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A Single(homeschooling)Parent …

Homeschooling as a SINGLE parent.

( My take on it after 2 years)
Are there any struggles that come to mind?

These might be a few….

It’s all on your shoulders.
You have to work, cook, clean, teach, be there to just listen while they have so much to say on what is so very important to them.
You have no other person that is in this with you to unload on.
You need to keep it all in order, ensure that you are in fact not failing your children….avoiding the pit of comparison of other people’s children who are heading in a TOTALLY different direction than are yours.
You have to remember one size does not fit all, and not only do you need to remember that, YOURS is the ONLY voice to remind you of that.
Feeling like if you take time for yourself, you are taking away from your kids.
MOST IMPORTANT :
Knowing that you will screw up and it’s okay…(and realizing that YOU have to tell yourself  because you don’t have a partner to remind you of this very important fact.)

Some humor in it all…..
I am listening….Aren’t I?

Daughter: “ Mom, remember when I told you about that person I met on my game who homeschools too, they live in the Mountain Time Zone. Did you know that it is 3pm there right now.” ( It was 5pm at the time of this discussion).

This was one of those moments……
My Response: “ Oh….she’s homeschooled? I had no idea,  I’m happy to see you have determined what time it is based on our work on time zones though.”
Daughter: “ Mom, We had a whole talk the other night when you were laying in bed about how cool it is she homeschools. We talked about lots of things that night.”
My Response: “ Was I awake?”

I have to tell you that parenting a 16-year-old and a 10-year-old is the most AWESOME thing in the world. I am grateful to have them in my life.

There are times  when they are both out for the night at a friend’s house and I am home alone. The first hour I am filled with the idea of having quiet “me” time.
Although, It does not last long….

By the 2nd hour I am feeling the awkward silence in our house, the stillness that comes with the lack of energy in the space. The bickering between the siblings that I have given up being the referee of. The dishes that seem to magically appear in the sink, the shoes and coats left laying about in our tiny home. The music playing loudly from my sons room, or the sound of his guitar. The sound of laughter from my daughter when she is skyping with friends and having so much fun. The discussions about upcoming music events, purchases that one of them want to make on-line, their plans and goals they have for the near future, their heart breaks and their feelings about things that are happening in their lives. The talks about how certain situations cause them to react or feel a certain way. Talks about life in general…….

THESE are the moments that I do in fact cherish. THESE are the moments that I know I am doing it right, a home is a home with one or two parents. It is about providing the love, the listening, the caring. And yes, there are times when I have worked many hours, come home to listen to them unload about things that are so important to them in that moment, had to straighten up the house a bit more than what they already may have done, and right before I head to bed, I remember……

They won’t always be here with me. I am grateful for them now.

Find your inner voice and listen.

 You can do this.

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Owls and Owl Pellets

Did you see what happened today????  THE SUN WAS SEEN!!!!

It has felt like forever since we had a glimpse of the sun, let alone feel its warmth.

So needless to say I was beyond happy to spend the day in our favorite classroom, the woods.

After a very informative presentation on Owls and an even more engaging pellet dissection where the kids were able to take a look at what tasty treat was enjoyed last by a particular owl. We had the pleasure of enjoying this absolutely perfect sunny day hiking along the paths of PennyPack. Although muddy from all the rain we have had, it was a walk full of interesting stops to glimpse at different sights along the way. The final destination was a spot which was scoped out earlier by Pete  who works at the center, he was able to locate an owl for us to observe.

Taking turns glimpsing through his viewer, we were all able to look at this peaceful bird in its undisturbed setting. Although he knew we were there appreciating his beauty, he seemed to not be bothered at all.

Homeschool events are held at this location. There are links below for more information.

Such a fun day learning and seeing owls!!!

https://www.facebook.com/Pennypack-Environmental-Center-216427898382013/

 

 

~Enjoy our Monthly Guest Blogger~

Thank you to one of the Premier Advertisers on The Bucks County Homeschoolers site, Dayle Magida for this Month’s Guest Blog.

