Vintage Homeschool Moms preserves the best of the past while blessing future generations with the fruit that comes from putting God first and using experience as a teacher. Tune in with a chance to ask your own questions during the live events. You host, Felice Gerwitz, is a Christian wife, mother, and educator-turned-homeschool-mom in 1986. She began homeschooling as a trial and never looked back. The topics will range from home education, child rearing, enterprising moms , SAHM (Stay at Home Moms), WAHM (Work at Home Moms), and so much more. Best yet, design your own show! Drop Felice a note and let her know what you’d like to hear.
Special Replay: Homeschool Curriculum Buying Guide
Homeschool Curriculum Buying Guide - What to Buy & Where
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First of all, there is no one perfect curriculum and believe me I’ve made mistakes. When my son was five I purchased a math curriculum and he was struggling so much, I decided to buy another one mid-year at someone’s recommendation. That too turned into a disaster.
The best way to buy homeschool curriculum is to know what you are looking for. But before you do this, please listen to the past podcasts on the topic of curriculum. There I give you specific questions to think about as well as where to go to get great reviews.
All curriculum will not work for all kids. One child may love a math program while another will struggle to get through a lesson. Look at your kids, take note of what they can do or not do and then go from there. We work to remediate weaknesses and build on their strengths. Parents, if your kids are struggling all day the retention of knowledge is not going to be great. If your child is struggling academically get help. One of the podcasts on this network is - Brain Coach Tips Podcast visit the podcast page and listen to past podcasts that can help you plan accordingly.
We need to encourage our kids, set up their day in small chunks of learning if they are younger and work on a plan ahead of time to alleviate as much frustration as we can. The next podcast in this series is on using forms in your homeschool—and if you are on the mailing list you are receiving these in the monthly planning packs you can print out to use with your family.
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How will you teach history? Ancient, World, American? Are you interested in incorporating faith, relationship, family and worldview values?
These are the types of questions you need to ask before you buy.
First, we will discuss what you are looking for, then where to research and finally where to purchase!
* Structure begins slowly
* Hands-on is a must to build strength in their hands, fine and gross motor skills
* Character development and gentle correction toward honesty
* Phonics skills
* Math concepts – big picture with manipulatives
* Art and projects
* Music and lessons
* Dress up and play
* Time for exploration
* Books, books, books
* Active listening and answering simple questions that become progressively harder
* Retelling a story/recall information (preface with listening carefully)
* Phonics – Phonics – Phonics and reading skills
* Writing skills can begin with open-ended stories, drawing pictures with short sentences.
* Copy work
* Math concepts with manipulatives
* Memorization of facts (including math, science, history, geography)
* Art and projects
* Music and lessons
* Time to explore
* Concepts are key – are they getting it? If not regroup
* Math basics now become the bedrock for higher concepts and application
* Reading harder and longer books. (Or remediation if needed)
* Grammar Skills. Advanced writing working on reports (book), or smaller one page reports on history and science topics. This can advance into longer papers. Teach writing skills. WriteShop.com is incremental and highly recommended.
Back To School Tips
Back To School Tips by Homeschool Veteran, Felice Gerwitz ~ Episode 474
It is that time, and with the coming of the school calendar, it is time for some really great back-to-school tips by our podcast network founder, Felice Gerwitz. She homeschooled for thirty-one years and in that time learned what worked and what did not work. In this episode, she drills down to the basics that will help your homeschool journey.
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Are we excited or dreading the new school year? Yes, it is okay to be nervous but please let me assure you that you will not ruin your children. If you have a heart for spending time with your children and you can openly communicate your needs to them and they can talk honestly to you, all will be fine.
Whenever I've listened to a podcast or a talk on the topic of homeschooling I walked away feeling that I would never be able to "do that" or be "that creative," or accomplish anywhere near the amazing mom speaking. One time I went to a homeschool conference and listened to a mom who talked about teaching American History and then proceeded to parade her children out on the stage in matching period costumes. My mom was an amazing seamstress and I can not sew. Can you imagine how I felt after I left that talk? Years later, when I joined the homeschool speaking circuit and spoke at conferences I met this lady and got to know her well. She is not a super mom but she loves to sew. For her, this was a fun project and for me, it would have been overwhelming. She had her children help with the sewing and taught them more than one thing at a time.
Saying this brings me to one of the most important points I hope you learn today. Work within your abilities and your wheelhouse. What are some talents that you bring to the table? Are you good at art? Is music your thing? Are you a sports advocate? Do you like history, math, or science? What is it that you enjoy doing or teaching? Taking this into consideration what can you easily implement into your homeschool? For the mom who loved sewing, it was teaching her kids to sew and make historical costumes.
Back to School Tips - Do. Not. Do.
* Duplicate the public/private school in the home.
* Set yourself up for failure by overplanning.
* Teach over your child's attention span.
* Talk too much. Lecture only.
* Not allow your children to participate in discussions.
* Failure to ask enough questions.
* Unsupervised learning, no checks, and balances.
* Failing to schedule time off.
* Lack of field trips.
* No extracurricular activities.
