Notebooking 101: Freewriting Journals

(the perfect tool for kids who hate to write)

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Do you have a child who positively hates to write?

Does any mention of an essay, report, or even a paragraph induce your child to tears – or worse – tantrums?

Today’s Notebooking 101 tip may be just for you. 🙂

What do you think of when you hear the word “journal”?

Some people envision a diary. Others picture a book (often a Bible) with colorful notes, quotes, and illustrations in the margins.

What do I think of?

Freewriting.

Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Freewriting Journals”

Notebooking 101: Copywork FAQs

Of all the types of notebooking techniques out there, copywork is, by far, the easiest one to explain how to do.

The problem is, it’s the why that seems to take the most time to describe.

Because of that, I decided to stray a bit from my most recent Notebooking 101 format, which consisted simply of clarifying how to get started. Instead, today I’ll be tackling some Copywork FAQs, such as:

  • What is copywork?
  • When should we start doing copywork?
  • Why should we do copywork?
  • How do you even do copywork?

Shall we begin?  Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Copywork FAQs”

CASE OF ADVENTURE: Destination Scotland Unit Study Unboxing

(This post contains affiliate links.)

Are you still on the lookout for next year’s homeschooling resources? Today I got some “happy mail” in the form of the teacher’s guide and student book for CASE OF ADVENTURE: Destination Scotland.

If you’re familiar with my blog, you may remember my review for the Switzerland unit study by the same author. Here’s a look inside their latest product!

I cannot wait to use it.

The Most Dangerous Back-to-School Advice I’ve Ever Seen

A few days ago, I happened to see a screenshot of some back-to-school advice that someone shared. Written specifically for the parents of those registering their kids for kindergarten, I have no reservations about the fact that the author meant well.

However.

I was appalled and astonished to see that this advice proved what I was saying the other week about the schools usurping parental authority This post, on the other hand, is suggesting that you hand it over willingly.

No usurpation required.

 

 

 

Think Parents Aren’t Qualified to Teach Their Kids? Oh, the Irony!

Okay, it’s time to fess up. If you’re a homeschool mom or dad, how many times have you had someone either hint or outright say that parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids?

I’m guessing it’s happened to you at least a few times.

A few months back, I was binge-watching homeschooling videos on YouTube. (Hey, I do that sometimes.) As I was scrolling through the comments, I came across one in which the author was adamantly opposed to homeschooling because, once again, “parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids.”

That one comment really got me thinking – and a little fired up – about how ironic that mindset is.

Here’s why.  Continue reading “Think Parents Aren’t Qualified to Teach Their Kids? Oh, the Irony!”

Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool

It’s that time of year again – that period when we homeschooling families tend to finish up what we’ve been working on and either take a break or begin preparing for a new year.

A common theme I’ve noticed perpetuating social media threads is that of “missed work.” I’ve seen many people posting about prolonging the year or homeschooling through the summer specifically to make up for missed work.

That, my friends, is never something you should fret about.

Let me tell you why.  Continue reading “Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool”

Parents, Wake Up! School Is Usurping your Parental Authority

If you’ve been here before, you know that once I get started on my tirades about the public education system, it can take awhile for me to get it out of my system.

That’s where I am right now. 😉

Last week, I shared with you why my husband and I have decided that school isn’t even an option for our kids. Today I am going to tackle one of the reasons for that – the usurpation of parental authority.

While I could come up with dozens of ways schools have stolen the rights of parents across the country, today I’m going to share the five that have hit me the most.  Continue reading “Parents, Wake Up! School Is Usurping your Parental Authority”

Why School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids

As many of you are probably aware, I am no fan of the public education system

A while back, I decided to share with my readers seven reasons school is NOT an option for my kids. Recently, I have, again, become convicted to share how and why we came to this decision. This time, however, I decided I would publish it on YouTube instead of writing another blog post because, frankly, sometimes it’s just easier to get it all out when I’m talking.

Are you like that, too?   Continue reading “Why School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids”

A Picture Book You’ll WANT to Read Over and Over Again

Come on, admit it.

As a parent, there have been times – lots of times – that you’ve wanted to “lose” one of your kids’ books simply because you couldn’t take one. more. reading.

One of my favorite things to do with my children is to sit and read aloud to them. As much as I’ve adored reading The Foot Book with each of them, after reading it dozens of times a day for months at a time, I did grow a little weary.

Shh! Don’t tell my kids!

Recently, however, I came across a colorful, comical picture book that I’ve been enjoying as much as my kids… Continue reading “A Picture Book You’ll WANT to Read Over and Over Again”

Notebooking 101: Interest-Led Notebooking

4 Easy Steps to Getting Started with Interest-Led Notebooking Today!

I remember a time when my kids would actually cry whenever I would try to get them to write. The mere mention of the words “essay,” “report,” or “composition” would immediately induce a flood of waterworks.

It was bad.

As a writer, the fact that my kids hated writing was doubly hard. How could my children despise doing something that gives me so much pleasure?

Then one day, the answer to this question hit me like a ton of bricks: I enjoy writing because it’s my choice. I choose the topic, the style, and how long it will be. Whether I write 300 words or 1,500, when it comes down to it, I have no restrictions. This freedom makes a task that sends so many people running in the opposite direction not only manageable, but enjoyable.

I knew I wanted to give that gift to my kids so that they, too, would come to know the joys of producing the written word, but how could I accomplish that?  Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Interest-Led Notebooking”