Using Storytelling and Puppet Shows in Homeschool

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on May 16, 2012. One of the best ways to engage children in the learning process is through stories.  I’ve tried to use storytelling often with my children, and now that my eldest is five, he loves to be told stories. Though books are wonderful, there’s … Continue reading Using Storytelling and Puppet Shows in Homeschool

Homeschool Science Classes at the Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, Georgia

I have already written about my five-year-old's favorite knee-high naturalist class at the Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, GA. Now it's time to write about the other awesome classes they have that are just for homeschoolers!  We've been taking the Homeschool Science classes this past year, and we intend to keep taking them as … Continue reading Homeschool Science Classes at the Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, Georgia

A Child-Led Project: The Celery Lettuce Cake

Note: This column was printed in the May 2, 2012 edition of the Barrow Journal. I am all for giving children as much freedom as possible.  They need time to play, create and build.  This make-believe and the trial and error of creating teaches them more lessons than they could ever learn from the well-meaning … Continue reading A Child-Led Project: The Celery Lettuce Cake

Educational Television for Children, Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of Will Too Much T.V. Hurt My Children? This is what happens when we get busy and forget about our afternoon T.V. time! -----> I thought I'd follow-up my series about watching television with a list of the shows that my kid's love to watch.  There are, of course, more great shows out there, … Continue reading Educational Television for Children, Part 3 of 3

Will T.V. Hurt My Kids? Part 2 of 3

When my two-year-old took naps, he watched considerably less T.V., but now he watches along with his brother in the afternoons and evenings. Note:  This is a follow-up to my previous post about the research I found on T.V. viewing and young children. When I was a child, I had several favorite shows I liked … Continue reading Will T.V. Hurt My Kids? Part 2 of 3