Reclaim Thanksgiving

Reclaim ThanksgivingReclaim Thanksgiving

Podcast #61

Where did Thanksgiving go? Too often, Thanksgiving gets skipped right over. October 31st – Halloween – November 1st Christmas! Let’s reclaim Thanksgiving and learn about what makes this holiday so special. Take time to enjoy this holiday with your family. Reclaim some of your childhood family traditions. Create some new traditions with your children. Study the story of pilgrims and their journey to America. Don’t miss out on this special time to celebrate family and heritage.

Some Thanksgiving traditions:

Traditional foods.

Of course Thanksgiving today revolves largely around the Thanksgiving Day meal. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, lima beans, mashed potatoes, corn and cranberry sauce. Many people serve pie for dessert at the end of the meal. Popular pie flavors are pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple.

The Wishbone.
Some families include breaking the turkey’s wishbone as part of their celebration. The wishbone is found attached to the breast meat in the turkey’s chest. After the meat has been removed and the wishbone has had a chance to become dry and brittle, two people each take one end of the bone, make a wish, and pull. Whoever ends up with the larger part of the bone gets their wish!

After the Meal Traditions

TV – Macy’s Parade, Dog Show

Football, or other outdoor activities

Turkey Trot 5k

Games or puzzles

NAPS!!! Of course, a lot of people enjoy a Thanksgiving nap!

Newspaper sale ads – checking out the Black Friday Sales…

 

See great ideas for your Thanksgiving and Fall season on our Fall Pinterest Board here

Fall Recipe Board

You can see a little history of the beginnings and evolution of the American Thanksgiving holiday here

BOOKS TO READ:

Cranberry Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in the Woods

Milly and the Macy’s Parade

 

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Long Distances with Little Ones – MBFLP 216

Long Distances with Little Ones

The Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest time of year on America’s highways, and you may be driving long hours with little ones on board. How do you manage this so you all arrive at Grandma’s in good spirits? We hit the road in 2010 with seven children in the van and we’re crisscrossing the country for six months every year. This episode, we’ll share what we’ve learned about covering long distance with little ones!

You’re Not Alone

Last year, AAA estimated 51 million of us would be on the road for Thanksgiving. That’s like the whole population of New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Minnesota on the highway at the same time! It’s hard to guess how many of those millions were riding in booster seats, but you can bet it was a bunch.

There are some practical ways to make this more manageable for everyone: 

Long Distances with Little Ones

Making It Work

    1. Remember kids are kids – you’ve got make allowance for them. When Jacob met his brother Esau on the way back to his home country, Esau urged him to come along – but Jacob reminded him, “the children are weak,” and told him to go ahead, “[and] I will lead on slowly at a pace which the livestock …, and the children, are able to endure.” (Genesis 33:12-14)
    2. Take it easy on the mileposts. The fact that Dad the Road Warrior can handle 700 miles a day may not be the best plan for Mom and the kids. We were much happier when we slowed down our itinerary.
    3. Be sure that kids who sleep all day will be alert and active when Mom and Dad are ready for bed! We’ve done a few trips overnight or in the wee hours, but it made the parents grumpy the next day – and no child needs that! It’s tempting to pile on the miles while the crew is napping, but you’ll all be happier if you get out and get some exercise during the day. Which leads to our discovery,
    4. We all need regular breaks. On doctor’s advice, we make a brief stop every couple of hours. You’re going to need gas and rest rooms eventually, why not just plan on it? Modern travel plazas aren’t like the seedy truck stops of old – we find they’re usually clean, well-lit, and have large rest rooms. Which reminds us,
    5. “Mandatory Bathroom Stops” make it efficient. We just require everybody to get out and use the rest room, even if they “don’t need to go.” (We found the teenager who insisted he didn’t need to get out was the one who would have an emergency thirty minutes down the road.)
    6. Don’t miss the field trips along the way. We’ve had some great stops at National Parks, state historical sites, or even just picnic areas with a view. Go ahead – you might learn something, and if nothing else, the kids can run around and use up some energy! (Keep a ball or Frisbee handy to encourage some activity). A little research beforehand can highlight neat stuff ahead.
    7. Do like the airlines – distract the passengers with changing activities. You can hand out a snack, then a little while later surprise them with some new crayons or a book, then sing or play a car game, then maybe start a DVD or pop in an audio book (we’ve got some suggestions below!) Older kids might be able to do some schoolwork along the way – but if it’s a short vacation, you might want to just take the days off from book work and let them learn what they can from the travel.

In the old days, an education wasn’t considered complete until the student had experienced some serious travel. Now, it’s so much easier to get around, we tend to rush through it and miss the good stuff along the way. Slow down a bit, let the kids out of their car seats some, and enjoy the journey together!

