The Month of August was Great!

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Service Meet and Greet: We had a great time together meeting  classmates and spreading some love while serving our community at Mission Arlington! We ended our time with a fun and relaxing lunch at the Twisted Root Burger Company! The Whole Gang!

Student Orientation and Brunch: We started the year off with an orientation that also served as a brainstorming session for our up and coming endeavors!

Initial Meeting, Orientation was a blast!
We are going to make some sharks out of these students!

Newsletter Name???

Calling all students !!! Did you notice that crazy newsletter name? I thought it up from shortening the word “tycoon” it means a businessperson of great wealth and power; That’s what I want my students to be. If you would like to suggest another name before I make it permanent, email me at schelastic@gmail.com, be creative!!!! To see ‘Coon News click here:

‘Coon News

– L. Galindo

Service Meet & Greet

We did it! Our first Schelastic meeting was spent serving at Mission Arlington. We all arrived together and we were greeted by wonderful project coordinators who were very gracious in thanking us for our help right from the beginning. In all my years volunteering at the mission, Mrs. Tilley, the founder of Mission Arlington, has never hesitated to come greet and thank us personally for coming to lend a helping hand. Gotta love Mrs. Tilley with all her determination!

After greeting everyone we were told of our assignments and we were praying that they would be INDOORS on a 103° F day! The first job was not, but by the grace of God we were under an amazingly large tree with a wonderful breeze blowing. Our assignment was to load up a van with some carnival items that were stored in a shed. We loaded bounce houses, a snow cone machine, yummy snow cone flavoring, a bar-b-q grill with all the needed supplies and more! With all the students and the five parents that joined us we got the job done in a jiffy!

Mission Arlington has a facility that is about 1200 sq ft or so.  It is used to bring groups to experience church service and bible classes as well as cook meals for those groups and care for their children. Our second and last job was to clean the entire facility from top to bottom after having been used by thousands of people throughout the summer. No telling how many low income families received the hand of God through encouragement, healing, feedings and most importantly salvation! We were happy to be a part of it!  After all Matthew 25:34-40 says:

“34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked a clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “ –  (NKJV.)

Afterward we headed over to the Twisted Root Burger Company a couple of  blocks down from the mission. They are known for the “twisted” flavors they add to their root beer and wild game burgers including kangaroo! I don’t think anyone braved anything but beef in our group. We got a perfectly large table where we all sat together without a reservation or a fight! Not bad for a Friday! Lol God is soooo good!

-L. Galindo

Some students were asked, “What was your favorite part of  serving at the mission or our whole trip?”

“My favorite part was fixing up the nursery” -Ariana R.

“I enjoyed hanging out with Abby and mopping the bathroom.”-Sofia R.

“When we got to meet Mrs. Tilley!- Abby O.

“Stacking the chairs!” Elisha O.

“My favorite part was fellowshipping at Root Burger and catching up with my friends”-Amorina G.

“I liked working with my friends.” -Daniel G.

MISSION ARLINGTON

From Left to Right our Servant-Leaders were: Noemi G., Mrs. Elia Martinez, (four going down) Mrs. Elvira Silva, Elisha O., Nidia M., Niali M. aka “Bubbles”, (back to the right) Sofia R., Ariana R., Abby O., Mrs. Laura Galindo, Amorina G., Mr. George Galindo, Daniel G., AJ J., and Sebastian L. THANKS To Mr. Roy Rodriguez for taking the picture! For more pics and to see Mr. Roy visit us on Facebook!

System Requirements For Using Ignitia On Your Laptop

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The Versatility of Homeschooling

Homeschooling is so amazingly versatile. That is what I love about it. You can do it any time of day or evening and go anywhere to make your lessons come to life. Homeschooling gives you the flexibility to study transportation and at a whim go to the airport to see the airplanes!
I remember watching my father fix things around the house like the dryer and his car. I would hang around and pick up mini-lessons on what tools were called and how they were used. As I grew up and worked my way through college, my car would have mechanical issues and I had no problem getting under the hood. The only thing I lacked was a little muscle to tighten those bolts! With my father overlooking me, I have changed my own brake pads, tires, oil, and gained valuable information about how to talk to a mechanic when he has dollar signs in his eyes because he sees a woman in a mechanic shop. Include your children in all you do so that they can pick up those life lessons. You would be surprised at how even the youngest children can pick up great life skills.

Learning Styles

My personal experience with homeschooling has been ongoing.  I have learned that though they may be broken down further there are three basic learning styles:

  • visual learners- learn through seeing
  • auditory learners- learn through hearing
  • kinesthetic learners-learn through touching, moving, or doing

At first, I was homeschooling my oldest two children until about the age of five and six. My daughter loved it. We invited friends over and they played, sang, and reviewed all the basics, preparing them for school. She absorbed the entire environment. She was mostly visual and kinesthetic. She loves having a perfect spot to sit in, with the perfect tools in her hands.  I set aside a room and turned it into a classroom for fun. She would sit and write, read, and pretty much do anything I introduced her to, always staying on task. My son on the other hand, was an entirely different type of learner. I could not get him to sit still for more than two minutes. He was very active, wouldn’t hold a pencil (his small motor skills were not quite developed yet), he wouldn’t repeat the alphabet and just seemed to be all over the place. Actually, he never really spoke at all. I struggled with trying to make him fit into my mold of what a “perfect little student” was to me. I never forced him to sit as he was younger than everyone else and he just wandered around the room doing what he found interesting and listening to us. One day, I wanted to take a break and I played an educational video that I picked up at the library. It had a catchy little tune as it reviewed the names and sounds of the letters. He whipped his little head around and then instantly sat and listened attentively to the entire video. As soon as it was over it was like everything he had ever heard from my homeschooling the girls just came blurting out in song. He was so extremely and primarily auditory (and secondly kinesthetic) that even though he looked like he was just aimlessly walking around touching stuff, he was absorbing every word, song, and lesson that we were going through. From then on, he had so much to say and do. Over the next few years we practiced his motor skills but leaned on his auditory strength using and making songs out of science vocabulary and history lessons. What kind of learning style does your child have?

Everyone Homeschools

How often do you homeschool? Everyone homeschools to some extent. The question is, “What percentage of your child’s education is in your hands?” Some give an amazing 100%, supporting  their child’s learning experience from Grammar to Algebra and beyond.  Others take on about 25-50% by guiding and reviewing all of the homework that comes home. There are wide ranges all the way down to the 10% that the child learns by just watching what the guardian is doing-they absorb social skills at least. I come from a very strong family unit and despite our normal and minor differences, someone once said about us, “you mess with one of them and you mess with them all!” I take that as a complement and a realization of the life lesson that our parents unknowingly instilled in us as children. Children absorb things all around them positive and negative. If you are around children, you are also imparting something into their lives whether you mean to or not.

Welcome!

Welcome to schelastic.com’s blog where expanding education is our motivation! My husband, George, and I have felt a strong pull towards informing others on educational topics especially as they relate to homeschooling. In my experience working in the public sector, private sector and schooling from home, I would like to share a fresh perspective to busy stay-at-home moms, working moms, and busy parents in general.Continue reading “Welcome!”