Some people leave the womb with a natural inclination toward spelling. For others, spelling is a lifelong struggle. I have children in both categories. With my natural spellers, I don’t think it mattered what curriculum I used. Spelling made sense to them. With my poor speller, who also struggled with dyslexia, well, let’s just say… Continue reading Spelling Solutions from Charlotte Mason
Sadly, many educators avoid teaching science in the early years. Believing scientific concepts and vocabulary are too advanced and therefore out of reach for young children, they neglect science education during the most critical years when a child's sense of wonder is most heightened. I know this from experience. It was my own childhood and… Continue reading How to Teach Science in the Early Years
Notebooks are living books—creative expressions of a child’s learning. When our children engage in notebooking, they are uniquely authoring their own book filled with authentic ideas and expressions they will treasure forever. Some people mistakenly believe notebooking is all about writing, but that’s not true at all. While notebooking can and often does include writing,… Continue reading 7 Ways to Develop Writers Through Notebooking
As homeschool moms, we want our science to come to life. Why give our children a substandard science education when we can make it awesome? Let’s explore six ways to spark your science and set your children on the path to a love for learning! Capitalize on Your Children’s Interests "The curriculum will always be… Continue reading 6 Ways to Spark Your Science!
Nature study builds into our children something wonderful. Something that cannot be attained through any other means. It instills a spirit of freedom and a sense of awe. A depth of understanding of God’s beautiful creation. And a curiosity that stays with our children their entire lives. The more time they spend outdoors exploring nature—freely… Continue reading How to Make Nature Study Awesome!
Training your child's character can be likened to tending a garden. Nurturing to life the good character qualities you want to see grow and blossom. It’s about watching over what’s sprouting up and carefully cultivating that which will one day bear fruit. It requires tilling the soil and weeding out anything that is not fructiferous… Continue reading How to Train Your Child’s Character – The Charlotte Mason Way!
Free time in the homeschool is an art. One worth pursuing. It’s a long forgotten yet invaluable rhythm of education and is truly one of homeschooling’s best kept secrets. Not only is it necessary to understand the importance of free time, you need to know how to implement it into your homeschool day. Leisure was… Continue reading How to Cultivate the Art of Free Time in Your Homeschool
Narration is a game changer. It's one of the things we got right in our homeschool. I can say this with confidence because I see in my adult children today that same love for learning that was cultivated through narration early in our homeschool—a love for learning that has carried them through their college studies and… Continue reading Narration: A Homeschool Game Changer
Early in my homeschool journey I discovered that Charlotte Mason’s methods were the most effective way of educating children. So I knew I wanted to apply her principles to my science books, specifically writing living books that delve deep into the subject matter, as well as using time-tested methods such as notebooking, narration, and hands-on… Continue reading How Notebooking Benefits Your Child’s Learning
Be sure to keep an eye out for my new college prep planner, My College Road Map, published by Apologia in 2019! It will help your children successfully travel the route from high school to college, giving them the best opportunity to thrive in school, their career, and life. While most college prep manuals are… Continue reading My College Road Map