Look over this list and add to it - and the reverse is as follows:
Back to School Tips:
* Use textbooks, but as a starting point and/or a supplement. Map out the chapters to complete during the school year and count in time off.
* Set a realistic schedule within the timeframe of the school year including the time that school starts and ends.
* Teach younger children in bite-sized portions, for example, teach math with manipulatives and spend the time necessary to master skills rather than sporadically cover them.
* Keep lectures at a minimum. Answer questions and go from there.
* Allow your children to participate in discussions.
* Be sure to ask questions, if they can not answer them give them time to research.
* Be sure the children are getting assignments completed by checking the work or having them check each other's work with supervision. If your kids know you are not going to check math assignments or writing projects they may...
Help! I Want To Change My Curriculum – Special Replay
Let's Talk About... "Help! I Want To Change My Curriculum" with Felice Gerwitz - Special Replay
Do you want a change? A change in curriculum? In this podcast, veteran homeschool mom, Felice Gerwitz gives you the tools you need to select the best curriculum you can for you and your family.
Show Notes - Help! I Want To Change My Curriculum...
I can give you all my favorite books and curriculum, but my tastes might not be yours. In fact, often what I love in books - is not what others like. And vice versa, so, here are some things to look for, with details in this podcast. Below you will find links to some great resources that go along with each of the following points. If you need help and want to change your curriculum, this show will give you the tools you need.
* Homeschool state requirements - go here to find your state
* How do you want to teach? - Methods Podcast Here
* Learning Styles - Here
* Workbooks - pros and cons
* Reading Books List Here and Must Read Books and Summer Reading List
* Reviews - Best Unbiased Homeschool Reviews
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Homeschool Minute - Getting Things Done ~ Episode 473
What is in a minute? 60 seconds to get something done! Some of the most productive people I know have three things going for them. One, they do not waste time, two, they know how to multi-task, and three they have a plan or a list. So, do you want to make a change in your life and join those super-productive people? Listen to this episode!
Visit the MediaAngels.com website for great information and curriculum for homeschool families. The character planners are now ready and bundled just for you! Check out the MediaAngelsMembership.com website.
Check out BibleCrate.com for a great one-year program for children in learning the Bible.
Lord, can I just please have a few more hours in my day? Is this a prayer you have prayed? Why is it that some people get so much done and others flounder? You've heard it all and here is the shortlist: get organized, get a plan, make a list - check it twice, and look at your priorities. Does this list sound familiar?
I think the most frustrating part is feeling that we don't get very much done, often because we plan way too much and there is no way, even with an army of helpers can we get it done in one day. We expect to cook, clean, do laundry, homeschool the kids, take them to lessons, and have a happy outlook on life each day. I'm not going to say that you should lower your expectations, but I am going to say that you need a list that is doable.
We overdo everything (raise your hand if you are an overachiever). Or, maybe you are a procrastinator, and why do today what you can do tomorrow?
* Kids can't finish their assignments - Is this truly an issue with behavior, or difficulty or do you need to cut back on the number of problems, for example, math is required each day?
* The schedule has too much on it - cut something out or do things two days a week or three days a week and give yourself more time.
* Meal planning helps - repurpose food. Baked chicken on day one, use leftovers on day five with barbeque sauce, or make a quick pot pie (use store-bought crust - it's okay). Keep weekday meals simple. Breakfast for dinner or sandwiches for dinner is fine if that is all the time you have.
* Frustration. On the part of the parent. Find out what is troubling you and address the issue.
* Frustration. On the part of the students. Ask them specifically what the issue is and discern a solution.
Figuring out a solution can save you time and energy. It is hard to be upbeat and optimistic when you are frustrated.
Some of the best advice I've picked up from marketing classes and business classes. These classes talk about working smarter rather than harder and that means analyzing what you want to do and figuring out the time involved.
What about some really practical things you can actually implement today? First of all look at what you need to accomplish. Is it looking for a homeschool curriculum? Is it making a meal plan? Is it teaching the kids in a way that they will remember?
Look at what you want to get done and ask yourself the following questions:
* How long will it take?
* What really needs to get done immediately?
* What can you do later?
* Who can help you?
* What will have to be put off until later?
Best Practice and Tips for Accomplishing
* Use small bits of time.
* Keep a running list of things you need to do that are not immediate.
* Select one or two things to accomplish.
* Keep interruptions at a minimum.
* Put the phone in another room with the ringer on.
Best Summertime Outdoor Activities
What are the best summertime outdoor activities -- well they can range from those that please the most active child to those who would rather sit and read a book. Yet, there is just something about being outdoors that makes us happy! The sun, the sky the bugs… okay, well we want to avoid those as much as possible but still enjoy being in the beautiful world that God gave us.
In my last podcast (Best Summertime Rainy Day Activities Episode 277) I went over some things like rules that are important for kids to know before you begin any activity as well as encouraging positive character qualities – you may want to listen to episode 279 in order to learn more. It is important to realize that the minute kids get outside all they want to do is run. It’s like the saying, “Free and in the wild!” But, kids can also be directed once outside and I’m excited to share these ideas with you.
