Raise your hand if your homeschool day ever gets sidetracked. (Me raising my hand) Sidetracks are sometimes a glorious route for learning – following a trail to learn a little more about a certain subject. I’ve shared about those type of homeschool sidetracks here at Hodgepodge before. Those are the good sidetracks and I’m all for them.
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The type of sidetracks we’ve been working on are those I want us to avoid. Those things that keep us from getting started and those that are simple to fix if we take the time. A helpful habit! You know the ones I’m talking about. I’ve learned a few things in our homeschooling years, even these past weeks (always learning). So I thought I’d share just a few tips in a Collage Friday sort of style.
Sharpened Pencils WITH Erasers
As pictured above. This is so simple but such a huge sidetrack for us. This week I was ready with five new pencils every day. What a difference that made. We are back to a simple, manual pencil sharpener. We’ve been through two electric pencil sharpeners.
X-Acto Model KS Table- or Wall-Mount Pencil Sharpener (1031)
Next up, this manual, classroom sharpener my friend Heidi recommended. It’s like the sharpeners I remember from school. It is on the list!
Skip the sidetracks! ? Did you know you can purchase @compassclsrm Visual Latin worksheets and quizzes PRE-PRINTED? These have saved us with two high schoolers! Great companion to the new subscription option. #HodgepodgeHomeschool More on Visual Latin in my review.
Preprinted Worksheets and Quizzes
Often we come to the end of a lesson and need to have something printed. Now I know that I could have printed all these at the start of the school year or the start of the semester. With homeschooling five in elementary, middle and high school, printing did not happen. Then, sometimes the printer is out of ink or sometimes we are out of paper (because we are often pulling printer paper for chalk pastel projects!). Sidetracks!! Enter Latin worksheets…
A big stack, already printed. Already three hole punched. Ready for a binder. Open and go! Yay! Laugh through Latin and master English.
Subscription Classes for Easy Learning
Happening now! Visual Latin from @compassclsrm – SUBSCRIPTIONS for $1 for a short time!
“Pay a small amount monthly instead of a big amount every summer.
Get 7 bundled products at one monthly price or choose individual products.
Access the videos on all Internet-capable devices.
Pay for only as long as you subscribe to the curriculum. (In other words, cancel anytime.)
If you want to try something new with your kids, here’s a nice way to get started
Try any subscription for $1 for the first month!” Read my Visual Latin review then click over to Compass Classroom for more details on subscriptions!
Meals Prepped Ahead
Tonight’s supper brought to you by @prepaheadmealsfromscratch – the meat I batch cooked a couple weeks ago and just pulled from the freezer for a yummy recipe from #PrepAheadMeals cookbook. I ❤️ practical, frugal and crowd-pleasing! Thanks @aleamilham for making it easy. #frugalliving #glutenfree – My review of Prep-Ahead Meals From Scratch. Find the cookbook at Amazon.
More Homeschool Highlights
Late morning homeschool moments brought to you by second and fourth graders. #HodgepodgeHomeschool ?
You just might homeschool multiple ages in elementary, middle and high school if your family room looks like this. ??
When it is 27 chilly degrees out but you need to see if the stuffed animal will float and if the wind will catch the sail. #imagination #sayyestoadventure #sinkorfloat #HodgepodgeHomeschool
Hope you are having a warm start to your day. (sometimes just a little morning quiet time by the fire is the very best start to the day)
What tips do you have for avoiding the homeschool sidetracks?