Who is that masked homeschooler?

It’s 3 days until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

Our Sponsor for Friday, Sept.27th-Super Hero Day

Our Sponsor for Friday, Sept.27th-Super Hero Day

On Friday, September 27th join us here at HSSW 2013 as we celebrate Super Hero Day

Thanks Free Homeschool Deals for Sponsoring this day!

Do your kids have a favorite Super Hero? Maybe they have ideas for a Super Hero they’d love to create.

The possibilities are endless when we celebrate Super Hero Day!

Grab your mask, grab your cape and get ready to join us!

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Imagine if every homeschool family volunteered the same day

It’s 4 days until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

Our Sponsor for Thursday, Sept. 26th- Volunteer Outside Your Home Day

Our Sponsor for Thursday, Sept. 26th- Volunteer Outside Your Home Day

On Thursday, September 26th join us here at HSSW 2013 as we celebrate Volunteer Outside Your Home Day

Thanks Great Homeschool Conventions for Sponsoring this day!

As homeschool moms we’re giving of our time in many ways. We want to encourage our kids to do this as well. It’s fun to see our kids get excited about a cause or project because they connect with it. One child might love volunteering for projects that get them outside. While another child might love assisting with a reading program at the library. There are most likely lots of organizations in your neighborhood that would love to have help. Decide if a consistent volunteer job is best for your family/child? Or, if selecting volunteer opportunities on a job by job basis is a better fit.

volunteerNeed ideas?

  1. Call your local Nature Center
  2. Call your local library to see what volunteer opportunities they have available.
  3. Call your local community theater to see if they need help. Often they need people to help with sets or costumes.
  4. Call retirement communities in your local area.
  5. Call your local pet shelter.

You can find more ideas at Volunteermatch.org. This site lets you search by zip code and interest. They also have icons which will let you know if a volunteer opportunity is appropriate for kids and teens.

Volunteermatch.org

Teens can check out the Volunteer section of Teenlife.com for information and opportunities as well.

Teen Life.com

Do you have ideas for volunteering with kids or teens? Maybe it’s things your family has done in the past or opportunities you’re adding to your schedule this year. Feel free to share them in the comments below. Or, share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ by using the links in the sidebar.

Crazy Hair Day

It’s 5 days until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

Our Sponsor for Sept. 25th-Crazy Hair Day

Our Sponsor for Sept. 25th-Crazy Hair Day

On Wednesday, September 25th join us here at HSSW 2013 as we celebrate Crazy Hair Day

Thanks Hip Homeschool Moms for Sponsoring this day!

Homeschoolers are such a fun and create group. We can’t wait to see all the great ideas you have for Crazy Hair Day!

Our kids always love Crazy Hair Day. There is something great about being able to go out in public with the most outrageous hairstyle all with a good excuse.

Are your kids doubting that others really do leave their home?

Check out Homeschool or Bust. She had a big group celebrating Crazy Hair Day for Vacation Bible School on year.

Have a blog post with photos from a past Crazy Hair Day? Feel free to share them in the comments below. Or, share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ by using the links in the sidebar.

Homeschooling at the Nature Center

 It’s 6 days until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

Our Sponsor for September 24th-Homeschool Away from Home Day

Our Sponsor for September 24th-Homeschool Away from Home Day

On Tuesday, September 24th join us here at HSSW 2013 as we celebrate Homeschool Away from Home Day

Thanks iHomeschoolNetwork.com for Sponsoring this day!

I’m excited to see all the place you love to “homeschool” away from home.

Speaking of homeschooling away from home…

NatureCenterWhen my kids were younger I remember placing this great pressure on myself to find interesting and fun places to visit. I used the mantra “The World is our Classroom.” I really wanted my kids to have memories of interesting lessons combined with field trips which I was certain they would always remember. Time passes and the kids get older. This past year my son, now 17, was reflecting on his homeschool memories. The field trips that stand out the most to him were our outings to our local Nature Center. That’s right, a place we visited often and required virtually no planning on my part. Oh, I should mention, it was free!

