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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Teaching Love

What would the month of February be without love? The two are forever interconnected thanks to Valentine’s Day. In our home, we do not make a big deal out of the day but rather use it to springboard lessons on compassion and empathy for others throughout the month. This year, our lessons have been more on what love is and what it is not.

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But what is love?

This question is one that has been asked many times over the history of man but we are not trying to go that deep into what love is. I want my kids to know what makes up the fundamentals of love. When asked what is love, oftentimes people will say:

love is patient,

love is kind,

love holds no wrongdoings

…. sound familiar?

Yes, this is a good way to describe love but to explain it to kids (especially those caught up in hormonal changes) so that they understand and recognize it, we have to Really simplify it. Love, at its basic explanation, I feel is three things.

Love thinks of others before themselves

When someone loves another or loves to do something, they will put that someone or thing before themselves. Let’s say that someone loves to play soccer. They will practice extra, they will watch their nutrition closer, and they will watch more soccer videos. They will choose to skip having a lazy Saturday for soccer. They will skip eating junk food with friends because they know it can affect their ability to play soccer well. They will choose to watch videos to try to improve their skills instead of fun movies or tv shows. Likewise, if someone loves another person, they will go out of their way for that person. They will change their behaviors based on what the other likes or does not like and will do their best to learn things that they other likes.

Love puts in the extra effort

When someone loves another, they will put in extra effort to make sure that the person knows it. They will do big gestures such as buying large gifts, surprising the person, and sometimes even taking them on a trip somewhere the special person has said they wanted to go. They will also do small things for the person they love. They will cook a meal for them, they will take the trash out because they saw it needed to be done, and they will help with little things too like putting away laundry. They put in extra effort for the one they love.

Love wants to spend time with you

Finally, love will want to spend time with you. This time can be doing something or it can be doing nothing. Someone who loves you will want to sit and color with you. They will want to do that difficult puzzle with you. They will spend time with you just chilling on the couch watching that new show if that is what you want or even learn some about a relaxing hobby you have.

All of these are great examples of what love is but it is important to know that these are not restricted to the type of love that someone marries. Love is also shown by friends. Shown by us as we are being good friends. These are things I strive to teach my kids. Another thing I try to teach them is what love is not.

It does not hurt you or those you care about

I feel it is important that our kids learn early on that love will not purposefully hurt you or those you love. There will be people who say they are friends or even more but will do things that hurt you, make you think less of yourself or your long time friends. Love is not selfish enough to repeatedly do or say things that they know hurts you. Love does not give you guilt trips when you tell them something hurts you, changing the talk about how you feel to how they feel. Love will not steal from you either.

In a month when everyone is caught up with candy-grams, flowers and valentine’s cards for everyone under the sun, I feel it is important to teach our kids to value love more than just those little generalized customs. They should know what love does and does not look like so they can not only show it well but recognize when a “friend” really is not one. We love our kids. We want our kids to show love. We also want to protect our kids from those who would use “love” as a way to get what they want. Teaching love to our kids is very much worth the effort.

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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.

Stop Teaching Black History

I don’t like to bring up controversial issues because I’m not for confrontation at all. However, this month for me has brought an elephant into the room that I need to address. That elephant is Black History Month.

I do not like the idea that my history should be separated from the history of this country (and the world for that matter) and only mentioned one month a year. I think it’s absurd to limit Black History to a few key figures in our recent history, and then our history is put back on the shelf until next year. This bothers me.

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Finding a Rhythm for my School Day

I have mentioned before in a previous post that we do not have a set schedule for our school day. This is not to say that I haven’t tried. I remember when my kids were in lower elementary grades and I was trying to manage visual therapy sessions, three kids (two of them temperamental twins), household work (to include repairs), the hubby’s civilian work and school plus military things he needed help with and school my kids.

I very much wanted a set schedule. 

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At one point I created a specific schedule of when exactly school was going to start. What specific subjects we were going to start with. When exactly break times and lunch would be. I even scheduled in a specific time to go out and try to play with friends or ride bikes outside. I created a loop schedule for the subjects we didn’t need to do every day and I had a designated time every day that we would focus on all the hands-on projects for that day.

Can you guess where this is going?

Our school day crashed and burned. My older boy rebelled fully. There was no consoling his frustrated and honestly saddened heart. My schedule didn’t make any sense to his logical mind and he was beyond frustrated. This is also my boy who was easily frustrated with school because his eyes were still weak and he had trouble focusing his vision on it. My daughter tried to follow the schedule but she didn’t work as well with the order in which I had scheduled the subjects. Plus, she is my quick thinker, the one who breezes through everything and can perfectly recall what it is she worked on. She even likes to look up extra things when something piques her interest. The schedule was frustrating to her because she would finish quickly and then be told to wait around a lot. As for my youngest. Well, he was still a little little guy, in 1st grade maybe and he is my wiggle worm so we had habits to work on with him in the first place. Add a set schedule to it and it is chaos for him.

So what did I do?

