Our 2nd Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum (with Pre-K too!)

I love new school years! It's an accomplishment to close out the previous year and plan a new one, and in the beginning of the year, everything feels so tidy and structured. I like structure, but I try to remain flexible about our schedule as the year goes on. It’s inevitable that new priorities will pop … Continue reading Our 2nd Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum (with Pre-K too!)

Project-based Homeschooling Preschool: My four-year-old’s projects

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 26, 2014. Sometimes I worry that I don’t give my four-year-old enough attention, but then again, sometimes I worry that I don’t give my seven-year-old enough attention. In truth, it’s probably about even. For three years, my oldest son had all my attention, but his … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling Preschool: My four-year-old’s projects

Homeschooling Preschool the 2nd Time: My Four-Year-Old’s Letter D

In some ways, I hesitate to say that I homeschooled preschool with my first son. I was fairly relaxed with him during his "preschool" years (which isn't to say I didn't worry or wonder if I was doing it right), and he made it easy because he learned to recognize the ABCs before he could even speak … Continue reading Homeschooling Preschool the 2nd Time: My Four-Year-Old’s Letter D

The Only Preschool (or Kindergarten) Curriculum You Need Is Your Enthusiasm

i.e., The building blocks for a child’s education, starting with preschool. My four-year-old is of preschool age, though I won't consider him "pre-K" until next year. (This is because both my boys have August birthdays, but I also believe children are required to start school too early nowadays. Of course, it depends on the individual … Continue reading The Only Preschool (or Kindergarten) Curriculum You Need Is Your Enthusiasm

Homeschooling a Kindergartener with a Toddler in the House

a follow-up to my series Homeschooling a Preschooler with a Baby in the House Note:  * denotes that I’ll follow-up on that topic in a future post. If it's underlined, click it - that means I've followed-up! The first thing I’d like to clarify is that every family has to find what works best for … Continue reading Homeschooling a Kindergartener with a Toddler in the House

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 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

The Importance of Play in Children’s Lives

Sometimes I’ll get the question: “How’s homeschooling going?” and I get a little taken aback because I feel as if I should answer: “It’s great! We’re doing reading, math, science, art and going on lots of field trips!” At least, that’s what I think people want to hear. After all, if my child were in Kindergarten, he would be getting a daily dose of the above. Truth be told, though we do a little of that stuff, and I’ve written about it in my columns, my main directive for my kids is “Go play.”