We learned so many things about science and nature. All this learning was driven by the kids. Most nature centers have a visitor’s center. Ours was an incredible resource offering books and lots of fun, hands on items for the kids to explore. We could take short walks in the winter and spend hours inside exploring the animal bones, games, books and other resources. The times we were there during feeding hours were extra special because the staff members always let the kids help. It was always fun to meet family members or friends for hikes. Sometimes, we would hike a short distance because the kids wanted to draw things they saw along the way. Other times we would hike long trails spotting tons of wildlife along the way. We’ve seen baby deer on our walks, their mamas never far away. On one hike we realized we didn’t know the trails as well as we thought. We learned even after years of hiking, it’s still wise to bring a map. Today we still love to hike knowing wherever the trail leads, there is always something new to see and explore.

So where’s your favorite place to Homeschool Away from Home? Please feel free to share them by commenting below. Or, share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ by using the links in the sidebar.

Homeschool Spirit on those “Sick Days”

It’s 1 week until 2013 International Homeschool Spirit Week begins!

We’re so excited and hope you got encouragement and ideas from our first ever Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival.

Our bloggers had great ideas for celebrating Homeschool Spirit Week!

This week we’re going to be running a post each day. Each post will be different but it will touch some way on our HSSW 2013 theme days. And the common thread will be things we all deal with as a homeschool community.

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Our Sponsor for September 23rd-Pajama Day

HSSW 2013 will kick off with on Monday, September 23rd with Pajama Day
Thanks CurrClick.com for sponsoring this day!

Next week we’ll be wearing our Pajama’s for fun. But what happens when mom needs a pajama day because she’s sick? Let’s face it sick days happen. But, as a homeschool mom it’s hard to really get sick day. I mean, the kids are still home. Let’s face it, keeping them happy and occupied means mom gets more recovery time.

You can keep the spirit in your home happy and healthy even when you’re feeling sick. Here are a few ideas.

Homeschool Spirit on Sick Days

1. Call a Read What You Want, Where You Want Day

Let the kids grab a book or a stack of books for younger kids they want to read. It can be a book they’ve been dying to read or ones they love to read over and over again. Let them pick a fun, cozy spot in the house and set up their own reading spot for the day. Let them decided how they’ll dress for their special Comfy, Cozy Reading Day. You can even let them have pre-approved snacks in their spots making sure to select snacks that won’t make a mess and ones they can easily make and clean up themselves.

2. Catch up on Your Crafts Day

This is a great day for kids who are old enough to get out, create and clean up their own craft supplies. It’s a great way to give the kids time to make crafts they’ve been wanting to make on their own. You’ll want to give kids an area in which to work and any guidelines needed so mom really is hands off for this crafting event. But, it’s a great way for kids to get in a day of creative fun and learn about completing  a project start to finish (including clean-up)!

3. Independence Day

Homeschooling is all about moving our kids towards independence. Give them the opportunity to show you what they can do on their own for the day. It’s can be a math fact sheet or it a history assignment. Whatever the subject or assignment, encourage them to work independently for the day.

4. Game Day

How many times do you pick up a great educational game only to find it at the end of the year still sitting in the original packaging? It often takes effort to make time for games even though we know many games have great educational value. You can take the focus off mom not feeling well when you call a Game Day. Be careful! The kids might have so much fun, they’ll secretly hope mom gets sick often.

5. ______ is our Helper Day

As homeschool moms we really want to do it all. But, we can’t! Especially when we’re sick. If you find yourself down with something lasting a week or longer, don’t be afraid to call in family members or friends to help. They’ll love spending time with your kids and your kids can enjoy learning what that family member or friend can share. Can a grandparent help? The kids would love doing crafts with grandma or hearing about what it was like when grandpa was a young boy. Can a friend assist? I bet your kids could learn some fun cooking skills as they helped her prepare for dinner or maybe help her with her young baby. The ideas here are endless!