My list would not be complete without the following:
* Sports with little skill
* Badminton – minimal fuss – there is a skill involved
* Water balloon fights
* Messy relay races like water balloon toss
* In the backyard or at a park!
* Set up a minimal tent – bug spray!
* Sleep under the stars
* Cook over a small charcoal grill/ fireplace
* Cook on skewers – veggies or meats (wood – soak in water first)
* Stargazing at night – summer skies are awesome for this.
* Download a phone app
* Use a handheld device that helps you identify your sky
* Learn the constellations – lifelong skill
* Bike riding
* Take bikes to a local park
* Ride off the beaten path
* Put noisemakers in spokes
* Decorate bikes
* Nature Walks/hikes
* Learn something new – plant, terrain, or wildlife
* Use a map and learn map reader
* Use a compass for directions
* Night walk – use only the moon no flashlight, notice the vegetation in the night light – this is an amazing experience!
* Use a stick and string
* Research what types of bait work best
* Fish in a pond (be sure an adult is present) use hotdog, corn or worms
* Make your own fishing pole
* Pack easy to assemble foods
* Finger foods
* Picnic in your backyard
* Picnic in the back/ tailgate of your car
* Competition/ training for a marathon
* Research times for local or nearby marathons
* Check out the possibility for kid entries. (Disney)
* Train slowly!
* Learn about foods that help you when you train
* What do you eat before a marathon?
* Water Sports
* Sail Boating
* Make a boat! Create paper boats – try to make them float
* Geocaching – Find treasures!
* Go to a geocaching site for locations of treasure
* Teaches map skills
* Create your own in your home.
Do you have a great idea I left out that is a win-win? Please share them with us!
Unruly Kids ~ Just For Kids Episode
Hey moms, grab the kids, unruly kids if you have any of those on hand. This is a Just For Kids episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms and we are going to tackle the issues of misbehavior and the logic behind getting along with others. So, bring your child along as you listen to my episode here
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Okay kids, here is the thing. (And yes, I say "thing" quite a bit.) We are going to talk about unruly kids – and what that means. It can mean many things, but for this podcast, I am going to define it as a kid, that is someone between the ages of five and sixteen – maybe, seventeen. And, if you are younger, that is great, you are welcome to listen.
So, a kid between five and sixteen who does things wrong, but not too terrible. Unruly can mean troublemaker – have you heard that word before? It is someone who likes to make trouble just because they think it is fun or they can get out of work if they do. It is a person who is loud when they should be quiet, or who enjoys (and laughs, even if it is inside) quietly when your brother or sister or friend gets in trouble and you don’t.
Misbehaving is not following the rules, and sometimes you might not know the rules, or sometimes the rules change.
So let me break this down for you, and answer these questions:
* I laugh when other people get in trouble.
* I like to make my brother or sister cry.
* I like to make my brother or sister angry.
* I like to get away with making trouble without getting caught.
* I enjoy it when people look at me, even if that means I get in trouble.
Let’s stop there – can you answer these questions. If you need to rewind this audio you can, and think about this or write it on a piece of paper.
Now, let’s pretend that I asked your parents these same questions and they answer like this. (read and answer with a yes!
How would you feel if your mom, your dad, or caregiver, let’s say a grandparent or aunt or uncle laughs when you get in trouble, likes to make you cry, likes to make you angry, likes to get you in trouble, and not get caught doing it and likes to have people look at them. Would that be a good thing?
Unruly Kids - Scenario #1
How about this… It’s dinner time. When your mom asked you to set the table you said no, and then yelled that it was not fair and your brother should do it. You decided to throw a pillow at your brother and that made your mom yell at you and tell you to go to your room, which is what you wanted because that means you do not have to set the table and your brother does. At dinner, you get up, without asking anyone if that is okay, and you go to your room because you forgot something there. When you get back, your plate of food is on the floor under your chair. And, the dog is licking the rest of the food from the plate. How do you feel?
Probably not very good. You are probably angry, and rightly so because someone didn’t care about you getting to eat the good food on your plate. Someone didn’t care if the dog ate it instead. Someone didn’t care about what you thought or would feel. Did I forget anything? Is there something else you would feel?
**Has there ever been a time when you were selfish like that? Think about it.
So now let me ask you this – if your mom asked you to set the table and you said no, then you threw a pillow at your brother and got in trouble, how did she feel?
* She is making your dinner because she cares about you and the family.
A Super Mentor
Felice has a big heart for others and her passion shows in her podcasts. She follows the guide of the Lord on her topics. Even on the hard topics you can hear her love for those that will listen and she prays that the Lord will use each one where it is needed. I love Felice and look forward to gleaning from her and her knowledge.
I liked the wisdom these women were able to give to us younger moms about homeschooling, letting go and letting God, and I much appreciated them sharing their story of where their children are now. Listening felt like having a mentor.
This was the first homeschool podcast I listened to. Love Felice and really enjoy the seasoned perspective she offers. I also enjoy the insight she provides from having a daughter that homeschools. We are second generation homeschoolers and I found this very useful.