I recently had the special privilege of interviewing international storyteller Jim Weiss. I first heard of Jim in the late 90s before my oldest officially started school. “We love these stories,” my friend told me. “You have to hear them, too!” I was so glad I took her advice! Twenty-five years ago, Jim and his wife Randy formed Greathall Productions. They have since produced
Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum Now that you know your child’s learning style and your teaching style, how do you find the best homeschooling curriculum? When we first began homeschooling, there were a number of curricula available, but not nearly as many as there are today. Some companies provide whole sets complete with language arts, handwriting, science, math, art, and foreign language. Others focus on particular
While it’s important to consider your child’s learning style, it’s just as important to determine your own teaching style. What method suits you best as you educate your child at home? Do you like everything planned out ahead of time? Some curricula provide the exact words to say to your student as you go through the lesson. Does that kind of detail bring a
We have a hard time getting schooling done during the holidays — there are so many enjoyable distractions that it’s difficult for me to focus on math and reading lessons, let alone my children. If you’re struggling with getting your students on task this time of year, here are a couple of things you might try: Create a winter or holiday unit study Put
Around the holidays, it’s often hard to get students (and sometimes the teacher!) motivated to do schoolwork. Providing your children with creative holiday writing assignments is a way to keep them learning with an enjoyable activity. Here are some holiday writing ideas to get you started: Write a newspaper article describing the time Santa didn’t make it around the world on Christmas Eve. Why
We do not follow a traditional school calendar at home. Since we actually started school in January, we are now scheduled to complete our first school year within the next month. We’ve had a great year. Our current books have served us quite well: My child has successfully learned to read, add and subtract (and more). But with a new year approaching I can’t
Homeschooling offers advantages that traditional schooling cannot: flexible schedules, more time with family members to build relationships, and instruction tailored to each student’s needs. But homeschooling has its challenges as well, and one of those can be teaching art. If a parent doesn’t have a lot of background or experience, they might be at a loss about where to begin. Here are some ideas
If life keeps you on the move, don’t worry; you’re children can still get their lessons done.
My son and his friends were discussing the end of the world reports. They brought up the Mayan 2012 end of the world prophecy and it was obvious from their voices and body language they were very scared.
Although there is often opportunity to swap curriculums or purchase them cheaply, sometimes writing your own is both economical and more efficient. Sometimes pre made standard curriculums are too broad and do not play up your child’s strengths or help them where they are weak. Following is a simple step-by-step guide to planning, writing, and implementing your own homeschool curriculum. This outline can be