Another year of reading is done. I’m a little OCD about tracking my reading. I love being able to look back at the end of the year and see what I’ve read. I started keeping an excel spreadsheet again this year in addition to my Goodreads account. I’m already planning my 2015 reading – I … Continue reading "My Year in Books – 2014"
This is part 3 of the Literature-Based Education series. Follow these links to read Part 1 and Part 2. It may sound obvious enough, but any school subject can be taught through living books. Science, history, art, grammar, even math can be taught with literature! Most homeschoolers are familiar enough with livening up their history … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Teaching Academics"
This is Part 2 in the Literature-based Education series. Last week we talked about Choosing Great Literature. Today I’m going to talk about the mechanics of reading aloud. So now you’ve chosen a topic to study and you’ve gathered all your books. Now, what exactly does teaching with literature look like? How can you fit … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Reading Aloud – Making it Happen"
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a blog series about what Literature-Based education is all about. Today, I’ll start by briefly going over what makes a book “living,” and then we’ll discuss how to choose the best books for your child. What makes a book “living?” I should start out by explaining what … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Choosing Great Literature"
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"