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?"
When my teens were very small, every morning we had Circle Time. It was our favorite part of the homeschool day. We would literally sit in a circle on the floor and I’d read them picture books, we’d sing songs, work on our letter of the day activities, practice memory work, and play games to practice … Continue reading "What’s in our Morning Basket?"
Do you have a child who just doesn’t like to read? Maybe they had a hard time when they were learning to read and it burned them out, or perhaps they had a bad school experience with boring reading material. Whatever got them to this point, we need to take a step back and help them … Continue reading "How to Hook a Reluctant Reader"
From the beloved Kermit the Frog to the wacky Oobi, kids love puppets. It can be a full-blown puppet show with a whole cast of characters or a single puppet assisting during a read-aloud. Puppets are a great way to enhance your child’s literary experience while completing their homeschool lessons. Our first family puppet was … Continue reading "Homeschooling with Puppets!"
bibliophile – noun | bib·lio·phile | \ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l\ Definition : a lover of books; one who loves to read, admire and collect books. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald I saw a meme the other day that said that if you read one book to your child every day, you would have read … Continue reading "Bibliophile Training 101"
[Original: March 2014] It may be March, but in many states it’s still very much winter. If you are anything like me, you are dreaming of the day when you can throw open your windows to let in a warm breeze and see green grass and budding flowers again. Alas, it will be at least … Continue reading "Nature Study When It’s STILL Winter"
Let’s face it. Most of the time, it falls to the stay-at-home mom to take care of the homeschooling responsibilities while dad goes to work. Besides equating the delayed discipline of “Just wait for your father to get home!” to going to see the “homeschool principal,” how can dad stay involved in the family’s homeschool … Continue reading "Keeping Dad Involved with Homeschooling"
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"
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"
One of the challenges when homeschooling more than one child, is figuring out how to juggle different grade levels. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is how to use one grade level with multiple ages. If you have children who are relatively close in age (less than a 4 year gap), then combining … Continue reading "Tips for Teaching Multiple Grade Levels"