I did what we always do as homeschoolers. I adjusted. I started out by giving my girl the go-ahead to start working ahead of the schedule, she just had to come to show me her finished work before moving on so I could see she was doing well. I then allowed her twin brother to start choosing what order he wanted to do school in. I was surprised to learn that he would rather start his day with English, the subject he struggled the most with than to do it halfway through the day, after having “warmed up” his brain. Finally, I let my little man play all morning. He built Lincon log homes all over the den while I worked with the twins. He created tunnels and obstacle course down the hallway while I read history to the twins. And when I asked the twins a question, he would holler the answer from his bedroom where he was getting more knights to fill his castle in the front room. Turns out my little man was learning a lot while playing. He learned his math facts this way too. I finally started including him in the flashcard game I played with the twins because he was having so much fun yelling out the answers from another room. My little man did get his own sit-down time with me too. It was just after lunch and when his little mind could focus better.

If not a schedule, then what is this?

We have pretty well fallen into a set rhythm in our homeschool day. I have heard other homeschool moms who also say they don’t call it a schedule but more of a rhythm and I tend to agree. With a rhythm, there is no set time or time frame even. When we have a dentist appointment or a meeting in the morning, the school can be shifted to after that or the kids can bring their book work.

Typically our day runs like this:

Independent bookwork first

Start on computer school

Lunch break followed by a play break

Group time

Finish computer school

Occasionally documentaries will be watched with lunch or group time but that is basically how our day goes. We tend to stick to the general order of things but the time of day can and does shift and change. The Independent work includes their math, English, writing practice, critical thinking and bible study. What order the kids decide to do it in is completely up to them. Group time, I try to give the kids some say so on what order we do things in but it can include science, history, social studies, art, and music.

The flow of our school day helps keep things relaxed 

I am so thankful that we have found a rhythm to our day and thankfully it is a rhythm that also falls in line with my husband’s schedule. I do still long for a set schedule some days but for my family, a rhythm just works better. For your family, a rhythm may also be the way to go or in order for everything to be done every day that needs to be done, you need a set schedule. Every family, every house, every homeschool, will have different needs and a different way of getting everything done.

Hopefully sharing how our homeschool runs helps you with yours.

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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.

Learning while on Vacation

Last week, we went out of town. We had a great time visiting family and friends. The kids loved spending time with their grandparents, and we enjoyed the change in scenery. One thing I decided to do this trip was have a few days of school while we were there. It turned out to be fun and productive.

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UCHU's Monthly Virtual Homeschool Mastermind Meeting is TODAY! 2.13.20 at 1 p.m.

Hi All!!

Today is our monthly Virtual Homeschool Mastermind Meeting for February.

The details and link has been sent to your email inbox that you have on record. You can dial in by phone to listen in on the meeting or you can log in by computer with or without your camera to be in the meeting.

Today’s conversation will center around:
State Testing, Standardized Testing at Home, Various Types of Testing

Of course, you can ask other questions or receive help in other areas of focus as needed. This is YOUR Mastermind Meeting.

See you then!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela

What I hear a lot: Why didn’t you just ask?

There are many things that I hear a lot and some of them are said by the same people or only certain people say certain things. The one I am going to focus on is one I am sure you have heard.

Why didn’t you just ask?

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This can be said in connection with our personal life:

-need a babysitter short notice

-need advice on how to deal with

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Traveling with Many

One of the great things about homeschooling is you can take a break whenever you want or need one. This week we are doing just that. Me and my little ones will take a few days this week to visit relatives in my hometown. The kids are excited mainly because they know they are going to get some type of gifts. I’m not too excited because I have to PACK! Traveling with many is not easy.

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UCHU February 2020 newsletter is in YOUR email inbox!

Did you know that MONTHLY a UCHU E-Newsletter is delivered to your email on record?

Well, Feburary 2020’s newsletter has been sent to YOU to keep YOU informed and up-to-date on the homeschool happenings in South Carolina and what you need to know as you homeschool in South Carolina.

If you did not receive it be sure to check your spam folder.

If you STILL don’t see it let me know. I will forward you the link for you to view.

Questions about anything at all – just let me know.

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU owner/director/administrator

Nature: How Much Is Too Much?

Lately, the weather has been back and forth so many times I do not know what season we are in. One day it will be 30 and winter-like, the next day it will be 60, sunny and almost early summer feeling. The weather going back and forth as it has been has caused some plants to even bloom early. This has me thinking about spring and what that means for us.

Nature Walks and Hiking

We are a very outdoorsy family. We camp in regular tents, my boys go on weekend backpacking trips, my daughter and I have camped not only in 25-degree weather but also in a torrential downpour (unplanned). We have hiked little trails that are only one

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Do It Anyway

I’m sitting here trying to come up with a topic for this week’s blog post. I’m having so much trouble getting my thoughts together. My body is tired and my mind is completely scattered. It’s been a long day and nothing wants to come up or out. I’m two seconds away from giving up and going to bed. I just figure I can explain myself through email and pray my apologies will be accepted. I say in my head “What do you do when you don’t want to do something?” And a still small voice says to my heart “Do it anyway.”

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