Thursday, January 4, 2018

7 Easy Steps To Get Started With Homeschooling

We recently began preschool homeschool in August of 2016 and my daughter has been enjoying every moment! She plays with her friends, go to gymnastics class, and we visit the library often. She is even learning to write has mailed letters to her homeschool friends in Florida.  Even though we are newbie's I get asked how I got started with homeschooling. I wanted to share a few things that I did to prepare myself for our homeschool journey, check out my list below.

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1. Make the decision to homeschool! Discuss plans with your partner/ husband or whoever is involved in raising your child(ren) and decide what is best for your family. Will you homeschool for the preschool and kindergarten years, elementary school years, or all the way through high school? What style of homeschool will you use? Unschooling? Montessori? Online?

2. Check state homeschool laws. The homeschool laws for Georgia are fairly simple and can be found HERE. For any other state, check your local Department of Education website.

3. Purchase any needed materials. Are you using a pre made curriculum? Are you piecing together a curriculum? Do you have art and creativity supplies? The Dollar Tree is great for finding low cost homeschool supplies, such as writing tablets, glue, and even workbooks. I also like to order essentials from Amazon.com.

   

     
Will you purchase new or used materials and curricula? Will you purchase items that can be used repeatedly? Some items can be purchased used to save money such as flash cards, games, and books.

4. Plan a daily routine and have a plan for each day. I like to use a teacher's lesson plan book to jot down what I would like to academically accomplish for the day as well as keeping up with completed homeschool days, and learning goals. I use a personal planner to keep track of community activities that I would like for us to attend.  Does your local library have storytime? Lego or art club? What about purchasing museum memberships? Do museums in your area have homeschool days? These are all things that you should look into when planning your homeschool day.

5. Follow your favorite homeschool blogs, homeschool instagram accounts, and join homeschool facebook groups. If you search the homeschool hashtag on instagram, a ton of amazing accounts will come up. Follow as many as you like and some of those accounts even write blogs about their homeschool journeys which are good to follow for inspiration. Facebook is also a great place for homeschoolers as there are many groups based on your homeschool interests, secular, religious, unschooling, local, etc. If you aren't big on Facebook, now may be a good time to look into it, I have met many mom and homeschool friends on Facebook.

6. Join homeschool communities, playgroups,  or co-ops. My daughter just started preschool so we are involved in playgroups mainly. But once your child is old enough to benefit from a co-op or homeschool community, they are worth looking into. You can search Facebook or even Meetup.com  to find local groups to join.

7. Have patience and don't compare your homeschool journey to others. Homeschool should be a fun, bonding experience. There are days that you may feel overwhelmed but those days will pass quickly. Your child will appreciate the time you are taking to make sure they have the best start in life even though they sometime don't show it. Everyone's homeschool journey is different, everyone homeschools for different reasons, so it is important to not compare homeschool journeys. Remember, "Comparison is the thief of joy."

I hope this post was helpful. I am by no means an expert at homeschooling as this is our first year and I only have 1 child. But I wanted to share what works for us. Are you a homeschool family? Do you have any tips you would like to share? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

3 Simple Resolutions All Moms Should Make In 2018


A new year is always a great time to put plans and goals into action. I personally like to make resolutions for different areas of my life, home, business, personal, etc. I wanted to share a few simple resolutions that I think all moms should make in 2018.

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1. Plan a day or a few days to unplug from social media and the internet. Take this time for extra bonding with your children. There are many things that you can do for yourself during your social media detox, journal, take a yoga class, catch up on your reading or podcasts. You can also use this time to give your children extra special attention, plan a picnic or a trip to the playground, actively listen to your children when they talk, play board games, binge watch Netflix, or enjoy a lazy day.

2. Read a few parenting books this year. I love reading but lately I have only been reading novels. This year, I'd like to squeeze in a few parenting books. The books I'm reading this year are

   

3. Practice peaceful parenting. I like to consider myself to be a gentle/peaceful parent but there is always room for improvement. My little lady is 4 now and is discovering her own voice, having an opinion about everything, and wanting to do the opposite of what I am asking her to do. This can sometimes be frustrating, so I would like to practice responding to my child instead of reacting, reduce my use of the word "no", and overall being more attentive. If you would like peaceful/gentle parenting inspiration, follow along here: Peaceful, Gentle Childhood.

What parenting resolutions are you making for 2018? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.
April K.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Our Winter Children's Book Picks

It's almost winter and Atlanta is getting its first snow of the season!! This is super exciting for us because we don't get very much snow if any and this is Ava's first time seeing and being able to play in the snow. I thought it would be fun to mention the books in our home collection that we are snuggling up with this winter. Check them out below!

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1.   My First Kwanzaa (My First Holiday) - This author write amazing books with lots of diversity. The pictures are beautiful and the book explains Kwanzaa very well.

2. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - This is a favorite of ours, Ava likes when I sing the rhyme in the book lol. I lucked up and found this book at Goodwill.

3. The Biggest Snowball of All - This book belongs to a series of books and was my book as a child. Now I get to share it with Ava.

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4. Merry Christmas, Little Critter! - Another great Goodwill find.

5. Snowball Soup (Little Critter, My First I Can Read)

6. My First Kwanzaa Book - This was also my book as a child and Ava loves looking at the colorful pictures.

7. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

Add these books to your library list, they are super fun to read. I would like to pick up more books about different holidays celebrated in December to our collection. Do you have any recommendations? What books are you reading this winter? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Not Your Typical Holiday Gift Guide for Moms

Holiday shopping for any mom in your life can be hard. Most of us just want a day or two of peace and quiet and not having to do housework! I wanted to share a few gift suggestions that any mom in your life would be happy to receive this holiday season.

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1. A gift certificate to her favorite yoga studio would be greatly appreciated.

2. I think I speak for all moms when I say that if a cleaning service were to begin showing up at door weekly, I would not complain!

3. A vacation is always nice



4. I personally have on my wishlist that I would like to start laser hair removal treatments (TMI, I know lol), but a massage, manicure and pedicure, facial, or anything at a relaxing spa would make a mama's heart sing.

5. Local Atlanta fun is great too. I personally love sip and paint classes, a ferris wheel ride would also  be nice.

6. Books, journals, or anything that helps to relieve stress and helps creativity are some of the best gifts.

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7. If you really want to give mom a great gift for the holidays, try a prepared meal delivery. Cooker Delivery is a healthy meal delivery service that works with 30 top Atlanta chefs to prepare meals and deliver them right to your door! Atlanta locals can try out Cooker Delivery using code: Insta10 for your first meal free up to $10.

If any of these things, especially a vacation, just happen to fall in my lap this holiday season, I'll be a happy camper! What gifts are you giving the special moms in your life? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Preschool Boys

Little boys can be super fun to buy for during the holiday season, but honestly, if I had to buy gifts for a boy, I would be clueless lol.  Ava is my little lonely only, and most of her friends are boys, so I do get a glimpse of what boys are into.  I wanted to share a few ideas for what I think would be fun gifts to get the little boys in your life.

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For the boy who loves to play outside:

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toys top atlanta black mom mommy blogger holiday gift guide preschooler toddler




For the boy who loves technology, and games:

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toys top atlanta black mom mommy blogger holiday gift guide preschooler toddler








For the boy who loves to read:

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For the boy who loves to imagine:



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toys top atlanta black mom mommy blogger holiday gift guide preschooler toddler
toys top atlanta black mom mommy blogger holiday gift guide preschooler toddler


What are you getting the little guys in your life? If you have a little girl to shop for, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Preschool Girls. Until next time.

April K.
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