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11 Tips to Set a Homeschool Routine for Success

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11 Tips to Set up a Homeschool Routine for Success

 

Fact 1: homeschool provides freedom to have your own schedule…

However,

Fact 2: when there is no routine, everyone and everything is all over the place which may lead to chaos. 

Many times friends and family ask me “how do you homeschool when you have 4 children?!?! You must be very organized!”- they tell me. Well, in a sense, I am organized when it comes to the routine I have set up for our homeschool based on what I see are the needs and goals of our homeschool.  I look at our needs and goals and see (and pray a lot!) on what we can do to achieve those goals. 

Recently I read in a book by Rachel Carman where she stated the importance in planning and setting up a routine for success in your homeschool.

Because after all, we are people of habits!!!

We strive with routine. Children, especially, strive when they know what is expected of them. Children and adults do well with routine, clear expectations, and everyone does better when they know what they are supposed to be doing. 

Therefore it is very important that we set up a homeschool routine for success! It takes a little bit of planning on our part and going the extra mile, but with prayer and dedication, you will see your work paying off when your homeschool week goes smoothly! 

 

11 Steps to Set Up a Homeschool Routine for Success

 

1. Set a Weekly Theme – what is a common theme in your lessons / read loud for the common week. Look through your homeschool books and see what the the unit will be about. What is one aspect that is tied into your lessons? What is an animal/place/thing that your children became interested in? Use what you see as a common theme to tie into different subjects. For example, our math book had a travel theme for a unit, so each day we talked about a different country based on what was presented on the book.

2. Plan read alouds – Set a time in your week for read alouds at the table over a yummy snack, poetry tea-time, or snuggling on the couch.  Set a goal to read a book over a week’s time, then choose a new book for the following week. Imagination Station or Magic Tree House series have books that can be easily correlated to a theme.

In our bilingual homeschool, we have two main read alouds: one in Spanish and one in English. Plus many other books we read throughout the day on varied subjects. 

In our history curriculum at the very beginning of the year, we studied about the Vikings: who they were and their travels. This book by Imagination Station was so fun to read while adding a living book element to our history lessons. This book is the first one in the series. As soon as we finished the first one, my kids were ready to continue with book 2.

Most, if not all, Magic Tree House books have been translated into Spanish. The books are very easy to read, the children are able to follow them well. If you feel you would like to read them in Spanish but are hesitant about comprehending the text, pick up a copy in English. Read a chapter in both languages to help you guide the discussion and pick up vocabulary the kids might need further assistance.

Overall, I have been very pleased with using Imagination Station and Magic Tree House series for read alouds. Both series are quite engaging, quick to read, easy to follow. I really like the non-fiction elements included throughout the stories. Very much like a living book.

Magic Tree House has been my go to series for reading chapter books in Spanish. My kids have enjoyed them very much to the point that whenever they find a Magic Tree House book, they always request it to be in Spanish.

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 Voyage with the Vikings (AIO Imagination Station La casa del árbol # 13 Vacaciones

3. YouTube Time: Take advantage of YouTube and travel around the world, visit museums, farms, learn about a new animal, etc. Tell your children to come up with a question or two each on something they really want to know about the weekly theme. Use this time to look up videos on YouTube that could help answer the questions.  Then write a sentence or two as a follow up activity.  Have some fun and learn something new together!

Related: These are some of our favorite YouTube channels in Spanish that we like to watch. 

4. Nature Walk and Nature Journalying – Set a time for the week when you plan on going outside for a walk. Pick a day of the week that you intently go outside and observe animals, trees, bugs, etc. See this post with ideas on additional books and supplies for a nature walk that could help expand on this activity. Perhaps even use your Spanish during this activity. Go on a language Scavanger Hunt around your neighborhood. 

5. Pick a Bible Verse for the Week– Pick a verse from a book like Psalms or Proverbs and read it every day. You may work at memorizing it or you may simply just talk about this verse daily. Take it a step forward and use it for copywork! We like to memorize a verse in Spanish to practice throughout the week.  They each recite it at the end of the week. 

Also use this verse to talk about vocabulary, attributes of God, and life applications. 

6. Set a loop schedule –  A loop schedule consists of a set of subjects that are taught every day in no particular order but that are completed daily. I am of the opinion that certain subjects should be taught every day such as Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Bible, and Spanish.  There are other subjects and activities that I assign to a few days of the week like History twice a week even though it tends to happen more throughout the week which is great when it happens. We do Geography every day so that is also part of our loop schedule. 

7. Chores – Part of our homeschool routine is to complete chores around the house. It teaches responsibility and basic entrepreneurship skills.  Children receive an allowance for their completed work. Then they get to divide their money into three areas of money management: give, save, spend.

I strongly recommend reading this book by Dave Ramsey to teach money management skills from a young age.

