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
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
As the idea of self learning in the homeschool began to take hold, I was asked to share some practical tips on how to move your children into a self learning lifestyle. Let me begin by saying I feel the biggest problem we find in government and private schools is that the students are taught to… Continue reading Self Learning in the Homeschool
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
Where to begin? There are so many reasons why you should homeschool, the first being the freedom it affords you children—freedom to pursue an individualized education and life path that enables them to be true to themself and mature into the person God created them to be. Freedom Let’s begin with academic freedom. Sadly, our nation… Continue reading Why You Should Homeschool
Over the years homeschool moms have asked, "Why notebooks?" And to that I would have to say creating and using notebooks was one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things we did in our homeschool. It honestly kept me afloat and from feeling discouraged or ineffective. In fact, notebooks even gave me a sense of accomplishment,… Continue reading Why Notebooks?
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
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