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

Recording A Homeschool Student’s Progress: The Homeschool Portfolio, Part 1

{Homeschooling without a curriculum} {Eclectic Homeschooling} {Free print outs for your record keeping.} Though I have seen countless blogs on the Internet offering advice on how to keep track of your child’s homeschool, I knew that I would have to come up with my own system or I wouldn’t stick to it.  So I write … Continue reading Recording A Homeschool Student’s Progress: The Homeschool Portfolio, Part 1

Homeschooling Kindergarten Math

Available Now! ... The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching First Grade is a simple guide to homeschooling 1st grade. But it's also much more. I recommend it for any parent who has a child between the ages of 4-8. “First Grade” is merely a guide. Not an absolute. This guide will help you figure out … Continue reading Homeschooling Kindergarten Math

My Definition of Child-led Learning

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.

Music Appreciation with Beethoven

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.

Supporting Your Child’s Interests Is a Good Thing

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