(Interested in becoming an advertiser? Please email  buckscountyhomeschoolers@gmail.com)

Through her extensive teaching and years of experience, Dayle has made quite an impact on her students. We hope you enjoy this post from her. Please be sure to connect with her for more information on private and group lessons. 

 

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Studies have proven over and over again that music lessons are one of the greatest gifts you can give to you children! Science shows that children who learn to play an instrument, even for just a few years, reap many of the following, wonderful benefits.
They are better in reading/math and overall academically
They are better able to focus
They have more self-esteem and play better with others
They score higher in standardized test scores
They have more creativity
To read more about the incredible benefits of music lessons please take a look at this article https://mic.com/articles/108022/science-just-discovered-something-amazing-about-what-childhood-piano-lessons-did-to-you#.nwR8TzO3R

At Dayle Music, we believe that learning to play an instrument should always be fun! We use games, songs, stickers, and a prize reward system that keeps our young students excited and motivated. Children as young as four can start with private lessons or join a small group class. Our small group class is currently located at Newtown Parks and Recreation (new locations coming in the fall!) For more information on the group class “Piano Fun for Kids” please contact Newtown Parks and Rec at (215)968-2800 x239 or go to their website  https://newtownfun.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29935

For more information about private lessons email Dayle Music at daylemusic11@gmail.com

Read more about Dayle Music on our website www.daylemusic.com or visit our Dayle Music Facebook page and find out why we were voted “Best of Bucks 2016” for Music Instruction!

Get your child started with music lessons today!

Learning in the Moment

Sometimes opportunities are presented and we can use them to teach and become involved with what is happening.

Such is the situation happening at Standing Rock . Short of actually heading to North Dakota, we have found ways to be part of this historic event that is unfolding . Through efforts of coming together and making others aware of what The Water Protectors are there doing, to getting together care packages we have been helping to share the information that is unfolding.

This is not an issue that has emerged overnight, this has been happening for many years in fact. If you would like to get involved, there are many sites to gain further information. Some that I can attest to are :

http://www.arrows4americanindians.org/

and

http://www.defunddapl.org/

Also available is an online syllabus : https://nycstandswithstandingrock.wordpress.com/standingrocksyllabus/

Local events that also are happening:

https://haltpenneast.org/

It is not over until we stop destroying  Mother Earth .

There are too many alternatives to continue this destructive path.

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~Creative Learning ~

Learning about Van Gogh at The Uncorked Artist in Peddler’s Village is always more fun when shared with about 25 other homeschoolers!

That is just what we did on Monday, this informative and fun art class with be offered at an affordable rate of $20 per child once a month. Be sure to check out the website for more information on when the next class will be happening. Sign up early as space is limited!

http://www.peddlersvillage.com/shop/Uncorked-Artist

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Continuing with painting, because one can never paint enough……..

Paint in the Moment http://www.paintinthemoment.com/ also offers classes at The Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn. Recently held was a wonderful class that started with a calming, focused meditation that allowed us all to quiet our minds and open our hearts. The result, these beautiful paintings.

For upcoming homeschool classes and workshops that are offered at Homegrown @ LNC you can go to https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownLNC/?fref=ts.

Offerings include:  painting, needle felting, clay creations, photography, music lessons, dance, yoga and more!

 

 

 

To wind down our creativity, we had the opportunity to create beautiful Terrariums at Greenology Organic Living. Also located in Peddler’s Village, the kids were able to learn about these creations and then make their very own. https://greenologyorganics.com/

Summer Fun

Arts are alive this summer from needle felting to painting. It is all about creativity. And with the heat we have had to endure, being inside while creating some cool things is not a bad way to go.

