Why is it that the things that should be the most obvious to us are those which we find so difficult to grasp?
Take textbooks, for example.
I’m honestly astonished at the number of homeschoolers who seem to cling to this holdover from compulsory schooling- you know, that form of education most homeschoolers are trying to avoid?? And I’m not approaching this topic in an uppity manner, since I was once one of those very people.
Thankfully, I have gradually realized how little textbooks have to do with an effective education for most children, and I think a good number of other parents instinctively know this, too. Despite this fact, however, I’ve increasingly come into contact with many, many other homeschool moms who are genuinely aware that textbooks aren’t working for their children, yet they beat themselves up over it and desperately try to get them to work. Continue reading “Are You Homeschooling with Textbooks, By Default?”
Some habits can be really hard to break.
Let’s take the notion of what education is “supposed” to look like, for example. Most people likely wouldn’t consider the assumptions about learning that have been ingrained in them since early childhood as a “habit,” but that’s exactly what they are.
Taking a look at the population as a whole, I think it’s safe to say that most people have been brought up in a traditional school setting. They sat at desks while a teacher lectured in the front of a classroom. They raised their hands to go to the bathroom. They read textbook chapters and answered section review questions, possibly without ever wondering why things were done that way in the first place.
Which brings us to where many homeschooling parents are today- stuck in those classrooms of so long ago. Continue reading “Homeschooling 101: Do I HAVE to Teach My Kids for 5 Hours a Day?”
As a relaxed homeschooling family, our family’s combined learning time is crucial to our everyday routine. When you’ve got multiple children learning- all at separate levels- consolidating your homeschool regimen as much as possible is an absolute must.
For us, this happens during our daily morning time.
As with all homeschooling techniques, morning time can and will look different for everyone. One thing that most families who incorporate this routine into their day will have in common is a morning basket. Continue reading “Our Homeschool Morning Basket for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade”
If anyone would ever ask me to choose one part of homeschooling that ranks above all others in fun, learning, and family bonding, I’d have to say read-aloud time. When I think of the perfect homeschool day, you’d better believe it always includes lots of hot chocolate, comfy blankets, and a good book. Continue reading “How to Painlessly Incorporate Read-Aloud Time into Your Homeschool”
The Truth About Gaps in Learning
Have you ever had one of those days- or entire seasons- when doubt seems to have taken over your homeschool? As time goes on, you begin to realize that there is no way you’re going to cover everything you think you need to, or at least what your curriculum says you should.
The clock is ticking, and you find yourself comparing your kids and your homeschool to other families. Eventually, panic sets in as you realize the enormity of the task before you. Continue reading “How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?”
The new homeschool year is upon us. If you haven’t started your home education routine already, chances are you’re busy preparing for it.
What better time can there be to share a few reminders about what not to do in your homeschool than today, right? I mean, let’s face it. There are just some things you don’t want to make a habit of in your homeschool.
Here are 10 of them. Continue reading “10 Things You Need to Avoid for a Better Homeschool”
Homeschooling sure can be frustrating.
No, I haven’t changed my mind about teaching my kids at home. I would never change this lifestyle for anything. Anything.
I’m not going to lie to you, though. Homeschooling isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Ask any homeschool mom. Like anything in life, there are aspects of it that can be stressful. The root cause may be different depending on who you ask, but, trust me, there’s always something. Continue reading “10 Ways to Cope with Frustration When Your Homeschooler Doesn’t “Get It””
The Homeschool Planner Post for Those OTHER Homeschool Moms
As a mom of 11, saying that organization is important to me is a bit of an understatement. I truly can’t function without it. And as crucial as organization is to me, there’s just one more thing I need…simplicity.
Let’s face it. There are hundreds of beautiful lesson planners available to us homeschool moms. Video upon video abounds with crafty mothers showing how they’ve dolled up their homeschool planners with glitter and washi tape. I’ll admit, I do get inspired. I get all ready to invest in a fancy planner, rubber cement, and some crafting scissors…. and then I splash some water on my face to bring myself back down to earth. Continue reading “5 Steps to a Super Simple (and Frugal) Homeschool Lesson Planner”
I hate standardized tests. As a homeschool mom, I think they’re one of the most useless things on the planet- right up there with cockroaches and mosquitoes.
Yet, just the other week I had a conversation with someone about homeschooling that went something like this: Continue reading “Homeschoolers, Don’t Fall for the Standardized Testing Gimmick!”
I have a love/hate relationship with textbooks. On the one hand, they’re dreadfully dull and lifeless. On the other, they often contain lots of great information; the problem is in how it’s presented.
I think most people have a very narrow view of how a textbook should be used: Read it, complete the review questions and vocabulary, take a test.
Ugh. Can you say b-o-r-i-n-g? Continue reading “Customize Your Homeschool Using a Textbook Table of Contents”