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Homeschool Help: How to Begin Homeschooling Preschoolers

Homeschooling preschoolers is a challenge but it is doable. So where do I start? This is a question I often get and I would try to answer that through this post. Before you even begin looking at curriculum or activities for your child, you must decide why you want to homeschool your preschooler first. Remember that at the preschool age, it is important that you instill a love for learning on your kids so that when they go to primary grades, they will enjoy learning themselves and have good study habits.

1. It is very important that you know why you are doing this so that when tough days come, you have a goal and a reason to go back to.

2. Once you have a goal, it would be good to know your own learning style and the learning style of your child. This will enable you to know what kinds of materials both of you would enjoy doing. I have made a post about learning styles here.

3. Afterwards, you can begin looking for materials which suits your child and which you are comfortable using as well. You don’t have to spend much for preschoolers as there are many available online.

Here are some good sites to start looking for curriculum and preschool materials:

> Confessions of a Homeschooler

> Totally Tots

> 1+1+1=1

> Homeschool Creations

> An Old Fashioned Education

> Letter of the Week

If you need planners and forms, you can check out Donna Young’s site.

 

If you want some free interactive sites, you can visit the following:

> Starfall

> Story Time for me

> Progressive Phonics

 

My Student Logbook PDF Version Review

A month ago, we were blessed to be given an opportunity to review a daily student planner from My Student Logbook. Being part of the international community, we received the PDF version of the dated book for use with one of my child. My Student Logbook is best for 2nd grade students and up. My Student Logbook Review

My Student Logbook is a simplified but effective student organizer.  This product was created by a multi-level homeschool mom, Corina Abbott. She has been tirelessly looking around for an organizational system which is easy enough to do in a busy household.  With her husband’s support, Corina was able to create a system that utilizes a fold-over checklist. It lines up with the boxes in the dated columns and the checklist can be re-used for the succeeding weeks. There is one column for each day of the week. Mom or student can write the tasks on the checklist and the student just needs to write a check mark below the date if he or she has completed the task written on the specified day.

My Student Logbook Review
Organizing and planning the day of my homeschooler is one of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling. I am not very good at advanced planning and most of the time, this weakness makes me doubt whether our goals for the day or the week were met. It also makes me second guess how our day could have gone better. I have not been able to use any other homeschool planner before since I don’t like to use another planner just for homeschool. So when I saw how easy to use My Student Logbook was, I was excited to share it with my 5th grade daughter.

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We opened the PDF file mailed to us using our pre-installed Adobe Reader. We viewed the attached set up instruction file and also viewed the video on how to set up the logbook from the setup guide as seen from the website. Then we printed the necessary pages and clipped it all together. We didn’t have cover choices.

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 As shown on the photo above, I asked my daughter to write in her daily chores and subjects. We also indicated how many minutes approximately it takes her to finish the task. Then she folded the check list and ensured that the check list is facing out on the week she will be starting to use the list. Then everyday, she just looks at the logbook and place a check on the task she is able to complete. It is a very straight forward, low maintenance daily planner that works for her!

There are several useful pages inserted along with the 6 pages of daily planner. There is an all about me page, prayers and goal page, Bible verses memorized page, book list page, field trips and activities page, test records page and favorite memories from the year page. We found the Bible verses memorized page and book list page very useful.

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My Student Logbooks come in 3 options:

– the Dated My Student Logbooks for August to July school year. This is the product we reviewed.  The physical product costs $15. The PDF file costs $10 for single use and $20 for family use.

– the Dated My Student Logbooks for the calendar year. The physical product costs $15. The PDF file costs $10 for single use and $20 for family use.

– the Undated My Student Logbooks. The physical product costs $15.

 

What I Think of the Product

My Student Logbook has helped me “see” what we have accomplished over the past few weeks. It allows me to visualize how we spent most of our days and what we need to improve upon. Moreso, for my daughter, it has allowed her to be more consistent in monitoring what she has been spending her time on most of the time and it has taught her to be more responsible on how she uses her time daily. This is a good discipline which she would need once she reaches higher grades.

With this planner, I can now easily delegate chores and don’t have to constantly remind them about it. It helps me develop independence in my children as well.

With its simplicity and straight forward approach, I think even my 2nd grade son, if given the opportunity, would be able to use this product too!

For more information about this product, check out My Student Logbook Facebook page and My Student Logbook You Tube channel.

