5 Must Have Items for Homeschooling

5 Must Have Items for Homeschooling

Homeschooling has become much more popular for families all over the world. Parents and kids alike like to have the option to completely control their own day and create a plan that will help children reach their highest potential. Additionally, there are so many more resources available to help families with every homeschooling need and want. Parents can take advantage of these resources to create the best homeschooling environment for their kids. But what resources do children actually need for homeschooling?

There are a lot of homeschooling options available for parents to choose from. Parents need to make sure that they choose the path that not only fits best with their children’s needs and goals, but also coincides with the parent’s values and ideas for their children. For these reasons, the details of what each family with need for homeschooling with differ slightly. That being said, there are a few tools that every family will need in order to succeed when homeschooling. Here are five must have items for homeschooling.

Plastic tubs for organization

Homeschooling parents will quickly realize that there are a lot of supplies needed to home school their children. From pencils to duct tape, there are a lot of little things that can get lost or misplaced in the house that children will need for homeschooling. Parents should invest in some plastic tubs to store these things and keep everything organized.

A reliable internet connection

Using the internet has become a regular part of every home-schooled child’s day. There are so many resources and tools on the internet that parents can use to ensure their kids are getting the best education all year long. Parents can use frontier communications in Oregon to ensure that their kids will have a fast, safe and reliable internet connection throughout the school day.

A digital bookmark timer

Staying focused and on task at home can be difficult for some children to do when being homeschooled. There are some great tools parents can use to keep their children focused and productive throughout the day. One of these tools is a digital bookmark timer that can allow parents to track their children progress in a book and give them goals to work towards.

A globe

Every child will need to do some work learning geography and other things about the world around them. Parents can help their children get a better view with a classic tool. A globe is still one of the best ways to help kids understand the world around them. Globes are also a great addition to have in the home for parents as well, getting everyone excited about experiencing more of the planet.

Educational games

Every child will need a brain break every once in a while. Parents can help keep their kids learning while still giving them a small break from the normal homeschool routine. educational games are a great way for families to have fun learning together and to help kids see how much fun learning can be.

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Where did it go?

Today, on the way home from an appointment in Washington DC, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and drive past some of the homes I lived in as a kid. We drove past the house where my father and step-mother lived for a long time, on Ross Drive, in Vienna VA. Imagine my surprise when this is what I saw where the house from my teen-aged years were spent!

113 Ross Dr Vienna VA 11-18-14
113 Ross Dr SW Vienna VA 11-18-14

The cozy ranch of my memories is being replaced by a McMansion! The listing for the new house for sale can be found here.

So much for a photograph of me standing in front of the place I remember spending my junior and senior years in high school!

First Aid in the Home

First Aid at home
First Aid at home

Why did the blonde move house?

Because she heard that most accidents happen within three miles of your house.

Sadly, it’s true – most personal accidents do happen within three miles of your own home, if not inside the walls themselves. Please excuse the blonde joke.

Our homes are where we spend the majority of our time, so it seems only logical that’s where the accidents and incidents happen – are you prepared if something happens to you, or your loved ones?

If you aren’t, something happens and you’re in need of a second opinion on a case you’ve found yourself in – try the people over at SOS Claims, it’s their job to reassure you and set your mind at ease.

To keep you safest in your home, it’s best to have a basic knowledge of first aid and medical know-how.

Pills, pills, pills.

If you keep paracetamol, ibuprofen or any other pills in your house make sure that you keep them out of sunlight and away from any perishables. Also – keep them in the blister-pack until you need them – the air reacts with the outside and this can make them ineffective and dangerous, depending on their shelf-life.

Medicine Cabinet.

I’m not suggesting you go out and rack up a million Boots points on stocking up your medicine cabinet, but I would suggest keeping the basics stocked up. Make it personal; if you’re an avid baker or general chef – make sure you’ve got a burns kit, if you’ve got children – keep children’s aspirin or Calpol handy.

Cuts, Scrapes, Slashes.

Cutting yourself is one of the most common accidents within the home. If you have cut yourself badly; apply pressure with anything that’s clean and absorbent. Raise, if you can, the limb above your heart – if this means sitting down and putting your legs up then do it. Use your judgement, if you’ve ever been cut this badly before, think about what you need – if not, analyse the situation and ask someone for help. If needed they can drive you to a hospital for stitches. In terms of cuts, I would say it’s better to be safe than sorry – go to the hospital and have them take a look at it for you, it’ll be their call if stitches/glue or further repairs are needed.

Head Injuries.

I feel we are all reasonably good at assessing our own head injuries particularly well. Only you will know how hard you hit your head, if you’ve hit your head like that before and how much it hurts. If you are worried – sit down, have a glass of water. If needs be, work through this handy easy-to-remember guide. (The 5 S’s)

  • Sleep
  • If you feel faint or like you’re losing consciousness – call someone, or ask someone to call you an ambulance.

