Beginning Homeschooling

/Beginning Homeschooling

Did you ever wonder why Five in a Row is based on reading the same book five days in a row?

“We may not ever know why some books come to exert such spellbinding power that children want to hear them again and again. Perhaps it will forever be a mystery, like love. There does however seem to be one solid, prosaic explanation: children enjoy repeating books because the experience imbues them with feelings of competence

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

If this is your first September

For moms who are approaching homeschooling for the first time this year, September can look like a tsunami threatening to overwhelm you. I have spoken to many new teaching moms who have told me they want to have everything ready, everything in order, that they want to know just how their teaching day will be and to have complete control of their teaching situation.

But, my experience after seventeen years of homeschooling is that the homeschooling journey is more of an Easter egg hunt.

You begin with an empty basket and set off down the path of all the curriculum, all the teaching methods, all the suggestions for how to organize your day until you find one of these eggs that looks interesting. You pick it up and

Thoughts When Planning the New School Year

As many of you are moving into the last month of summer
and will resume studies in the fall,
I thought I might share
with you a few ideas to tuck in your heart.
First, when you get back to your studies and are ready to present your first lessons don’t forget to “start with what they know.” It is so much fun to begin a lesson by finding out what your students already know about a subject. Children enjoy having something to