Homeschooling 4th Grade: Our Schedule and “My Master List”

As I wrote in my last post, it's hard to believe we are beginning to homeschool fourth grade. I'm slowly making my way to the harder stuff, but as I sit down to think about the priorities I have for my boys, I'm sticking mostly to the basics with a few exceptions. The great thing … Continue reading Homeschooling 4th Grade: Our Schedule and “My Master List”

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