One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is the freedom it affords to pursue interesting topics you might otherwise not have time for, especially topics you weren’t planning on studying. Last weekend, as my husband came in from an errand, he had news to share. “Come outside!” he said excitedly. “I’ve found a beehive!” We all ran outside and looked up in the tree
I teach art lessons in my home during the school year, and I have some students who have been coming for a number of years. As I was searching the Internet for new lessons, I came upon IncredibleArt.org — an incredible site for art ideas! From the homepage, you can click on the “Lessons” link to enter the art lesson section. There you can
Often, children who don’t work on any academics during the summer will forget some of what they learned the previous year. Time is spent in the fall, then, reviewing what was covered in the spring instead of moving on. Textbook companies know this, so many math and grammar books only contain review material for the first several chapters. While you may choose to continue
The relaxed days of summer are a good time for children to try new things. If you’re child has an interest in learning a musical instrument, this might just be the season to start. Studies have linked listening to music (particularly Mozart’s compositions) and playing music to an increased ability in spatial reasoning, the type of reasoning used when working on math or drawing.
Since my children were in the early elementary grades, I’ve had them write journal entries, either once a day or just a couple times a week. Sometimes they would write about events such as trips, celebrations, or visits from family. Other times I would give them a particular assignment, such as, “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be, and
In our area, May means strawberries. During the whole month, fresh strawberries are available on local farms to pick yourself or just to purchase. We’ve been by one of the farms twice already for berries, and I plan to go again once more before they’re all gone. We eat the berries plain, put them in smoothies, or make strawberry shortcake. When homeschooling, it’s easy
With my oldest child going into the ninth grade next year, I’ve begun a search for a good high school history program. There are quite a few out there, ranging in price from under $100 to several hundred dollars. If you’re also looking for a history curriculum that will fit your schedule and your budget, here are some to consider: Sonlight (www.sonlight.com) – Courses
If your children are like mine, they are always on the lookout for ways to earn a little extra spending money. And with summer just around the bend, they have more time to try new ventures and opportunities. If you have a child who’s too young for traditional employment, you might help him get started with one of these ideas: Make crafts to sell:
With summer right around the corner, my thirteen-year-old is anticipating his first paying job — doing lawn-care for his uncle. While he’s done odd jobs here and there for me around the house, this will be his first steady source of income, and he’s excited. His sister (age 11) has been a little discouraged, though, as she would like to be earning money too.
Here in the United States, we just celebrated Mother’s Day, a day in which we appreciate mothers and motherhood. The next major holiday falls at the end of May, Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service of their country. As a homeschool teacher, you can create a lesson, supplement, or entire plan centered around