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?"
What exactly does the Build Your Library curriculum contain? If you are new to our curriculum programs, you may not yet be familiar with the layout of our secular, literature based homeschool products. Build Your Library prides itself on providing a time-saving and stress-reducing secular homeschool program for your family to use, full of meticulously chosen living … Continue reading "What’s in the Box?!?"
Build Your Library – secular homeschool curriculum, literature based – building young minds, one book at a time! Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history? What about … Continue reading "About Build Your Library Curriculum"
“I am, I can, I ought, I will.”* If you’ve been homeschooling for any amount of time, chances are you’ve heard the name Charlotte Mason. She has made quite a name for herself in the modern homeschool movement, even though she lived over a hundred years ago. Charlotte Mason (1842 – 1923) was a British … Continue reading "Charlotte Mason in the Secular Homeschool"
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"
Copywork can seem deceptively simple. Give your child a sentence or two and have them copy it. It can seem like pointless busywork, but the benefits are enormous. First, copywork takes the place of penmanship practice. Once a child learns how to write their letters comfortably, they are ready to start simple copywork. Start with … Continue reading "How to Teach Copywork"
This could potentially be a pretty long post – but I wanted to share some books that would work well with the BYL Level 1 and BYL Level 2 programs. I scoured my own personal bookshelves, as well as my town library and Amazon, to provide you with a list of great books for your … Continue reading "Recommended Readers for Level 1 and 2"
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"
For the last month or so, I’ve been on a book-collecting spree. I knew for a while that I was going to do World History for the Level 8 plans. Then, I got my hands on a copy of The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way at my local library. I fell in love. … Continue reading "A Hint of What’s to Come – Level 8"