Whether you are teaching a classroom of 20 fourth graders or four children of different grade levels, teaching is hard work. You have to plan out lessons, teach the material, answer any questions, and test their knowledge. It’s almost like its a full-time job or something… If the curriculum is written for you, that is … Continue reading "Why the Student Should Become the Teacher"
Have you ever received a snarky comment from an acquaintance along the lines of “Oh, you homeschool your children? I didn’t know you have a teaching degree”? I could go on for an entire separate article of how and why you as a parent are fully capable and qualified to homeschool your children. If you … Continue reading "Build Your Library University (for Parents)"
If you are new to Build Your Library, you might find it overwhelming when deciding where to start. Should you go with your child’s grade level? Or just begin at the beginning so you won’t miss out on any of the fantastic literature selections? If you are homeschooling multiple ages should you combine them in … Continue reading "What Level Should I Choose?"
The core of Build Your Library’s literature-based homeschool curriculum is a stack of great quality books. Building young minds, one book at a time! But how do you acquire all of these books? Some of the larger curriculum companies provide a one-box solution where they ship you the entire year’s worth of books all at … Continue reading "How to Source Books for Build Your Library"
Homeschooling while social distancing? I won’t lie – we are a family of homebodies. Besides a few classes and activities being done online, not much has changed for us. We have literally been training for this our whole homeschooling careers! With the exceptions of our occasional co-ops or field trip outings that have been interrupted, … Continue reading "Homeschooling While Social Distancing"
All of a sudden, just about every family in the United States is now homeschooling. Or at least experiencing what I would call “temporary unexpected homeschooling”. The traditional homeschool families are pretty much running business as usual, minus their outside activities and co-ops, but their neighbors may be struggling with this new and challenging experience. … Continue reading "Homeschool Tips for Traditionally Non-Homeschooling Families"
As I am sure you are all aware, libraries are a fantastic resource for your homeschool life. They provide you and your children access to oodles of books, resources, and activities, all for free. And who doesn’t love free books? Libraries are also some of the largest supporters of literacy and knowledge for all. Therefore, … Continue reading "Yay Libraries! A Contemplation of Things Past."
While the benefits of reading aloud to your children can not be denied, your children reading aloud to you is extremely important too. I have discussed the importance of reading aloud at great lengths, covering many different topics from why you should read aloud, to how to make it happen during your daily routine, how … Continue reading "No, You Read to Me"
Back in October 2018 I recorded a podcast with Homeschool Snapshots and it was released in mid-December. It was a lot of fun and I hope you will check it out! HSP 074 Emily Cook: A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning The Homeschool Snapshots podcast is all about getting a glimpse into the lives of … Continue reading "A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning Podcast"
Have you ever wondered why Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world? Especially during the winter months, you wouldn’t expect such a cold, dreary place to be so cheerful. And yet, the Danish people have mastered the “art of coziness”. They call it hygge. Hygge is a word technically unable to … Continue reading "Happy, Hygge Homeschooling?"