College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Visiting Colleges

College visits are an important part of choosing the right school. They help your child get a feel for the campus, the students and professors, and the overall atmosphere of the institution. Visiting colleges inspires your child to finish strong while looking forward with anticipation to the day he moves into the dorm. My desire… Continue reading College Prep: Visiting Colleges

Homeschooling

Steps to Self Learning

Students who have developed a foundation of good character (no, not perfect children, but those who have a conscience about doing the right thing) and have gained personal responsibility for their education—with an eye set on the future—are prime candidates for self learning.  The first step to moving toward self learning is to carefully select… Continue reading Steps to Self Learning

Homeschooling

Homeschool Planning

Homeschool planning was something I enjoyed. It helped me stay in touch with my children's needs, goals, interests, personality, and learning style. I always took these things into account when writing and evaluating each child's plan. My oldest was an independent learner and my youngest a self-starter. One was overcoming dyslexia and the other was… Continue reading Homeschool Planning

Charlotte Mason

Short Lessons

Charlotte Mason found amazing success using the tool of short lessons—lessons that span only ten to fifteen minutes for elementary students. I found this same tool to be extremely helpful in aiding my children's retention. Here’s why I believe this works: Studies show that we remember only the very first part and the very last… Continue reading Short Lessons

Homeschooling

Free Time

Free time is one of the greatest benefits of a homeschool education. It gives students space to think and create, to pursue and develop their passions fully and deeply. I’m so pleased with how much my daughter accomplished with her free time even during the middle school years. When she was thirteen, she taught herself… Continue reading Free Time

Charlotte Mason

Nature Study

We’ve all heard this and that about how children need to get out in nature. Charlotte Mason advocated for nature study ruthlessly—demanding we gather our kids and a book and go sit outside somewhere natural, even if we have to take a twenty minute train ride every day to get there. She was passionate about… Continue reading Nature Study