In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to recommend some favorite books that deal with civil rights and famous African Americans. Each Wednesday throughout the month of February I shared a selected book on our Build Your Library Facebook page. Here is the recap: 2/1/2017: Today I’m highlighting One Crazy … Continue reading "Black History Month Book Recommendations 2017"
In case you just missed it, this past Thursday, February 16th was World Read Aloud Day. But I don’t believe we need a national day of recognition. Everyday can and should be a read aloud day! The picture to the right is in fact an actual picture perfect, but admittedly non-typical read aloud session at our … Continue reading "Read Aloud Sabotage"
Creativity can be defined as the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work, or the ability to make new things or think of new ideas. “Thinking outside the box” is a commonly used phrase to characterize creativity. But not all “creative” people think or act the same, … Continue reading "Can You Teach Creativity?"
Every now and then a book goes out of print – sometimes it happens to several books… It’s the downside of creating and using literature-based curriculum. But when that happens, I do my best to find replacement books that are just as good, if not better. Unfortunately, three books in our Grade 2 curriculum recently all but … Continue reading "Updates to Level 2 – The Medieval World"
General Tips for Incorporating More Art into your Homeschool There are tons of resources out there about how to do simple arts and crafts projects from popsicle stick houses to egg carton caterpillars… But what do you do when the extent of your art ability is somewhere between macaroni necklace mastery and building a cotton ball … Continue reading "How to Homeschool Art, Even if You are Not Artistic"
It’s National School Choice Week 2017! All week the SEA Homeschoolers has been sharing their School Choice Week Podcast series. Today is my interview with Mari Buckroth, in which we discussed secular homeschooling with Charlotte Mason and living books. Have you been wondering how to secularize the Charlotte Mason philosophy? How to make time in your … Continue reading "School Choice Week Podcast: Charlotte Mason Homeschooling"
What exactly does the Build Your Library curriculum contain? If you are new to our curriculum programs, you may not yet be familiar with the layout of our secular, literature based homeschool products. Build Your Library prides itself on providing a time-saving and stress-reducing secular homeschool program for your family to use, full of meticulously chosen living … Continue reading "What’s in the Box?!?"
It is time to head back to Hogwarts for Harry’s fourth year with Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Book 4)! I’m excited to share this newest unit in our Harry Potter unit study series. This time around, Harry and his friends see the Quidditch World Cup, meet wizards from around Europe at the … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
Two years ago, we went to the 2014 N.A.S.H. (National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers) convention in Atlanta, GA. Since then there really hasn’t been a good opportunity for us to attend a secular homeschool convention within a reasonable distance to us. But this year we are happy to announce two conventions we will be attending this year in … Continue reading "Build Your Library on Tour 2017"
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"