One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling my children, by far, has been my self-education. I can honestly say that I’ve learned more in ten years of homeschooling than I ever learned in all my years in public schools. When you homeschool, inevitably, you will come across topics you never really studied before. This is … Continue reading "Self-Education, a happy side effect to homeschooling"
I posted once before about how to use a Timeline or Book of Centuries in your studies. I thought I would take it a step further, and make it even easier for you to use a timeline with your children. As far as I’m concerned, they are one of the most helpful tools when studying … Continue reading "New at Build Your Library – Timeline Figures"
Reading aloud to your children is so important. I cannot stress that enough. It may be one of the most important things you do for them, educationally speaking. Most parents can find the time to read a picture book or two with their infants and toddlers, but once a child learns to read, that snuggly … Continue reading "The Importance of Reading Aloud"
Homeschoolers today have the benefit of an abundance of curricula to choose from. There are programs out there for every style of homeschooling, for every type of learner, and for every budget. It’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed and it’s even easier to overspend. I often hear the question, “How much should I budget?” and … Continue reading "Is Homeschooling Expensive?"
I know this is a secular curriculum, and not everyone celebrates Christmas. That being said, if you do celebrate it, I’ve written a really fun unit study based on four of Jan Brett’s popular picture books. If you aren’t familiar with Jan Brett, then you are in for a treat! Her illustrations are gorgeous and … Continue reading "Unit Study: A Jan Brett Christmas!"
I came across this blog today and thought it might be of interest to anyone considering using Build Your Library. She is currently using Grade 1 – The Ancient World and she blogs about her school day at NewAdventuresHS. If you are currently using Build Your Library, either a full year program or a unit study, and … Continue reading "Blog Review of Build Your Library"
When most people think of J.R.R. Tolkien, they think of the Lord of the Rings, especially since the release of Peter Jackson’s movie version several years ago. However, Tolkien wrote The Hobbit first, and it is a reading experience that is not to be missed. Enter the world of Middle-Earth, home to hobbits, dwarves, wizards … Continue reading "Unit Study: The Hobbit"
Our power is still knocked out from Hurricane Sandy, so our response time may be unavoidably delayed! We are really sorry and will get back to any questions, comments and pending orders ASAP once our power and internet access are restored! Currently we are still one of the “lucky” 13% in our town that is still affected. … Continue reading "Hurricane Update"
With frankenstorm Sandy on the way to hit the east coast, I thought to myself – why not make this a teachable moment! Here are some of our favorite books on storms: Storms (Reading Rainbow Book) Hurricanes Hurricanes! The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane Thunder Cake Home Science Tools has an article and some … Continue reading "Storms!"
Evolution is a tough subject to find materials on in the homeschool world. So many science texts overlook it, for fear of offending someone or they are actively trying to disprove it. The theory of evolution is often misunderstood, or completely ignored. Yet it is an important element of science, and our children should know … Continue reading "Unit Study: Darwin and Evolution"