Book Review: Project-based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on February 27, 2013. How many children realize that education is for them, so they can do whatever they want to do in life…?  ~ Lori Pickert, author of Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners. Friends of mine know that I'm a fan of Lori Pickert's book … Continue reading Book Review: Project-based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert

Inspire Kids: Young student builds rocket and launches Hello Kitty 93,625 feet

A big thanks to my Twitter buddy, @NomdeB, for sending me a link to this video. We were all fascinated by it, and my six-year-old wanted to watch it twice. Enjoy! (If you subscribe to my blog by e-mail, you may have to view this post on the Internet to see the video.)  This is a … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Young student builds rocket and launches Hello Kitty 93,625 feet

Homeschooling Reading and Language Arts for Kindergarten / 1st Grade

Available Now! ... The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching First Grade is a simple guide to homeschooling 1st grade. But it's also much more. I recommend it for any parent who has a child between the ages of 4-8. “First Grade” is merely a guide. Not an absolute. This guide will help you figure out … Continue reading Homeschooling Reading and Language Arts for Kindergarten / 1st Grade

Worthy Reads

I'm going through my photo archives, and I came across this old favorite. "Playing with (throwing) leaves and dirt" Homeschooling The Importance of Realigning Priorities - Interest-Led Learning Highly Inappropriate, then and now - Avant Parenting It's not enough to be smart - Project-based Homeschooling German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom - HSLDA - Worth being … Continue reading Worthy Reads

What Is a True Friend?

Note: Due to space restrictions, this column was not published this week in the Barrow Journal, but it will appear next week on February 20, 2013. I've received permission to go ahead and post it here for Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day I will take my boys to a small party where they will exchange valentines with … Continue reading What Is a True Friend?

Inspire Kids: “Strange Worlds” Photography

This inspiring video was sent to me by Coleen. Thanks, Coleen!  Unfortunately, I can't embed it into my website, so you'll have to follow the link below. By day, Matthew is a professional fashion photographer. By night, for the last five years, he’s been creating large dioramas of tiny environments and photographing them. If you knew … Continue reading Inspire Kids: “Strange Worlds” Photography

Evening Routines

{Children} {Nightly Routine} {Bedtime} {Bedtime for Homeschoolers} Obviously, this is an old picture...and I think it's the only time they've ever slept together. (Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.) When my kids were infants and toddlers, I followed the common advice for parents to have a "nightly routine" … Continue reading Evening Routines

Worthy Reads

Homeschooling Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster - townhall.com School Choice Week: Why Homeschool Is the Best School - patheos.com Happier Homeschooling - About.com - I thought this was a good, succinct article about making homeschooling less stressful. I definitely agree it should make your life easier, not harder! Take me to Your Dungeon Master - … Continue reading Worthy Reads