Homeschooling

September 16, 2018

Have you taken the obligatory first day of the year photo yet (I have not)? Is your curriculum ready and in order? Signed up for all the STEM activities?  This time of year surely has homeschool families across the country excited about a new year, but also busy making sure everything is set and ready to go. With this can come stress, so let's take a moment to put things into perspective. Do you have the basics, "the meat" of your program ready? Start with that. Over the past 7 years of homeschooling my children, I have found that keeping things simple and streamlined can keep you grounded in this homeschool journey of ours. It's so easy to get caught up in the "maybe I can add this" mode, that we can get sidetracked and spread ourselves (and our children) thin! 

5 Tips to "Keeping it Simple"

1 - List your subjects and stick to it. Try to keep it under 20!! Seriously, if you can limit yourself to the most important 5 or 6, you can focus on providing a more solid education...

April 8, 2018

How do you check in on your family wellness? I talk to my students all the time about checking in on their own wellness, but what about the family as a whole? As with our own personal wellness, family wellness takes a little effort and a little practice. It's not rocket science, but it takes a little mindfulness. 

During this time of year, I am usually busy evaluating how the school year has gone so far and what we might be committing to next year. I am already looking at curriculum and any ideas for new creative classes that my daughter might be interested in. The gymnastics season is wrapping up in a few weeks & we are planning our summer. We just found out we will be staying put for another year, which also means a list of new things to accomplish in the home this year. If this sounds anything like you at all, it's likely you get caught up in the hustle and forget to do a real check in on your family wellness. 

Be mindful of family wellness this week and make the choice...

March 29, 2018

What is your tradition? Church with family, the Easter Bunny, Fish on Fridays, an Easter egg hunt? Do you have one? If not,  it's time to make one or bring one back. It is not too late, traditions all start somewhere!  

Traditions are the handing down of customs from one generation to the next.

I realized that, although it may take a little work, carrying out traditions is a wonderful gift to give your children. It's something they can remember their family by and share with their own family one day! 

As a child, I grew up in a home in which Slovak tradition was introduced. It is now something that I will continue in my house, especially because it is unique and not every child gets to engage in such a fun opportunity! Yes, we still enjoy the typical American Easter fun, but we get more! Why not? It allows for so much positive wellness! 

Our Easter will consist of painting Easter eggs, fasting, fish on Friday, late night mass on Saturday, feasting, and ev...

March 23, 2018

It's Winter.....I mean Spring break in Virginia! The snow is falling and the plows are out. Maybe in your area you are enjoying some sunny spring weather! Regardless of whether you are experience snow, hail or sunshine, this is the time of year to take a little breather. 

Around this time of year, homeschool families tend to start thinking about testing, wrapping up any last minute planning or even researching plans for fall (I'm guilty!). This is exactly why it's time for a break. Before we jump in head over heels, let's step back and take a breather. It's not just good for us as homeschool parents, but it's good for our kids! It teaches them that taking a breather is just as much a part of the journey as everything else in our homeschool world! 

Our breather does not need to be elaborate, but focused on something that brings more wellness into our lives. I am planning a "spring break" trip to the OBX with dear friends. The best part is that these friends appreciate a rel...

February 3, 2018

I am literally writing this a second time because the airport wifi just knocked me out of the system and my entire blogpost did not save! As I teach my students in "The Gratitude Project" we must focus on what is working, not on what is not working. So, I will focus on the fact that I have a laptop, I have wifi (sorta) and I am sipping my favorite coffee. I am also waiting to fly to Florida where I will be able to help out other family members, something not everyone can just pick up and go do. Today, I am thankful for a work from home career that is mobile! 

Activities, Planning and Positive Thinking 

The National Archive in Washington DC was the highlight of the week. We attended a military promotion ceremony that was conducted right in front of the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. This was an easy one to mix into the homeschool academic curriculum, especially when you throw in checking out The Magna Carta and a wonderful display educating people on America's...

January 25, 2018

This past weekend we went on a field trip to Charlottesville, VA to learn a little more about American History in a non-textbook, hands on, real life experience way.

March 15, 2017

Alright, so maybe this change in environment is a little over the top, but I am certainly moving through my day with gratitude and mindfulness! I spent a few meditative minutes just being mindful of the palm trees and the beautiful church bells that played while I was relaxing by the pool. 

Have you ever heard that you should take a different route to work or school on occasion? A simple change in our environment or our everyday routine can invigorate our mind and excite our senses! Research suggests that these small environmental changes can increase brain activity and possibly even increase neurogenesis! 

Here are a few SIMPLE ideas to change up our environment and invigorate our mind!

  • Walk or bike to work
  • Move your furniture around 
  • Meet up with new friends
  • Choose a different study/work spot (maybe try studying or working outdoors)
  • Travel to a new spot OR travel to a favorite old spot and find something new

Whether the change in environment is big or small, consider diving into something ne...

March 16, 2016

This month I am visiting the beautiful deserts of Arizona. Strange that when I lived in Arizona I never fully took in the beauty of the place! So today I decided to integrate my work with the view of the desert over a coffee. As I walked up to what I had envisioned as quiet, relaxing coffee time, I realized the place was overrun with bikers! Not the Harley types, but the road biking types. They were all wearing matching biking shirts and most importantly, having an awesome time! I spoke with one of them that not only mentioned he does this twice a week, hikes two days a week and golfs once a week, but that this group was part of a 50 and over community! This is the epitome of what I coach! This is why I like coaching young people, because it is my hope that they will use what they have learned to engage in a long lasting healthy life journey! 

 

What are we doing to encourage a healthy life journey? Are the activities we are engaging in l...

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