Archive for the ‘Homeschool Hacks’ category

Stop Sign Printable To Cut Down On Interruptions

If you have a little one, particularly in the 2-4 year old range, and are trying to school older kids, keeping the little one from continually interrupting can be a challenge. I used to gate my younger son in his bedroom while doing schoolwork with big brother, but recently when my sister complained of the […]

Use Graph Paper to Make Multiplication and Long Division Easier

If your child struggles with lining up numbers and keeping them the same size, multiple digit  multiplication problems and long division can be a real struggle. Using graph paper to do problems on can be a life-saver. You can buy pads of graph paper, but it can be difficult to find graph paper with larger […]

Making Homeschooling Easier and More Fun With Electronics

There is so much available through the computer, apps and electronic devices to help us with schoolwork. We are heavy technology users, with an iPad, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire and smart phone and we put them all to good educational use. Here are some ideas and sites that are great additions to your homeschool routines: […]

Staying Focused and Keeping the Sillies Away

If you have more than one child doing school in the same room, it can be so easy for the kids to lose their focus. Someone makes a rude noise, and suddenly everyone is giggling and it takes 5 minutes to get back on task. Then someone talks to his brother about the Lego ship […]

Use a timer to help dawdlers

Do you have a dawdler?  I think most kids tend to dawdle with schoolwork at some point in their lives. We have found that using a timer is extremely helpful with subjects that are maybe not the most loved and that induce time wasting.

Math Game for Boys

For kids who don’t enjoy practicing math facts, games are often helpful. We discovered a fun way to use the nerf guns and a white board today. We drew a target and put numbers in each section, then after two shots, Big J added up the numbers. Then we changed up the numbers and did […]

Use Dice to Practice Math Facts

We’re just finishing up basic addition in our house, and in order to set in some of the basics so that no thought is required to come up with the answer to simple facts like 3+5 or 6+4 for example, we’ve been practicing with dice. It works great and my little guy LOVES it. He’s not […]

Tips for keeping little ones busy

If you have little ones, you know it can be difficult to keep them occupied while you’re trying to be productive with the older kids’ schoolwork. Here’s a great post from Life as Mom about being intentional with that time when you need the littles to be occupied.

Fun spelling games to play in the car

You have to be in the car anyway – may as well put the time to good use. Here’s a great suggestion from FiveJ’s to play spelling games in the car to pass the time.

Multi-Tasking Subjects

In an effort to be sure we’re doing right for our children, sometimes we can end up piling on the subjects and have a difficult time finishing everything. One great way to accomplish more is to combine subjects and make tasks do double duty. It’s easiest to do this with language arts. In the elementary […]