Parents

Making Humor Important

One thing that has increased since my daughter came into the homeschooling picture is laughter. The other night my son mentioned his stomach muscles hurt and we both realized it was probably from laughing so much. Humor has revolutionized our homeschooling. Our days seem brighter since the little one’s antics have loosened our previously stodgy routine. Blowing raspberries on his sister’s belly first seems

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National Homeschool Book Award

The National Homeschool Book Award (NHBA) was set up by a group of book enthuthiast homeschool moms in Minnesota.  They wanted to share and uphold good fiction that shed a positive light on learning by homeschooling or just gaining knowledge through life experiences. They realized this need after recognizing that most of the literature for juveniles was centered on traditional school experience.  The hope

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Free Homeschool Curriculums

Whether you are homeschooling kindergarten or 8th grade, the curriculum does not have to cost a thing.  And it can still be of quality.  Although we have our proven favorites, it does get boring and predictable (not a good combination for learning) to use the same tools over and over again.  So I like to keep up with what’s currently offered out there and

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Be Adventurous

Homeschooling in our fourth year and routine has set in.  We usually are up and about at the same time each day, and we fall into personal habits in between some fun stuff. Predictability can be comforting. Nothing ventured, nothing gained- that old addage has been circling my mind lately. I believe adventure is necessary for our homeschooling success, therefore I must help us

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Cooperation – Keeping the Kids Together!

I have realized over time that if I want to ‘teach’  my children cooperation, then I must practice it myself.  By creating an environment that highlights working together and not one that practices blame, I find my children are cooperative. This is not easy. I was brought up in an home where cooperation was induced through guilt trips and blame. I often feel the

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Can You Cursive? Writing Lessons for Students

There was a lively discussion in a homeschooling yahoo list recently on wether cursive should still be taught as part of the curriculum. I read with interest because I have been debating the issue myself, especially as my 10 year old is entering a more active writing stage. Cursive writing has fallen to the wayside in society and in public schools. Schools have little

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Alternatives to telling kids “Good job”

My son and daughter progress so much everyday.  He, at ten, with his studies and she, at one, with walking etc. All day I catch myself saying, “good job!”.  In fact, it’s become such a habit, that I say it for the most inane things, like when they are getting dressed, eating, putting something away etc. In our homeschooling group today, I heard “Good

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Don’t Homeschool Food

One of the main reasons we pulled our son out of school was because of food. Not cafeteria food because he had a bagged lunch from home. The food issue that we witnessed developing in him during the 5 short months in kindergarten were staggering. He and his classmates were told they had to finish their entire lunch before they would be allowed to

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Little One Underfoot

If you had told me five years ago that I would be a mother, a homemaker, a homeschooling mom, a writer and an artist with children around, I would have laughed.  But that is how it is and I manage to accomplish what I do with my children alongside me. We spend the most time in the kitchen or nearby. Early on, I decided

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Child-Led Education

A fellow homeschooling mom forwarded an article on child-led learning to me the other day. I had just finished reading John Holt’s ‘How Children Learn’ so the article was timely for me. John Holt said “…what we need to do – and all we need to do – is to give children as much help and guidance as the need and ask for, listen

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