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Can Foreign Language Be A High School Elective?

Can Foreign Language Be A High School Elective? from Standard Deviants Accelerate
In high school your students get the chance to go beyond the basics of English, math, science, and history to explore other subjects. These are typically known as electives and are also often considered, at least many of them, to be valuable life skills.

Can Foreign Language Be A High School Elective?

High school electives commonly come into question when parents approach the time in which they will have to homeschool high school. In some states (like NY) electives are a required part of the homeschool process. While some topics seem to make obvious choices as electives, others cause people to question.

For instance, Foreign Language as a high school elective. Is this allowed? We know that colleges love to see at least two years of a foreign language on a transcript, and we know that many high schools require a foreign language for a certain number of years in order to graduate, but what about homeschoolers?

The answer is yes. YES Foreign Language can be a High School Elective!

This means you can “kill two birds with one stone”. Your student can take a foreign language in high school that will fulfill elective credit, and it will also look good on their college application!

Other High School Elective Options

A great way to select high school electives is to Turn Your Teenagers Interests Into High School Electives. In this way they have the opportunity to explore possible interests that could lead to a life long passion and career, while earning high school credit.

List of Common High School Electives:

  • psychology
  • sociology
  • art
  • photography
  • accounting
  • cooking
  • debate
  • ethics
  • anthropology
  • keyboarding
  • coding
  • computer technology

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How Long Is A Homeschool Day?

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People often wonder how long it takes to homeschool. Does our day start at 8 AM and end at 3 PM? Do we homeschool just 5 days a week? How long does it take us to finish each day? The answer to this questions varies from house to house, among grade levels, and from child to child.

How Long Is A Homeschool Day?

Since I already told you a homeschool day varies in length, let me give you some reasons why it might vary and how a day might look.

School At Home/Curriculum Based

In our house we are more school at home or curriculum based, which means we typically have structure to our days. We cover math, English (reading, writing, grammar, spelling), and playing a musical instrument every day of the week. Science, history, electives such as a foreign language or computer programming are covered 2-3 a week.

My 7th grade son gets up and started by 8 AM most days and can be done by noon most of the time if he is diligent and focused. He does have an online class that he takes in the afternoon on Mondays and often finds one day or another each week to be lighter or heavier based on how the science or history unit is for that day.

My 4th grade daughter is in a sleeping in phase. She rolls out of bed around 10 AM and seems to drag her feet all day long! Therefore she may start at 10:30 AM and not finish until dinnertime or later.

Unschooling/Unit Study Based

Those that unschool have much less structure to their days. Learning might be more in the form of an independent project that a child is engaged in like a kitchen science experiment, and art endeavor, or some sort of exploration that they are passionate about at that time. In this case there may seem like no clear beginning or end. They ebb and flow as their day warrants.

With Unit Study based learning you might spend a large chunk of time engaged in one subject or project. Maybe you have spent time reading together, or researching, or doing some sort of project. That may last a large chunk of your days for some time and then taper off again.

The long and the short is that as a general rule homeschooling takes less time than a typical public school day. There are no bus rides, changing classes, waiting for other kids to complete something, etc. You get to run at a pace that works for you, and each of the children in your home.

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Picture Books for Black History Month

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Black history month has been recognized in the United States 1926. A this time Carter G Woodson and other prominent African Americans created what was then called,  “Negro History Week”. It is now an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Picture Books for Black History Month

1. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson - Clover has always wondered why a fence separates the black side of town from the white side. But this summer when Annie, a white girl from the other side, begins to sit on the fence, Clover grows more curious about the reason why the fence is there and about the daring girl who sits on it, rain or shine. And one day, feeling very brave, Clover approaches Annie. After all, why should a fence stand in the way of friendship?

2. Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder -As a young slave, nicknamed “Minty,” Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble. Pinkney’s expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life — from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.

3.  Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine - Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday, his first day of freedom.

4. Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter - This engagingly illustrated picture book tells the story of Peg Leg Joe, a white one-legged sailor and handyman, who hired himself out to plantation owners, and eventually made friends with slaves. It turns out that this was all part of his plan, the book reads, to “teach the slaves a song/that secretly told the way/to freedom.” When the song was learned, Peg Leg Joe would quit to work for another master. In this way, the song got spread around. The story chronicles, in simple unrhymed verse, the escape of one family, and how Joe’s song helps to lead and inspire them.