Have ideas to keep the Homeschool Spirit in your home high even when mom is sick? Please feel free to share them by commenting below. Or, share them with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ by using the links in the sidebar.

2013 Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival

HSSW buttonWelcome to our 2013 Homeschool Spirit Week Carnival!

We’re thrilled to celebrate with you and we’ve got some great bloggers sharing their ideas about Homeschool Spirit Week today!

Be sure to visit all the participating blogs and let them know you enjoyed their post by leaving a comment. We’re also including direct links to their Facebook pages so you can follow them there!

In case you you are just hearing about International Homeschool Spirit Week, here are the dates and themes for 2013.

  • Pajama Day – Monday, September 23rd -Sponsored by CurrClick
  • Homeschool Away from Home Day – Tuesday, September 24th – Sponsored by iHomeschool Network
  • Crazy Hairstyle Day – Wednesday, September 25th – Sponsored by Hip Homeschool Moms
  • Volunteer Outside Your Home Day – Thursday, September 26th – Sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions
  • Super Hero Day – Friday, September 27th – Sponsored by Free Homeschool Deals

So, let’s get to our bloggers!

Homeschool Away from Home Day

Show Your Homeschool Spirit By Going GeoCaching – A Fun, Educational, Family Activity with Kathy’s Cluttered Mind

Are you looking for a fun family activity? Something that will get you outdoors and take you on an adventure? Then don’t miss Kathy’s Cluttered Mind where she’s sharing a fun idea for Homeschool Away From Home Day.  You’ll learn about Geocaching with Show Your Homeschool Spirit By Going GeoCaching – A Fun, Educational, Family Activity .

Be sure to leave Kathy a comment on her blog. Or join her Facebook group

How To Participate In International Homeschool Spirit Week with The Homeschool Scientist

How To Participate In International Homeschool Spirit Week with The Homeschool Scientist

Need ideas to celebrate each day of International Homeschool Spirit Week? Marci at The Homeschool Scientist is here to help! Visit her blog where she’s sharing How To Participate In International Homeschool Spirit Week. She has fun ideas for every themed day we’ve schedule for 2013! Her ideas and creative, fun, and easy for the busiest of homeschool moms.

She’ll love hearing your thoughts as well. So, be sure to leave her a comment! You can follow The Homeschool Scientist on Facebook as well!

Redisicover the Joy of Homeschooling with The Daisyhead

Redisicover the Joy of Homeschooling with The Daisyhead

And what do you do when you lose your homeschool spirit? When you’re homeschooling for the long haul it’s bound to happen from time to time. Don’t lose heart, Connie at The Daisyhead is sharing When Your Homeschool Spirit Wanes~ Rediscover the Joy of Homeschooling.
She’ll share insight and encouragement homeschool mom to homeschool mom!

Let Connie know how your homeschool year is going. She’d love to hear from you. You can connect with The Daisyhead on Facebook as well.

We hope you’re geared up and excited about International Homeschool Spirit week!

Be sure to follow along so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
Links to follow to join the fun:

Mark Your Calendars! The HSSW 2013 Schedule is Here!

Start setting your favorite PJ’s aside, arranging field trips and experimenting with insane new hairstyles because Homechool Spirit Week is just around the corner. And DON’T forget to charge that camera. We want to see pictures. More details to come!

Pajama Day- Monday, September 23rd
Sponsored by CurrClick

Homeschool Away from Home Day – Tuesday, September 24th
Sponsored by iHomeschool Network

Crazy Hairstyle Day – Wednesday, September 25th
Sponsored by Hip Homeschool Moms

Volunteer Outside Your Home Day – Thursday, September 26th
Sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions

Super Hero Day – Friday, September 27th
Sponsored by Free Homeschool Deals