Learning

The Gift of Consequences

During the holiday season, it seems that gifts are always on my mind. Gifts for those less-fortunate. Gifts for co-op and music teachers. Gifts to take to parties and get-togethers. Gifts for extended family.  And of course, gifts for my children. 🙂 But as every parent knows, some of the best gifts are the intangible ones. This month, our family has been learning about the

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Telling Stories All Day Long – Interview with Jim Weiss

Interview with Jim Weiss Part 3:Telling Stories All Day Long If you’ve looked at Jim Weiss’ website, you’ll see there is a plethora of recorded stories to choose from. How exactly, then, is a parent to choose? I asked Jim for his suggestions, as who else would know better where to begin? Question: Jim, you have so many books and stories available on CD.

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Classical and Historical Stories with Jim Weiss

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Weiss, an international storyteller who has made a huge impact on homeschooling families for years. His recordings of classical and historical stories provide families with an easy way to introduce great literature to children of all ages. As Jim points out on his website, reading comprehension increases by leaps and bounds when a child hears a story

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Learning to Read with Letter Cards

Learning to Read with Letter Cards Some of my biggest challenges as a homeschooling mom have involved reading. My youngest child has had an especially difficult time learning to read, so much so that I had to find someone else who could help. That’s when I learned about “letter cards”. I must admit, I don’t know much about teaching reading. My oldest child just

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Interview with Jim Weiss – Storytelling and Homeschooling

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

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Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program

Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program Recently, we visited the Carl Sandburg House, where author and poet Carl Sandburg lived with his family during the last 20 years of his life. When he passed away, his wife Lilian wanted to preserve his legacy; his home became part of a national park. Now when visitors tour the home, kids (of all ages) can also join

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Learning Styles – Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum

Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum As you sift through the many types of homeschooling curriculum, keep in mind the way your children learn best — their learning styles. When all of my children were school-age with work to complete, that was something I let slip — and it showed. Learning Styles There are four years between my three oldest, so there were a couple of years when they

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More Than Painting

More Than Painting Throughout the summer and sometimes during the school year, I teach painting classes at our local arts and crafts store. In the classes, I show students how to create a certain picture using acrylic paints on canvas. We go step by step; I paint each part of the picture, and they follow along. Even though we’re all painting the same thing,

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Homeschooling Through the Summer

Homeschooling Through the Summer I start ever year with good intentions, great anticipation, and high hopes that we’ll actually finish all the work by the end of May. And every year, we are still working on things (usually math) through June and sometimes into July. Then August comes around, and it’s time to start up again. School for us just naturally goes year-round. But

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Family Bonds

Homeschooling Can Be a Huge Challenge I’ll be the first to admit: homeschooling can be a huge challenge. Not only are some subjects hard to teach, but there are other struggles the homeschooling parent must work though: school-day interruptions, learning difficulties, and just plain bad attitudes. I’m sure I’ve told all of my kids at least three times that I wasn’t going to do

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