Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching About the Weather

Like the solar system, the weather was one other subject I decided to introduce to my son to last year.  All others (besides reading and math) were child-initiated.  For this, I mostly relied on books from the library and our own book collection (see below for list of books).  For our initial lesson, I stuck … Continue reading Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching About the Weather

Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching the Solar System

There are a couple of subjects that I've been meaning to write about for over a year: how I taught my son about the solar system and the weather (which I'll post soon). Though I do child-led learning, I see nothing wrong in introducing some subjects to him.  When I consulted a list of what … Continue reading Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching the Solar System

Homeschool Priorities Part 6 of 6: Teaching Responsibility

My last homeschool priority for my children is teaching responsibility. Obviously this is something that will have to be taught over the long-haul, and I'm always looking for ideas on character building.  If anyone has any suggestions in this area, especially for youngsters, I'd love for you to contribute your ideas in the comments section. … Continue reading Homeschool Priorities Part 6 of 6: Teaching Responsibility

Homeschool Priorities Part 5: Spend Quality, Stress-free Time Together

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

Homeschool Priorities Part 3: Exploration * Nature

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

Homeschool Priorities Part 2: Imagination * Play * Motion * Literature

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

What Are We Preparing Our Children For?

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?

My Definition of Child-led Learning

For me, doing “child-led learning” means introducing my boys to a variety of books, places, classes, stories, and people. I am a facilitator and mentor. As we explore the world together, I’m going to observe what they love the most. When they gain interest in a particular subject, I’m going to let them delve into it further, and I’m going to do everything I can to help them learn more about it until they are satisfied. I expect some interests may peter out and others may be life-long passions.