Friday, June 10, 2011

A Homeschool Memory


This is the last day of the Open House at Legacy of Home, and the suggested topic is to share a favorite homeschooling memory.  While I should have plenty of those, it is not easy to pull out just the right one for such a time as this!

I began my homeschooling journey back in 1990 when I had three little children -- two adorable daughters, ages 5 and 3, and a baby boy who was just three months old!  I taught my two oldest daughters all the way through school, from kindergarten to graduation!  My three oldest sons all transferred to a Christian school in either their 9th or 10th grade years, so they finished up their educations in a private school setting after a solid foundation of homeschooling.  Currently, I am educating the "bottom five" (a.k.a. "the fantastic five!"), who are 15, 14, 12, 8 and 6!  Our homeschool experience is very different now than it was ten or twenty years ago!!!!

I've thought of a memory to share with you.  About 11 or 12 years ago we were studying about J.C. Penney in our homeschool.  We read a couple biographies about his life and his commitment to hard work, honesty and respecting the customer.  We enjoyed learning about the founding of his famous department store chain, and even took a field trip to our local Penney's store.  Then, I had the idea to set up our own store.  I bought a number of items from The Dollar Store and gave the children some money to spend and then set up shop in our home.  Every morning before school (for a week or two), I opened the store, appointed a storekeeper for the day, and gave the children some time to purchase desired items.  The "storekeepers" had to make proper change, and handle returns and exchanges.  The children absolutely Loved this!!!  It was one of those fun learning experiences that was a hit!

Do you have any special homeschooling memories of ideas that succeeded (or flopped!)??  If so, please link up on Legacy of Home, or leave a comment here, sharing them with us.


Donna G. said...

I remember the J. C. Penney story from the WBs! I also remember that hands-on learning was always the most meaningful. Bless you, Elizabeth, in your continuing journey of educating your children! (I'm so glad I'm done. Ü)

Mrs. White said...

What a fantastic idea!!

I think I'll add JC Penney to our studies this coming year. It is one of my favorite stores and I have always admired the founder.

Thank you for joining the open house!

Mrs. White
The Legacy of Home

mommyx12 said...

That is a fun memory. Like you, I have many homeschool memories I could pull from but which one? To choose one would require intense brain therapy and I've just not got that right now!!!! I love how you call you youngest five the fantastic five. My 5 girls would think that to be fun.

busymomof10 said...

Re: The Fantastic Five! Most of the time these days, it seems that my family consists of just the younger five. They got tired of being called "the youngest five," "the little ones," or "the bottom five!" So, I decided to call them "THe Fantastic Five" or The Fab Five!!" :)

LaSandra said...

Aww! That sounds like such a fun idea!

Mama Hen said...

What a fun idea! I am not very creative that way and I love to hear other great ideas.

~ McKenzie Elizabeth~ said...

What a sweet memory and a fun idea! :o)

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