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Schoolhouse Library

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The Schoolhouse Library is the best new homeschool digital library collected for all ages and stages of homeschooling whether you are teaching a preschooler, a high schooler or somewhere in between. With over 25 topics, you’re sure to find what you need for your homeschool adventure:

    • Art and Crafts
    • Bible
    • Economics
    • Electives
    • Encouragement
    • Geography
    • Government
    • Grammar
    • Spelling
    • Reading
    • Organization (with several planners)
    • Nature Study
    • Special Needs
    • And many more!

Don’t be overwhelmed with homeschooling. Buy the Schoolhouse Library now ! For a one-time purchase of $25, you can get access to 175 ebooks or audio books!

 

Mommy Talks – Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

Mommy Talks

Mommy Talks is a weekly feature of different moms. For this new season, I am featuring work at home moms. Our guest for today is Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag.

Hello Teresa!  Please share briefly about yourself.

I’m an author, a freelance contributing writer to various publications, a management and human resources consultant, a corporate trainer and resource speaker, a career coach and counselor, a blogger and sometimes an event planner/ coordinator. But my most important roles are these: mom to my two active and charming little boys, Yanthy (4 years old) and Mateo (16 months); wife to my husband, George; and God’s servant. I breastfed my eldest up to 2 years old and I plan to do the same with my second child. I’m also homeschooling both of them. I love to imagine, pray, read, write, dance, sing, paint, cook and make our house look nice. One of my ministries/advocacies is to inspire and encourage single women to make the most of their season of singleness and not to allow the pressure from their environment to jump into relationships or get married. I wrote a book to help me spread this message and maintain a blog with the same title: When My Bridegroom Comes. Trivia: I met my husband during the launch of my book which was also a Valentine party for single men and women in our community.

book launch feb 2006 vday party

book launch in 2006

 Why did you want to be a work at home mom? How did your journey start? How long have you been working at home? What sort of work do you do at home?

It has always been my dream to be a stay-at-home mom even when I was still in college and single. I was actively serving in our community; first as a student leader, then as a working professional. I wanted to be a missionary for God and I wanted to be free to serve in ministries without having to worry about family finances. It was my dream to be married to someone who would understand my passion for serving God and His Church and who would provide well for our family so that I don’t need to work. Moreover, I dreamed of pursuing my hobbies or interests on the side and doing consulting work or business. That dream came true by the grace of God when my husband and I decided to make a leap of faith two months after we got married. I felt that God was calling me to give up my then high-paying but demanding job to prioritize building a home. That same month when I resigned from my job, we discovered that I was pregnant with our first child. What perfect timing! That discovery affirmed me in my decision to stop working full time. My first pregnancy turned out to be a difficult pregnancy. I was on bedrest during my first and last trimester. Good thing I was no longer working. I felt God’s hand powerfully at work in my life.

During my second trimester, God fulfilled my wish to work on a project. I conducted two half day trainings for a client which enabled me to earn big enough to cover my hospital bills when I gave birth. Through that client, I felt God’s assurance that He will continue to let me use my skills and expertise even as I stay home most of the time. True enough, I never ran out of clients since then. I didn’t have time to market my services but I always get referrals. I even had to tell some of my clients that I only accept projects that entail me to work outside the home when my son is already 6 months or older because caring for the baby and breastfeeding the baby is my priority. That led me to become more creative on what kind of HR work I can do for my clients without leaving the house. So, during those times when my kids were still infants, I usually accepted work-from-home HR projects like helping companies especially SMEs to come up with their own company handbook/manual or help them improve their existing HR policies. When my kids start to eat solid food, I start accepting invitations to give talks or conduct seminars and workshops again but usually within the metro so I can go home right away to breastfeed. Sometimes, I bring my kids with me especially when there’s a room provided for me where I can breastfeed my baby in between training sessions. I’m blessed to have clients who are supportive of my choices as a mom.

Another big blessing is the opportunity to write freelance for various publications. I started contributing articles when my eldest son was around 2 years old. That was in 2010. Again, I was referred/recommended by a former colleague.

So from a full time stay-at-home mom, I became a work-at-home mom. I’ve been a WAHM since 2008. But I continue to prioritize my 3 most important roles even as I get busy with my WAHM projects. You may check out some of my published articles at Mommy Bares All and my services in my website Full Life Cube. I’ve recently expanded my services to include one-on-one coaching to those who want to grow in their career or who want help in transitioning from a mom working outside the home to a work-at-home mom.

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while pregnant with first child

What steps did you take to become a work at home mom?

