Monthly Archives: November 2008

Homeschool,Don’t Forget The Fun!

    With the holidays beginning in just over a week, now might be a good time to ask yourself, “Am I having any fun?” If your answer is yes, good for you but if you’re like me and it starts to be “NO” this is a clue that you are burning out!   Some of our best memories from childhood are centered around the fun times we had as children.  It’s easy to get bogged down and frustrated with our schedules right about this time of the year.  We see the long road ahead of us and we see this wall of distractions heading our way with the coming holidays and we know we will most definitely lose time.  Now, if your like me, that sends me into panic mode.  I start to imagine all the hours of school work we will need to do this summer just to make up for all the time we missed during the holiday season.  I see 10 years down the road and my children are very badly educated because I just couldn’t keep the full schedule etc.  Well… this is nonsense!!  What is life if it isn’t enjoyed?  It is vanity, emptiness, weariness and misery.  Our lives were not designed to be this way.  Now would be an excellent time to trim the fat so to speak in our everyday school schedule.  Do less, you heard me right.  Do less!  Give your family the freedom to have fun this holiday season.  January will come soon enough.  There will be long winter days and less distracted time to accomplish all that needs to be done.  You don’t have to walk away from school work altogether, you just might need to decide which things can’t be missed and do the others every other day or just put some things on hold until January. Don’t become a grump because you have put too much on your shoulders and no one is living up to your impossible standards.  Relax and just try and have some fun.  If you start to have fun so will your whole family.

Keep Sailing,

Mary Hugill

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Curriculum Spotlight – Math

     One of my favorite discoveries has been Professor B Math.  Professor Everard Barret has developed a Math program that uses the natural ability of a child to understand a story as the vehicle for learning and more importantly understanding mathematics.  The verbal explanations in this curriculum are crystal clear and children pick it up very quickly.  A preschooler can begin the program and a kindergartner can learn addition and subtraction and you will find your student advancing quickly without really trying that hard.  We have used the program since the beginning and it has worked wonderfully.  Prof B Math is also fun because it is done on the computer both my kids enjoy that aspect.  I believe you can buy it in book form also. 

The website is very informative and gives the history of the program as well as the philosophy behind it.  Several school years are combined into each level that you buy so the price is affordable. 

We tend to combine Professor B Math with Saxon at our house.  I like to use Professor B to learn a concept and then the Saxon workbook pages as a confidence builder.  The only difficulty I have found with doing that is we tend to get so far ahead of the Saxon in ablility  I end up buying the next Saxon level sooner than I expected.  

You can find Professor B Math at www.profb.com

Keep Sailing,

Mary Hugill

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