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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 Noticing Fall in Your Backyard?

Woods, ponds, fields, the skies, and your own backyard

all have a “fall readiness” program going on!

Can you see the signs? One immense benefit, educationally speaking, of taking nature walks through each of the seasons, is to observe “changes” as they occur, to spend time thinking about them—why is the grass turning brown?  Why are the leaves colored, or falling?  Why are the clouds so low and gray?  Why is the air so cool, when it was so warm just a week ago?  What are those animals doing anyway?

As your student spends time outdoors and sees and feels changes around him

By |October 26th, 2012|Autumn, Homeschool, Nature Study|0 Comments

Is Before Five in a Row for You?

What is Before Five in a Row? Let’s begin with what it isn’t.  It isn’t a curriculum.  Neither is it an aggressive, academic training regimen designed to turn your pre-schooler into a scholastic superachiever.

It is a rich treasure of creative ideas designed to help you gently, consistently prepare your children for the life-long adventure of learning.  

For children ages two to four, Before Five in a Row is better than a curriculum!

The book is divided into two parts.  The first section contains

What do you want?

I stumbled upon a quote a while ago that had me pondering all its meanings.

It read:  To be disciplined is to remember what you want. 

As you are all gathering materials and planning the teaching year to come, it’s probably wise to solidify your goals.  Why exactly was it that

Letting our Children Fail

I am staring at the cutest greeting card I think I’ve ever seen.  It is of a boy about five or six years old in a striped shirt holding a hammer and attempting to build a little wooden boat.  He is scrunched over with intense concentration as he tries to hit the nail directly on the head.  Inside, the card reads: If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

As I was looking at the card and enjoying the artwork, I thought of all the times we moms try to make things perfect for our children.  We want to help them do everything so that they will feel successful and have “adult” perfect projects.  We don’t want them to experience any frustration, and of course

Finding Balance with the Blackbird

On a drive through the country one day, I noticed a red-winged blackbird flying rapidly across a fallow field.  In the center of the field there was an unusually tall mullein plant.  This weedy plant has a large dinner-plate-size rosette of fuzzy green leaves at its base.  Rising from the base is a three-foot bare stalk that has yellow flowers on it when it’s in bloom.

Catching sight of the red stripe out of the corner of my eye, I watched him