  • Seizures

If you’re suffering from seizures an ambulance is non-negotiable.

  • Speaking

If you’re having trouble speaking, try and calm down. Breathe and try again. If this doesn’t seem to help, call help.

  • Senses

If your vision is blurred, speech slurred or you experience loss of hearing, call help.

  • Sick

Vomiting is a common sign of concussion, but don’t panic. Just call for help.

A Plumber’s Daughter Writes About Septic Tanks and Rid-X

Yahoo (free clip art)
Yahoo (free clip art)

The following post is inspired by a question I read from a yahoo community group. The question was about whether Rid-X is a good thing to use. The person posing the question was having trouble with their toilets backing up, even though they had recently had their septic tank pumped. I decided to reply with my opinion, and then decided to share it here, thinking that maybe this will help other people with septic systems.

I am from a family of plumbers, (My step-father was a well-known local plumber, and I have a brother that is still in the business) and I have lived with septic systems since 1978. So far I have lived in three different houses with septic systems, and have had pretty good luck with them.

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Setpic tank cleaning (free clip art)

Depending on the size of your tank, and how many people you have using the bathrooms, and laundry habits, pumping a system every 2 to 5 years is a good idea.

A good septic tank cleaning service will, after pumping your tank, ask you to flush your toilets, one at a time, while they look at the tank before they close it up. They will make sure that water is flowing smoothly into the tank, at a decent rate. Sometimes things get clogged up in the pipes in a house that will prevent the flow of waste into a septic tank.

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Please don’t flush (free clip art)

Sometimes people will flush paper towels, napkins, tampons, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, even diapers and underwear down the toilet. Some people use the toilet as a way to rid themselves of spoiled food from the refrigerator that is too large to go down a kitchen drain. Some young children will flush toys, or small items such as watches, hair ornaments, ping-pong balls, etc. down the toilet. These items will often not make it all the way into the tank, will lodge inside the pipes in the house, and can be the cause of toilets backing up.

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Septic killers (free clip art)

Everyone who uses the bathrooms in the house should be educated as to what should, and should not, be flushed down the toilet. A good rule of thumb should be if it is not something natural coming from a person’s body, don’t flush it! Some families don’t even flush toilet paper down the toilet, opting instead to put it in a trash can beside the toilet.

If toilet paper is to be flushed down the toilet, (and face it, most of us want to flush the toilet paper!) it should be safe for septic systems. Some brands of toilet paper are not safe for septic systems. Toilet paper that IS safe for septic systems should say, on the package “Safe for septic systems.” (To be honest, it has been years since I have looked for that notice – I use Quilted Northern and never had a problem.)

There are a lot of commercials lately advertising using moist wipes to “clean your bum” better than dry toilet paper alone. Their increased popularity has created an increase in sewage problems. Some moist wipes, like diaper cleaning wipes, clearly say they are NOT safe to flush, but people might flush them anyway. If you use a moist wipe for personal cleaning, make SURE that the package says that it is “flushable.” Consider that just because the wipe is considered “flushable” that it might not be safe for a septic system! If it is not both flushable and safe for a septic system, then play it safe and put it in the trash can instead of the toilet!

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Rid-X (free clip art)

Rid-X is basically yeast, and will not hurt a septic system. A packet of bread yeast flushed down the toilet has the same effect. If you use bleach in your laundry, or if you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen and use it to grind up meat products, or scrape grease, or pour fat down your kitchen sink drain or flush it down the toilet, that kills the naturally occurring yeast in your septic system that it needs to keep running smoothly. Pipe clearing chemicals such as Drano or Liquid Plumr can also kill the yeast and bacteria you need in your septic system in order for it to function properly. The yeast in Rid-X helps to counter-act the side effects of meat, grease, fat, bleach, and pipe clearing chemicals.

Drano (free clip art)
Drano (free clip art)

I have been lucky and not had to use Drano or Liquid Plumr very often. I have used that little plumber’s snake that comes with the Liquid Plumr, though! I put hair-catching strainers in the bath-tub drains to keep them from getting clogged, and clean them after every shower. I’ll use a plumber’s snake to try to clear out the drains before using chemicals to remove clogs. I’ve lived in this house for eight years now and only had to use one of those products one time in those eight years! I’m sure that has helped to protect the health of the septic tank.

Liquid Plumr (free clip art)
Liquid Plumr (free clip art)

Personally, I have used Rid-X a few times. I think I’ve used it in this house only two or three times. If I used bleach, or pipe clearing chemicals, I would use it more frequently – probably every time I used the bleach or pipe clearing chemical! I know the box indicates that it should be used frequently – I think it says once a month. I think it is a good idea to use it, and all of the plumbers and septic tank maintenance employees I’ve spoken with endorse using it. I know it won’t hurt your system, and it might help.