We are getting ready to head to Philadelphia, even Teddy is getting ready. This trip is going to be an absolute blast. We have 5 days to see the city, and we are going to see as much as we can. We happen to be going to a conference over the weekend, but we still have 4 days to play. We are planning on Philly Cheesesteaks, The Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. We also are going to try to see how coins are made at the US Mint. Last time we were there the mint was done for the day so we did not get to see a whole lot. We are wrapping this trip into our homeschool and we have been studying the formation of America. Today, J and I made lists of what we need to pack and what we need to purchase. I see a trip to Walmart or Target in our near future. Being that the trip is in December, we will need jackets and layers. The high will be around 40 degrees while we are there, and we are used to a high of 70 in the winter. J is super excited and feels that this trip will be a breeze since we recently went to DC. I will post pictures when we get back so that you can see our trip and all the fun we had.
Everyday is a day of lessons in our house. It does not matter if it is a school day or not someone is learning something. This week the lessons that have been learned were not academic, but rather life lessons. My son came home this week to tell me all about his new friend at church. He told me that he and his new friend have so much in common. I was curious what all he was referring to. He told me that both he and his friend have people from the state who come by their house to check up on them to make sure they are safe. At this point I was intrigued. I inquired as to what else they had in common and he let me know that they have both had a rough couple of years. [Read more…]
We took a trip to Washington for J’s 10th Birthday. We were able to spend 4 days in our Nations Capitol and we saw as many sites as we could. The Metro was a bit of an overwhelming undertaking, but J got used to it after about the 5th trip. Teddy went with us throughout the city and was caught misbehaving a few times. All in all I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderfully behaved J was. I think the only think that really had J upset through the whole trip was how TSA handled his bag on the way home. A tin spirograph set cause the TSA agents some concern so they went through all of J’s carryons. He was nervous and shaking from the agents manhandling his possessions. I had to explain to the agent that my son has Aspergers and is very protective, and to J that the agent was just doing his job. The agent cleared his bags and we were good to board. J learned that sometimes people have to invade our space. The trip was amazing despite that one hiccup. Here are some pictures from our trip.
Working with WordCamp programs for kids I have a lot of parents ask me about how to keep their children safe while they are online. We explain to the attendees that posting information of where they live, the school they attend, and the sports teams they are on are all bad ideas. There are ways to lock down the WordPress site so that the rest of the internet can not access your child’s website. Remember, that these settings are accessible by them, so with everything your child does online I recommend you check up on their site regularly.
- Log in to your child’s site dashboard on WordPress.com
- Click on the settings icon in the lower left hand navigation.
- Scroll down to the section labeled visibility and pick on of the bottom 2 options. The option to discourage search engines will disallow Google from indexing the site. However, the bottom option will allow you to need to have a password to access the site. This will be the easiest to see if your child has changed this setting.
I love working with kids, but in doing so there is a great responsibility to keep them safe and secure online. I hope these tips help you as parents maximize in keeping your kiddos safe.
Thank you for joining me at WordCamp Miami 2016. Below you will find my slides in case you missed it or want more information.
There is most assuredly joy in the journey of homeschooling. Sure you are required to instill the facts that come with Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, but what else do you want to make sure your child knows how to do. I was talking to a group of Homeschool moms at a tech conference this weekend and realized that our greatest assignment and test that we give our children is the task to be kind, strong, and to grow into a contributing member of society. These are things that school doesn’t even properly instill. These are lessons that all parents must teach their children, homeschool or not, and these are things that unfortunately, most parents don’t teach. [Read more…]