The most important preparation I did to become a WAHM/Consultant is to do well in my previous jobs. Because of the good name I built as a professional, I get referrals from former officemates or bosses. Or I get hired for projects by my previous employers or officemates. I also continued to be in touch with the people I worked with in the past.

What are the struggles you face being a work at home mom? How do you overcome them?

My main struggle and challenge every day is to live my life according to my priorities… to manage the home, be a loving wife, care for the kids, homeschool them and still work on my projects and serve in ministries. I believe that I’m able to do all these mainly by the grace of God and by the power of His Holy Spirit. I always start my day with prayer and meditation on Sacred Scriptures. It also helps that I do my best to plan and manage my time as best I can. I choose to be deliberate in the use of my time. I don’t watch tv anymore since I started getting more WAHM work. I relax mainly through my hobbies and bonding with the kids and my husband.

Was your expectations met? Why?

Yes but not yet fully. I’m still working towards increasing my earning potential through passive income from my passions/hobbies especially now that the kids are bigger. I want to conduct trainings once or twice a month. I want to earn at least a hundred thousand each month through different income streams. You may read more about my big WHYs in growing my business through this post I wrote recently: Why I want to Scale Up what I had been doing to Earn from Home or Outside the Home.

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What advice can you give to those who want to take this journey?

Start with your WHY. Be clear on why you want this lifestyle or career for yourself. Then, be clear with what you want to accomplish. When these things are clear in your mind, you will have more drive to work on making these dreams/goals a reality.

You will not easily give up even when challenges come or when you experience temporary set backs. I wrote a blog post to help me remember one of my WHYs in doing my business. Here’s the title of the post: God creates hunger in our hearts for a purpose.

Keep on learning. Never rest on your laurels. Always strive to improve yourself and your craft.


Be true to your self and do not compromise your priorities, values or character. Success is very much possible without losing our integrity and our soul.


Ask God for direction and seek His Will always. For if we do, we will surely prosper and find real joy and fulfillment.


Keep in mind that we are nothing without God but we can do all things if He is our strength.

Christmas Family Traditions, A Spend-Less Holiday Post

I’m participating in the Spend-Less Holidays: Saving While Savoring the Season Blog Carnival, hosted by The Frugal Fil-Am and Dainty Mom. We’ll be sharing our tips on how to spend less this holiday season, so that we can have a more meaningful Christmas. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

December is the favorite month of our family. It is very special because 3 members of the family celebrate their birthdays on this month and the Christmas holidays also happen on this month. You can imagine how busy and how excited everyone in our home is. We all know that we can all overspend this season so we need to remember to spend-less yet still make Christmas meaningful for the family. I am sharing some Christmas family traditions which doesn’t cost much but can build family camaraderie during this special season of the year.

Sing Christmas carols together. When the month of December starts, the family can learn to play a Christmas song together using musical instruments like the keyboard, guitar or drums. The family can also learn the lyrics of the song. The whole activity can culminate in visiting your neighbors or relatives and singing them some Christmas carols on or before Christmas eve.

Decorate your house by re-using old ornaments and personalizing them. It can get costly to buy new ornaments each year but it can also get pretty dull if you will use the same old ornaments year after year. It is best to re-use your old ornaments and re-design them. Use glitter pens or other art materials to add a personal touch to your ornaments. You can create your own ornaments too then include a personal message to each family member. You can also create ornaments by following Christmas crafts and origami.

Read Christmas story books every night.  Over the years, it is most likely that the family has accumulated a number of story books about Christmas. It would be a great idea to read one book each night until Christmas eve. This is a great way to relive the story of Christmas and understand what Christmas really celebrates. This is sure to bring cuddling and fun memories with your children.

Research what each Christmas symbol means. Assign a Christmas symbol to each family member then on Christmas eve, each person should share what they have learned. There are several Christmas traditions that we do but we probably don’t know why we do it, like why is there a Christmas tree, why do we give gifts to each other, why do we sing Christmas carols and why do we put lights on the tree?

Declutter together and give to others. You probably have items in your house that you haven’t touched or used in the last 6 months. It is best to declutter together as a family and decide to bless others with whatever you find that is still useful. Plan a yearly outreach activity for the family, either by going to an orphanage or centers which have toy, book or other donation drives. Serving together as a family will enrich each member’s life and definitely brings a special bond in the family.

 Do you have any other Christmas family traditions that you can share with us?

Check out the other spend-less Christmas carnival participants!