The leaves are changing and the weather is cooling off here in NY. As the days get shorter and the nights longer (something I don’t look forward to), I hold on to the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. Beginning with fall and running through the New Year we find ourselves swept up in a wave of season/holiday celebrations. Not just in our everyday lives,
I’ve shared before around my own experiences with teaching science in our homeschool. At times I felt quite confident, especially in life science subjects such as plants, weather or animal study. Many other times I wondered if we covered enough of the basics. Certain topics seemed out of my comfort zone of science knowledge. I gravitated away from introducing chemistry before high school or having younger
In my 15 years of homeschooling, I’ve heard one concern repeated over and over again among Moms in co-op break rooms or in conversations. Science. Specifically, teaching science courses well not only in the often daunting high school years, but also in elementary grades. Each Mom desired her children gain knowledge and enjoy the process, yet sometimes felt intimidated by the topic. I can certainly
When November comes, the trees are still in full colorful bloom, the air is crisp and clean from the fall rains. It’s also time a great time for writing… When my teen was a 9th grader, we discovered National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Have you heard of it, too? It is a writing program, offered for students from elementary to high school, which supports and
How to start homeschooling? First, I want to encourage you by saying you are wise to research and seek out counsel. I feel that one of the very best ways to start is by preparing your parent heart. Some of the very best advice, I think, is contained in this article by my friend Kim Ashbaugh: How to Get Started Homeschooling: 10 Steps to Success.
Taking time for art in the homeschool each week breathes life and spirit into your child. Allowing this time to explore great artists and different art mediums gives your precious children a more rounded education that promotes creativity, problem solving, and language skills. Not sure where to start? This collection of blog posts, tutorials, and art related reviews will give you some inspiration and encouragement
Do your kids love Magic Tree House books? Do you want to teach multiple subjects to multiple ages at the same time? Do you like to dive into topics as a family and have fun while learning? Then Passport to Adventures Magic Tree House Curriculum is for you! Please welcome Jessica Waldock, author of Passport to Adventures… Magic Tree House Curriculum Passport to Adventures is an
Years ago my now college junior wanted to dissect a frog — a real one. I tried convincing her Biology class wasn’t far off. I felt she would enjoy the experience better at co-op instead of home. And honestly, did we really need to explore the topic so early? She was only in fifth grade. My efforts focused on my needs too. Where would I