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6 (more) Homeschool Quotes: Trusting Our Children.

Trust my child, trust my child, trust my child!

Wait?

Trust MY bouncing off the wall child?

Could it be possible that he could play an active role in his education; can I trust his individuality to lead the way? Should I trust him to figure things out for himself, instead of throwing solutions his way; can he learn even when I am not “teaching” him?

I think the answer is YES!

I don’t know about you but I often struggle with the idea of trusting my child. Not because of him; but because (as you will read in the first quote) I was taught not to trust myself. I believe we all were.

My children are continually providing me a priceless education; Much more than I thought possible and our journey has only just begun.

Great homeschool quote! To trust children we must learn to trust ourselves... and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted. -John Holt

“To trust children we must learn to trust ourselves… and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted”. -John Holt

 

Child-Led learning Homeschool quote. "Children make their own paths into the unknown. Paths that we would never think of making for them." John Holt

“Children make their own paths into the unknown. Paths that we would never think of making for them.” John Holt

 

World schooling homeschool quotes "Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places." John Holt

“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.” John Holt

 

Homeschool quotes. Interest-led. "You will not reap the fruit of individuality in your children if you clone their education." Marilyn Howshall

“You will not reap the fruit of individuality in your children if you clone their education.” Marilyn Howshall

 

Homeschool Quotes "Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve." Rodger Lewin

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” Rodger Lewin

Happy Homeschooling

xoxo
Raivon Lee
The Vain Mommy

HomeSchooling

Summer Learning Inspiration for Kids: July Edition

Love these! Summer activities for kids. July learning activities

This post may contain affiliate links.Not your same old, July Summer Activities for Kids! Eat, love, admire and discover! Wonderful for homeschooled preschoolers

 

It’s July — officially summer! Keep your children’s blossoming minds engaged and growing this summer!

These National Holidays are specific to the month of July. You can run in many directions with these holidays: create crafts, have fun in the kitchen, get outside, read books, find great YouTube videos (little ones) & documentaries (older children) to share, discuss values and character traits!

These topics will surely inspire many conversations and activities with your children.

July Summer Activities for Children

July is:

Culinary Arts month
Ice cream month. Make ice cream! Experiment with different flavors. Create your own flavor?! Get scientific research freezing temperature.
National Picnic Month. Get outside, break bread together & eat that yummy ice cream you made.

More National Holidays to Share!

July 12th: Malala Day
July 18th Nelson Mandela International Day
July 20th: National Moon Day
July 24th: National Cousins Day
July 26th: National Aunts and Uncles Day
July 30th International Day of Friendship

While you and your children enjoy an evening picnic, sharing ice cream, staring at the moon, chatting about Malala and Nelson — make sure they celebrate the aunts, uncles, friends and/or cousins in their lives as well!

Be inspired.
XOXO
Raivon Lee,
Vain Mommy

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Take Your Child’s Interest to The Next Level: Airplane Lesson Plan Inspiration!

Airplane Lesson Plan Inspiration for Children

This post may contain affiliate links.Airplane Lesson Plan inspiration! Great for any age! I love that it allows me to converse with my child.
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Hi all!

Here’s a bit of inspiration for you! These suggestions will add depth to your child’s love of planes ✈️ .

One of the best ways to help your homeschooler gain knowledge is by following their interests. Because they are already interested. Currently my son is on a plane kick and I’ve been able to build on it!

Here’s how.

My Preschoolers Interest of the Week: PLANES! 

How to create an Interest-Led Learning lesson Plan!

Ari watching an airplane!

Books!

I requested lots of books from our local library: Picture, Fiction and Non-Fiction books! We read or flip through them together and “go with the flow”.  Ari has many questions and we are able to find the answers.

 2. Field Trip!

We spent our morning at a small local airport that has a PLAYGROUND!! How to do Interest Led Learning. Air Plane theme.

Ari had a great time and was able to watch planes: land, take off and refuel! Obviously, from the look on his face, he was ecstatic!

History

We watch videos about the Wright Brothers:

New Vocabulary:

  • Aviation
  • Inventor
  • Acceleration
  • Deceleration

Spanish (Foreign Language):

We learned Spanish words that relate to airplanes!

  • Airplane: Avion
  • Airport: Aeropuerta
  • Sky: Cielo
  • Clouds: Nubes
  • Up: Arriba
  • Down: Abajo

Art

Art without guidance. I allow Ari to draw and paint the way HE see’s things

  • Airplane drawings & paintings

Handicrafts

  • Paper Airplanes!

Science


Remember, this is a very loose lesson plan, meant only to inspire. You can easily customize this to meet your families needs!

That wraps it up! I hope this helps!

Happy Plane Watching!
XOXO
Raivon Lee,
Vain Mommy

 

 

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Active Moms Guide: Everything You Need for Stress Free Summer Outings with Kids!

Make getting out of the house with kids easier. Summer Essentials for kids! Checklist

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Some good recommendations on this list! Summer checklist for kids, new moms. Everything you need to make survive summer outings with the kids.


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Hello there! How are ya? Hot?!

It’s mid June, but it feels like it’s been summer for a few months here in Atlanta!

Summer solstice is upon us. Wednesday June 21, 2017 will be the longest day of the year and the official start of summa, summa, summa, TIME!

My preschooler (4), my almost toddler (gosh she’s growing so quickly) and I, make a point to leave the house every single day. Funny that they call us HOMEschoolers and stay-at-HOME-moms. Home is not where you want to be stuck with little humans all day, every day!

We frequent parks, playgrounds, the zoo, splash-pads, and many many nature walks.

Oh how I wish, leaving the house was an effortless pursuit. BUT it is not; because, I have these crazy intentions of keeping my crew happy, fed, safe, healthy, clean… well, let’s just say ALIVE — Oh, I also enjoy maintaining my sanity.

This takes preparation!

After four years and many failed outings (because I forgot that one thing, that could have made my life so much easier) I’m finally getting the hang of it!

To pay it forward, I’ve complied this list! Big kid, toddler and/or baby necessities I wish I had my first summer as a mom. Read More »

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5 Inspirational Homeschool Quotes: In Support of Play Based Learning

Homeschool Quotes! I love this blog! Play based learning quotes. preschool & kindergarten PLAY MATTERS!

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My son plays all. day. long. He’s only 4, what else would he be doing?

As a homeschool mom I’m ALWAYS wondering if I’m falling short. Is my little student learning enough? Will he fall behind his peers? Should I be providing more structure for my preschooler?

Worksheets, formal curriculum, should our homeschool look like traditional school?

Maybe you have some of those same concerns?

To answer my questions– NO. NO. NO! I know that I have nothing to worry about, I stand by the reasons my husband and I chose to homeschool. We want our children to have an education that is centered around who they are, and there interests. I also understand that there’s no such thing as being behind or ahead of peers. Children are individuals. No child should be forced-fed knowledge they aren’t ready for; simply because of the month and year they graced us with their presence.

Thankfully, I’m reminded just how important play truly is. My son is getting exactly what he needs, exactly the way he was created to — through play and everyday interactions.

If you worry also, (and what caring parent doesn’t from time to time) I believe these quotes will ease your mind. Read More »

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4 Totally Chill Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Relaxed Dad Who Has It All!

Great Father's Day gift ideas from kids or from wife, for dad who are easy to please! Father's Day gift ideas for dad who have everything!

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My children are pretty lucky to have a really chill dad; it doesn’t take much to make Greg happy. He’s a simple guy, and this makes Father’s Day really easy to plan in our home. Whether the dad in your life already has everything, or is just a happy-go-lucky easy to please guy; these four gift ideas are sure to please! Read More »

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