As a relaxed homeschooler who veers more towards natural learning and unschooling, I often seek out Charlotte Mason materials to use with my kids. Of all the different homeschooling philosophies and methods, hers meshes well with a natural learning environment. I emphatically agree with her emphasis on nurturing a child’s love of learning through
It would be wonderful fun to travel to every nation on earth to meet the people, explore the sights, and taste the delicious food. We could climb mountains, sail lakes, travel across deserts on camels, and wander through the tall prairie grasses of the world. Rats! There’s not enough money in my bank account!
As you plan a high school program for your teen, remember a variety of teaching options exist, all of them worthy of consideration. Because teens are unique and post high school goals vary, the core academic and elective courses needed for each year will differ for each teen. Once you determine the courses your
I always struggled with grading my children’s writing, especially essays. If they had something good to say, I complimented and praised with delight, then tended to focus on their grammar and spelling. Well, that changed when I taught an essay course with my oldest daughter. She is an amazing teacher with a Master’s degree
How many times have you found yourself explaining to your child that they WILL use this ______ in their adult lives? “You will need this someday!” we sing as we force rote memory inside their beautifully open minds. We assume we know what they’ll need to know when it comes time for them to
What fun it is to teach little ones to write! More than fun, learning to write a basic sentence is a foundational skill that will be built on over many years of homeschooling. Enjoy Simple Sentences Together One of the things I finally learned (probably on child #4) is that the more children
When my oldest son and I walked into the American Science & Surplus store, he immediately found the kits section. He held up the trebuchet kit and frowned. “You said two years ago that you would buy this for me and you never did.” I stood there, flabbergasted. He had only mentioned it one
“MOM!” How many times do you hear that word in a day? Over the past 25 years, I have heard that word at least 50 times a day. I remember the first time our oldest son said it. I cried. I thought it was the sweetest word I could ever hear. Now, I will admit