Raising Butterflies

Scroll down for a slideshow of our butterfly's life cycle! Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on May 8, 2013. Last year we raised toads from tadpoles, and this year we’re raising butterflies. This is surprisingly easy to do, and I’d encourage any family to give it a try.  It’s a wonderful experience … Continue reading Raising Butterflies

The Little Projects: Project-based Homeschooling

{A.K.A. I don't plan any crafts in this house.} {In between projects} {Exploring mediums} I've written about what I've considered our "project-based homeschooling" in terms of long projects in which my son learned about a specific topic and also spent some considerable time constructing something, such as in Building the Titanic and Rockets and the Benefits of … Continue reading The Little Projects: Project-based Homeschooling

How to Make a Terrarium

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 27, 2013. If you’re eager to plant some greenery, but you’re still waiting for the threat of frost to pass, you might enjoy making a terrarium for inside the house. My plant-loving six-year-old found instructions in First Nature Activity Book by DK Publishing, and … Continue reading How to Make a Terrarium

Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 3

This is Part 3 of my interview with Lori Pickert, author of Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners.  Please click here to start with Part 1.  My questions have to do with getting started in Project-based Learning with such young children who obviously don't have the experience to direct their learning. I sent Lori six, multi-layered questions, and not … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 3

Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my interview with Lori Pickert, author of Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners.  Please click here to start with Part 1. My questions have to do with getting started in Project-based Learning with young children who obviously don't have the experience to direct their learning.  I sent Lori six, multi-layered questions, and not only … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 2

Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 1

Lori Pickert was the owner and director of a small, Reggio-inspired school, and she has also traveled around the country as an educational consultant "helping teachers and administrators explore authentic art, long-term projects, and Reggio-inspired learning." Later she began homeschooling her two boys, and now she's the author of Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners. You can find her … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 1

Homeschooling Reading and Language Arts for Kindergarten / 1st Grade

A quick note about a resource you may like: The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching the Early Years is for all parents of young students who are beginning to homeschool or who are in their early elementary years. Homeschooling young children doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and this no-fuss resource will show you … Continue reading Homeschooling Reading and Language Arts for Kindergarten / 1st Grade

An update on our homeschool math, Life of Fred: Butterflies

Last year I wrote a comprehensive post on how I have been doing kindergarten math.  I teach my six-year-old math in a variety of ways, but our main resource is Life of Fred. At that time, we had finished the first book in the Life of Fred series (Apples), but when I started the second book … Continue reading An update on our homeschool math, Life of Fred: Butterflies

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