Spelling fun… for fifth grade

Fifth graders are not too old to still have a great time while doing their spelling work. My daddy always told me – that spelling was the easiest subject because I already had all the answers. I just had to study them…

This was awesome advice, spelling is a foundational subject that should bring together the other subjects like writing, reading, grammar, and even science and history. If we can spell well, we will also have a greater comprehension rate. But how can we get our non-spellers to become great spellers? That is easy, find them a way to have fun while they are learning spelling and vocabulary. My kids love to do their spelling word lists since we have found an online spelling site curriculum that helps us have fun and keep track of their achievement. It has made all the difference in my children’s desire to learn spelling. Fun = motivation!

Learning through Doing

Fifth graders are usually awesome learners. They are still at an age where they are inquisitive, yet they are a bit older to where they can be trusted with more responsibility. This equals a lot of fun in learning. These young ones can have greater opportunities through doing most of what they are learning. From online math to history and science – take advantage of this great age and let them explore how they can apply what they learn into actual work.

Fifth graders really need this. They are questioning most of what they are learning as to how it applies to the real world. Make examples and then let them apply it. In science, build scale models = or even real models if space allows. In history, allow them to visit some of the historical sites your are studying or learn how to knit or weave when studying colonial times. Make it real… and they will learn through doing!

Grammar Ghosts

My kids just love grammar so much… NOT! They really dislike the study of grammar because there really are so many grammar… ghosts. You know, all those “exceptions” or well that’s how we do it in this case, but then after this it’s done this other way… blah blah… Truthfully, it really can drive them crazy. There are so many exceptions to the rules in English grammar.

But, there is hope. If you can slow things down and get the kids to understand one principle at a time. Do fun things with each of those single concepts… they will comprehend it better… and then when the exceptions come… they will be more prepared to handle deviations from the rules! If all else fails, you can always use a writing tutor to help them.

Keeping Your Kids Safe… online

One of the fastest growing groups of onlines sites are the pornographic sites, making it quite unsafe for our children to use the web without protection. These websites are no longer just minding their own business – they are aggressively targeting ads and other click through links to entice innocents. It is increasingly important for parents to ensure that they have the necessary software in place to guard their children from this type of predator.

Here are a few simple tips to help you have some peace of mind.

1) Purchase or sign up for free web protection. There are many great and affordable options out there… a free one that seems to do quite well is the Blue Coat K9 web protection.

2) Make sure that go through each of the settings on whichever program you choose. Don’t just accept their standard settings… every parent has their own level of unnacceptable… make sure your protection is at your level.

3) Sign up for a free email account that no one else knows about, and keep that password private. Use this email to register for your online protection. All notifications will then come to this address, and no one will be able to override the protection. For example, if your teenager knows your email and password, when the notification to override goes to your email – they can simply adjust it themselves to be able to view what they please.

4) DO monitor the sites that are filtered. Check to see if there is a pattern of requests on certain blocked sites… you may find out that there have been attempts to view unsuitable material, but it will also give you an opportunity to talk with your child about why it is so important to stay away from these sites. There are a few more important tips in this article about internet safety for kids.

Is Homeschooling on Your Mind?

Have you been sitting on the fence awhile? I am sure you’re getting pretty tired by now… so let me give you a few facts that just might get you to jump off!

Homeschooling is the fastest growing method of education in America today!

Homeschooling gives you the freedom to teach your children in the best way you see fit for your family!

Homeschooling allows your children to learn according to their abilities. If they are advanced they can proceed without grade limits. If they need remedial work, you have the time!

Homeschooling brings families closer together. You spend all day together, so you know each other much better than families who are apart most of the time. The family unit becomes stronger!

Homeschooling allows you to customize your child’s education to their passions and strengths!

Well, as a veteran homeschooler… if you are still sitting on the fence… I hope you’re ready to jump of and become a new homeschooler!