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Meet Ashley! A fellow blogger and Teacher Turned Homeschool BoyMom!
Tell us about you and your family.
How long have you been homeschooling?
Tell us about your homeschooling approach.
Year-round homeschooling or traditional calendar homeschooling for this teacher turned homeschool boymom?
Tell us about your homeschooling routine.
- 7:30am – boys are up and play quietly in their room.
- 8am – breakfast and bible (we use the Jesus Storybook Bible…love it!)
- Clean up and play
- 9am – quick calendar lesson (for the 5 and 3-year-old) while the 7-year-old “warms up his brain” by practicing piano and/or doing a quick Daily Math Problem.
- 9:15am – We will break for some yoga (via YouTube) or play outside.
- 9:45am – Reading usually happens in the morning for everyone. 15 minutes with each kid, even the 3-year-old because he deserves some Mommy time and wants to do everything his older brothers do.
- 11am – Math with Mommy (15-20 minute “sprinkle” for the 7-year-old and sometimes the 5-year-old)
- 11:30am – PLAY! while Mommy fixes lunch
- 12pm – Read-aloud and lunch (I read them a book aloud or we practice our Reading Strategy cards)
- 12:30 – Clean up lunch and “team clean” the house aka quick pick up. Then…PLAY!
- 1pm-3pm – quiet house…shhhhhh! 3-year-old naps! 5 year old sometimes naps or reads/plays quietly.
- Within that 2 hours of silent blissfulness, the 7-year-old and Mommy work on Writing or Computer skills/Coding (which we are learning together!) Sometimes, the 5-year-old joins us.
- 3pm – SNACK and PLAY for the rest of the day!
Complete the sentence: Our homeschooling happens mostly at…
What have you picked for your curriculum next year?
- Reading – Reading Strategy Cards by Celebration Press, good ole library books and “out of adoption” public school guided reading books. Our favorite author is Joy Cowley!
- Phonics – “Making Words” by Patricia Cunningham
- Writing – Kid’s Email so that my kids can read and email family members each day. I’ve dipped in and out of this teacher resource, Units of Primary Study for Primary Writing by Lucy Calkins
- Math – Instant Math Centers by Janet Bruno
- Science – The Bearded Science Guy on YouTube
- Art – Art Hub for Kids (also on YouTube)
- Computer Coding – Usborne Children’s Book – Coding for Beginners using Scratch
List 3 books about homeschooling that really impacted you.
- The Homegrown Preschooler by Kathy H Lee and Leslie Richards
- Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight – Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years by Heidi St. John
- Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners – by Lori Pickert
Your family is going on an unplanned trip, not much time to pack, you must homeschool the kids while traveling and you can only take 5 of your homeschooling resources/books with you. What would you take?
- Legos! Legos! and more Legos!
- Our Jesus Story Book Bible
- Spiral notebooks with empty pages and pencils
- iPhone to document our learning through pictures and videos, also for listening to music and podcasts.
- a BIG bag of M&Ms – Using these, I can teach math to my 7 and 5-year-olds, review colors and counting with my toddler, and they mix well with anything for a tasty, road trip snack!
If you had the chance to start homeschooling all over again today with the knowledge and experience you have now, what would you do differently?
I am a public teacher/reading coach turned homeschooling mother to 3 fun boys! My passion is to inspire parents with adaptable educational ideas for their children. If I am not teaching my boys, I’m a teacher others. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others through interactive workshops that parents can attend with their children.