 



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HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

This week on HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling  Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming!

HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming #HomeschoolPlanning #HomeschoolAndHolidays #HomeschoolingDuringHolidays #MidYearAdjustments #HomeschoolHighSchool #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast This photo shows a planner, glasses, cup of hot chocolate, walnuts and Christmas lights that someone is using to plan the homeschool holiday projects.

HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

We know you’d rather not think about it (if you’re like us) but the holidays are coming. SOOOO why not get a jump on things and do some great planning and scheduling ahead of time. Can you imagine a peaceful, meaningful holidays season with homeschooling included?

Of course, there’s not ONE right way to handle homeschooling and holidays.

For many families, the holiday season is the first emotional checkpoint of the year. Because it’s not only a celebration season, its nearing the halfway point in many homeschools. It’s natural to informally or formally checkin on the homeschool progress.

Here are some gentle checkpoints:

  • Be kind and don’t look for only bad news
  • How’s the booklist?
  • Where are we on the syllabi of core courses?
  • Are there electives we are going to need to drop or postpone till next semester, the summer or next year?

Remember: You don’t actually HAVE to do everything you planned on last August!

As Kym always says: Pray, do something, pray, do something, pray!

If there are some things your family is behind on, what is causing the *behindness*?

  • Was there a hurricane?
  • Did someone get sick?
  • Did you end up with some unexpected events?

Here’s an episode to help you with unexpected events.

How to bounce back:

  • Pick a catch up time by doing a marathon session on a behind subject.
  • Pick a catch up time by adding a little time to the end of each day.
  • Pick a week to catch up instead of break or add it to the end of the school year.
  • Bring in a tutor.

Remember: Everyone is different, adjust your bounce back to student’s abilities. Be realistic, don’t expect more than can happen and everyone remain sane.

Remember: Reward your kids and yourself for small or large goals met in catch up.

Now, thinking about the holidays. What do you need to consider?

  • What is it your family needs this year? Big holiday, small holiday?
  • What level of scheduling and routine does your family need?
  • How much warning about change does your family need?
  • Do you want to do some special educational projects for the holidays, like 7Sisters’ Holiday Family Narrative writing project.
Holiday Family Narrative Writing Project 7SistersHomeschool.com #HighSchoolWriting #HolidayWritingProject #7SistersHomeschool

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Remember: Communicate expectations and get input from all your family members (that is, if you are willing and able to include their ideas).

Join Sabrina and Kym for a honest discussion of the ups and downs wisely planning for the holidays. You’ll also enjoy this posts.


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Homeschool High School Mid-Year Checkup

HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember

Podcast #40

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:8-15

 

In this episode, Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about the importance of passing on family traditions. Why it’s important to remember where our family traditions came from. This season, spend some time looking back on your family traditions and maybe create some of your own. It will be a special season of creating and remembering. Make this a Christmas to Remember. 

Check 0ur Pinterest Board for lots of Holiday Ideas and Inspiration.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

Visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!

 

Some Great Christmas Movies to watch with your family!

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

This week on HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles!

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

What is the Christmas break supposed to look like in homeschool highschool?

Are we supposed to do NO homeschool lessons?

Are we supposed to catch up on all the lessons we’re behind on?

Are we supposed to work right through and get ahead?

The Christmas break can get to feeling like a homeschool hassle! Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for ideas on handling holiday homeschool hassles.+!

How can we respect everyone’s:

  • Expectations
  • Needs
  • Wants

Then plan wisely for your Christmas break!

  • Communicate with teens your expectations
  • Work together to set holiday goals
  • Respect need for some change
  • Balance competing needs and activities

How to run a *Homeschool Triage* to decide what to do when.

  • What is most desperate, most pressing, most important?
  • What do your teens like and they’ll get caught up on their own?
  • What do you just need to toss?

Learn how to juggle and memorize our friend Colleen Kessler’s quote (Raising Lifelong Learners blog): Every morning you have to get up and decide which ball you need to drop!

Face the need to manage your own perfectionism. As Kym quotes: Perfectionism is NOT a good role model.

How to manage the need for your own self-care:

  • Sharing the carpool with other homeschool moms so everyone can get a little rest
  • Take a *silent retreat* after Christmas
  • Have a Merry New Yearsmass for your big holiday party instead of Christmas Day

How to face the fact that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool or not during the Christmas break.

