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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Encouraging Kiddos to be Active

Ever since the invention of the television, parents have been having trouble keeping their kids active. It seems all they want to do is stare at a screen. When video games were invented, this problem was made worse. Not only could kids never miss their favorite shows, but now they had to make it further in the game than their friends.

How then do we get them to go play? 

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While we can often get frustrated with our kids’ tendencies to sit around and do nothing, we need to do our best to not make physical activities a punishment.  We cannot expect them to go outside when told without complaining if we yell them to go outside. We also need to make sure we are setting a good example and going outside regularly too ourselves. No, you don’t need to go climb trees or anything extreme but take your work outside while regularly. You would be surprised how often they will follow you out there.

Help me with some specifics

One possible way to get your kids active is to create a game with a fitness dice. I have purchased two large cardstock dice from the Dollar Tree and written numbers on one dice and physical exercises such as jumping jacks, sprints, sit-ups and tuck jumps on them. I then covered them in packing tape to keep them in good condition and had the kids roll the dice to see how many of what activity they need to do. Five minutes of this will have your kid wore out. Another game that can be played is “how fast.” This game my dad played with me while on road trips or while we were on a walk. Basically, you call out an item you can see and the kid sees how fast they can run to it and back. It can be a tree, stop sign, flowers or even some of their toys.

Games are fun but what else?

Another option is to start having your kid work on his or her mile run every other day. A good place to start is to have your kid was a distance to warm up and then run a quarter-mile in intervals. It should be enough to get your kid’s heart pumping and breathing harder but not so much they want to throw up. Have them do the same intervals for a week or two and then challenge them to bump it up.

If you are able to, get them involved in a sport. Whether you sign your kid up for a neighborhood team or do something through the YMCA, a sport is a great way to get your kids active and they can learn things like teamwork, persistence, and dedication. We have had all three of our kids signed up for gymnastics and they loved it. It got them active, learning to control their bodies better and helped them become more confident in themselves. This year my daughter wants to sign up for soccer, my older boy wants to sword fight and my youngest wants to try everything. Sports can be an expensive way to go but take heart, there are inexpensive options out there. You just have to look.

What about a playground or nature trail

Playgrounds and nature trails are always a wonderful option. Even better if they are close to you. Often times, the difficulty is that people need to travel 30 minutes to an hour to get to a nature trail and this discourages them. Playgrounds can be closer but sometimes kids can get burned out going to the same one over and over again. I had four playgrounds within 15 minutes of our last house and I would rotate those during the month and hit one trail as well. It, of course, all depends on your time table and what you have near you as to what you can do with your kids, but playgrounds and nature trails are perfect inexpensive and fun ways to get our kids out and active.

Keeping our kids active and entertained can be a struggle at times but there are options. Some of the above-mentioned options may be a perfect fit for your family while others are just not possible and that is ok. We don’t need to do it all. Our kids do not need to do it all. We just want them healthy and happy. Start with one option, give it a try for a while and see how things go. Find what works best for your family and stick to a rhythm. The television and the games will always be a temptation, but we can at least teach them the fun of being outside as well.

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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.

UCHU January 2020 newsletter has arrived!

Happy New Year UCHU Members!

This year is off with a bang!

We are already TWELVE DAYS IN! Wow!

I pray your new year is going well thus far and has greeted you with peace, hope and anticipation!

January’s newsletter has arrived into your inbox. Now….. if you don’t see it be sure to check your spam folder. If you STILL don’t see if let me know so that I can forward you the link to read it. There is some good information you will want to be aware of. DON’T MISS OUT!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela

UCHU owner/director/administrator

After the Break is Done

After an academic break, sometimes we feel we have to jump back in full speed. We want to get our children and ourselves back on the same schedule. We also want to start rolling at the same pace as we were before our break started.

While those intentions are great, there is no need to stress yourself out just yet. Why not ease your way into this thing called school. Just take your time and flow back into your regular schedule.

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New Year Ideas for the Kids

I tend to not set resolutions. I was never big on them and then as I got older and saw how quickly people seem to drop them, I decided New Year’s resolutions were not for me. The funny thing about that is ….

Every year I seem to pick something to focus on improving

This year, I want to focus on helping the kids learn to set personal goals and work towards them. This is no easy task as children rarely see their own faults and when we try to point it out to help them learn, it is not received well (can you tell I have tweens?). So how do we help our kids assess themselves and set personal goals that are attainable?

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First and foremost, we need to have our children think about

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New Year, New Lifestyle

Happy New Year! So this is the time of year for resolutions. Now I don’t really like New Year’s resolutions because the idea is to take on a goal that you’re not mentally or physically prepared to accomplish. You’re expected to go from couch potato to workout queen or slob to prince charming overnight. It leads most people to failure (and usually out of lots of money).

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Passing on the torch

While most of my articles are full of encouragement and suggestions, this one will be different. I am a Mama who is reflecting on how her babies are growing up.

My twins are 12 years old and while they act like they still believe in good ol’ St. Nick, the past year or so they have been asking questions, showing they are suspicious.

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I personally do not look forward to the upcoming discussion, but I know their Christmas from now on will forever be changed and for the better. My babies will start sharing with others the joy of Christmas, the joy of surprising those they love with anonymous gifts.

After this Christmas, my two oldest will know that St. Nick is not a magical person but a feeling we carry within our hearts that we show to others in love. For now, though, I look at the presents around the tree and smile with the knowledge that it still holds a mysterious magic for them.

Next year, it will be different, but for now, we will enjoy the mystery.

Merry Christmas

Reflect, Release, Relax.

It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what? You’ve done great! You have planned your best day and experienced your worse. You have given your all and some days just given up. You have fought a good fight, and you have survived! Remember as we end this year to…

Reflect, Release, Relax.

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Winter Weather Whining

I know I am not the only one who has already heard the “I’m Bored” cry this season. Between the cold, the wind, and the rain, it seems this weather is determined to keep my kids cooped up and going crazy. We are an energetic bunch. We are always moving and doing and playing, so when the weather keeps us cooped up, it can go south quickly.

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Legos get thrown around.

Random toys go flying down the stairs.

Loud rough play spontaneously erupts

And the fights! Lord help me when the bickering begins.

So what do I do to keep

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