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 Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next

8. Cooking – Cooking is a regular activity my children do throughout the week. Since a very young age, they each have been involved in helping with a meal like getting the ingredients, helping find a recipe, mixing and stirring, peeling, etc. There is so much of the Spanish language my children have learned from cooking with me!!! We take time to study about eating healthy and read books that will enhance our understanding of food. We also watch cooking videos in Spanish to get an authentic input of Spanish language.  

Learning to cook is just as important as learning math or science. It is a life skill that will save them money someday when they know how to shop and what ingredients to get to be able to cook themselves a meal. My children have enjoyed cooking, they look forward to our time spent in the kitchen just as much as our read aloud time!  I am quite fond of this =online course that teaches children how to cook basic meals, how to use an instanpot safely, how to use knives, and how to try to eat varied foods. Cooking is so much fun and allows them to become more creative and develop problem solving skills!  

9. Extra-curricular: Any classes, activities that you have signed up your child outside of home. It could be music lessons, sports, art, language classes, additional tutoring, etc.

10. Co-Op: A once a day when children attend classes with other children. If you are in a season of hygge, use this time to connect with a smaller group at your own home. 

11. Devotional – Grow together as a family when you gather to read the Bible and present your requests and praises to God.  These have been my go-to devotionals for my children. I have yet to find a devotional book for them in Spanish. 

Having a personal devotional book, allows each person to have some quiet time where they can read, reflect, pray, and interact with the text. When we gather for discussion, we take turns sharing about what we read.

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Resources to Teach and Learn about the Human Body in Homeschool inspired by Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, Montessori. Spanish Materials included.

 

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The human body is a very common topic of discussion around our dinner table. We like to discuss where the foods we eat come from and how they can HELP our bodies. Because of this, we often end up talking about the digestive system, bones, joints, brain, etc. 

Therefore, I have put together a list of books, materials, and games that we use at home and ones that we will be using  to learn about the human body. I also have posters like this one for us to look at in our spare time or for the kids to look at when they want to a picture of the digestive system. 

 

Learning is so fun and we want to provide as many materials and opportunities in order to enrich their understanding and knowledge. 

 

Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, and Montessori strongly recommend using hands-on materials to engage young learners so they can discover, make connections, and really learn material beyond what is presented in a textbook. 

 

 

Below are the materials I am going to be using with my children to learn about the human body. Hope you find them useful. 

 

Materials to Learn about the Human Body

 

make and move human body

 

  1. Make and Move: Human Body 
  2. See Inside: Human Body
  3. Human Anatomy Coloring Book (Dover Children’s Science Book)
  4. The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body
  5. The Human Body and Anatomy
  6. Anatomy Bundle Set
  7. See Inside Your Body
  8. Melissa and Doug Human Body Magnetic Set
  9. Learning human body parts game – FREE app
  10. Painless Learning Human Body Placemat

Resources in Spanish

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  1. El cuerpo humano 
  2. Scholastic: Mi cuerpo humano
  3. El libro de los huesos
  4. ¿Puedes ver lo que yo veo? (Spanish Edition)

Picture Books about Human Body

 

  1. Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
  2.  My Bodyworks: Songs About Your Bones, Muscles, Heart and More! 
  3. Why Do My Teeth Fall Out?: And Other Questions Kids Have About the Human Body (Kids’ Questions)
  4. Parts (Picture Puffin Books)

  5. Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It

  6. The Tooth Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

  7. Germs Make Me Sick! (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) we have learned so much from this one!

  8. A Drop of Blood Very good!!!

Related Post: Good Enough to Eat Picture Book  –excellent book! 

 

Games and Toys to learn about Human Body

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  1. Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set With 24 Magnetic Pieces and Storage Tray

  2. Janod Body Magnet

  3. Kids First The Human Body Kit

  4. Learning Resources Stethoscope this has been excellent for us to have as read about the heart, listen to each other’s heartbeats, count heartbeats per minute. 

  5. Educational Trivia Card Game – Professor Noggin’s Human Body

  6. The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body 

 

There is also this HUGE list of STEM-tastic Science Kits by Scientific Explorer on Amazon. 

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They have a kit about the heart, a Disgusting Science one, and soooo many more!!! I keep going back to decide which we will be getting next. So far the reviews look really good and often times I read about them being used in different homeschool groups.

Hope you find these resources useful!!!

Let me know in the comments what should be added to the list!

 

 

 

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10 Sweet Bilingual Board Books for Raising a Bilingual Child in the Early Years

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As we raise our bilingual children, I have started to make note of the books we read and the things we have done along the way to help teach them Spanish as naturally as possible. One of these has been reading to them from a very young age, the womb. We read books in Spanish, bilingual books, or books in Spanish. The following books are all very special with the goal of sharing sweet little stories to create a connection with the Spanish language. I hope you enjoy this list just as much as we have. As the kids grow, these will become little treasures that will remind you of those times when your kids were so very little and were just beginning to learn the language.

