All right! You asked, I answered. Today on my YouTube channel, I shared my 30 favorite books in my home library. A word of warning: if you’re looking for the typical homeschool mom book selections, you won’t find many of those here.
After 11 years of homeschooling, I’m convinced that self-education is key…not just for the children, but for the parents, as well.
Be an example for your children of what lifelong learning looks like. Be curious. Read. Research. Learn how to do things. Never depend on others to tell you what is important to know.
In short, do everything you’ve been trying to impress upon your children, ESPECIALLY in this day and age.
As a relaxed homeschool mom of many, finding ways to pack as much learning into shorter lessons has become my “specialty.” When you have as many kids as I do, spending 6 hours a day doing homeschooling lessons just isn’t possible, or even desirable if I’m going to be honest! Continue reading “Historical Fiction Books with a Dash of Science!”
Can you believe that it’s July already? Yowzers, that went fast! Here in Pennsylvania, it’s been hot, hot, hot, and today was no exception.
If you’re a homeschooling family who takes a summer break, don’t miss out on the opportunity for a fantastic summertime nature study idea – gardening! Today I decided to share with you some books that will both inspire you and give you tons of ideas to get started. Continue reading “Gardening Books for Kids!”
I’ve been thinking. If there was one thing I could change about the beginning of our homeschool journey…. okay… strike that. (Because, unfortunately, there’s way more than one thing I’d change.) Okay, let’s rephrase that… one of the things I wish I had done as a new homeschool parent was to take the time to read.
Seems simple enough, right? So simple, in fact, that you may be wondering why I now feel it would have been so important for me then.
I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading “A Must-Follow Reading Plan for Every New Homeschool Parent”
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Have you ever read Little Men by Louisa May Alcott?
Written as a sequel to Alcott’s critically acclaimed Little Women, Little Men was a beautifully written book which chronicled the lives of a group of boys who were being “homeschooled” by Jo March. More than once, I was completely inspired by the curiosity, energy, and love of nature that “Jo’s boys” had and wished I could instill in my own children.
So when I was given the chance to read My Eight Brothers, by Martha Morton Alexander, I was interested in whether this true story about eight homeschooled brothers (amongst several sisters) would be anything like it. Continue reading “My Eight Brothers: A Sister’s Memoir – Review”
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”
Have you ever imagined a world parallel to our own? A world in which whimsy and magic are as commonplace as electricity is to us?
Such a place can be found in Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson. The second installment in a fanciful series, Jorie and the Gold Key picks up where the first book, Jorie and the Magic Stones, left off. Continue reading “Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson- Review”
One thing I’ve noticed as a homeschool mom is that I am extremely diligent about my kids reading quality literature but pretty lax about what I read myself.
Don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t spend all my time- or any time, for that matter- reading romance novels (yuck) or celebrity magazines, but I do read quite a bit of what some may consider to be “fluff.”
To my defense, I do devour endless literature selections on education and homeschooling, buuut…okay, I’ll admit it. The rest of my reading selections usually come from the young adult section of the library. Yes, I do like to read many of the same books as my teenage daughters. 😛 Continue reading “Homeschool Moms Need to Read, Too! My Classic Summer Reading List”
Sometimes it can be extremely hard to rid ourselves of an accepted concept that not only we grew up with, but so did our parents, grandparents, and, sometimes, our great-grandparents. The educational institution we know of today has only existed for a very short time when compared with the rest of history as we know it; however, since the past several generations have never known anything different than the brick-and-mortar school setting, oftentimes our idea of what “real” education looks like gets crammed into a neat little illustration of what’s going on within the four walls of the public school down the street. Continue reading “10 Books That Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Learning”