5. A Chair for My Mother - This story tells of a young girl, who along with her waitress mother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they can someday buy a big, new, comfortable chair for their apartment.There hasn’t been a comfortable place to sit in the apartment since a fire in their previous apartment burned everything to “charcoal and ashes.” Finally the jar is full, the coins are rolled, and in the book’s crowning moment mother, daughter, and Grandma search four different furniture stores, and after carefully trying several chairs, like Goldilocks, they find the chair they’ve been dreaming of at last.

6. Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford - There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event sparks a movement throughout her town and region. And while Connie is too young to march or give a speech, she helps her brother and sister make signs for the cause. Changes are coming to Connie’s town, but Connie just wants to sit at the lunch counter and eat a banana split like everyone else.

7. The Quilt by Ann Jonas – The new quilt is finished, and what a quilt it is! Here is a square from the proud owner’s baby pajamas, and one from the shirt she wore on her second birthday. There is even a square of the same material from which her mother made her stuffed dog Sally. How can she possibly sleep when there is so much to look at, and remember, and dream about . . . ?

8. White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman – In the segregated south, a young girl thinks that she can drink from a fountain marked “Whites Only” because she is wearing her white socks.

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Why We Celebrate Presidents Day {Includes Activities}

Why We Celebrate Presidents Day {Includes Activities} from Standard Deviants Accelerate

George Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA’s first president.

About Presidents Day

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. He served two terms as president: 1789-1793 and 1793-1797. Before becoming president, he played an important role in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783. Washington is often seen as the father of the United States.

The likeness and name of George Washington can be seen in many places in the United States. There is the portrait of him and three other American presidents (Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt) carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. Many places are named after him as well like the capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities.

Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. and was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

Presidents Day Activities

1. Learn About Our National Currency – Take a look at our coins and paper bills. Can you identify the figures on each one? Are they all presidents? What significance did each person have that might have earned them their place on our currency?

2. Make A Presidents Day Book – Print out coloring sheet head shots of all the presidents (or pick a few major ones you would like to cover). Have your kids color the photos and then write some major facts about each president on the back.

3. Do a President Scavenger Hunt – Use the Internet to find places and things in the United States that are named after our presidents.

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Crayon Heart Valentine

Crayon Heart Valentine from Standard Deviants Accelerate

One of the most fun things about Valentine’s Day is making and receiving Valentine’s from your friends. Throughout the years my kids have participated in many fun Valentine exchanges. The ones they have loved the most are the homemade ones. There is always so much creativity and fun in them!

Crayon Heart Valentine

I have collected a large bag of stray crayons over the past year. They have been sitting in the cupboard just waiting for a project to use them in. Well, this is the project for stray crayon usage!

What You Will Need:

  • Silicone heart mold
  • Baking Sheet
  • Crayons

Directions:

  1. Place mold on baking sheet. This allows for a rigid surface and easy transport in and out of the over.
  2. Sort the crayons by colors that go together. For example: pink/purple, blue/purple, blue/green, yellow/green, orange/yellow, etc.
  3. Peel the paper off the crayons and break them into small pieces.
  4. Put the pieces into the heart mold.
  5. Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes (or until the crayons are completely melted)
  6. Remove from oven and cool until they are hard and cool all the way through.
  7. Remove the crayons from the mold by pushing them out from the bottom.

You can also create paper cards to glue the hearts onto that say things like:

  • Hoping Your Heart Day is Colorful!
  • Color Your Heart Out!
  • Have a Colorful Valentin’es Day
  • For “Crayon” Out Loud, Won’t You Be My Valentine?
  • You Color My World
  • You Make My Heart Melt

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Scrapbook Photo Mosaic Art Project

Scrapbook Photo Mosaic Art Project from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Using photos from a trip, party, year, theme, etc. you can create a fun memory piece for yourself or as a fabulous personalized gift! Making a Scrapbook Photo Mosaic art piece is simple to do, while at the same time it can preserve precious memories for a lifetime!

Photo Mosaic Art Project

This is a great project for teens to preserve things like sports/team memories, prom, family vacations, best friend collages, etc.

Supplies:

  • stack of desired printed photos (obviously this will depend on what size your project is)
  • acid free canvas panel (whatever size you want to use)
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge

Directions:

  1. Spend some time selecting your photos.
  2. Print one copy of each photo you have selected.
  3. Cut photos into smaller sizes and shapes.
  4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a section of the canvas (you may not want to do the whole thing at once as it might start to dry on you).
  5. Place photos in desired locations on the canvas.
  6. Once all the pieces are secured down let the piece dry completely.
  7. After the piece is dry, apply a thing layer of Mod Podge over the top of the entire piece. Once this layer is dry your project is complete!

