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How to Find Five in a Row Style Books

Hello, I hope you’re all having a refreshing summer. It’s been lovely to have a little more time for things outside of schooling—but I’m ready to get back to a routine! How about you? We recently started posting FIAR worthy books, and that idea was received with excitement! We all love great

By |August 3rd, 2019|Homeschool|5 Comments

A Book to Add to Your Collection

This week I read a book that made me laugh and cry and at times want to shout amen. It was recommended to me by a friend who knows my deep passion and love for families and my call to encourage them in their journeys of not just homeschooling, but everyday life. The book, Little

By |January 16th, 2016|Coffee With Jane Claire, Homeschool|0 Comments

Broadening Your Child’s Educational Palate with FIAR

From time to time I’ll hear a mother say that her child just isn’t interested in a story or her child was whining by the second or third day and didn’t want to read the book again. And sometimes a book simply will NOT connect with a child for some unknown reason. BUT . . . we live in a very, very, VERY different world than when I was five years old more than 60 years ago.

And that’s not necessarily good.

Many children today have little or no attention spans, having been anesthetized with a relentless flow of electronic entertainment. Simple illustrations and simple stories may not be the first choice of children who’ve grown accustomed to never-ending sensory overload.

One of the many beautiful attributes of FIAR is

By |November 10th, 2015|Coffee with Steve, Homeschool|0 Comments

How to Teach so a Child Falls in Love with Learning

When Jane and I began homeschooling more than thirty years ago, almost no one gave up or quit homeschooling. You began and you finished the task—at least until, if not through, high school. But in recent years the “drop-out rate” of homeschool parents is growing rapidly, with many quitting after only a year or two

By |November 2nd, 2015|Coffee with Steve, Homeschool|0 Comments

Different Learning Styles: Five in a Row Has You Covered

“Look at me when I am talking to you.”

How many times have we heard a parent say that to a child? How many times have we said it to our children?

It seems like a reasonable request when we have something important to say. Whether we’re teaching a concept, issuing a warning, delivering an ultimatum, or even offering a gentle reminder, eye contact seems to seal the deal. But do children listen better or hear better if they are staring us in the eye?

Maybe not.

Many years ago, a fellow homeschool mom shared something about her son that helped me to understand my own children, which in turn, helped me to teach them better.

Diana had been frustrated with her son, David, because every time his piano teacher spoke to him, he looked away as if he couldn’t care less about what she had to say. Diana thought he was being rude and spoke to him about it—many times. It never seemed to change though. Week after week, David would turn his head when his teacher spoke to him. Diana was actually embarrassed by this behavior.

By |September 21st, 2015|Homeschool|2 Comments