When I was homeschooled I didn’t love science. I couldn’t keep amphibians and reptiles straight in 4th grade. I didn’t care about atoms in 8th grade, and by high school I simply didn’t care about science anymore. To my mother’s credit she didn’t give up, nope not even when every experiment we ever did failed if she was present for it. Every. Single. One. Eventually
We are heading to ‘that’ time of the year where we begin making lists of curriculum that we would like to include for the next academic year. Apart from my choices in core curriculum, I often included (when my children were younger) a lapbook or notebook unit study on a subject that interested my children. This way we were able to explore a theme that
March marks the time of year when everything begins to turn green, from the tip-tops of trees with fresh buds and leaflets to the bottom of the toes with new blades of grass. With four-leaf-clovers and cookie sprinkles and t-shirts in every shade of green, the month of March hints that spring is around the corner. Incorporate all sorts of green merriment into the month
When my daughter was little, we spent time each morning reading simple character building stories together and talking about what they meant. This became such a precious time for both of us each year. One of my favorite memories was when we read a story about caring and feelings. I recall saying to my daughter something like…”So we care about other people’s feelings.” She was
Are you wanting to teach cursive writing to your kids? In my opinion, handwriting is still so important even in this digital age. We included cursive writing in our homeschool because writing things down helps so much in helping remember and recall information. We wanted our daughter to know print and cursive, so she would have two options to choose from. Here are cursive handwriting
There are many different ways to homeschool to college. Some teens aim to complete their high school years at home, then go directly into the world of work. Others go to community college and earn dual credit or work towards an Associates Degree. Other teens are homeschooling high school and planning to apply to a four year college. My 17-year-old daughter was one of them.
As Christian families, we are already familiar with simple traditions and things that we can do to bless our little ones. We do that with such things as telling Bible stories, reading Christian picture books together, reciting Bible verses, etc. As our children grow, finding ways to bless them can become just a little bit harder. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more ideas for
When I peeked into a room at our homeschool conference, I noticed keynote speaker Melanie Young (co-author of the excellent books Raising Real Men and My Beloved and My Friend) having lunch with her daughter. Gathering up my courage I introduced myself to them and was startled at the response. “Oh, you’re Annie Kate! You introduced us to the Scout books!” And then she excitedly