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About Jane Claire Lambert

A third generation educator, Jane Claire made the decision to begin homeschooling her own two children in 1981. Having met only one homeschooler at the time and with almost no homeschool curriculum available for purchase, Jane began developing her own unique teaching style centering around great children’s books and a highly interactive approach to learning. Today Jane continues to encourage homeschoolers worldwide through her multiple award-winning Five in a Row curriculum while enjoying her five grandchildren who all live less than ten minutes from her home.

Are you brave enough to find things that don’t work?

 I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 things that don’t work. ~ Thomas Edison
I can hear it now: “Maybe this is the year I become a perfect teacher,” many of you might be thinking or hoping, but the truth is there are no perfect teachers. As in any area of our lives, there are always aspects that can be improved. The goal is to keep trying. If a teaching method or material is working for your student (and family) keep it. If it is not, be willing to cheerfully abandon it for something else which will work better. Do however, give it a good try.

Every teacher who has ever taught goes through this process, and as homeschool teachers we have the privilege of doing so as well. It will certainly help keep a joy in our journey if we begin to think like Edison, that we are successfully finding the things that don’t work as we learn the methods that do. When we conquer the fear that we will fail, then we can become brave enough to find out what methods bring genuine learning to our children and become confident enough to employ these methods, even when they are not the traditional classroom teaching styles. Remember,

By |August 22nd, 2013|Homeschool, How To|1 Comment

How important are relationships?

As this teaching year draws to a close and we begin to make new goals and plans for the year to come, here is a possible thought to consider: Many of us have come to believe, based on observation and success, that tutorial education is indeed the most efficient and by far the most interesting, exciting way to teach. With this teaching system we are able to customize studies for each of our children and help them to explore their world in the directions that they individually enjoy the most. Indeed, the lesson plans in Five in a Row were written to make this type of education readily available to homeschool teachers.

Yet, there are usually two sides to every good goal and while we take the time to help our children develop into unique individuals, we want to make sure that they also realize

By |June 24th, 2013|Homeschool, Practical Homeschooling|0 Comments

Learning – Fun or just Hard Work?

You might be surprised. For all of homeschooling–it can be both! Anything we are required to do is work. Receiving a great education is work and lots of it. Many people misunderstand the meaning of making our school time exciting, interesting and pleasurable–they think if it is interesting or fun, then it is not hard work, or that children are not learning to do hard work. Yet, consider this: You get all excited about putting in a garden. You read lots of information, choose your seeds and get your hands in the dirt. Is it hard work or is it fun? For true gardeners it is the best fun you will ever have, but you are well aware that it is also astonishingly hard work. The same is true of making a quilt or fixing a gourmet dish for dinner, or becoming adept at downhill skiing! Yes, these are all wonderful, exciting, and satisfyingly enjoyable activities, but no one could ever say they didn’t take truly hard work to accomplish.

By |May 11th, 2013|Coffee With Jane Claire|0 Comments

Moments of Springtime Panic

A few years ago, I had the unusual privilege of watching my new granddaughter daily for about two months. My daughter and I were working on a project together, and she and her baby were at our house every day.

Watching the baby grow and make new progress in many areas has been fascinating for me. One of the most interesting phases has been the progress in recognition of specific people’s faces. Over the past two months she has gone from looking at anyone in approximately the same way, to knowing exactly who she is looking at. She has a special fascination for her mother and father and another specific recognition (if not quite so passionate) for her aunt and for her grandparents. She also knows if she is looking at a stranger — someone she has not seen before. You can tell this by her expressions.

On Valentine’s Day that year I also received a card from my youngest daughter that still sits on my desk. It says: “I think my life began

By |April 10th, 2013|Coffee With Jane Claire|2 Comments

Values and Mercy – Teaching Both!

Have you ever caught yourself looking at someone, seeing something that you felt you were much better at, and then making a huge critical judgment? You know, the kind that makes you feel rather superior? One of the phenomenon of teaching our children at home is that we have a wonderfully beneficial environment for teaching