Teaching What You Don’t Know

Teaching What You Don’t Know

At some point, every parent is faced with teaching a subject they know nothing about. No one can expect to be an expert on every subject.

Using Technology and Community to Navigate the Teen Years

Using Technology and Community to Navigate the Teen Years

Teens test boundaries. Provide your kids with the skills they need in the real world and the opportunities they might not otherwise benefit from if they were in a traditional school setting. More that is built on trust and cooperation. You are giving them the gift of wonderful childhood memories!

The New Face of Secular Homeschooling

The New Face of Secular Homeschooling

So what is secular homeschooling and where can resources be found to support this growing population? N.A.S.H. is sponsoring their first secular homeschool conference

Choosing the Right Homeschool Materials for Every Stage

Choosing the Right Homeschool Materials for Every Stage

Finding the right materials for your homeschool is so important, but it is an evolving process. Don’t worry if you choose some things that, looking back, were just not a good fit for you. That’s part of the learning process. Keep your eyes and ears open as you move from year to year in home education. Learn to recognize good advice, even when it doesn’t apply to you right now. It may someday! Finally, pay attention to the cues of your child. You will be able to see, more and more readily, when he or she is really thriving with a particular system of learning. Home education is all about making clear plans based on your larger goals, and modifying them to meet the needs of a dynamic creature: your child. With a flexible attitude, you will build a successful program each year, and both you and your student will have fun in the process! Read More…

U.S. Homeschool Laws by State

U.S. Homeschool Laws by State

Homeschool Laws by State The requirements for homeschooling vary from state to state. Some require a great deal of accountability while  other states require virtually none. Be sure to check the laws in your state before beginning your homeschool journey. Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky […]

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Moms

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Moms

Look objectively at your plans and try to determine the real problem. Is there too much work to be reasonably accomplished in a day or in a week?

Homeschool, History and Minecraft

Homeschool, History and Minecraft

For the last year or so, he has become OBSESSED with Minecraft, and so, I began to watch and observe the game and how he plays it. I noticed that he would always talk about things like spawning, building a world, killing animals for food, and thought: “Hmmm, that sounds a lot like History.” So, I researched the game and found that there are a great many teachers around the world who use Minecraft in the classroom, and I began to set my lesson plan around it. Our family ascribes to the Montessori method of education, so combining Minecraft with history seemed like a natural step.

My Singapore Math Mistake

My Singapore Math Mistake

In my first year as a homeschooler, I made many mistakes. One was choosing the wrong math curriculum. I decided to go with a boxed curriculum. After much research, and limited time to put together a custom curriculum, I decided that this was the most effective way to make sure that there were no holes in our curriculum.

To ProClick or Not To ProClick

To ProClick or Not To ProClick

The GBC ProClick P50 binding machine is the cost effective entry level model made my GBC especially for the ProClick spines. It’s basically a fancy hole punch that creates a series of holes to insert a spine. The ProClick machine can punch up to six pages at one time and hold an 8 1/2” by 11” sheet size.

The Montessori Method: Beyond Elementary

The Montessori Method: Beyond Elementary

When I am asked about homeschool and the why behind my decision, I explain that my 11-year old child was a Montessori kid for seven years and we have decided to continue his education in this learning style. Almost immediately, a quizzical look appears and I know the question before it is asked… “Isn’t that for younger kids?

The answer is yes and no. The true magic of the Montessori curriculum is that the schooling is based on and corresponds to the child’s natural developmental periods, and natural behavioral tendencies; her famous “Follow the Child” philosophy.

The Social Issue

The Social Issue

“You home school? But what about socialization?” Wow. It only took about 1/500 of a second. It usually takes at least a full second or two for this misplaced attack on my choices to rear its ugly head. As a matter of fact, I could be lounging on the beach of my very own island paradise if had a nickel for each time this was the first worry to spill out of someone’s mouth upon finding out I teach at home.

Keep Learning Fun

Keep Learning Fun

Walking that very thin line between teaching your kids what they need to know and keeping it fun so they WANT to know it is never easy. When I first started homeschooling, my four children were very young, and– thanks to some pretty intensive one-on-one time– we were often done with our school day before noon. At first this seemed great– until I realized that it was still hours away from my evening backup walking in the door. School may have been done for the day, but my kids’ need for attention and stimulation wasn’t.

Confessions of a Curriculum Junkie

Confessions of a Curriculum Junkie

I confess that I am that elusive creature you’ve heard about, the curriculum junkie. I am fascinated by the many philosophies of education, the various learning styles, and the plethora of texts and resources available to make education at home not only viable, but exceptional. I guess if one has to have an addiction, then books are not a bad to support that habit.