I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’ll be combining my older three children into Level 7 – Exploring Your World, and several people have asked me what I’m adding to it to make it high school level for my oldest. So I thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post to explain how we … Continue reading "Multi-Grade Teaching – An Example"
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day – so what better way to celebrate than by reading some sweet stories with your little ones. Here are some lovely books that showcase mothers. So curl up with your babies and enjoy some of these favorites: Love You Forever – Both sweet and creepy, this book always brings a tear … Continue reading "Children’s Books that Celebrate Moms"
The most common and the monstrous defect in the education of the day is that children fail to acquire the habit of reading. ~ Charlotte Mason The most important thing we can do for our children is to instill the habit of reading within them. Reading is the foundation on which their entire education is built. … Continue reading "Educational Problems: The Habit of Reading"
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"
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"
With the holiday’s upon us, everyone is busy shopping for the perfect gifts for their children. If you are anything like me, you want to build a love of reading in your children. So what do you do when their wish lists are full of video games and action figures? You find them a different … Continue reading "Literary Gifts for Children"
It’s that time of year again! By the end of August, I’m usually just about ready for autumn to begin. I love this season – the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures, the brand spanking new school supplies, and the excitement that a new school year brings (with no mistakes in it yet)! I’ve been brainstorming some … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “Book Organization”"