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  1. You are my I Love You – Tú eres mi yo te quiero Easily readable English and Spanish side-by-side text.
  2. Besos for Baby – A Little Book of Kisses: Uses simple Spanish words to teach the Spanish language through love. 
  3. La noche en que tu naciste – On The Night You Were Born: An account of the very special night the baby was born…
  4. I like it When…-Me gusta cuando: Great for teaching how to say I like this, I like that and using examples to explain why. 
  5. This Little Piggy – Este Cochinito: This is a classic nursery rhyme in both English and Spanish. 
  6. Pio – Peep!: A collection of traditional nursery rhymes. *Must* have, start reading nursery rhymes in Spanish from an early age to build literacy skills in Spanish. 
  7. Siempre te querré: An absolute favorite in Spanish. We LOVE this book, my children prefer it in Spanish. 
  8. I Love You Through and Through – Te quiero, yo te quiero
  9. Te amo, te abrazo, leo contigo – I Love You, Hug You, Read to You: The three things the reader promises to do. 
  10. Huggy, Kissy – Abrazos y besitos:  So cute!!! Your child will love this one! 

What books do you like to read in Spanish with your younger ones?

Cuéntame, tell me in the comments below!

Fabi

 

 

 

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Spanish Poetry Tea Time – Eclectic Charlotte Mason Homeschool

 

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The month of May has been mainly dedicated to analyzing what 2016-2017 was like for our schooling. What I am wishing to keep the same as well as the areas I am wishing to further work on.

Since the very beginning of our homeschool, way before we officially started, we have done narrating, read alouds, and nature walks. We enjoy reading bilingual books and having a snack to go with it like we did when we did when we read a book about a monkey looking for bananas (see more How to have Bilingual Story Time at Home). Based on that, we are going to take the plunge and read poetry in Spanish. 

Many Charlotte Mason homeschoolers share their experience of  reading poetry while gathering together at the table during tea time. I have observed this activity throughout many blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram and although I have wanted to do it, I just haven’t gotten to it consistently. We have read poetry and we have had tea time as two separate activities. I think it is time we combine them, enjoy a cup of tea and listen to poems in Spanish.  

Poetry uses such beautiful, rich language to communicate ideas. I may be biased, but I find poetry so rich in Spanish, after all Spanish is one of the romance languages. The metaphors can be so simple, yet they can depict a whole complex idea in just a few words. Perhaps it is the reason I am so drawn to reading it in Spanish. I would strongly recommend reading Alberto Plaza’s lyrics to songs like “Que cante la vida.” One of the lines says “que cante la vida, por todo rincon // que se abran caminos y se encienda el sol”

Poesia Alada: Poesia y arte para volar (Spanish Edition)Poesia Alada: Poesia y arte para volar (Spanish Edition)

So my plan for the upcoming year is to have Poetry Tea Time on Tuesday afternoons with my children. We plan on reading poetry in Spanish to further learn the language, grow in appreciation of rhymes, and gain fluency in Spanish. There is a really good review on Amazon so I think this book will go really well.

According to the description, it says the poems use simple language, perfect to for us to take off with poetry in Spanish!

Per Amazon: “La poesía de Mariana Llanos nos contagia las ganas de seguir siendo niños. Con un lenguage sencillo, tierno e intenso a la vez, Poesía Alada nos brinda más de 25 poemas llenos de aventura, asombro y admiración por las cosas más simples de la vida.”

This is the plan for the Fall semester. I will update you on how it goes. What do you read for poetry time? Do you read it in English or Spanish or both? Let me know in the comments!

Oh before I go, which set do you think we should get? What do you use for tea time? 

Happy Tea Time! Hasta la próxima! 

Fabi

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So far we have been using our regular mugs for tea which has worked fine, although these tea sets do look pretty amazing. These would make a nice addition for our poetry time and make tea time so much more special.

This one Gracie China by Coastline Imports Vintage Blue Rose Porcelain 11-Piece Tea Set, BlueGracie China by Coastline Imports Vintage Blue Rose Porcelain 11-Piece Tea Set, Blue

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Las Manitos – Spanish Nursery Rhyme

Las Manitos is a very short nursery rhyme or canción de cuna that is learned quickly. It has very short sentences and the motions that go along make it really fun to sing along to.

Children from age 12 months or even younger may be able to do the motions along the song.

Letra Las Manitos Canción de Cuna – Nursery Rhyme Lyrics:

Las manitos, las manitos,

Dónde están?

Aquí están.

Ellas están aquí,

Ellas están aquí,

Y se van.