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Mosaic Art Project – Paper or Fabric

Mosaic Art Project - Paper or Fabric from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I have a thing for mosaics. Problem is, I am no good at tiling – and that can get pricey! Instead of using tile you can make fun, artsy mosaic pieces using paper or fabric. This is something that can be done at almost any age – young to old.

Mosaic Art Project – Paper or Fabric

Supplies:

  • fabric scraps, or scrapbook paper scraps depending on which you intend to create
  • acid free canvas panel (whatever size you want to use)
  • scissors (possibly jagged art scissors)
  • Mod Podge

Directions:

  1. Spend some time selecting your fabric or scrapbook paper scraps. You might want to choose a color theme, or a pattern, or you may want to just have any random combination.
  2. Cut your fabric or scrapbook paper scraps into small pieces. You may want to use jagged art scissors to make the edges more interesting.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a section of the canvas (you may not want to do the whole thing at once as it might start to dry on you).
  4. Place fabric or scrapbook paper scraps in desired locations on the canvas.
  5. Once all the pieces are secured down let the piece dry completely.
  6. After the piece is dry, apply a thing layer of Mod Podge over the top of the entire piece. Once this layer is dry your project is complete!

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5 Tips for Teaching Homeschool Music

5 Tips for Teaching Homeschool Music from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Music and art are subjects that can often get lost in the hub bub of our day to day and the core subjects we are teaching. In our homeschool I find that I need to be intentional about keeping these things in our schedule otherwise they might get lost. (Needless to say I don’t have any starving artists in my house!)

5 Tips for Teaching Homeschool Music

1. Play a Musical Instrument

Each of my children play an instrument. Not only do they learn to play that instrument, but they learn to read music, play by ear, and learn about different styles and time periods of music.

2. Incorporate Into Other Subjects

Include something about music when studying other things. History is a good place to do this. When learning about a time period, include music from that time period. Listen to pieces from that era, learn about the composers who lived and wrote during that time.

3. Use a Curriculum

There are wonderful resources out there for teaching homeschool music. Squilt, Easy Peasy, Khan Academy, Harmony Fine Arts, Maestro Classics, and Zeezook are just a few you can look for to help you teach music in your homeschool.

4. Unit Studies

Do mini unit studies along the way. We have done a unit that teaches about the instruments of the orchestra, or studied a specific style of music or composer. We have even picked up and tried to play new instruments, learning about them and experimenting with playing them.

5. Take a Musical Field Trip

Attend a live performance of an orchestra or symphony. Go see a play that is a musical. Attend a performance of a local band – choose different types if you can. Experiencing music first hand and applying some of the knowledge you may have picked up in your book studies is a great way to bring it all together.

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10 Indoor Activities For Those Cold Winter Days

10 Indoor Activities For Those Cold Winter Days from Standard Deviants Accelerate

It is finally cold here in New York, cold and snowy. On days when the temperature drops too low to make it bearable outside, the kids can begin to climb the walls. On days like these, the usual routine of activities just isn’t enough. They need something extra engaging, new and exciting, different and out of the box.

10 Indoor Activities For Those Cold Winter Days

1. Get in the kitchen and cook something!  Hop on the Internet and do a quick search for kid friendly cooking ideas. Things like new cookies, soft pretzels, some sort of fruit creation, etc.

2. Make a sensory bin (or two)! We were recently at someone’s house and the kids (ages 13 & 16) got a hold of kinetic sand. They were like little kids in a candy store! This got me to thinking about sensory bins. You can use things like unpopped popcorn, cereal, black beans, buttons, rice and coffee beans. Add in little toy figures, craft pom poms, paper, measuring cups, and spoons.

3. Make recycled crafts. Get out the recycling bin, scrap fabric, foam, pipe cleaners, egg cartons, buttons and beads and let the kids get creative. Make bridges, build castles, create a corral to hold their animals, the sky is the limit!

4. Build a fort. I am always amazed and what my kids can come up with when I let them loose with pillows and blankets. They drag out couch cushions, chairs, end tables, and more to create forts for themselves to both play and sleep in. It could be as simple as taking the chair away from the kitchen table and covering it with a couple of sheets, or as complex as they can make it!

5. Drawing fun. Use paper bags cut open and taped to the walls, poster board, butcher paper, etc. For whatever reason attaching a large amount of paper to a wall and letting the kids draw on it makes it all the more fun. Use crayons, paint, or markers. If you have dark paper use chalk!