We enjoyed  fun, themed, one day camps that were hosted at The Uncorked Artist.  ( these camps are still going on through August)

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Also offered were summer workshops with Paint in the Moment. Mobile workshops are held in around Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Homeschool group pricing is available.

http://www.paintinthemoment.com/

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My daughter also learned the joy of needle felting with Lori Odher. She offered a two-week class at Homegrown @ The Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn. Lori also offers classes in sewing, felting, and quilting. You can contact Lori @ 215-840-9279

https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownLNC

Needle Felting Class
Needle Felting with Lori 
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A day at the Planetarium

Today we ventured a bit out of the area…. around 90 minutes south.

 We were invited to participate in a homeschool program at the

Robert J. Novins Planetarium located in Toms River NJ.

https://www.facebook.com/Robert-J-Novins-Planetarium-134883099897134/

Although there are some planetariums that are closer, the staff at this location included some of the most homeschool friendly people we’ve met on a trip.  They engaged the kids from start to finish and allowed them to ask any questions they had. They offered humor and a lightness to the program which kept the kids engaged the whole time.

My daughter left with a smile on her face and was so happy that we had arrived an hour early ( by accident). Because of my error with the start time,  we were able to chat with the staff and check out all the fun activities they had to offer while waiting.

They have a great program for summer as well as an array of offerings for homeschoolers. They really cater to the homeschool community which is was so nice to see.

Although it was a bit far; it was a full day and well worth it.

Be sure to contact Amanda if you would like to set up a tour for your family or homeschool group.

Robert J. Novins Planetarium (732) 255-0343 

 

Local Food Choices for your family

If you are looking for a good alternative to feeding your family, why not think local and sustainable? Teaching our children that it is important to know WHERE our food comes from is one of the most important lessons we can share them with.  A great place to start is The Honest Food Club:

The Honest Food Club by Woodford Heirloom Farm is a members only private club designed with the members in mind.

Unlike traditional CSA models members have full control over what they receive since everything is a la carte. Members order their items via the farm’s online store and have them delivered their their specific drop off location weekly.

We are also working with local producers to bring you the best available local, non-gmo, in season food.

~ 2016 Memberships are now available click below to get signed up ~

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Classes for homeschoolers

This past month my daughter has been taking classes with Kristy at ArtMuse. If you have not yet been to the studio, you might want to check it out. It is located in Doylestown and is a bright and cheery place to create!.

My daughter said she has learned so much from Kristy and is eager to take more classes in the future. I can’t recommend these classes enough. The amount of time she spends with the kids and the smaller class size makes it a wonderful experience.

Be sure to check out all her upcoming classes on her website
http://www.artmusepa.com/store/c8/Home_Schools_and_Special_Programs.html

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Virtual Reality ( hands on fun)

 Today we spent the afternoon touring one of the most up to date Virtual Reality technology centers on the East Coast. Located in NJ at Rowan University, they are also one of the only VR centers that offer tours to the public. The VR Center includes a custom-designed, 15,000+ cubic-foot Virtual Reality lab. It features a 7-foot-high by 40-foot-wide curved wall of screens that provides a 3D, immersive environment for collaborative projects.

We had the chance to experience the Oculus Rift where you were right in the heart of a galaxy, amongst trees and butterflies while birds swooped above you, or in a room finding your way around. If you wanted to try out flying a simulated drone that was also available with the use of a game controller which took just a little instruction on how to operate it.

 We were also given a chance to see some amazing projects that were made from one of the two 3-D printers located at the University. I was amazed at how there was really no limit to what these printers were capable of. Although it was a bit sci-fi sounding, it is in fact happening at this time.  Kids toys being made, Homes being built,  and even a meatloaf for the elderly…yes that is what is happening.  Food and homes being made with a  3-D printer……? ( http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/04/14/3d-printed-future-food/)

If you would like to find out more about this very fun and interesting tour, please be sure to contact the University via the link below.

http://www.rowan.edu/home/rowan-vr-center/business-or-research-opportunity-tour/field-trips

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