You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Or, so they say. I’m not an old dog but after homeschooling for a number of years I felt like I’d heard and seen it all. This is especially the case with a classical education, because I’ve been around since the beginning of the resurgence of the ever-so-popular The Well Trained Mind by Susan and Jesse Wise Bauer.
When I received this curriculum in the mail I was overjoyed. First off I would like to add that I have a reluctant speller and reader in our home and we’ve struggled and struggled to find something that would work for him. We were getting rather discouraged with what we found and what was NOT working. I pretty much gave up until I
When I think back to my elementary school days, images of workbooks, purple mimeograph sheets (remember those?), and textbooks cloud my memory. I attended a traditional school where I gained a solid education in the three R’s. However, despite my strong phonetic skills, I abhorred reading. My penmanship was beautiful, but I didn’t compose a creative paragraph until junior high. I could recite my math facts, but
When I began to research math curricula before I began homeschooling, I had two main criteria. I wanted a program that would teach math in such a way that it is understood by the student, and I didn’t want to pay a fortune for it. I found several curricula that didn’t meet either requirement, a few that met one of my requirements, and one that
Handwriting Without Tears: “My Printing Book” “Printing Power” “Cursive Handwriting” “Cursive Success” “Can-do-Cursive” Handwriting Without Tears is a handwriting program created by an occupational therapist. It is a 30 year program with proven success for thousands of students. We started using HWT right from the beginning of when we started homeschooling. It has proven to be an excellent program in our home. The beauty of
Have you ever read an article with glossy photos of the perfect homeschool family? Older children work on math while little ones build the Eiffel Tower with popsicle sticks. Mother posts the schedule on the refrigerator and everyone follows it. Father stages a play to reinforce the lessons of the day. The whole family always smiles at the camera. Barbara Frank wrote The Imperfect Homeschooler’s
What can be better for learning about composers than listening to a wonderful living story about the composer’s life with his music intertwined in the story? My children and I have SO enjoyed composer study when we’ve been able to add a Classical Kids CD to the mix. The Children’s Group from Canada has been producing classical music products for children for around 15 years
We requested, and were given, “Math Analogies Beginning” from The Critical Thinking Co. Anything from this company is awesome but we are particularly excited about this book. If you are serious about your child’s mathematical development, than you need to add critical thinking and analogical thinking to your curriculum. Here is a sneak peek of two of the 38 pages from the book (just click