November 8, 2019

Three Ways to Homeschool November

I am grateful for all of you, for the homeschooling journey we have had so far this year, and to be able to share my thoughts with you through this newsletter. It is my hope that some ideas here will be a blessing to someone reading this.

Daylight savings time has ended for the year. The days are growing cooler and shorter. Soon winter will be upon us!

As we move through this season, how can we make homeschool and family life more meaningful?

3 Ways to Homeschool November... 

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1. Time for a Victory Lap!

Most have been home schooling for several months this year. It is time to review and see how you are doing and have a mid-term assessment. Too often we focus too much on what is not happening to see all that is happening. Life is full of starts and stops. Most of us have been pinched by trials, health issues, and some interruptions. That is just how life is. As you assess this fall, look for the high lights, give yourself and your children credit for your victories- big and small. We have all survived those interruptions and developed strategies that got us through. That is a victory, for sure. Look for the victories and celebrate them. Here are some victories you might overlook, consider asking yourself:
* Did we go to the park? At the park the children play, and develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.
* Were there any fieldtrips this fall? Fieldtrips expand intellectual horizons and are opportunities for socialization.
* Have we read and discussed Bible stories? They strengthening their understanding of God and can refine our character.
* What great books have we read to our family? Great books can give "scope to the imagination," teach us about human nature,  help us think and improve.
*   Has there progress in learning since homeschool began this fall?

Take time to see and focus on the victories, the things that did get done, the experiences, and the progress made. Then consider areas that need improvement and things that may need to change for those areas to improve. Then take baby steps to build on victories and enjoy the season.

2. Get Nurtured by Nature

There are still some warmer days left in the year.  Take the children outside every day, to be nurtured by nature. Bundle up as the weather gets cooler. Take long walks as part of PE. Kick leaves. Have fun. Study nature as part of natural science studies. Make collections and decorate with leaves, pinecones, and nuts, as part of art studies.

3. Weave Memories through Family Traditions

Good family traditions bind families together and build warm memories. These family traditions can be part of their education, as well.
Here are some of ours. 
* We winterize and prepare our garden, house, and yard for winter. Learning home maintenance is an important adult life skills.
* Our home has a wood burning stove with a catalytic converter for cleaner burning. We gather and make sure we have enough wood available for power outages and "hygge" evenings.
*  We gather together to ask the Lord's Blessings." Each evening throughout November, we gather for our family to enjoy the Classic Thanksgiving Devotional. Through the devotional, we enjoy learning about our providential history, Bible verses, quotes, poetry, hymns, quotes, short Thanksgiving stories, Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamations, and doing daily acts of Thanks-living. This all enhances our sense of gratitude as we learn!  Click here Classic Thanksgiving Devotional.

* We also celebrate Thanksgiving Day!!! As we cook and prepare, the children are learning many lost arts and doing in context, living math as they work through the recipes.

What are your fall family traditions and how do you incorporate your traditions to enrich your homeschool learning?

I invite you to take the victory lap, assess, make a plan, take baby steps, get nurtured by nature, weave your family traditions into homeschool and enjoy the journey!

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