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A blog that celebrates homeschool life including posts about education, recipes, faith and more.

Lisa is a winner of Top 25 Homeschooling Moms - 2013

Do you have any tips for helping kids concentrate on their studies?

I have found, that in my years as being a classroom teacher and homeschool mom, that one of the best ways to enhance and encourage a child's concentration is to provide he/she with a stimulating, hands-on environment. This allows for not only for physical movement, but for the opportunity for the learning to be real, relevant and interesting. We all want our children to be able to express their creativity, imaginations and to be innovative. Research has shown that very little is retained when a child only hears the information. Slightly more is retained when they read the information. Even more is remembered when the information is learned in a hands-on manner. I do my best to combine all three of these methods. In addition, change activities frequently, allow for lots of movement and always let them pursue their interests. They will want to concentrate! :-)

What's an educational game or activity you and your kids love?

Wow, this is a good question. We have so many! I am always making up new games and activities to interest my children. A couple of weeks ago, for example, I designed a house-wide scavenger hunt using synonym and antonyms. I made matching games with states and capitals, as well as one with mathematical formulas. We love to play bingo, so I am always on the lookout for or am making different bingo games. (I even made a "Bird Bingo" for a nature study we were doing) We also really enjoy lapbooking.

As far as activities, field trips have to be a favorite. I am always trying to find educational and fun places to visit. We live in a very historical area that is also blessed to have many museums, zoos and nature centers, so we are always finding somewhere wonderful to visit! :-)

How do you encourage a love of reading in your kids?

We read a lot of books in our homeschool, as living history has always appealed to us rather than the textbook approach. Most of our reading is still done aloud, which I love. We enjoy our special time together on the couch as we read and discuss whatever book it is we are on at the time. (sometimes it is even more than one!) Even my teenagers enjoy this and it has encouraged even my non-enthusiastic readers to ask for more!