6. Snow cone fun! Use the snow to your advantage and bring it inside! Use flavored drink mixes such as fruit punch or lemonade and make your own, fresh from the yard snow cones!

7. Game day. Let each one of the kids choose a game to play and tell them you can only play if you all happily play each game that has been chosen. Then take turns playing the games that each child chose.

8. Make music. Find things around the house that make noise such as spoons, glasses, pots and pans. You can also create your own noise makers. Using two paper plates and some rice you can create a fun shaking noise maker.

9. Finger Paint. Clear your table or counter and prepare to make a mess! You can use whipped cream, Cool Whip, or shaving cream to paint pictures. Add food coloring to different piles and smear away!

10. Indoor obstacle course. Create an indoor obstacle course. Use cushions to jump over, put two chairs close and place a broom across to go under, use an egg and spoon to hold onto while zigzagging in and out of books you placed on the floor. The sky is the limit with this one. Use what you have and be creative. Have the kids set something up and time each person as they go through.

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Just The Facts: U.S. Constitution Facts

Just the Facts U.S. Constitution Facts from Standard Deviants Accelerate

The Constitution of the United States is a document that outlines the basis of our federal government. It was written in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 55 men at the convention are called the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Men like George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton are just a few of the Founding Fathers.

U.S. Constitution Facts

The Constitution is composed of a Preamble (an introduction), the main body (which consists of seven articles), and amendments (additions to the Constitution made after the Constitution was created).

Outline of the Constitution:

Preamble (Introduction) – Explains that the Constitution proposes to establish a more perfect government complete with justice, tranquility, and liberty

ARTICLE I – Establishes the Legislative Branch (House of Representatives and the Senate).

ARTICLE II – Establishes the Executive Branch (headed by the President).

ARTICLE III – Establishes the Judicial Branch (a system of courts and judges).

ARTICLE IV – Establishes the relationship between the states and the federal government. Describes how to admit new states to the Union.

ARTICLE V – Describes how to amend the Constitution.

ARTICLE VI – Establishes the Constitution as the supreme law of the USA. Authorizes the national debt (Congress can borrow money). Public officials must take an oath to support the Constitution.

ARTICLE VII – Lists the requirements for ratification of the Constitution.

Amendments 1-10 (Called The Bill Of Rights was added in 1791.) – Preserves the rights of the people.
Amendment 1 – Freedom of religion, press, speech
Amendment 2 – Right to bear arms
Amendment 3 – Limits the quartering of soldiers
Amendment 4 – Search and seizure of property
Amendment 5 – Right to a trial if accused, no self-incrimination required, no double-jeopardy (you cannot be tried twice for the same crime)
Amendment 6 – Right to a speedy trial by jury and confrontation of witnesses
Amendment 7 – Right to a trial by jury in civil cases
Amendment 8 – Prohibits cruel and unusual punishment
Amendment 9 – People may have other rights, even if they are not listed here
Amendment 10 – The federal government’s powers are limited to those listed in the Constitution

AMENDMENTS 11-27
Amendment 11 (1798) – Judicial limits
Amendment 12 (1804) – Method for choosing the President, Vice President
Amendment 13 (1865) – Abolished slavery
Amendment 14 (1868) – Rights of citizenship to all people born in USA or naturalized
Amendment 15 (1870) – Gives the right to vote to all citizens, regardless of color or race, but women are not mentioned
Amendment 16 (1913) – Income tax authorized
Amendment 17 (1913) – Senators elected by the popular vote
Amendment 18 (1919) – Prohibition – Liquor prohibited
Amendment 19 (1920) – Women’s suffrage (voting rights)
Amendment 20 (1933) – New terms of office for the President and Congress
Amendment 21 (1933) – Amendment 18 repealed (overturned)
Amendment 22 (1951) – Presidential term limited
Amendment 23 (1961) – Presidential vote given to Washington, D. C.
Amendment 24 (1964) – Poll taxes barred (you cannot charge people to vote)
Amendment 25 (1967) – Presidential disability and succession
Amendment 26 (1971) – Voting age lowered to 18 years old (same as the age at which men can be drafted into the army)
Amendment 27 (1992) – Congressional pay increases go into effect only during the next Congressional session.

