United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited accepts new members YEAR ‘ROUND.

Ready to become a member with United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited to receive legal status to homeschool in South Carolina?

Angela Jordan Perry
administrator/director/owner

Here’s what you need to know and what you need to do?

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Get Your Meal Prep Game On (Fridge Edition)

So a while back I shared how easy and helpful it is to create meals to fill your freezer with to keep you out of the kitchen. It’s so helpful on busy days to go to the freezer and pull out a meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three! Well I’m here to tell you that not only can you prepare meals for the freezer, but you can also prep snacks and meals for the fridge as well.

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Super Scary Shakespeare in your Home

When I was in middle school, I was placed in a supplemental class called AVID. The goal of the class was to help teach quick-witted kids how to find key ideas in books and lectures, take notes, learn to present information and provide a rich learning environment for kids whose minds seemed to always want more. I hated keeping my binder in the one organized format they wanted us to use, it didn’t work for how my mind worked. I hated oral presentations, I am shy and turned red in front of everyone ever time.

I LOVED the play studies and poetry.

The average person cringes when they hear the name, Shakespeare. The old English, the complex storylines, the numerous characters, and long scripts. Often times it has been the same two plays that people have dealt with over and over again until they were sick of them. Often times, these plays were not fully read or shown to students but were just snippets of them. Shakespeare is not an easy writer to work into lessons with kiddos but it is one that is more tolerable if they get the full picture. Shakespeare’s plays are difficult sometimes to expose our children to.

It is doable though.

The first Shakespeare play I went to with my class was Midsummer Night’s Dream. I remember sitting in the audience totally transfixed on the story which we had been reading in class together. I was so excited about the play afterward I couldn’t stop talking about it. This is what I wanted to give my children.

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The past few months I have been doing just that. First, I picked up a copy of Midsummer Night’s Dream from our library. The copy they had was a Shakespeare Made Easy copy which had the original old English on the left side of a page and the modern “translation” on the right. We slowly read through a scene or two at a time, looking over at the translation page when they didn’t understand what was being said and giggling at the ridiculousness of the play. Reading it was a little difficult and one of my boys dragged his feet pretty badly about it, but while we were reading he was the one asking the questions and wanting to keep reading. After we returned the book to the library, we did some discussion on what the play was about but not a lot. I wanted them to dwell on what they remembered.

Next, I gave them a little break from Shakspeare. For about two weeks, I did not aim to bring up anything Shakespeare. My kiddos worked some of the scenes into their playtime on their own but I did not do any lessons on him. Again, I just let it sink in. Then today, I blew their minds. I had been on youtube while they were out playing that afternoon and looked up Midsummer Night’s Dream plays. What I found was a well done and well-recorded play done in old English. I played that 2-hour recording for the kids with dinner.

They were Transfixed

Even my youngest asked me to pause the play when he ran to get something to drink. None of them could look away and time after time they busted out laughing. They finished dinner and sprawled out on the couch and floor, completely engulfed by the story. What they had read in the book was making more sense. Events that were a little confusing have now become their favorite ones.

When the play ended, they couldn’t stop talking about it!

I plan to show them one more version of the play next week, it is one that is done in modern English. Then we can compare the book to the two plays and the plays to just each other. The fun part though is I plan to have them pick a scene to re-enact and record. I want to help them make inexpensive costumes and do some light stage makeup with them. This will really cement their learning and love for Shakespeare.

Shakespeare doesn’t have to be some scary topic, even if you have littles, they have well written Shakespeare for kids books you can use. My youngest happens to have just turned 10 this past month and he enjoyed Shakespeare. You and your kiddos can too. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant unit study either. Just do a little here and a little there. Shakespeare also has sonnets. Check for content first, maybe only read a stanza or two, but it will get your kids used to how he writes, how he speaks.

Just have fun with it. The rest will fall into place.

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Greetings! My name is Joy and I am currently a stay at home mom who is homeschooling her three kids in South Carolina. I love learning and I love sharing the love of learning with others so getting to home school my kids and watch the “ah-ha” moments when they understand something is unbelievably rewarding. I have been homeschooling since my twins were preschool age so we are going on 8 years now. I am also a military spouse so we have the added joy of being a military family with some of the complications that come with it.  As a family, we stay busy with our scouting groups, American Heritage Girls and TrailLife, and we do many camping and hiking trips with them. When I have down time, I am typically reading books I have sitting around the house, on YouTube/websites getting more information on different home school programs or working on plans for homeschool. I look forward to being able to share our experiences with everyone and help encourage all homeschooling families.

Be Ready for the Season

Just a quick post to share one of my favorite things I use during this time of year. It’s getting colder and with the falling temps comes illness like cold and flu. We know it’s coming so why not prepare for it.

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My go to for cold and flu season is elderberry syrup. It is a wonderful little berry that packs a lot of health benefits. The elderberry is the fruit of the Sambucus tree (a flowering tree). Both its flowers and berries can be used and consumed. Elderberries have been used for many years for their medicinal qualities. (1)

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Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation: Your Health

Let’s talk about a topic that is difficult for most of us. Our health. Whether we are male or female, older or younger, as parents, we can struggle with our health. Now, let’s get one thing clear right away. Being healthy is not a specific weight on a scale, not a specific size of pants, and certainly not a specific body build. Being healthy is being physically able to do fun, sometimes strenuous activities without feeling like you will die.

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Four years ago, and my boys had just joined TrailLife and we were on our first big hike together as a family. It was a four-mile hike, up to a lake, along it and back down again. We were stopping at the lake for a break and lunch and everyone was excited. I was not the biggest I had ever been but I was certainly was notably unhealthy. One mile in I was struggling and the only person behind me was the one who was supposed to be bringing up the end of the pack. At the halfway mark I was so thankful for the break and I didn’t want to get back up to keep going. The second half was downhill but it was over large rocks and you had to pull yourself across gaps holding a tree sometimes. I was barely keeping moving much less breathing well. By the time we got back to the parking lot, all I could do was lay on the floor of our van with my inhaler while all the boys were running circles in the parking lot.

