This time of year is when I feel like I need to just scrap everything and start over so planning for the new school year gives me the fresh start I need. Maybe you are feeling down, like you don’t want to even think about the new school year or don’t know how to start.
Creative science and math? I am not that creative. But I have found that science and math often go hand in hand. Kids love science experiments, and they often have elements of math included, such as amounts and percentages and time. And, math will often include scientific data such as graphs and estimates. Teaching these
Does teaching spelling make you smile, sing, and celebrate? Or does it wear you out as you shed a few tears? And just why are wear and tear spelled the same but sound so different? Seems like a lot of “wear and tear” on this old homeschool mom! Sometimes spelling success comes through hard work over many years, and sometimes it comes
Hey Mama, What do you think of when you hear the words “geography” or “geology”? Maps. Rocks. Or maybe TERROR at the idea that you’ll have to teach these subjects someday? (grin) Be at peace, Mama. There is a greater purpose behind these ominous subjects. They remind us that we serve a God of order
Hey Mama, Farm life. Who has not, at least at some point, had grandiose dreams of starting a farm—large or small—that they could call their own? When I was a kid, every girl I knew wanted a horse, including me. I never got one . . . but I was given a goose (more about
Hey Mama, Don’t know what it’s like at your house, but sometimes the speeches and debates at my house are “discussions” about rules and chores the kids don’t want to do. Maturity is about the only thing that can change those debates. If you’re looking for teaching tips for speech, debates, or mock trials, check
Hey Mama, Are the textbooks working? Is there a subject you are not sure how to handle? Or do you just need something different and fresh? Whenever I am at a loss as to what to do with one of my children, whether they are struggling in a certain subject or I feel
Hey Mama, Summer is a good time to mix fun and less structured learning. Whether you school year round or take a break, you’ll find some great ideas for summer activities in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Make ice cream Create memories Start a business And remember . . . If you know nothing else, you