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Lextin Academy

A homeschool graduate records the adventures of homeschooling her 5 children ages 7 and under. Expect honesty and humor with a behind the scenes look into their homeschool journey.

Lexi is a winner of Top 25 Homeschooling Moms - 2013

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

We take frequent exercise breaks and give the kids plenty of time to burn off energy or enjoy some creative play. When they come back to complete school work they are much more focused. I also keep our lesson times short with multiple breaks throughout the day so they have shorter, focused times of study.
I also try to keep their hands busy when we are doing read alouds or when I'm teaching. Clay or homemade playdoh are some of our favorite things. My kids love to work with the dough while I read to them. Keeping their hands busy while we do lessons keeps them occupied so they can sit for longer periods of time.

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

Right now my kids are very into anything with art or crafts. We spend some time every day painting, coloring, or creating a new craft. Our favorite art things are See the Light Art and Atelier Art. My kids enjoy watching the DVD's with each series and completing the projects. We are also enjoying the game Art Ditto which is a game of memory with art cards that are replicas of famous paintings. My kids have learned the names of artists and their works by playing this game.

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

I have been reading to my kids since birth - curled up in their rocking chairs with board books. Now we have daily read aloud time where I read to them. We sometimes all pile onto the couch for family read alouds. I also keep their iPods loaded with audio books. My kids enjoy the stories and look forward to read aloud times or times when they can relax and listen to an audio book. Now that Curly is an independent reader, she has become a bookworm. I hope that all my children love to read!