This is the second post in the Back to “Home” School series. Yesterday I gave some advice to new homeschooling mothers, and today, we’ll be discussing how to get organized. So you bought your curriculum and you went school supply shopping… Now what? If you are like most homeschooling parents, you are hoping to find … Continue reading "B2HS: Getting Organized for the New Homeschool Year"
Many homeschool parents have asked this question, so I thought I would do a blog post to further explain my usual answer. I have often found that our easiest school years were those when everyone was studying the same historic period and the same science topic. It makes planning easier, we can do group projects, read … Continue reading "Can I Combine My Children in One Program?"
It’s time to head back to Hogwarts! I’m excited to announce that the third unit in our Harry Potter unit series, based upon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)! I had so much fun writing this unit – it’s always a pleasure to return to Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter. … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
I don’t know about you, but at some point all four of my children have gone through a dinosaur phase. For one, it was a passion that lasted for many years. Over the course of these obsessions, we have collected an obscene number of books about dinosaurs and prehistory. There are so many fantastic books out there on this … Continue reading "Unit Study: Prehistory"
Why not take a break from your regular studies this holiday season and learn about Winter Holidays Around the World? This is a fun, multi-age unit study that is perfect for the whole family. You’ll travel the world while learning about five major winter holidays – Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year. … Continue reading "Unit Study: Winter Holidays Around the World"
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"
It’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel this week, so you know what that means… It’s the perfect time to dive into the Sharks Unit Study! In between fascinating shows about Megalodon, Hammerheads and zombie sharks, you and your child can learn about shark anatomy, different shark species, how to be safe while swimming in … Continue reading "Shark Week Sale!"
I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’ll be combining my older three children into Level 7 – Exploring Your World, and several people have asked me what I’m adding to it to make it high school level for my oldest. So I thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post to explain how we … Continue reading "Multi-Grade Teaching – An Example"
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"