point out this article that I read. WOW. Powerful stuff. But really, has the “homeschooling” become the driving force in all that you do in your home? Sadly, I’ve seen several “discussions” online that give me pause. Maybe because I led a Bible study in past years, entitled “No Other Gods” that I’m hypersensitive about this particular topic?

Regardless, we still want to make sure that God is the ruler of our home, our lives, AND our homeschools.

And once we, as individuals, as parents and as a family, able to truly envision that “better us” that God is ever developing, we can start to use that as our guideline.

How does that information define your choices?

  1. Does it affect particular curriculum choices?
  2. How do you keep homeschooling within it’s proper order of priority in your family?
  3. What things might need to be reviewed and adjusted from last year?
  4. What can you simplify in your family to make it all work out “to the glory of God” in hopefully a less chaotic, calmer manner?
  5. How are you teaching “living in priority” to your children? Are they learning from your life or only your words?

Yes, these are the things I’m contemplating right now – as I sit here and read reviews of middle school curriculum. Yes, here is Choice A, which everyone says is SO amazing, but they also say it’s very time consuming. Choice B is also good, and is online and self-directed (but not cheap!). Which one fits with my “simplifying, calming, and loving/nuturing” atmosphere I long to create? Perhaps it’s worth it to use the longer time-intensive program and make cuts somewhere else. Or, do I really need all those extra curriculum enhancement programs I’ve found online? When is too much? Or when is the extra just so much fun you don’t want to stop?

I guess what I’m saying is, this is a really good time to figure out where your lines seem to be drawn in the sand. Obviously I might not be able to figure out the answer to that middle school curriculum internal debate before convention, but knowing having our family mission statement and priorities organized, will make those decisions much easier and quicker. So, you know, you can enjoy everything else at convention!

(PS. Another reason I want to be clear on this before attending: Hubby attends HEAV with me each year. Which means he will actually SEE how much I spend in the Exibit Hall. More incentive to behave. Ha!)

Sign up for my HEAV Convention Pass Giveaway!!

Yes, you can win a pass so you can attend HEAV’s convention for free! (Leaving more money to spend on stuff! WAHOO!) Optional Programs are not included. This giveaway ends May 10th at midnight, so sign up now!

Click on this Rafflecopter Giveaway Link to Sign Up Now!

Previous posts about HEAV Conventions that you might enjoy:
HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale
Getting Dad Involved in Your Homeschool
Other Ways Homeschool Dads Can Be Involved
HEAV Convention Wish List Tip!
HEAV From the Dad Perspective
Lessons Learned from Past Conventions
My Biggest about the HEAV Convention!
Getting Ready for HEAV???
Last Minute HEAV Convention Survival Tips

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HEAV- Home Educators Association of Virginia – website
“I am excited to be a blogger for HEAV this year. In exchange for sharing my honest opinion about this convention, I was provided with a family registration at no charge.”

How to Get the Most out of HEAV Convention 2018

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HEAV’s Convention is one of the highlights of our homeschool year, and is our own personal start to the summer season!

However, a few years ago I realized I was doing everything BACKWARDS.

I’d make my decisions first, and then consult God.

Not intentionally, of course! I was just following the normal calendar of homeschooling – spend the Spring researching/planning, go to HEAV (and buy!) in early June, and THEN in August before the new school year started, I spend a month praying that God would direct our path. The problem was, I had already decided on which path before ever praying for it!

Yeah, oops.

I really love this article from 2:1 Conference from a few years ago (and I share this every year), to help us REALLY GET READY for the HEAV Convention the right way, by putting first things first.

In previous First Things First posts, I’ve talked about the idea of making sure we put Christ first in everything we do. And I really like the idea of practicing what I preach to my girls as well – if I say I want to put God first in our homeschool life, then just maybe I should start putting him first in my preparation of it as well!

So that’s my challenge for YOU: Are you putting God FIRST in your homeschool preparation? Before the research of curriculum choices, before the sorting and organizing for the Used Curriculum Sale, before asking a zillion other homeschool moms their opinions on various programs — Have you put FIRST THINGS FIRST?

Do you like Prayer Prompts? Here are a few I found on Pinterest that might be useful! (I love to use specific Bible verses to pray, and these lists often make my prayer time easier!

Please take some time this week and prepare your heart with God. Spend time getting His input on your children’s education!

After all, who could really know your children better than the Maker and Creator? (1 Peter 4:19)

Who could know what is truly going to up in the next year better than the One who sees all? (Psalm 139:1-5)

Who is the One who holds your kids in the palm of His hand? (John 10:29)

And pray not only for your children, but what about you? (Oh, and your spouse, of course!)

After all, this is the stereotypical time of the year that you plan for next. And how can you lead unless you yourself are being led by the Commander of the Heavenly Hosts?  (Isaiah 55:4)

Pray that you will continue to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” even before advanced “education.” Beg the One Who Sees All to open your eyes, so that you can see the vision as well, and the road before you.

Ask that He prepare your heart before you arrive, so not only can this (not-so-little) homeschool convention be MORE than just about “school.” May this be a time of rejuvenation, of strengthening, of clarity, of encouragement. Oh, and of fun! Nothing wrong with asking that God help you truly enjoy your time there!

Sign up for my HEAV Convention Pass Giveaway!!

