My fifth homeschool priority for my children (at any age) is to spend quality, stress-free time together. For the purpose of this blog post, I'm mostly referring to the time I spend with my boys during the week while daddy is at work. Making time for the whole family is another priority, but it's not … Continue reading Homeschool Priorities Part 5: Spend Quality, Stress-free Time Together
I'm taking a break from my series about Homeschool Priorities to bring you an installment of Worthy Reads. This is because my reader has been filling up with interesting articles, and I need to clean it out. But first, I have to thank Simple Homeschool for including me on their Weekends Links. What an honor! … Continue reading Worthy Reads
My third homeschool priority is teaching my children how to find answers to their questions. Right now this applies to my five-year-old since my two-year-old doesn’t have many questions yet, but he follows along. This is an idea I have to credit to Lori of Camp Creek Blog and my source for learning about project-based … Continue reading Homeschool Priorities Part 4: Teaching him how to find answers
The second priority on my list for my boys at ages 5 and 2 is Exploration and Nature. I’m not aware of many families who don’t love nature and see the value in getting out into it, but unfortunately there must be some reason that a book like Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our … Continue reading Homeschool Priorities Part 3: Exploration * Nature
scenes from my five-year-old's puppet show My first priorities for my sons at the ages of 5 and 2 are: imagination, play, motion and literature. I grouped imagination/play/motion together because they go hand and hand. At five-years-old, my son is using his tremendous imagination constantly. The two-year-old is quite adept at it too. Playing is … Continue reading Homeschool Priorities Part 2: Imagination * Play * Motion * Literature
In my last post I shared our homeschool mission statement and how I brainstormed what was most important to me to teach my children. But how does that look on a day-to-day basis while my boys are five and two-years-old? Obviously I’m not going to teach everything all at once. Instead, I sorted out what my priorities are for them at this time.
Several years ago I read the mission of another homeschool family that I admire, and I liked the idea of creating a mission. I don’t think it’s necessary if that’s not your thing, but for me, it helps me focus on what I want my children to learn. This is especially important since I’m not … Continue reading Our Homeschool Mission
Note: This column was printed in the January 4, 2012 edition of The Barrow Journal. For several weeks I’ve been mulling this topic over in my head: What am I preparing my children for? The question came to me after I read the article, “My Parents Were Home-schooling Anarchists” in the New York Times Magazine. … Continue reading What Are We Preparing Our Children For?