Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Roundup

Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are awesome, aren’t they? Back when I started homeschooling in 1986 there were 2 or 3 companies that catered to homeschoolers and they were expensive! Today, there’s so much out there it can be overwhelming!

Your time is valuable. I post enough educational ideas each week that you could put together individualized curriculums for your kids from them fairly easily  over the course of a month or two, but accessing all of them would take hours of scrolling each week. So, I am going to attempt to do a summary of all the ideas and links I have posted each week, all neatly organized according to subject category and age level. Feel free to pick and choose those activities that best fit your children! Subscribe on the right to get this blog in your e-mail so you don’t miss out!

Before we get started this week, I wanted to share this great quote that I found this week from C. S. Lewis:

“In those days a boy on the classical side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.”

It’s something Grampa Tom and I discuss quite often. Most schools (especially high schools and colleges) require subjects that don’t pertain to anything the student will need when they get out into the workforce in an effort to produce a “well-rounded education”. Not only is it a waste of time, but it produces bored kids who are quite willing to just skate by. Let your kids study what they want! If they should need any of the “extras” when they are out there, they will pick it up.



A traditional school is a perfect habitat for competitive, extroverted, academically inclined students. But if you put an angelfish in this shark tank, you are asking for problems. Make sure your child has the right habitat for learning. ~ Grama Sue

~ Grama Sue



Most newspaper companies are thrilled to show kids around. Call to set up a tour! Counts as Language Arts or Social Studies!


Combine the game of Twister (which is PE) with any other subject! Simply print out questions on red, blue, yellow and green stock paper and cut them apart to make cards. Then after the spin, draw a card of the corresponding color. The player must answer the question and then make the move on the spinner.

If you need to buy a Twister game, click on the link!



Experiencing the 10 Plagues of Egypt



Give your kids tubes of travel toothpaste. Have them race to see who can get their tubes emptied first. Then have them try to put the toothpaste back in. Compare this to our words. Oftentimes our emotions will tempt us to race to spill out words that hurt others, but if we give in to that, we won’t be able to put them back in. Encourage your kids to take time to pray before they speak!




Remember! Every time you play a board game with your kids they are practicing valuable reading, math and social skills! Have a game night regularly!


Winter Crafts for Kids – Marshmallow Names



Surgery to make contractions! Wow! Love this idea from The First-Grade Parade!

Middle School – High School

A vocab game with a purpose!




Give your kids a ball, a board to make an inclined plane and a timer. Have them time how long it takes for the ball to roll down the board. Then, challenge them to make the ball roll slower.

Build A Hand Crank Winch Simple Machine STEM Idea



Decide on a small terrarium pet such as a lizard or an insect. Study what the pet will need and create a habitat for it.





Print out this dot board. Young kids can roll one die and circle the number of dots they rolled. Older kids can roll 2 or more dice, circle those numbers and add them together.



Make multiplication drills fun with this free game download from Games4Gains!

Middle School and Up

Cool Math for Kids has lots of brain teasers! Check them out!



Introduce your kids to Native American pictographs and encourage them to write a story with them!


Legos are always a hit when it comes to learning! Study flags with this lesson from Momgineer!




Spend some time watching the election coverage on networks with opposing bias’. Point out to your kids the wording used that exposes the bias from each of the channels.



Because I had a Daddy/Daughter date with my dad at the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony last Sunday! 🙂 Cute video about the kinds of instruments you will find at a symphony!



Doing jigsaw puzzles of classic paintings is a great way to study Art!

Pick some up here!



DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course



It’s time to clean up the yard and put your gardens to bed! Get the kids out there pulling up plants, mulching, raking, etc. Great PE activities!



Cardboard Beads Threading Activity for Toddlers



Practice using scissors with these free printables from 123 Homeschool 4 Me!



I too hear so many kids who want to be homeschooled. Many teenagers are fully capable of educating themselves.

Help! I Want to Be Homeschooled.



Homeschool Students SPEAK UP!



If you have a child who is prone to anger or emotional outbursts, give her a pinwheel. Tell her that blowing on the pinwheel when she is angry or upset will help her calm down and think better. Then when the meltdown comes, give it to her and encourage her to blow on it as hard as she can 5 times.


31 Days to a Well-Run Homeschool


Smart lady! This is where I differ from radical homeschoolers. I believe there are memory skills that need to be worked on every day like spelling and math drills. You can’t work on these things for a day or two and then pick it up next week and expect your kids to get anywhere. And I believe in carrot sticks! A radical homeschooler would not stoop to bribes. 😉

How to Motivate Your Kids to Get Their Schoolwork Done


Wow! I learned so much doing this post! Hope it blessed you!


God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Announcing Homeschool Doula Program | Homeschool Mentoring

Almost Unschooling Grama’s

Homeschool Doula Program
(Temporarily only available to Illinois, Iowa and Missouri residents.)


Thinking about homeschooling but don’t know where to start? Already homeschooling but frustrated? Confused by all the curriculum choices out there?

We all need someone who’s been there to talk with and to encourage us. When I started homeschooling, we were horribly financially challenged. I was also very sick and incredibly disorganized. But, I loved my kids and was determined to do the best I could by them. I started out thinking I’d just do it for a year or two and wound up teaching kids that weren’t my own 🙂

If I can do it, so can you! I’m here to help you with one-on-one guidance through all the questions and insecurities you will experience as you learn to establish an educational model that will work for you and your family. My goal will be to work myself out of a job. Most families will want to work with me for a year or two, but if you think you’ve got this after a month or you get to liking me and want to keep me involved long term, I’m good with that!

Through weekly phone calls, e-mails, chats and my Face Book page, I will help you:


Assess each child’s educational needs
Find activities and curriculum
Establish a schedule that will work for your family
Find support service you might need
Meet state requirements
Establish a good record keeping routine
Create report cards
Help you with strategies that will encourage your child’s love of learning


I’d love to do this for every family in the world for free, but, I can only help 10 families at a time and since I’m not independently wealthy yet, I still have to eat! This program will open January 5th, but to make sure that I have time to serve each family by getting to know you well, only one family will be accepted into the program each week.

A $25 registration fee gets your family a place in the line. Once you start the program, a $100 monthly fee will be required on the day of the month that your family starts. Pay by check, money order, Paypal or debit card through my Paypal account! Just let me know what you want to do and I’ll set you up.

I’m looking forward to working with you! Get your place in line now!