Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Homeschooling Habits

Every Friday The Heart of the Matter features a different topic for their meme. This weeks topic...

Happy Habits of a Homeschooler

I am trying to figure out if I have actual habits to make a happy homeschool or if I am just aimlessly traveling along this road of homeschooling. We are very eclectic in how we homeschool. I have my curriculum that I love from different resources but we don't use the all of books consistently everyday even though we do school every day. I guess the biggest habit we have is doing school all the time.

A couple of mornings ago, my kids were eating breakfast and they were trying to figure out how many calories they were eating. My daughters had mixed two cereals together in their bowls so my son automatically added the two numbers together and then got very confused when the milk jug said there were more calories than what the box of cereal said were the calories with milk. And for me it was a bit alarming to hear how many calories he thought was in that little bowl of cereal. So... school lesson.

I taught the kids how to read the nutrition labels based on serving size. I took out the measuring cup and showed them the serving size of the different cereals and put them into an empty bowl so they could actually see it. Then because the girls mixed cereals, they worked on dividing fractions and adding fractions to get mixed fractions. Then they figured out the milk calories. We also discussed how many calories they needed in one day. So... in that little 20 minutes hands on demonstration at the breakfast table, we covered nutrition and math. Wow, and the "school" day hadn't even started yet.

So I guess my biggest habit is turning everything into school.

To read about other homeschool moms and their habits that make a happy homeschool, be sure to visit The Heart of the Matter.



  1. I love those teachable moments that happen throughout the day. Your example of how to learn math with breakfast cereal is just great. These are the lessons that the kids will really remember.

  2. I agree that that kind of real-life learning is the kind that sticks.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'm with you turning everything in to homeschooling though now I have to be careful how I do it. My almost 12 year old will ask "Are we going to learn something here?":)
    Be blessed!

  4. Taking advantage of every teachable moment is a wonderful habit!

  5. Heidi @ Southpaugh HomeschoolAugust 6, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    What a GREAT way to learn about REAL WORLD stuff!! Plus, of course the "required" math and nutrition...LOL!! : )
    Thanks for sharing!


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