Constitution Quick Facts

  1. The Constitution was signed September 17th, 1787.
  2. The preamble is the introduction to the Constitution.
  3. There are 7 Articles in the Constitution.
  4. The Constitution has been amended 27 times. To amend is to change.
  5. The 3 branches of government are Legislative, Executive, Judicial.
  6. The first 10 amendments are called The Bill of Rights.
  7. The main job of the legislature is to make the laws.
  8. The Legislature has two houses called Congress, which is divided into the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  9. There are 435 members in the House of Representatives.
  10. There are 100 members in the Senate.
  11. A Bill has to go through both houses and then the President before it can become a law.
  12. Congress has the power to tax, print money, and declare war.
  13. The Executive Branch enforces laws and is lead by the President.

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You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year

You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Often parents find themselves part way through a school year, realizing their kids are miserable and that traditional school might not be the best option anymore. Then they wonder, can we start homeschooling mid year?

Yes, you can start homeschooling mid year. With a little bit of knowledge, some love and patience, you can start homeschooling mid year.

You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year

When my oldest was beginning first grade I knew she needed out of public school. I was nervous and afraid to pull her out once the year had begun. I wish I had pulled her out instead of waiting to finish the year. For this reason I am here to tell you that you can. I have even helped others through the process of doing so. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you start homeschooling mid year.

Know Your State Regulations – Be sure that you know your state regulations. Each state is different and you want to be sure you are following the homeschool regulations in your state.

Find Support – Seek support online and in your local area. The best medicine for an unsure mom is the support of other moms who have been there themselves.

Leave Time For Deschooling – Deschooling is a process in which you give your child time and space to adjust to being out of traditional school. Homeschool is not public school and kids need time to transition to being home. Allow yourself and your child to just be. Be casual. There is time to work into a homeschooling routine.

Decide On Your Homeschool Method – Take the time to consider what homeschool method is right for you and your child. There are options like traditional/school at home, classical, unschooling, unit studies, Charlotte Mason, and eclectic.

Decide Where To Begin – If your child has been struggling, take the time to step back and get them caught up. If your child is in high school and you are wondering about giving credit, pick up where they left off and give them credit for everything they covered both in school and at home for that year.

Trust Your Instincts – You know your child better than anyone. Trust your instincts when it comes to what to do and how to proceed with them. Homeschooling is a valid option, one that can be a positive and enriching experience for you and your child.

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Ways To Work From Home While Homeschooling

Ways To Work From Home While Homeschooling from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I recently answered the question, “Can You Homeschool & Work From Home?” The answer is yes you can! Now the question remains what I can a do from home? What jobs can I undertake from home while still homeschooling?

Ways To Work From Home While Homeschooling

First, if you are wondering how you might manage, check out this article on Homeschooling & Working From Home. Beyond that I want to share with you some ideas with you for ways to work form home while homeschooling. These are just a handful of ideas to get you started. Don’t be afraid to tailor something to your own skill set or circumstances. Do what you do best and do naturally as that is when you will have the most success.

  1. Take in other kids – Offering child care services in your home to a handful of kids is a great way to earn extra money. Maybe you have some neighborhood kids before and after school, during school breaks, etc. Or maybe you have a couple of preschool aged tots that you have when they are not in preschool.
  2. Create a laundry or food service – You can help other busy moms by doing their laundry or creating freezer meals for them to use throughout their busy week.
  3. Craft – So many women I know are excellent with their hands. Maybe you are a knitter or a sewer or create some other sort of home decor. You can create at home and sell on sites like Etsy or Ebay.
  4. Buy & Sell – Shop garage sales and thrift stores or even department store clearances for good buys and resell the stuff for profit on sites like Ebay.
  5. Tutor – Are you strong in a certain subject area? Offering tutoring services for both public and homeschooled kids. This would also include teaching a musical instrument.
  6. Blog/Write – I started out by blogging and it turned into something. From ads on my site, to being paid to review items, and then stemming out to writing for others for pay.
  7. Virtual Assistant – Become a VA if you are good with social media. You can help other bloggers and sites with their social media, running their own site, advertising, etc.
  8. Create Curriculum or Other Resources for Homeschoolers – Do you find yourself creating things for your own kids to use? Consider marketing and selling a game, unit study, curriculum etc.

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Can You Homeschool & Work From Home?

Can You Homeschool & Work From Home? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

People often ask if you can both homeschool & work from home. And if there are people are doing this, how do they manage everything? To the question of can you homeschool & work from home I would answer yes – I mean I have managed to do it! Which isn’t to say that if will work for everyone, or that everyone can find the right balance, but it can certainly be done!

Can You Homeschool & Work From Home?

