I can’t help it. My thoughts are already turning to summer. Our eldest is graduating from homeschool and we are celebrating and looking forward to summer fun! This year we are going to enjoy some summer learning with coloring books. As you know, homeschoolers are always learning. And, like me, I am sure that you are always on the look out for simple, frugal and
One of the fantastic benefits of homeschooling high school is being able to invite great teachers into your home. We do this every day via Great Books homeschool video courses from Compass Classroom. I share towards the end a list of all of those we love for high school. This year my high school junior and senior tackled one of the more challenging courses, Old
Four years ago we moved into the Owl House. A generous friend asked if we had room for a piano–their family was growing and they could use the space. We said yes, and a team of neighbors delivered a shiny, black piano and then tucked into the corner of our dining room. The only problem? No one in our house played the piano! Enter Mr.
Nature study and journaling have always been a major component of our homeschool. Over the years, the kids and I have filled up several nature journals with sketches, photographs, trail maps, and pressed leaves commemorating our outings. Train your mind to see deeply and with internal curiosity, and the beauty and wonder of the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop
One of the most appealing aspects of a Charlotte Mason education for me is the seamless interplay between art and science that is possible with nature study. Nothing compares to tromping through the woods in all weathers to track the first crocus. Alright, we usually just walk around our neighborhood…and only when it’s not too wet! But we still keep our Calendar of Firsts, and
I have a confession to make. I am not a craft-loving, messy project mom. So when I hear the words ‘art project’ I cringe just a little. But my daughter absolutely loves doing art projects (sometimes the messier the better)! I realized that I needed to give her time to be creative so I make sure to schedule time for her to explore different art
Are you looking for a complete art program for your children? In our homeschool, art was always a big part of our days. We often did our own projects, using ideas from our curriculum (Oak Meadow) or finding things to do on the web. But as my daughter grew, she wanted a more structured art program, and we found this helpful resource for our art
Keeping a Nature Journal – A Review Do you and your children like to keep nature journals throughout the year? We have enjoyed them for many years in our homeschool and I think I will continue to journal from nature well in to my retirement years. I’d love to share a great resource that we have used in our homeschool over the years and that