I hope that you are all having a wonderful and relaxing summer! For the last 9 months or so, I’ve been hard at work on Build Your Library’s third high school program – Level 11 – World History, Part 2, and it’s almost finished and ready to purchase! So we do not further delay our summer … Continue reading "Summer Sale Has Begun!"
Build Your Library – secular homeschool curriculum, literature based – building young minds, one book at a time! Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history? What about … Continue reading "About Build Your Library Curriculum"
One of the challenges when homeschooling more than one child, is figuring out how to juggle different grade levels. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is how to use one grade level with multiple ages. If you have children who are relatively close in age (less than a 4 year gap), then combining … Continue reading "Tips for Teaching Multiple Grade Levels"
I made a video today for my Youtube channel about why I still read aloud with my teens, and I thought I would expand upon it here. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love books. I surround myself in stacks and stacks of books of every genre. So of course I want to encourage … Continue reading "The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Teens"
This is part 3 of the Literature-Based Education series. Follow these links to read Part 1 and Part 2. It may sound obvious enough – but any school subject can be taught with living books. Science, history, art, grammar, even math can be taught with literature! Most homeschoolers are familiar enough with how to liven … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Teaching Academics"
This is Part 2 in the Literature-based Education series. Last week we talked about Choosing Great Literature. Today I’m going to talk about the mechanics of reading aloud. So now you’ve chosen a topic to study and you’ve gathered your books. What exactly does teaching with literature look like? How can you fit all of … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Reading Aloud – Making it Happen"
I don’t know about the rest of you, but lately, my brain has been in planning mode. Ordering material for the new school year, rearranging books on our shelves, making lists of school supplies we need to buy. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! But today, I wanted to talk a bit about … Continue reading "Literature-Based Learning: Creating a Rhythm to your Days"
I recently updated the Level 2 – The Medieval World lesson plans, so to make it easier for those of you who had already been using the older plans, here’s a list of the updates: Pg. 5 – You now have a list of all the documentaries/movies listed throughout the lesson plans, along with which … Continue reading "Level 2 Curriculum Updates"
Does your child enjoy the Harry Potter series? Have you ever wished there was a way to make this passion more educational? I know my children adore the world of Harry Potter. It started about 8 years ago when my oldest was around 7 and she read the first book. She has since read the whole … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone"