Hello and Welcome to the 3rd Monthly Issue of HSSN Monthly News!
School is literally a week and a day away and we are so excited over here, especially because we are ready to get back to work. Right now, we are enjoying the last few days of summer and trying to remain cool, in spite of how incredibly scorching it is here in the PNW. I have taken this time to clean up my desk, throw away things that I haven’t used in years, especially when it comes to curriculum and school supplies. Those that I have not touched, I usually sell or donate. Thankfully because we homeschool, it has been unnecessary to shop for anything extra, in regard to pencils, pens, markers, paper, etc. This will definitely be a back-to-school issue full of tips to help keep you organized, recipes, inspiration and more.
Easy French Bread Pizza (Quick lunch/Life skill)
French Bread Pizza
We love pizza as you will see from our lunch ideas, but we like a little variety like we get from this meal. I changed the steps to accommodate for visual learners and people that need a bit more accommodation, like my autistic son.
2 loaves of wide French bread, cut in half lengthwise
1 jar of pizza sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 package pepperoni, 1 package of sausage crumbles, or both
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Put French bread cut side up on cookie sheet.
3. Spread each loaf with pizza sauce.
4. Sprinkle each loaf generously with mozzarella cheese.
5. Cover each loaf with desired amount of pepperoni and sausage.
6. Put in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown around the edges.
7. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
Every month I post a monthly blog about raising my special needs son and what we are up to. It can be very interesting and sometimes I may post extra depending on what is going on personally or while homeschooling. Just Click on the picture below and it will take you directly to my blog.
Homeschool Tip: Be Flexible and Enjoy the Process
You remember what school was like for you. In all likelihood you sat at one desk in a row of others just like it, inside a square room in a large building full of other children at other
desks studying variations on what you were studying. A teacher ran each classroom and dictated what you learned that day.
If you were lucky, you got to watch a film. Also in all likelihood, you found school at least a little boring, probably a good bit frustrating, and maybe even scary sometimes (pop quiz anyone?).
One of the things that makes a great teacher so different is their flexibility. They realize that
you don’t have to tick off every single box in the “school model” paper in order to have an
Kids (and adults, too!) come in a wide variety of models, each with individual learning styles
and abilities. They can’t all learn effectively if you use the same approach with each of them.
Let’s look at seating, for example. What if you have a kid who can’t seem to sit still?
Are you going to spend valuable teaching time trying to make that child into a model statue – OR
Are you going to use your imagination and see if you can’t find a different approach. Maybe they’d work better sprawled on the floor.
Or maybe it’s time for an exercise break and some jumping jacks.
Maybe they’d respond better if class were held an hour earlier or later. Or they might just need something to do with their hands while they read – try letting them squish a lump of clay in their hands instead of squirming in their seat.
And how about that schedule? You don’t have to hold school at exactly the same time every single day of the week. You don’t even have to hold school Monday through Friday.
It’s your school now, so you and your kids can come up with an individual schedule that works best for your family. Suppose you want to work a little harder today and take tomorrow for a field day to the park.
No problem. Just be flexible.
The key to homeschooling is to remember that you’re not just cramming facts into their heads so they can spit those back out onto a test paper.
You’re supposed to be teaching them how to learn and how to find information for themselves so they can keep doing that as they get older.
It doesn’t especially matter how you teach, so long as your kids get the information they need and know how to find more when they need it.
Stay flexible and work with them to provide the best environment for their individual needs!
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