Category Archives: Homeschool

Surfing This Way

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©Surfing This Way by SBDMB (MM)

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Recently I read that a local teen in my area named Micha Cantor, was a Junior Pro surfer for Team USA. At only 15 years old, Micha just returned from competing in Portugal, where they won fifth place internationally. Micha has been surfing since around age five, with his father. His dad quickly saw that he had a love for the sport and his parents have nurtured his passion.

“It takes a lot to qualify for the International World’s Surfing competition, starting with participating in this organization called, “Prime,” and you qualify for USA championships through that program, and then go surf at USA championships and then from there, they pick six surfers for each age division and they picked me this last year,” Micha says. Source

Homeschool is their choice when it comes to his education. As the pull of the sport is time-consuming, this allows him to work around his schedule and pursue his dreams. Of course, as a homeschooling parent myself this is exciting and great to read! I love the doors that homeschool opens because of the ability for your child to fit [it] into their journey, verses working everything else around a long day of traditional school.

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Micha’s dream is to be chosen for the 2020 Olympic team. This will be the first time in history that surfing will be part of the Olympic games. Source/Photo

 

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Monday Musing

Another Monday is here and I am not ready to face it. I have no real “outside the house work” today, so I’m arguing with myself as to how I should use my time. The sensible side of me is saying, “Clean the house, work on kid’s schoolwork (home schoolers) and get your meals/grocery list planned.” But, the lazy side is saying, “Lay around, spend the day on your laptop and forget about getting dressed…let alone a shower.” Oh, the dilemma!

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Books and Motivation

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In responce to today’s Daily Prompt: Fifty

#17 “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return.” ~Salman Rushdie

I was stumped with this one. But when searching for some motivation I came across this great link. As a huge fan of books and reading, as well as quotes (as you can tell from my posts) I really appreciated this find. So, I thought I would share it with you. I hope you’ll take a minute to check it out and find some motivation to pick up a book today. Enjoy!

“50 motivating quotes about books and reading”

 

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Creativity Reimagined

One of the greatest lessons that I have learned as a parent, each child is unique in not only who they are but how they learn. With the kids starting school this week I thought I would share a bit of our journey into homeschooling.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -Albert Einstein 

dd83fc9839f8d590fd5020cd1163452bWhen my oldest was in second grade we went through a very rough year. I’m sure many parent’s know the struggles of a doctor telling you, “Your child has  ADD” or some other difficulty. For us, the classroom became like a battlefield, the teacher and student at odds and I the parent became thee go-between. After many tear filled nights, not only my child’s, but mine. Donating lots of my time to aiding in the classroom. Finally, biting the proverbial bullet, a last ditch effort and trying medications (which ultimately was not successful). I decided that this year was it, I was homeschooling my kids the following fall!

Here we are, six years later. I would be lying if I told you that it has always been easy. There certainly have been moments of shear panic and “What did I get myself into?” type verbiage. But, the pay-off is worth it all. The first year in, my oldest was off all medication and thriving in thee environment we created. Learning is paramount, yes, but allowing him the out of the box experiences has been priceless! The one-on-one style I could provide, allowed him flourish! So many changes to allow my kid to be a kid again, to have fun.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  -Albert Einstein

Our schools have come SO far from the way I believe learning was intended. We now have massive amounts of students in a classroom with one teacher, spending seven hours (plus homework) in studies with very little activity during the day! Not only this, we expect each child to learn the same way and at the same pace. There is little room for the creativity and imagination that allow a child to thrive in a verity of ways. Students that are active, ahead or behind their peers, or lack thee ability to fit in the tiny box created by the school system- these are labeled, medicated or made to feel less than worthy!

27fe127d3f68264a426a257eeb3dcb36So where does creativity and imagination come into the picture? It’s allowing for day dreams, going outside to learn in nature, moving when necessary, it is taking a break to do “kid stuff” and the list goes on. It is the mind-set that each child is unique and that even daily the way they learn can change. This frame of mind is hard for adults, we have been taught to rely on a system. One that we went through and generations before us. But, when freed from this belief, it opened up a whole new world to me too!

If this helps even one family on the fence about the benefits of teaching from home then I am thrilled. And, if it encourages multiple families to keep on the path, don’t give up and encourage creativity- I have truly succeeded! Please, feel free to contact me with questions regarding homeschooling, I would love to help you accomplish greatness!

via Daily Prompt: Learning

Also see: This Color Is Called LifeInspiring HomeschoolerBooks and Motivation

 

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August 22, 2016 · 8:15 am