"You're BRAVER than you believe,
STRONGER than you seem,
and SMARTER than you think."
-A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The way I homeschool my boys

It's July 16, 2016. At this time Eaton is 7 years old and Nathaniel is 5 years old. 

The other day I had a great time with my little boy Nathaniel reading one simple book called” Change it!” It’s a Primary Physical Science book that talks about physics of matter-solids, liquids, and gasses. We read only one, 6-page section, about solids. We didn’t have to make playdough that was a part of this experiment as we already had leftovers from the Astro Day we attended not so long ago.

You don’t have to ask 5 years old boy if he wants to play with playdough. He digs in and right away he creates anything that is related to food.

 We talked about characteristics of solids during our playtime and examples of solids around us. We started to “bake” chocolate chip cookies, create strawberries, hot dogs, popsicles, and sweet cakes. We even opened an imaginative store and sold some goodies to customers. Eaton joined us in the middle of the play as we had so much fun creating all of it.

One thing led to another. Nathaniel mentioned that his cookie is very big so I grabbed the scale we had on our shelves and we started to weight the cookie. It was a metric scale so we measured the weight in grams.

After that, Nathaniel counted the value of all the grams on the scale but it wasn’t enough to weight a cookie. It was a really big one! So I brought more weights from the other room. This time, I gave him ounces. He put 1 ounce together with all the grams and he asked me how many grams are in 1 ounce. I said: Let’s figure that out. So we did.

 Then, Nathaniel was so impressed with his cookie that he asked me: “On the scale from 1-100 how would you rate my cookie?” I said: “99.9”. Another question “How much is that?”

I asked him to roll some playdough and cut 10 equal pieces from it.   We had fraction lesson as well.

As you can see I do love learning with the flow. I love my boy’s questions and how together we can figure them out.

It’s so simple, so easy and it comes naturally without setting up a special lesson. We just read a simple book and one thing led to another. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Common Core Textbook Saleswoman:" I Hate Kids"

Pretty interesting video about Common Core publishers.
Check video at 6:01 min.  She calls homeschooling parents 'naive people.'

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Do You want to Add Some Fun to Your Homeschooling Day?!

Add some sleeping mask to your shelf!

Yep, it's simply Montessori Blindfold Activity. It was so popular that Nathaniel constantly worked with that for about 2 weeks every day. He kept changing sets of cylinders and adding them up for more challenge.

Here is Nathaniel working with the mask and cylinders.

It was his first attempt so he felt a little weird doing that with the mask on. After couple of times his attitude changed. He wanted to show me his work each time he did activity. After 2 weeks it was over ;-)

Eaton tried to do the same with more challenging idea. He put map of the world together. (Although he put the mask upside down ;-)

If your child is bored with the homeschooling day add some fun with sleeping mask on the shelf. Guaranteed your child will love it!

This activity was presented few months ago, but because I had long break I post it on the blog now. 

Have a good day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Is your child Visual Spatial?

How Homeschooling Saved a Visual Spatial Learner

I found a website, Visual -Spatial Resource, that provided me with tons of encouragement.
Read more ...

I'm not sure how I missed that valuable article about Visual Spatial children. Or, maybe it is the right time for me as I wasn't fully sure about homeschooling in 2012. 

My older boy Eaton-(6 years old now) is VS and I love to see contrast between him and his younger brother Nathaniel (4) who is step-by-step learner.

This article tells everything what I could say about Eaton. I do feel better after reading that homeschooling helped them through the learning process. I wouldn't be in the position to send my son to school. The way he learns wouldn't be accepted by teachers and I know now that our home is the solution for him.

Here is very short video of Eaton doing his Language Art lesson on the computer.
How relaxed he is..

There is one thing in this article, which doesn't apply to my son.

'Visual Spatial have difficulty learning to read, spell, and write."

Since Eaton was born he was read TONS of books. I thought him how to read through Doman method when he was 13 months old. At this moment (he is 6) he is an excellent reader, amazing speller (better than me!) and he starts taking writing lessons.
Is that Doman method worked on him once you start early? I truly believe so.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


We started making Flextangles about six months ago. It was a big hit for Visual Spatial Eaton. He got in love in that thing so fast. This week they are back again. 

Eaton uses them all the time whenever he goes. It's really nice to see him playing with Flextangles. I didn't know this stuff when I was little so I'm glad my boy can experience fun with shapes. 

I was the one doing all the gluing and taping but still it was fun for all of us to use them.

I couldn't make any Flextangle using only glue. That didn't quite work so I used tape to connect all the edges. It looks so nice and neat though on the explanatory video .

Here is official Youtube video showing Flextangles:

Monday, August 10, 2015

Blogging again?

Here I am, after few months of being away from my blog.

There are many reasons why I wasn't available for the last year. Mainly it's because I had some health problems that affected my brain. I lost clarity, my brain was foggy and I couldn't put myself the way I did it before. I couldn’t organize myself, I couldn’t clearly specify what I want for myself and how to homeschool my children.
I also wandered if I can do homeschooling at all if that situation will continue.

About a month ago I did toxicity test to check heavy metals in my body. My result has shown 12 toxic metals. 4 of them are outside safe zone.

I started to take DMSA pills as a process of chelation that will last about 4 more weeks. After 2 weeks I started to feel different. My clarity came back, brain fog slowly disappears and I’m more come down person.

I can’t describe how happy I’m because of that. It was really a nightmare not to be able to follow conversation with people or simply not remembering things. How you can homeschool your children in that situation?!

Anyway, I hope that my healing process is going the right way and I will be able to organize better my time with my kiddos.

I plan to homeschool my children and I will update my blog as well soon.

 Have a good day!