After two year of homeschooling, I heard an idea I quickly embraced. In fact, I don’t know why it hadn’t been implemented already. Start each day with worship. We read the Bible. Math lessons were completed. Spelling done. But what about ideas wrapped in melody? I wanted words from the saints echoing in our soul. Our worship time varies greatly from new music to old.
I knew my son needed to learn how to read, but I’d never taught anyone. I debated the decision to homeschool. I worried and fretted. Then I resolved to trust the process. I’d been taught the basics of teaching phonics through a program called, Writing Road to Reading. We used it. It worked! Then we got to the spelling rules and the notebook work. I
Guest post by Dana Hanley I never thought much about handwriting when I started homeschooling. I never thought about its principles or developed any particular philosophy of what handwriting was or how good handwriting should be developed. I taught it exactly as I had been taught: through repetition and drill, expecting perfect conformity of letters. I must confess that I have had no more luck
If lessons are meant to be creative, mine fail. This year, lessons are pretty much straight from the book. Commendable plans smolder in my thoughts. Our idea books are perused often, but not by me. My son has taken to finding his own creativity. I applaud his efforts. Pilgrim’s Progress When I asked him to record the characters in Pilgrim’s Progress, he hunted for Alternatives
It isn’t a book my son picked off the shelf. The plain red cover is worn, stained, and wrapped with tape. It looks uninspiring, but after the first chapter we are both captivated by the amazing story of two brothers. The Wright Brothers- Pioneers of American Aviation by Quentin Reynolds was originally published in 1950 by Random House for the Landmark Series. This series contains
My enjoyment of historical fiction and biographies began as soon as I could read. In elementary school a new ValueTales biography came home in my backpack every week. In high school The Stonewycke Trilogy carried me to Scotland. The timeline in my mind wasn’t very cohesive, but I still have memories of people, places, and events I visited in those books. Don’t we all learn
I hate paying full-price for anything. I’m a bargain hunter extraordinaire. Because of that, I usually search for used curriculum. These are my favorite places to look online: Paperbackswap – This site is actually for trading books, but you can buy credits for around $3 each. One book equals one credit. Paperbackswap might not the best place for curriculum, but almost all of our literature
Have you ever read an article with glossy photos of the perfect homeschool family? Older children work on math while little ones build the Eiffel Tower with popsicle sticks. Mother posts the schedule on the refrigerator and everyone follows it. Father stages a play to reinforce the lessons of the day. The whole family always smiles at the camera. Barbara Frank wrote The Imperfect Homeschooler’s