There are some hassles. That’s okay. Face it and then give yourself a break! AND in the meantime, take a look at these posts for encouragement:

Twas the Week Before Christmas: Homeschool Holiday Curriculum

6 Ways to Turn “White Christmas” into a Homechool Unit Study

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 38: Holiday Social Skills for Teens

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 36: Teens and Complicated Christmas

HSHSP Ep 90: Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

 

Crafting Christmas

Crafting ChristmasCrafting Christmas

Podcast #39

In this episode, Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about crafting for Christmas. Even for those who aren’t “crafty”.. redefine what crafting means and include your talents and strengths this season!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

Please visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


Top 4 Tips for Special Needs Families in the Holidays VoA 5

Heavily decorated stores, carols blaring, family obligations looming, kids melting down from the 3rd accidental gluten filled cookie… Starts to make you wonder where the joy of the season went and how can we have a happy healthy holiday with your special needs family?

We are a high allergen large family with intense sensory needs. That means for us the holidays without these simple 4 tips (actually 5 I had to throw in the last because even adults forget) will help you have a very Merry Christmas.

Boundaries- Do you have rules for attending family get togethers? What if cousin has a fever? If you have rules and boundaries make them clear to everyone thus removing the possible burden of a last minute change in plans.

Family- What a great source of support and love! Sometimes a source of pain and anxiety for you and your child.

Pre-Planning- Thinking ahead now about your menu, how many parties you should attend, what clothing to wear can save you heart ache later!

Realistic Traditions- Consider strongly what traditions and how many are you pull along through the season. Most importanatly what is this tradition saying about your holiday season? Is it God centered or have we drifted?

Know When to Call It a Day! Bonus tip that everyone needs to refresh and understand. When you are sleepy, sick, your child is showing signs of melting down, your child uncle just called your child a name…. It’s time to go home.

Using forethought planning and a set foundation for the holiday season helps my family of 7 have a better season. Allowing us all to love and enjoy our family time while staying as healthy as possible.

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Episode 4, Top 4 Tips for Special Needs Families in the Holidays

What tips help your sensory child through the holidays?


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


Destressing the Holidays

Destress HolidaysDestressing the Holidays

Podcast #37

Join  Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn for a discussion on making the holiday season more manageable and fun. She offers tips and suggestions on making the most of your holiday season, Thanksgiving-Christmas.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

Please visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


Building a Strong Math Foundation

Math is on the minds of the Roadschool Moms team as they look forward to planning another successful roadschool year. Episode #136 comes to you live from the Oregon coast as well as the SouthWest Florida coast. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week in the pacific NorthWest. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, calls in from Gulf Coast Florida.to catch up with the Road Trip Teacher crew.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

This episode features special guest, Dennis “Mr. D” DiNola who brings the scoop about building a strong math foundation. The creator of the Mr. D Math program talks specifically keeping your kids learning the math language. He reminds listeners that doing math can be like eating vegetables, you might not necessarily like it but you learn to appreciate it.

Mr. D reassures homeschool moms everywhere that it’s ok to take time off for summer. But if summer is a good time for roadschoolers in your rig to focus on math, he gives great summer options. Further, he encourages that students of all ages should be helped as little as possible with their math work. Hit the replay to learn all the details of this revelation that left both Roadschool Moms celebrating in the background.

This experienced educator of nearly three decades shares his favorite online curriculum for elementary and early middle schoolers. Moreover, he reveals that his own kids use it with success. In conclusion, Mr. D talks specifics about his math program and the options roadschoolers have to use it self-paced or in a virtual classroom scenario.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

The Official Sponsor for Season 10 of Roadschool Moms

National Holidays as Roadschool Opportunities

National holidays are on the minds of the Roadschool Moms duo this week as the Independence Holiday approaches. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, calls in from the beautiful coastal location of Oregon. Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, calls in from across the country in Southwest Florida. Episode #135 kicks off with the over-the-road duo who talk about the benefits of the traveling lifestyle as well as the downside, specifically unexpected repairs.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

On this special episode, Mary Beth, shares her Patriot’s Guide as an example of a unit study resource available for holidays such as July 4th. Specifically, she suggests other resources discussed including lapbooks and even notebooking. She reveals that listeners from this episode who email their location for the upcoming holiday will receive a free downloadable copy of the highlighted roadschool resource.

KT chats a bit about the books that her family is reading this summer. That leads into a discussion about a family read-aloud list specifically for holidays such as July 4th. The Roadschool Moms discuss their 5 Tips for Using National Holidays for Roadschool Opportunities.

  • Holiday Unit Study
  • Reading List
  • Role Play
  • On Location Opportunities
  • Other Great Location Benefits

In conclusion, this Roadschool Moms episode wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Morning Time. For more details on that idea, hit the replay on the podcast about Morning Time. The RSM team agrees that holidays present great opportunities to roadschool together in a Morning Time scenario.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

The Official Sponsor for Season 10 of Roadschool Moms