Category: Homeschooling

Business 101 in Kindergarten

As most of you know we homeschool. I’ll spare you the details of the constant ups and downs of this journey (teaching your own kiddo ain’t easy) but when we made the decision to homeschool my husband and I decided to come up with our own curriculum. We loved the idea of his education being exactly what we wanted from him as a student but also just as a person living life. We wanted lessons that would support him being a smart, kind and creative person. We wanted from day 1 to not plan for just today, or a test in a year but for his future. After we had objectives and areas outlined we would then find activities, workbooks, books, etc that met our son’s specific needs and goals for that time.

When we sat down to come up with the curriculum goals I was a little leery when my husband mentioned “business” (along with mathematics, communication, science, etc) As a former kindergarten teacher, technology I knew I could make at the kindergarten level but business was a whole other story and completely out of my comfort zone. I knew though that we were a team in creating his education though so there had to be some give and take. As the primary teacher my mind was boggled at what this would look like. Instead of worrying about in June I put in the calendar for  February and decided I’d cross that bridge when I got there :).

We have now completed February which had a focus titled “Business 101.” A couple months ago a friend was having an online Usborne party. I told the consultant that I was a homeschooling mom. I was a former kindergarten teacher and had too many books already. I was only looking for activity books and I gave her my list of themes for the remainder of the year. One being the business month. She told me she thought she had the perfect book. I researched the book, it seemed like it could meet some of our goals and I stored it away until it was time to start planning for the month.

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He created his own restaurant for a day. This lesson included math, reading, writing, art and business!

When most people overheard me or my husband talking about working on business with our son we were given weird looks but the most common response was “IN KINDERGARTEN?” pretty much the same response I gave my husband. When I started to explain what we’d done I seemed to get positive and intrigued responses so I thought I’d share a little bit of what we did for Business 101 in kindergarten.  It was simple, but effective and fun.

It started with a library search. I looked for juvenile non-fiction business books. Some of the books were too advanced but I could still scan the information and read what I knew would make sense to him. Even when reading a book on Google he came up with something he wanted to google (glowing pajamas of course). It also talked about how Google bought out YouTube and he remembered that YouTube was on our tv where we searched for videos and music. We talked about how some of these businesses made money by advertising for other businesses. We also rented a chapter book on Bill Gates that we read each day and before bed. Below is a video of what he learned about Bill Gates:

Who is Bill Gates? video

His favorite activity this month though was the “Create Your Own Pizzeria” book that I mentioned earlier. This little entrepreneurs book took him through creating a business, step by step, but completely at his level. He was able to be creative but also learn a good deal as well. Below is exactly what it entailed:

Business 101 Pizzeria video

 

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He made a pizza to sample all his toppings of choice (bacon, marshmallows, m&ms, chips, granola)

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He taste-tested each topping.

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He loved them all of course (the belly ache came later)

All in all I’m really impressed with what he was able to learn, about business, at the age of 5. He also really enjoyed everything he learned and I think he will be looking forward to what we do next year for business month, as well as what we can integrate throughout the year!

Guess who’s back?!?

It’s almost embarrassing to say that our last blog post was January 7….yes it’s November. What can I say? Life just got crazy. Less than one week after that last post we welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our family and life has been a whirlwind since. As parents of 2 crazy boys, I can almost guarantee that our posts will not be nearly as often as they were before BUT we’re back at it!

We're a family of 4!

We’re a family of 4!

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Operation: First Service Project

Our son is 4 years old and we’ve decided to take the plunge into the homeschooling world. The past 2 years we’ve slowly transitioned into homeschooling so it won’t be a huge change for him when we hit it full-time come kindergarten. Last spring my husband and I sat down and brainstormed what we want to get out of his education. One main thing we wanted to incorporate was volunteer time, helping others and service projects.

So far he’s volunteered a couple times but we decided to start our first very own service project. The military holds a very dear place in our heart. We have very close family and friends who are in various branches and have seen up close the sacrifices they make as well as their families. One morning I just asked Gibson how he felt about maybe raising some money for our cousin who is currently deployed. We discussed that he is helping protect us and keep us safe and in doing so he and his family will be separated for Christmas. We talked about with the money we raised we could then go shopping to buy them stuff that would make them happy and send it to him and he could share it with his soldier buddies. He loved the idea and as soon as we got home we filmed this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHsOtrkj9vw

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4 YR Homeschooling 1st Quarter

After spending a year easing into homeschooling with my son I realized some things that worked great, some things that didn’t work and some things that need tweaked.

I spoke about my ziplock bag method in my blog post “Easing into Homeschooling.” This worked really great! I had my chart printed in the front of the bag and all the materials that were needed stuffed into the bag. That way each time we sat down I could just pull it out and pick a few things for that day. I loved that I didn’t have to plan day by day but could just pull from the bag knowing we were working towards a goal. What I realized I didn’t like was the month by month plan. It was hard for me to sit down and plan just a month and then I had all of these extra materials that we never got to. I decided to start planning by quarter and as we’re about to finish up the first quarter, I’m really enjoying it a lot more. We’ve been able to keep up our routine, add some materials and the only new thing we have to pull out each month are the read aloud books for our theme (since it changes monthly).

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Pre-K Objectives and Outline

After spending a year on “easing into homeschooling” with my 3 year old, the big guy has turned 4! That means we have approximately 1 year to try to really delve into homeschooling to feel “prepared” before beginning kindergarten! After a year of working with my son and creating a homeschool brainstorm outline of subject areas/goals  with my husband I came up with a document that tentatively outlines what our year will look like. Below is the document:

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Easing into Homeschooling

When my son turned 3 I decided it would be good to start incorporating some homeschooling into his schedule. He attended a short 2 day a week preschool but knowing we wanted to homeschool, I was hoping to have 2 years to test the waters and work out some kinks before beginning kindergarten.

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Homeschool Brainstorm

My husband and I have had several discussions on homeschooling and what we want our son to get out of this route of education. What we love most about homeschooling is the freedom to educate our son in not only the typical subject areas but in all facets of life.

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From Teacher to Homeschooling Mom

If you’d asked me 10 years ago if I’d be homeschooling my child I would have politely said “No way!” I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading Education. My career was being an educator. I was convinced I’d picked the perfect profession. My child(ren) would go to school with me. We’d have our afternoons, weekends, holidays and summers together. I loved being a teacher and I knew I would love being a mom. Could it get any better than this?

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