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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UCHU's December 2019 Newsletter is in YOUR inbox!

UCHU Members!!!

The last newsletter of the DECADE has now arrived into your email inbox that you have on record.

2020 is almost here!!

Good information is inside.

If you have questions…..let me know.

If you didn’t receive it….let me know as well.

Enjoy!!

As always….

Serving You and Yours,

Angela, UCHU owner/director/administrator

Grace isn’t only for Others

There are many wonderful things about this time of year.

The crisp cool mornings

The beautiful lights and colors

The fun and cheerful songs we sing

The friends and family coming to visit

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This time of the year is one of the most joyful and exciting times and you cannot help but see the excitement everywhere. From the lights that are hung on all the houses around your neighborhood, to the songs in the stores, and on the advertisements at your favorite restaurants. You see pictures of perfection everywhere.

But we are not perfect.

While we love seeing all the joy and beauty around us, sometimes this creates a need to try to replicate this exactly in our own homes. We can feel like we have to have the perfect entryway, that the tree has to have specific ornaments hung just so, and that we have to have orange peels and cloves simmering on our stovetop every day. Our drive to bring the joy and excitement we see everywhere outside into our home can sometimes become overwhelming.

Our houses do not need to be perfect

Especially with friends and family coming to visit, we can feel we need to present the best side of ourselves. That everything needs to be just so. That those little corners that seem to gather everything under the sun needs to be cleared out. That the laundry that seems to never make it to the closets needs to be taken care of immediately. That the most recent DIY decorations from Pinterest needs to be done and put on display for the visits. We go from being excited about visits and the season to suddenly being frantic and frustrated.

Grace

While we mean good, this can greatly affect the feel of our homes and how visits can go. We want visits to go so well but we end up being tough on ourselves and creating a tension that others don’t know how to handle or help. This is where we need to remind ourselves that grace is not just something we give to others. Grace is for us to give to ourselves as well. So many people forget this very important concept. While we have an image in our head of how things should be, we are human, life happens, and we need to be able to breathe and let go of the things that really do not need to be done.

I am not saying you shouldn’t do things for the holiday but I am saying for you to listen to your inner voice. God will sometimes whisper to you that you are missing something. There have been times where I am so caught up in a craft with the kids for the holiday and I have been frustrated because they are not paying attention to the directions and I suddenly realize I am missing something beautiful.

My kids could be dancing with each other to Christmas music.

Sharing the fun and exciting memories of years past, wanting to reminisce with me.

They could be having a random deep conversation that requires us all to stop and think.

I miss it because I am stuck in my head mad at myself for not having things perfect

We can give ourselves grace. We can give our frantic mind a rest. We can give our busy hands a chance to just sit in our laps. We can give ourselves a chance to sit on the couch and just enjoy the conversation with those visiting. We do not need to have everything done perfectly at the perfect time. The perfect time is when it just flows into the day and the perfect home is the one where everyone is welcomed and is relaxed with you.

Grace and blessings to you and yours this season

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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.

 

 

Life of a Mom of Many

So I’ve mentioned this before, but maybe you’ve forgotten that I am a mom of many. Many talents? Yes. Many degrees? Only one. Many children? Oh yea! We have been blessed and given charge of 8 wonderful little people. Our oldest is six and the youngest is 11 months. In the six years between our first and last, we have managed to fit in 2-five year olds, 2-four year olds, and 2-two year olds. You read that right…

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Working in Time for the Activities

My kids are very hands-on kids. My boys especially but they all love activities and learn better when they can do activities associated with the lessons.

These activities could be:                      making pictures

building out of popsicle sticks

adding to an interactive notebook

or making a diorama

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There are many options for learning activities but they all have something in common

They all take time and they all cost something

While these are not necessarily reasons to not do the activities, they make it difficult sometimes and we become discouraged. I feel that while cost can be a factor in our avoidance of activities related to learning, it is not a significant one. Anyone who has kids has basic craft items lying around and anyone who recycles (or even doesn’t) has materials that can be used. My youngest is especially known for raiding our recycling bin to find materials for something he wants to create from his lesson that day. The cost can cause us to avoid crafts on occasion but that is not the biggest issue.

Time is the biggest factor, I feel. We all have limited time. Those of us schooling more than one kid especially feels this time limit. Throw in the idea of doing activities and crafts related to the lesson and we are quickly in a panic.

I’m not doing right by my kid if I don’t do them

We are supposed to be headed to the music/sports/ co-op right now

I have no time for my other kids’ lesson if I take time now to do the activity

These thoughts and many more races through our minds when we come across an activity in our kids’ lessons and often we feel frantic and guilt. Don’t. Take a breath and calm your mind for a minute. If you cannot do every activity ever suggested for a lesson that is ok. Your kids do not need to do every single one of them.

