There are times I get super busy such as when family visits or all our play dates and appointments get clumped into one week. No matter how much I try to spread out our activities, I go through periods of non-stop excitement and then the welcome reprieve of being at home for a few days … Continue reading Homeschooling Is My Compass
Allow children to be weird. Weirdos have passion and crazy ideas. They make us think. ~ Dr. SunWolf @Wordwhispers ***
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
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 Kindergarten: Teaching the Solar System
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
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
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
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?
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.