Creating New Holiday Traditions

As a wife, mother, and homeschool educator, I am always looking forward to spending time with my family. One of my favorite time of the season is Thanksgiving and Christmas because it is an opportunity for my family and I to cook, to decorate the house for Christmas together.

I cannot forget about the winter break from school to enjoy spending quality time together.

The holiday seasons are not all about the gifts, but it is a time to

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Should I Or Should I Not Switch Curriculum To Meet My Students Needs?

Have you ever purchased a curriculum and used it the entire year, but you notice that your child is not comprehending the information because he or she finds it difficult to follow?

If your answer is yes, this is my problem with the past curriculum that I choose for my oldest son who is in seventh grade this year.

Rear view of boy writing with chalk on greenboard in school

I have always used Bob Jones English Homeschool Curriculum for my oldest son since he was in second grade. Bob Jones English Homeschool Curriculum is a great curriculum, but it is no longer a great fit for my children learning styles.

However, when he began sixth grade, I noticed that he was

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How Do You Celebrate Milestone Or New Chapters in Your Child’s Life?

Birthday Celebrations are very important to my family. This is a time when everyone comes together and spends quality time celebrating a love one.

On Monday November 9th, my family celebrated our oldest son’s thirteenth birthday.

Being a teenager is a huge milestone and transition journey towards manhood for my son, this is why we decided to allow my son to do something special to celebrate his transition.

This is why my husband and our oldest son made a decision for his 13th birthday to have his ears pierced to symbolize his

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Coping with Mental Illness

How do you cope with a stressful day?

What are some things that you do to maintain mental and physical health?

Do you know someone who struggles with anxiety and/or depression?

This blog is based on my personal experience of coping with mental illness; for example, anxiety and depression.

This was a difficult topic to discuss with my family growing up because it was hard to explain the way that I felt; also, I was taught to believe black families should not spreak about having health issues especially mental.

In fact, my Mom, Dad and brothers still believe this theory.

What are somethings that I do to help me cope with my mental illness?

First, I begin my reciting my the three R’s

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To Review Or Not To Review, That is the Question?

As a homeschool parent, I remember being in my children’s position. For instance, as a student I did not understand the concept of why my teacher focused on reviewing information from the previous lesson.

Let’s fast forward to the present, as a homeschool parent, I understand how important it is to review academic subjects on a regular and reoccurring basis. I ask myself these questions.

  1. What is the purpose of my children reviewing the previous lesson?
  2. Why is it so important for me to do this?

In my opinion, the purpose of reviewing a previous lesson will allow my students to reflect on the information that was discussed the previous day; also, it gives students the ability to

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Fun Getaway at Barnwell State Park

When it comes to celebrating important milestones in your life, what are some ways that you celebrate?

Do you have a favorite location that you visit? Is it a couple’s getaway or a family trip?

My husband and I celebrated our fifteen year wedding anniversay on October 7, 2020.

We decided to spend our anniversary getaway at Barnwell State Park. He reserved a cabin for us.

When we arrived, there were signs informing us of the location of: the office, the cabins, campground etc. The signs were very helpful with it being our first time at this location.

The sign for Barnwell Sate Park is located across the road from the entrance. If you are not looking left or right, you could probably miss it.

Also, the office has signs informing visitors to follow the COVID-19 guidelines of social distance.

When we entered our cabin, there were

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Hey, I’m a Homeschooling Diva (Part 2) by Dr. Akiva Ford, DM

Armed with United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited, LLC
(UCHC) as a guiding light and tool, I feel that I am in a good space
to understand how to move forward.

My second lesson I learned as it related to homeschooling was it was ‘OK’ to go with the flow.

Once we began there were times I just had to “go with
the flow.”

Simply because that was where my kid was.

That was what he needed.

That was the whole point of

homeschooling, right?

So, my goal is to share my homeschooling and personal experiences and stories with the world.

I know I am just a lonely person

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Hey, I’m a Homeschooling Diva (Part 1) by Dr. Akiva Ford, DM

So today begins an exciting journey for me.

This is my first ever blog and I am super excited to share my homeschooling journey with the world.

To give a little back story, I am the mother of eight beautiful

My husband and I call them “the top four and bottom four.”

With the top four, my husband and I did things the traditional way.
Early mornings, bus pickups, parent teacher meetings, and all the
fixings. Our outcome includes three of the four as college students.
One with a full ride. One on a football scholarship. And the other only
30 credit hours shy of graduating.

Although we handled it all, I can honestly say, it has not been the best experience all the time.

With the bottom four, my husband and I made the choice to provide our children with the educational instruction we felt they would need to be successful in life, We decided to homeschool.

One of the first questions we tackled was, “How in the world do we still feed ourselves if I no longer work?”

Well, we became creative with our financial

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To Grade or Not to Grade

That is the big question isn’t it? Some say in order for kids to truly know how they are doing in their school, kids need grades. Others say that when a child is graded, they pay more attention to the grade itself than what they need to improve on.

So who is right? What should we do?

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To Be Bilingual or Not To Be

Growing up, I did not understand the importance of learning a second language. I was viewing the world as black and white only. I understood that English was my native language, and I had difficulties learning it. I did not understand the importance of learning a second language until I was older.

Now, I understand the importance of learning a second language. This is why my children are enrolled in a virtual Spanish class under our current Homeschool Association titled United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited LLC .

Why is learning a second language importance for my children to know?

There are several reasons why. First, learning Spanish will allow my two sons to know, understand, and converse with someone who is Latino or Latina.

Second, my children will have the ability if they travel to countries where Spanish is the spoken language, they can

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