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
Do you have a young learner who likes to learn hands-on, or a child in your house who struggles with addition and other early math? Or do you happen to have a manipulatives kit and just aren’t sure what to do with it? Recently I found a great little frugal resource that is all set up to teach basic primary math, including counting, addition and
Oh, how important it is to fill our day with good things. I make the same mistake almost daily of letting my day run me instead of running my day. Even after 15 years of homeschool experience it’s still so easy to get pulled this way and that. This year I am very thrilled to have the Ultimate Homeschool Planner from Apologia to aid me
Are you looking for a creative way to teach character education to your kids? Have you ever seen it done through a coloring book approach? Last month I found just that, a delightful character education series of coloring books called Donnie Learns. This unique series of seven books is made up of inspiring stories that are paired with coloring activities. The activities teach important character
Preparing for college? I’ve outlined below what I did to give my girls a college preparatory education and help them apply to and choose a college. Helping a child apply to college and all that goes along with it can seem overwhelming to any parent, but the homeschool parent has the added responsibility of being the educator as well. You can do it, and without
Getting children to write is not easy. Moreover, it is more difficult when they have to use their second language. Creating sentences is not easy. It is even more complicated when we have to think about the English of certain terms translated from our native language. If you learn other languages than your native language, you should understand better what I mean. It has come
Like most of you, I am pulling together resources for the new academic year. Here in England we are still hard at work until the latter half of July, then the summer holidays stretch out before us for the entire month of August – bliss! But before those carefree days can commence, I need to have all my ducks in a row for the autumn.
We have been using Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) in our homeschool for about three years with all the children (except the twins who are too young). Although I was skeptical at first, we have great success using the program. You may read my Review of ACE English which details my thoughts about the program. Several years ago when I first saw ACE I thought it was too