Scheduling Your Homeschool Day

Looking back over the years that we've homeschooled, we have kept a very similar schedule each year, though, of course, it gets tweaked here and there. For me, the best time for formal, academic lessons has been in the mornings right after breakfast, though for my younger son, he isn't a morning person, so I … Continue reading Scheduling Your Homeschool Day

Marie Curie’s Homeschool Co-op

Today is the 150th birthday of Marie Curie, the distinguished Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist. She was the first woman and first person to win the Nobel Prize twice. As a coincidence, I've been reading a biography of Marie Curie, written by Robert Reid in 1974. The book may have already been surpassed by … Continue reading Marie Curie’s Homeschool Co-op

Homeschooling 4th Grade Curriculum

This is the third post I've written about homeschooling the fourth grade. I wrote about our schedule and how I will decide what to work on each day in my last post. Our Curriculum Language Arts My main priority is reading good literature to my boys. I think reading is the best way to learn … Continue reading Homeschooling 4th Grade Curriculum

What the Summer is Boiling Down to

I am sitting here wondering where the summer is going. It's already late July, and here in my county, children will start back to school on August 1st. Luckily, we're homeschoolers, so I can start our new "school year" any time I want. On the official paperwork, I pick September 1st. But in reality it'll … Continue reading What the Summer is Boiling Down to

Everybody Needs a Mentor

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on April 27, 2016. This bread-baking mission I’m on is full of frustrations, but since I’m doing it for fun, that’s okay. It’s like a puzzle I’m determined to figure out, and I’m relieved I have no deadline for it. I bought a book, Classic Sourdoughs: A Home … Continue reading Everybody Needs a Mentor