When I first began homeschooling, I fell in love with the idea of a book based education. I daydreamed about reading aloud beautiful literature to my serene children as they snuggled close to me on the couch, their little eyes focused on me with rapt attention as I read. But the reality was something quite … Continue reading "The Most Important Thing – Reading"
My birthday is on Monday, and I think this might be the first year that I’m not particularly looking forward to it. Suddenly, it’s hitting me that I’m getting older. I’ve always looked young for my age, but lately, no one has mistaken me for a teenager. It used to be incredibly annoying when the … Continue reading "Birthday Sale"
As you know, up until today we have been using the Paypal buttons for all purchases. This worked nicely, but I had to manually submit all orders as they came in. At first, this wasn’t a big deal, but as our business has grown, it was becoming rather time consuming for me. So, after doing … Continue reading "Introducing Our New Shopping Cart Checkout"
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"
When you homeschool with a living books philosophy, you’re going to need to invest in a good home library. But if you’re like me, you’re probably on a pretty tight budget. Being a living books homeschooler doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune or go into debt providing your children with an expansive … Continue reading "Building Your Home Library on a Budget"
I’ve been going through my stacks and ordering like crazy on Amazon – but I think I’m ready to start actually working on writing Level 7 – Discovering the World (tentative title – it’s still very much a work in progress!) instead of just daydreaming about it. I am a big geography nerd, so I’m REALLY … Continue reading "A Little Preview of Level 7 Curriculum"
I’m plugging away at Level 4 – The Modern World and I’m closing in on the finish line! Just a few more weeks and it will be complete! As you can see – I’m a paper person. I’m completely addicted to my spiral notebooks. 🙂 Not pictured are the copious amounts of chocolate consumed, the stacks … Continue reading "Hard at work…"
Every year, I like to keep track of what I read. I used to just jot it down in a spiral notebook, then I had a database in excel for a while. Now I keep track at Goodreads. At the end of the year, I like to reflect back on what I read. Now that … Continue reading "The Year in Books – 2013"
My youngest child, Regina, is 4. I am often asked by well meaning strangers and family members when I’m going to start teaching her. I usually say that I already am – but it might not appear to be true. I haven’t done much in the way of formal curriculum with her yet, and to … Continue reading "Thoughts on Early Learning"
One of the staples of Build Your Library curriculum are the Narration Cards. Narration is really the foundation of my program. Narration builds thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary, listening skills – it is such an important part of your child’s learning. Build Your Library lesson plans assign narration after both the literature (read alouds) and … Continue reading "History and Science Based Narration Cards"