The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and cool, and the school year is new and fresh. It’s the season of apples and pumpkins and football. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year so I have quite the collection of fall themed picture books that I love to share with … Continue reading "Favorite Fall Reads"
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"
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"
I made a video today for my Youtube channel about why I still read aloud with my teens, and I thought I would expand upon it here. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love books. I surround myself in stacks and stacks of books of every genre. So of course I want to encourage … Continue reading "The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Teens"
I don’t know about you, but at some point all four of my children have gone through a dinosaur phase. For one, it was a passion that lasted for many years. Over the course of these obsessions, we have collected an obscene number of books about dinosaurs and prehistory. There are so many fantastic books out there on this … Continue reading "Unit Study: Prehistory"
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 with living books. Science, history, art, grammar, even math can be taught with literature! Most homeschoolers are familiar enough with how to liven … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Teaching Academics"
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"
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"
Reading aloud to your children is so important. I cannot stress that enough. It may be one of the most important things you do for them, educationally speaking. Most parents can find the time to read a picture book or two with their infants and toddlers, but once a child learns to read, that snuggly … Continue reading "The Importance of Reading Aloud"
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"