I disliked history classes as a child because I struggled to memorize names and dates, but as a homeschool mom I discovered a love for history studies! We enjoy immersing ourselves in the lives of the people living in different periods, and one way to keep our studies engaging and fun is by having a little hands-on fun. I wanted to share with you a
Honey for a Teen’s Heart is more than just a list of books you can pick from for your teen. As the tagline says, it’s about using those books to communicate with your teen. When we see our children growing and changing seemingly overnight and adulthood and independence are fast approaching, it’s important to talk about big issues together. I’m at that state with my
Being able to communicate effectively in writing is one of our priority homeschool goals. My 6th grade daughter loves the creative aspect of writing, but not the organization and editing. She writes copiously: multi-chapter stories, lengthy narrations, frequent letters to friends. Her stories and letters are written in her free time, so we don’t edit them with a fine-toothed comb. For her narrations in history,
I remember little from history classes in school other than that I struggled to memorize names and dates. My first foray into history as a homeschool mom was a Revolutionary War unit study from Homeschool Share. As we read books together about the fascinating people and dramatic events I realized that history is a great story! From then on I vowed to use quality literature
“Your kids must learn how to code!” Read any education or technology blog on a regular basis, and I guarantee you’ll hear that at least once. The reality is that not every child will grow up to become a computer programmer. Saying that every child needs to learn to code is like saying that every child should learn to be a mechanic or an accountant.
How I wish we had started learning Latin with Classical Academic Press materials three years ago! When we started homeschooling I had grand plans of teaching my children Latin, but after a lackluster attempt at Latin roots I put my idea on the back burner. Both my children continued asking to please learn a foreign language. Research continued to lead me to Latin and the
While coming up with a language arts plan for my eleven-year-old daughter I searched for a grammar reference book. I didn’t want a big volume too intimidating and heavy to carry around and use. While perusing Rebecca Rupp’s Home Learning Year by Year I saw she recommended Nitty Gritty Grammar. I contacted Ten Speed Press and they were happy to send me a copy to
One of my favorite art resources is a book called Storybook Art. Inside this treasure you’ll find 100 art projects based on picture books. Each project includes the picture book title and a short description, a quote from the illustrator and details about their artwork, and then instructions for an art project that imitates something about the illustrator’s work. We’ve already enjoyed many art projects