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
Never miss an opportunity to let your children help with the housework, especially if they volunteer.... And remember, it's not how well they get the job done.... Praise the effort. Praise yourself for raising self-sufficient children! And for goodness sake, have fun!
I am advocating that all parents tell their children stories. Not just any stories - but your stories. Whether made up or from our own lives, children need to hear our voices and our stories. Storytelling is an expression of love, and there is no better way to impart your values or teach your … Continue reading The Storytelling Advocate
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.
Supporting my son's interests has led us into the world of snakes.
It's not a fence that blocks anything out unless we stop adding links to it.
An Example of Child Led Learning or Unschooling: Since he was so interested in this music, I asked my son if he’d like to do a project on Beethoven, and he was enthusiastic about the idea. He wanted to make a book, so we printed out a photo of Beethoven, wrote a few facts about this life, included a map of Germany with an arrow pointing to Bonn (where Beethoven was born), and then we added the sheet music for “Ode to Joy.” We punched holes in the side of the paper, tied the pages to together and voila – a little book to showcase his obsession.
Today I was having a conversation with my husband, which happened to correspond with something I have been reading in Discover Your Child's Learning Style. I'll talk more about that book (and I'll write a newspaper column about it) once I've finished it, but I wanted to share with you what my husband told me … Continue reading Supporting Your Child’s Interests Is a Good Thing
Above is a photo I took in the upstairs of the log house at the William Harris Homestead. Oh, what those walls could tell us if they could talk! There is nothing I love more than old, family stories. I have written a few of my grandmother’s stories for the Barrow Journal, and recently I … Continue reading Storytelling, Murder and what that has to do with Homeschooling
Our field trip to the aquarium! Taking advantage of such venues is a must for homeschoolers!