Let me make a few suggestions to help calm your stress.

First, limit activities to a certain number for the whole family. When you are schooling multiple kids, the number of activities can add up fast. There are history projects, science exploration experiments, language arts projects, and even math notebooking that all can be suggested. Multiply it by 3 or 5 kids and you are quickly overwhelmed. Try picking activities that relate to things your child struggles with. I personally had a hard time with history but any time I was able to connect a craft or activity to the lesson, I got it. If your child has a harder time with math, set aside time to do the notebooking and hands-on activities. Do not worry so much about the other activities, just the ones that your child would benefit the most from. That alone will limit the number of activities you need to do with your kids each week.

Another suggestion is to do activities on a single day during the week. Not all homeschoolers do a four day a week lesson format but this is not only for them. If you do a four day a week format, this will be easier, you just put the activities on that last day to help review what you learned that week and have fun together. If you have a five-day schedule like us, either make it so Friday isn’t that much of a work heavy day and do it then or do the activities on Saturday. When I first tried to do this on Saturday I was sure my kids would groan and complain about “school on the weekend” but they all enjoyed everything we did, so much so that they wanted to keep doing more. At that point, I kicked them outside to play but that is the perfect time to stop. Have the fun with the lessons doing the activities and then let them go play and explore what they learned in play.

Finally, keep it simple. Yes, the activity suggestion says for you to paint with watercolor and try to copy a famous artist’s work ….. but watercolors are a challenge to work with for kids who are not used to it. I change it and have them use tempora paints. The activity might tell you to go to hobby lobby and purchase model trees to use in the diorama, but making them out of construction paper you already have on hand is easier. Your kids would even love to go outside to find some small twigs to use as the trunk of the tree and then glue balled up green construction paper to the top. Or the activity might tell you to bake some sweet treat that was mentioned in the book with your kid but either your skills are not up to par or you do not have the ingredients. Make something simple with your kid. You can even make shapes from a pancake mix that might relate to the story. (Don’t try to go crazy with that. You will be quickly overwhelmed again. I personally cannot make an actors portrait out of pancakes). The point is, you do not have to do the activity exactly how they say for it to be meaningful to your kiddo.

These are only three suggestions out of many that I have found over the years but these are the most helpful to me. I hope you find them helpful and that you are able to incorporate activities with your kids while still enjoying the learning experiences. I have as much fun with my kids doing activities as they do and we all laugh and giggle and yes, sometimes even make messes. I don’t mind a bit of a mess.

We are learning and making memories together.

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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.

The 12 Days of Homeschooling

🎵The Twelve Days of Homeschooling🎵 (you can replace family with neighbor if needed)

On the first day of homeschool my family said to me,
“Can you homeschool legally?”

On the second day of homeschool my family said to me,
“Are they socialized?
Can you homeschool legally?”

On the third day of homeschool my family said to me,
“Do you give them tests?
Are they socialized?
Can you homeschool legally?”

On the fourth day of homeschool my family said to me,
“What about P.E.?
Do you give them tests?
Are they socialized?
Can you homeschool legally?”

On the fifth day of homeschool

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Thank you United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited!

On today as we set aside time for friends, family and for conscious THANKFULNESS…..

I would like to extend my THANKFULNESS to each of you.

Thank you for being a part of the United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited family!

My service to you and providing legal status so that you can home educate your own children is my greatest pleasure.

Much success to all of your continued homeschooling efforts.

Serving You and Yours,

Angela, UCHU owner/director/administrator

Schooling together and Separately for Sanity

We do group time in my home but we do it how and when it is best for us.

I love how homeschooling allows this flexibility

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I personally love the idea of a morning basket. Of starting the day off altogether, singing, cuddling, and spending time Continue reading “Schooling together and Separately for Sanity”

Let’s Break!

It’s almost that time. Yes most of us are almost at the 90 day mark of this school year. I’m so excited to be at this pinnacle. Why? I’m excited because after we finish our first 90 days we are taking a break!

A break. You know what that is right? No instruction. No lesson plans. No whining over math or reading. Just a few days of rest and relaxation. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

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Did you miss today’s, Nov. 21, 2019, UCHU Virtual Mastermind meeting?

Today’s virtual mastermind meeting was full of great information.

If you missed it……NO WORRIES.

Because of the amount of content we completed TWO parts, 40 mins. each. So there is a video for part ONE and for part TWO.

UCHU E-news was just emailed to you with the YouTube links to the videos. These videos are NOT visible on YouTube as I have them labeled private. You will only be able to view today’s meeting recording if you have the link.

THE LINKS ARE IN THE E-NEWS I JUST MAILED TO YOUR INBOX.

DID YOU RECEIVE IT?

If not, let me know. You will want to be informed about this information.

As always…..

Serving YOU and YOURS,

Angela, UCHU owner/director/administrator