Spelling is a subject that many adults still struggle with, much less children. Some people have a knack for it I suppose. Even though we have been using an online homeschool curriculum for quite some time, we spent a long while doing our spelling the old fashioned way…weekly, written spelling words.
Mondays I would give the boys new lists. They would have a practice test before they got the words. Once they got the words, they would practice writing them on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday would be test day.
It was horribly boring and mundane, and they didn’t even remotely enjoy it.
Fortunately, we discovered a website for spelling and vocabulary. They could practice their spelling words; play games with those words (which is SO much better than just writing and re-writing them!) and even do their spelling test online. It’s made such a big difference around here…they even ask to do spelling now!
When I started homeschooling, I had no idea what I was doing. That sounds awful, I know. But it’s the truth. The decision to pull my son out of school was an impulse decision and not one that I had spent a lot of time on. So that first morning that I didn’t have to take him to school, I hopped online and started reading everything I could find about homeschooling.
The first thing I did (and I don’t remember if I read about it, or I was just terrified about the whole socialization issue) was find a local homeschool group. I was so glad I did. I was able to meet other homeschooling families so I didn’t feel so alone. I was able to get advice; both of what I would like to do and what I DIDN’T want to do, lol. My children were able to meet other homeschooled kids, and that was more important to me than anything.
There are different types of groups; those that are just for play dates and field trips, those that are more of a Co-op (where there are actual classes and such) and those are even strictly online and kinda just for ideas and moral support.
To this day, that’s the first piece of advice I have for parents who are just starting their homeschool journeys…find a group and start introducing yourselves!