If you follow a traditional school schedule, then you are at the conclusion of another homeschool year! You did it! Give yourself a moment to celebrate! While the past 9 or 10 months are still fresh in your mind, now is the perfect time to reflect on this school year. Was this your first year, … Continue reading "12 Step End of the Year Homeschool Wrap Up"
Homeschooling has always been an option, it just hasn’t always been a viable choice for all families to consider. But now, at least temporarily, nearly every family in America is effectively a “homeschooling family.” We just saw a RealClear Opinion Research poll released their finding that suggests 40% of families may be more likely to … Continue reading "Turning Temporary “School at Home” into Permanent “Homeschooling”"
If you are a customer of Build Your Library, you will no doubt have noticed several graphic novels or comic books scheduled into our secular, literature-based homeschool curriculum. You may have also noticed many additional recommendations on our companion YouTube channel or other BYL blog articles. I had a bunch of working titles for this post. I … Continue reading "Why I Love Teaching with Graphic Novels and Comics"
When we began writing the lesson plans for Build Your Library, we adopted the “standard” public school style naming conventions, such as Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, etc. Of course, there is no “standard” in homeschooling, but those grade levels seemed appropriate at the time. Appropriate and familiar. But then we started to get some … Continue reading "Levels vs. Grades vs. Ages"
I remember when I first started homeschooling. My oldest was four, and I excitedly poured over dozens of homeschool catalogs. There were so many options and all of them seemed necessary if I wanted to have a well-rounded student. So, I bought way too many things and didn’t even use half of them. This same … Continue reading "Homeschooling: Keeping it Simple"
Many homeschool parents have asked this question, so I thought I would do a blog post to further explain my usual answer. I have often found that our easiest school years were those when everyone was studying the same historic period and the same science topic. It makes planning easier, we can do group projects, read … Continue reading "Can I Combine My Children in One Program?"
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?"
We are deep into summer mode right now. The days are hot and lazy, perfect for curling up with a good book or spending afternoons in the backyard catching frogs and worms. It is also birthday season around here – my three eldest children all have birthdays within a week of each other. We have … Continue reading "Summer Learning"
It happens every year, right around February. The thrill of the shiny new school year has worn off, the daily grind has started grinding on your nerves – maybe the cold weather is keeping you inside and your family is suffering from a bout of cabin fever. Winter burnout hits all of us, homeschool newbies … Continue reading "Beating the Winter Blues"
Build Your Library Secular Homeschool Curriculum Sale! Here in the Northeast, we’re having a snow day! My kids had been complaining that we haven’t had very much snow at all so far this winter… I guess Mother Nature has decided to make up for it by sending us all of the snow today during the … Continue reading "Flash Sale! Blizzard of 2015"