Yes, you can win a pass so you can attend HEAV’s convention for free! (Leaving more money to spend on stuff! WAHOO!) Optional Programs are not included. This giveaway ends May 10th at midnight, so sign up now!

Click on this Rafflecopter Giveaway Link to Sign Up Now!

Previous posts about HEAV Conventions that you might enjoy:
HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale
Getting Dad Involved in Your Homeschool
Other Ways Homeschool Dads Can Be Involved
HEAV Convention Wish List Tip!
HEAV From the Dad Perspective
Lessons Learned from Past Conventions
My Biggest about the HEAV Convention!
Getting Ready for HEAV???
Last Minute HEAV Convention Survival Tips

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HEAV- Home Educators Association of Virginia – website
“I am excited to be a blogger for HEAV this year. In exchange for sharing my honest opinion about this convention, I was provided with a family registration at no charge.”

Making My Convention Plan 2018!

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It’s time for the HEAV Convention once again! I’m so excited! Last year we didn’t get to attend because of our move, and BOY did I miss it!

Having that jolt of enthusiasm and energy each year is JUST SO IMPORTANT FOR ME I’ve found. I honestly didn’t think it would be a big deal – one year missed, big whoop, right?

But wow, what a hard summer. And school year. Would going to the Convention actually have changed all that we’ve been dealing with this year? I don’t know – maybe not.

I discovered this year – not having gone – I’ve felt just a little flat. I didn’t get that boost of ideas, energy, moral support, and encouragement like I’ve gotten every other summer. I didn’t have the recordings to fall back on through the year like before. Even my girls have mentioned how much they missed going!

Sooooooo . . . we are headed back this summer! We can’t wait!

I’m super excited to hear Dave Stotts speak because I am a HUGE fan of the Drive Thru History series!!

I’m looking forward to Dale Gamashe talk about online classes (something I’m hoping to add more of in our homeschool program!).

My oldest doesn’t know it yet, but she might just be attending Brian Wasko‘s Middle School Writing Clinic!

And I believe my husband is going to be very happy for me to sell that massive mountain of books (that is taking over our house) at the Used Curriculum Sale!

There is just so much to do an see at HEAV Convention! What are you looking forward to?

Starting TOMORROW! Sign up for my HEAV Convention Pass Giveaway!!

Yes, you can win a pass so you can attend HEAV’s convention for free! (Leaving more money to spend on stuff! WAHOO!) Optional Programs are not included. THIS GIVEAWAY STARTS TOMORROW!

Previous posts about HEAV Conventions that you might enjoy:
HEAV’s Used Curriculum Sale
Getting Dad Involved in Your Homeschool
Other Ways Homeschool Dads Can Be Involved
HEAV Convention Wish List Tip!
HEAV From the Dad Perspective
Lessons Learned from Past Conventions
My Biggest about the HEAV Convention!
Getting Ready for HEAV???
Last Minute HEAV Convention Survival Tips

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“I am excited to be a blogger for HEAV this year. In exchange for sharing my honest opinion about this convention, I was provided with a family registration at no charge.”

How We Use SuperHeroes in Our Occupational Therapy, Part 2

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To encourage my SPD’er with her Occupational Therapy, and to take advantage of her current love of Superheroes, I found these fabulous “workout cards” on Pinterest. We sometimes use these to mix up what we are doing.

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This will be an ongoing series chronicling our experiences with Sensory Processing Disorder. I am in NO WAY an expert! Please read and use at your own risk. 🙂

Personal Bucket List to Teach My Girls

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Here is a list that I started a few years ago, but I’m just getting around to sharing! Do you have a “Bucket List” of things that you want your kids to learn? I hope to revisit and update this Bucket List each year

1. How to Cook, and Cook Well. Not because they are girls. But because they like to EAT.

Status: GOING QUITE WELL! The girls are cooking all the time! Of course, they prefer baking and desserts to making dinner, but it’s a good start!

2. How to clean the house thoroughly. Not because they are girls, but because when I visit, I expect to be able to sit on a clean toilet.

Status: They are actually better at cleaning than they’d like me to know. I wish they were more conscientious about the dishes!

3. How to swim. At least enough not to drown.

Status: ACHIEVED! We spent a year in swim lessons and swim team last year, so they are excellent swimmers now!

4. How to throw a good punch. Self-defense is extremely important. Because they ARE girls. And because the confidence of knowing of being able to knock a jerk’s face in, is very empowering.

Status: Beginning. I just signed them up for a Krav Maga class for their exercise class. They are still young, so there is time.

5. Spanish. I picked that one because of their own heritage, but also from my own career, I know being fluently multilingual is excellent for their future career prospects. And good for their brain as well.

6. Strong communication skills, both oral and written. One of the most ignored professional skills (and what many think they are better at than they really are), but also crucial for their personal lives.

7. Kindness. Kind hearts that are going to default to kind responses. I feel that sometimes I personally have a snarky and cynical default that I have to continually watch myself for, before manually choosing the kind option. I would love for my girls to “default” to kind!

8. Servant hearts.  I want my girls to look for ways of reaching out to others and giving. Not just big things, but even the little choices that make a difference. Learning how to think of others.

 

 

So,  what would you list on own your bucket list? What should I add?