Here at The Curriculum Choice we usually talk about curriculum, but a huge part of homeschooling involves extracurricular activities. Of course it can be hard to distinguish between activities that are part of the curriculum and those that are not, so a homeschooler’s definition of ‘extracurricular’ may be somewhat nebulous. It can include sports, music, drama, art, nature, and clubs as well as co-ops, volunteer
Planning for art appreciation is one way to make sure it happens. Many times we leave the planning to chance and then when our busy week hits, we find ourselves dropping this important and fun subject from the schedule. Art and music appreciation is the counter-balance to all your academic subjects and for certain kinds of learners it is the breath of fresh air they
The tease of slightly-cooler temperatures in some parts of the country tempts the senses with the promise of autumn beauty. A few leaves are loosening their hold and farmers prepare their fields for new plantings. Enjoy the last calendar-deemed days of summer and savor shades of green before they meld into fall delight. Make the most of every day with some of the zany, but
Just as every homeschool is unique in the curriculum they use or the educational methods they follow, every homeschool is also unique in determining where their homeschool students study and learn. Do you have a dedicated space in your home for learning, or are you like many homeschool families we know and have learning materials all over the house? Today the authors of Curriculum Choice are
This is the umpteenth time I’m reading a Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum book from Cathy Duffy, and each time the very first paragraphs bring tears to my eyes. One of the saddest sights I’ve ever seen was opening day of a three-day homeschool convention. Day one had been designated for only new homeschoolers. Five hundred or more raw homeschooling recruits streamed into an exhibit
According to the calendar, the halfway point of the summer season falls on August 6. Despite the presence of sharpened pencils, lessons plans, and brand new crayons, be sure to keep the spirit of summer alive with a wealth of outdoor playtime and park picnics with watermelon slices and popsicles. Don’t abandon summer just yet – make warm memories to cherish with some of the
Planning our homeschool morning basket reading for each term is one of my favourite parts of my planning rituals. It’s that special time in our homeschooling morning that we gather and share in books, readings and lessons that everyone can enjoy. It creates a sense of togetherness and unity, a sharing in the same rich ideas before breaking away to work on individual grade relevant
We Christian homeschoolers can teach our kids almost anything, and we do. The one thing we have issues with, however, is sex education and that is because, as Christians, most of us are unaware of what the world out there is actually like these days. And unless you’ve seen the enemy, you don’t know what your kids are up against or how to help them.