Y se van.

This is a favorite nursery rhyme!

Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina Popular Songs and Rhymes From Latin America (English and Spanish Edition)Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina Popular Songs and Rhymes From Latin America (English and Spanish Edition)Muu, Moo!: Rimas de animales/Animal Nursery Rhymes (Spanish Edition)Muu, Moo!: Rimas de animales/Animal Nursery Rhymes (Spanish Edition)Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America (Spanish Edition)Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America (Spanish Edition)This Little Piggy/Este Cochinito (Dual Language Baby Board Books- English/Spanish) (Spanish Edition)This Little Piggy/Este Cochinito (Dual Language Baby Board Books- English/Spanish) (Spanish Edition)

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Best Picture Books in Spanish about Love

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Every year around Valentine’s Day the kids and I like to read some really sweet picture books in Spanish about love. Some we have read since they were babies, others we have added during the toddler years. Still each one holds a special memory, especially Siempre Te Querré, just so beautiful. 

Hope you enjoy this list! 

Hasta la próxima, 

Fabi

Best Picture Books in Spanish About LOVE

Pero cuando llegaba la noche, ella le decía:

“Por siempre te amaré, por siempre te querré.

Mientras en mi haya vida, siempre serás mi bebé.”

Siempre te querré: We absolutely love this book. We can read it over and over and it just doesn’t get old. I love the repetition which builds vocabulary. It is also available in English.  My kids prefer to hear this one in Spanish.

I Love You Through and Through / Te quiero, yo te quiero:  This is a rhyming story about a child and the bear. It has some lovely rhymes. This one is one of my favorites because it is a bilingual edition.

Adivina cuanto te quiero: This book is just pure sweetness and tenderness. Muy tierno. Definitely a favorite for bedtime stories. 

 

Te quiero más: My daughter and I read this book every day for at least 3 years. She really enjoyed this story. Simply written, very beautiful. 

More  Spanish Picture Books about Love for children:

Te quiero tanto… (Spanish Edition)

How Do I Love You? / ¿Cómo te quiero? (Spanish and English Edition)

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Board Games for Language Learning

 

In our homeschool, we enjoy every opportunity we get to play a board game as a family. It is such a fun and relaxed time to learn and play together. We look forward to our Saturday afternoons where we get to bake together, play a game, and have fun.

Based on my personal experience as a language learner, language teacher, and my studies in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) I know as a fact that it is easier to learn a language by making it meaningful. In other words, we want learners to have authentic opportunities to learn the language. Playing games boosts learners confidence skills, enthusiasm, and creates a fun environment where they can get to practice their language skills. Playing board games equals fun learning time. 

One of my goals as a teacher is for my children to learn Spanish. They don’t like being drilled and honestly I don’t like to drill them either. But I do like them to use what they know , build on previous knowledge to further their language skills. So this is why I compiled this list of board games that will help them to learn Spanish at home.

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Bingo: Classic game that builds and reviews vocabulary. It comes with 40 cards and chips. This game can be played with the whole family or in a classroom setting since it has enough cards for a large gathering. I started playing this game with my family several years ago and my youngest started playing it when he was close to 3 years old. Definitely a fun game for making use of Spanish vocabulary useful.

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Scrabble Spanish: The Spanish edition includes all the Spanish letters as well as additional vowels.

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Spanish Monopoly: My absolute board game that kept my family playing for hours! It is also a great opportunity to practice Spanish. Learn and use words such as comprar, pagar, arrendar, hotel, casa, construir, etc.  This is also a great game for practicing counting in any language. Use those Spanish words in real context when playing Monopoly.

Manzanas con Manzanas: This is the Spanish version of Apples to Apples. I absolutely cannot wait to have our whole family playing this game in Spanish!  This game guarantees the use of the language and I can just see it being a total hit. Spanish learners will amaze themselves with how many words they know. This is a great game for practicing: reading, synonyms, antonyms,  vocabulary,  and so much more.

Rory’s Story Cubes: This game contains cubes with different pictures / symbols. Each player has to roll the dice and create a story with the picture. This is such a good game to build literacy, create fun stories, work with adjectives, and spark use of the language.  There is this other version of the game, geared for younger kids ages 3 and up.

Guess Who Game: This game is an excellent follow up to practicing descriptions in Spanish.  Both children and adults find this game enjoyable as everyone has to ask questions and provide descriptions to figure out the mystery character. A fun game for everyone to play!

Dígame: Although I haven’t played this game, I am adding it to my cart because it has raving reviews online including  Winner of the 2015 Creative Child Awards Game of the Year. It builds language and vocabulary skills and gets people talking. 

Cuéntame:

  • What board games do you play to teach Spanish?
  • What are your favorites?
  • What would you add to this list?

 

Happy game time!

Fabi

 

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