Before I had kids I knew that I would be a stay at home parent, and my husband felt strongly about it too. I worked outside the home until the day I gave birth, and 16 years later I have yet to enter the workforce. However, as the years have gone by, and the kids grown older I have found myself in the position of being able to work (part time) from home. It has not been without its struggles, but I find it fulfilling and worth the effort to make it work.

How To Homeschool & Work From Home

So how do I juggle working from home and homeschooling? It has taken a lot of patience and organization! While my job at home is on the computer there are many jobs you can do that are not computer based but for the purpose of this article I will talk from my personal experience.

  1. Create a designated work space – While I do not have my own separate office, I do have my own desk that is separated, but in the same room as the kids. This allows me a little physical space and a place for my own things, while still being present for the kids.
  2. Find time to work that works for you – I know many women who do most of their work early in the morning, or in the evenings after the kids go to bed. While I will do things in the evenings sometimes, I have found that I am best doing my work while they do theirs. So my best work time is from around 9 am to 11:30 am. If I still have work to do I will do it after my husband gets home so he can be preparing dinner or driving the kids around while I finish up. I like to have after bedtime free to spend with him so this situation works best for us.
  3. Learn to say no – Take on only what you can manage. If your plate is already full don’t agree to another project or bit of work that will stretch your time and sanity too thin.
  4. Plan your time – Plan out your schedule so that you can see when things need to get done and what is the priority each day when you are working. I used to stress about getting everything done when there were so many unfinished projects. By putting them on the calendar and scheduling time to do each thing it allowed me to stress less and live more.

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5 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Room

5 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Room from Standard Deviants Accelerate

While many do not have the space to have a dedicated homeschool room, or many do not want to be confined to a dedicated space, there are many of us who have and love our dedicated homeschool room. If you are not sure if a homeschool room is for you, check out these reasons to have a homeschool room.

Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Room

  1. Shoe Boxed Sized Storage Containers – These are great for the everyday quick grab things. We have boxes stacked on a book shelf with labels such as stickers, glue/scissors/tape, pencils/pens/erasers, and markers & crayons.
  2. Book Shelves – We use book shelves not only for the endless amounts of books we have in our homeschool room, but also to stack and store clear labeled bins of smaller supplies that we use on a regular basis.
  3. Cardboard File Boxes – The cardboard file boxes are sturdy, uniform in size, and inexpensive. We use this to hold things like fabric, yarn, ribbon, foam, paint, and other craft supplies.
  4. A Hutch with Doors – We have many supplies, kits, etc. Having a hutch with doors allows us to store many things that are uneven and not uniform but still have it look neat and organized in our room.
  5. Cork Board Strips – We installed cork board strips in open areas on our walls. This allows us to hang posters and projects without damaging the walls in the room.

Having a space that is just for our homeschool clutter has made my daily life so much easier. We can be in the middle of something and just leave it for later because it is in the homeschool room and not in the middle of our kitchen table or living space. But even having a whole room designated to homeschooling, I have still need to keep it organized to be able to fit it all in, have space to work, and have it feel organized instead of overrun.

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3 Reasons To Have a Homeschool Room

3 Reasons To Have a Homeschool Room from Starts At Eight

It stands to reason that you either have a homeschool room or you do not. Maybe you don’t have one because you don’t have the space, or maybe you have one because you do not want one. When we moved a couple of years into our homeschool journey, I specifically looked for a home that had the homeschool friendly layout I envisioned. Let me tell you why.

Reasons To Have a Homeschool Room

1. Plenty of Room to be Together – In our old home I had one child in one room at a desk and one at the kitchen table, while I had my little one still somewhere else. Having a designated homeschool room allows us to all be in the same place together without feeling cramped.

2. A Collected Space for Supplies – At our old house I had books and supplies all over the house. We would often miss out on an awesome resource because I forgot I had it or couldn’t find it. One of the first things I did was install shelving to accommodate all of our homeschool supplies in our new homeschool room.

3. A Place to Leave the Clutter – When you are homeschooling on your kitchen table it is hard to eat. Unless you clean up well from breakfast you will have food on your papers. Then to eat lunch you have to clear whatever you are doing. With a homeschool room we can just drop what we are doing and leave it to come back to later, without it interfering with our other activities.

Having a designated homeschool space changed homeschooling for me. It has allowed me to feel much more organized as well as made it easier for me to be present and available for all the kids at once. We can all work in the same space (even me) because we have the room to each have our own works pace in the same room without being on top of each other. While sometimes noises from the kids can get on each other’s nerves, for the most part being together and having all our resources together in one space revolutionized our homeschool day.

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