One of the questions that I have seen frequently asked on homeschool Facebook groups is how to keep your younger students occupied while you teach your school age children. I have created a sheet of activities that I believe will give you some ideas. One of the key things to remember is to limit these activities (as much as possible) to when you are in school. Here is the pdf of this list for you.
Here are some typing programs worth considering purchasing:
Typing Instructor for Kids This is the program I used with my sons. It has lessons, accuracy tests, and games to help them learn.
Jump Start Typing This computer typing program is for children in grades 2-5 and includes video clips for hand placement. We used this program as well, but the boys for the most part, had already learned the keyboard and this was reinforcement if they wanted more games to play. I know, extra-cautious homeschool mom syndrome 🙂
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is a classic computer program that would appeal to older students (junior and senior high school).
Online Typing Programs
Online Keyboarding Education is a terrific program that students of all ages will enjoy. I played a few games and also brushed up on my typing accuracy while having fun at the same time. Thanks to two wonderful readers for suggesting this program!
Typing Web This is a FREE online program for typists of all ages and abilities. You can even print a certificate when you finish.
Typing Club is a free online typing program and has helped 23,000,000 students. That’s a lot of flying fingers over keyboards!
Dance Mat Typing is free and is offered through BBC so it has a Scottish accented sheep who is your typing instructor. It is for younger students, but the children are entertained with animated animals that rock n’ roll. That may not be what you are looking for in regards to learning to type as I noticed it can be distracting. If not, you can try one of the other programs.
I wanted to thank Justin for sending me some amazing websites for more online typing options:
Keyboarding Basics You are sure to find a typing program that will interest your son or daughter on this website.
Learning to Type More Efficiently This has typing education to help you with your typing skills and typing tests.
A special thanks to Mary Anne N for sending me all of these cool websites for typing. https://www.wristbandexpress.com/content/wrist-hands-and-fingers-proper-typing-techniques/
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Wails, whines, and why’s coming from our children all happen at some point when homeschooling. But, how do you look past the behavior and continue with school?
Talk to your child about their behavior.
Is the work too hard? Is there something s/he is not understanding? Is s/he tired? Or, has this behavior worked before and you have stopped the lesson to maintain peace? (This happened in our school.)
Take steps to correct the behavior.
If the material is too difficult then go back to a previous lesson that your daughter/son understood and build from there. This will help them to feel successful and more willing to move ahead when the material is more challenging.
Is your child staying up too late? Try changing the bedtime routine, have quiet activities in the evening and turn off all electronic devices 60 minutes before bedtime. If you keep late evening hours then start school later in the day.
Has less desirable behavior given your daughter/son the desired outcome of stopping the lesson for the day? Wearing the ‘ol mom down was something I had to determine that I would not let happen as often as possible. Although, it certainly did happen at times. I found out that if that happened too often it became an established habit that was hard to break. I would tell the boys that the work was still going to be there, regardless if they did it that day or the next, or the next… I would have them do at least a little of it and we would tackle more of it the next day. I like to think of it as eating peas.lol I detest them, but I know they are good for me, so I figured out that if I put a bunch of them on a fork, grab a glass of water, shove the peas in my mouth and swallow them like pills, I have “eaten” them.
Let your child know you are partners in homeschooling.
You are both learning, you are both tackling hard things. You might not like teaching Social Studies, but you are going to because it is part of the Ohio homeschool requirements. Our attitudes, as teachers toward schoolwork and routines, help set the atmosphere of our school.
Celebrate the victories!
Doing things that are hard deserve recognition. Call attention to good behavior and perseverance. If it was especially hard, then give a sticker, ten minutes of extra time for games, whatever you feel would be appropriate. Let your child see that you appreciate their effort.
Have a great week! ~Lisa~
I can’t help it, I never get tired of buying school supplies! I think maybe it has something to do with being a teacher. The good news is that this coming weekend (August 7-9) you will be able to get school supplies tax free!
The Ohio Department of Taxation has announced the sales free tax weekend or “Sales Tax Holiday.”
During the weekend, the following items will be exempt from sales and use tax:
- Clothing priced at $75 or less
- School supplies priced at $20 or less
- School instructional material priced at $20 or less
I couldn’t wait until the weekend to purchase these supplies in the dollar section of Target.
I found these vinyl cubes that can be used with dry erase markers so I can change the sides as needed. You can write numbers and have your daughter or son roll them and multiply the numbers. You could also use them for alphabet letters and sounds, and the ideas keep on coming….
I was excited to purchase these tempera paints that are in a pouch. You only use what you need, no mess or wasted paint. I can’t wait to do activities with my granddaughter who is officially starting preschool this year.
My whiteboards need to be replaced and for $1.00 the price can’t be beat! They hold up really well and I use them every week when I am tutoring my students.
Here is one way that I use whiteboards when teaching my students. As you can see we were working on two different base words and suffixes. Be sure to use dry erase markers for easy wipe off. You can see there are some smudges on the board and that is why I am replacing this one. It was a great investment for a buck!
Happy shopping! ~ Lisa ~
I have heard of Homeschool Planet over the years and always intended to check it out. I wish I had done this earlier because this looks like a great resource for you. Homeschool Planet has taken the unenviable task out of lesson planning and record keeping, giving you more time to spend teaching and being with your family. When you purchase the lesson plan bundle it will automatically schedule your whole year or semester for you. Right there is something to consider and what a time-saving feature this is for you! The lesson plan package gives you the publisher- recommended course of study; assignments with boxes to check off to show completed work; and automatic lesson updates if you need to change things. Other features include:
- “Daily Digest” email reminders to help you and your child stay on track
- Grade your student’s work to recognize or reward completion.
- Track attendance for states where this is required.
- Generate reports and reminders
There are so many subject areas to choose from (language arts, science, math, history, art, unit studies, and other subject areas). You can see if you like it since they have a one week free trial to see if you like it. HOMESCHOOL PLANET
Have a great week! ~Lisa~
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