This was my wake up call

I had known that I needed to work on my health, but I had no time to do so.

I had known that increased regular activity can make exertional asthma pretty much non-existent, but I didn’t like how it felt to push myself.

I had known that my kids were getting bigger and would want to do more challenging things with their troops, but I figured I could keep up well enough.

I knew better, but I had excuses.

This is where intrinsic versus extrinsic comes in. Intrinsic motivation is when something from within us is our motivation. We have set our own goals. We have decided to work hard to do something. We know what needs to be done and we are self-starting and self-motivating. Extrinsic motivation is when something outside of ourselves provides motivation. There is a bonus at work if we meet a sales goal. If we clean something every day this week our mom will get us ice cream. If all the work is done our boss says we can leave work early Friday.

Prior to the hike, I was working with just intrinsic motivation and it wasn’t enough. I kept coming up with excuses and I kept letting myself down. After the hike, all I could think about was how many times the kids asked me to join them at the front of the line and I couldn’t. I couldn’t stop thinking about how happy and energetic they were, asking me to play with them, at the end of the hike and I was barely breathing. I couldn’t stop thinking about the other hikes I knew were already on the schedule and how I might let them down.

My kids became my extrinsic motivation

Ten minutes a day. That is all I started with. Every day (except Sunday) I would purposefully go walk for 10 minutes without stopping. If it was raining I used a treadmill. It was either a friend’s treadmill, an apartment complex’s treadmill, or eventually our own, but I used one on rainy days. I even walked circles inside the house to make sure I got my ten minutes in. That turned into 20 minutes a day. I would get up earlier and find the time to get a short walk done before I had to handle kiddos. There were also periods where walks in the morning didn’t work so I did them late at night. While I was working on this I used a fitness app to find out what my average active time and steps per day were. It was pitiful, to say the least. I was so focused on everyone else and checking all the boxes that I was not taking care of myself. I was not moving around enough during the day. The app gave me a starting point. My kids were my motivation. Slowly I started seeing results.

Remember me saying that healthy isn’t a number on the scale? My walks became easier, hikes with the kids became easier, I could play with them outside longer and without getting short of breath. I was obviously getting better and I even dropped a pant size but my weight stayed basically the same and I was ok with this. My kids were loving my attention and ability to play with them outside.

About a year ago, we had a family camp out with one of the troops. At the campout, I ended up helping with two two-mile hikes and a geocaching trek. By the time I fell into my sleeping back I had 20,000 steps. I was exhausted, my muscles were achy, but I could breath and I could keep walking if I needed to. I was doing worlds better than I had been and my kids were beyond happy. I was healthy. I had succeeded.

For some of us, our sedentary day is what is holding us back from being healthy. For others, it is a need for sodas or other such drinks. For some, it is a terrible sweet tooth. For others, it is a minor surgery we keep putting off because of the small downtime after. Whatever is holding you up, it is time to find the motivation to handle it. Whether it is intrinsic or extrinsic. Whether it is because you personally are motivating yourself or your kids are your motivation.

Just make a small, easy plan, and follow-through.

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Greetings! My name is Joy and I am currently a stay at home mom who is homeschooling her three kids in South Carolina. I love learning and I love sharing the love of learning with others so getting to home school my kids and watch the “ah-ha” moments when they understand something is unbelievably rewarding. I have been homeschooling since my twins were preschool age so we are going on 8 years now. I am also a military spouse so we have the added joy of being a military family with some of the complications that come with it.  As a family, we stay busy with our scouting groups, American Heritage Girls and TrailLife, and we do many camping and hiking trips with them. When I have downtime, I am typically reading books I have sitting around the house, on YouTube/websites getting more information on different home school programs or working on plans for homeschool. I look forward to being able to share our experiences with everyone and help encourage all homeschooling families.

Ready to remove your child from public school to homeschool here in South Carolina? (video)

We are just a week away from the month of November. If you didn’t know it there is a trend that ALWAYS occurs during this time of the year.

Families are ready to transition from public school to homeschool. They have begrudged through public school for a semester and are contemplating be BIG SHIFT during the coming holiday break in December.

Membership sky rockets as folks say,

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Are you Performing for Others?

When I first started homeschooling, I knew, without a doubt, I was homeschooling my kids for their benefit. I was going to focus on their individual needs. I was going to make sure that they explored what they each were interested in to their heart’s content. I would give them one on one instruction as well as group instruction to meet their developmental needs. It would be a challenge but it would be worth it for the benefit of my kids.

It took some time for the naysayers and the self-doubts to kick in, but eventually, we all fall victim to their mental games, even if for just a short time. It may be well-meaning family members or friends. It may be old co-workers that you run into. It may even be retired teachers you run into at the store with your kids during school hours. Whoever starts the doubt, intentional or not, unleashes a monster in your mind.

I know, I have been there.

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What are you Eating this Fall?

It’s Fall! And the weather has finally decided to show it. Lol I’m loving the 70 degree days and 40 degree nights. I’m all about bundling up in warm socks and cozy blankets to play games, watch movies, or just hide from the cold. What better to have on these cold nights indoors than good food. I want to share with you some of my favorite meals to enjoy during the Fall.

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Looking up When you Want to Look Down

Have you every noticed where you look when you are feeling down or discouraged?

We look at our feet

We look at our hands

We look at the ground

We look down when we feel down. 

Likewise, when we are happy or feeling well where do we look?

We look at the sky

We look at birds

We look at others in their eyes

We look up when we are happy.

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