This is the third post in my Back to “Home” School blog series. I’ve given some advice to new homeschooling mothers and helped you to get your materials organized for a great year. Today, I’m going to give you some tips to avoiding burnout. Whether this is your first year or your 13th, no one … Continue reading "B2HS: Tips for Avoiding Homeschooling Burn Out"
You’ve probably noticed that it has been quiet around here lately. I never mean to neglect social media and my blog, but life takes over and projects happen, and well…you get the idea. So I thought I’d take a moment to share what I’ve been working on. 🙂 First, I’ve been doing a lot of … Continue reading "What’s New at Build Your Library"
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"
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"
Summer is upon us, which means one thing to homechoolers – planning for the next school year! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been busy making lists of books and school supplies we’ll need for this fall. I have also been hard at work the last several months, but finally our new Grade 7 … Continue reading "Summer Sale!"
My youngest child, Regina, is 4. I am often asked by well meaning strangers and family members when I’m going to start teaching her. I usually say that I already am – but it might not appear to be true. I haven’t done much in the way of formal curriculum with her yet, and to … Continue reading "Thoughts on Early Learning"
One of the staples of Build Your Library curriculum are the Narration Cards. Narration is really the foundation of my program. Narration builds thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary, listening skills – it is such an important part of your child’s learning. Build Your Library lesson plans assign narration after both the literature (read alouds) and … Continue reading "History and Science Based Narration Cards"
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”"
Homeschoolers today have the benefit of an abundance of curricula to choose from. There are programs out there for every style of homeschooling, for every type of learner, and for every budget. It’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed and it’s even easier to overspend. I often hear the question, “How much should I budget?” and … Continue reading "Is Homeschooling Expensive?"
When most people think of J.R.R. Tolkien, they think of the Lord of the Rings, especially since the release of Peter Jackson’s movie version several years ago. However, Tolkien wrote The Hobbit first, and it is a reading experience that is not to be missed. Enter the world of Middle-Earth, home to hobbits, dwarves, wizards … Continue reading "Unit Study: The Hobbit"