Imagine a homeschool day with no textbooks, no worksheets, and no busy work. Imagine a homeschool day quietly spent reading aloud to your children, all the while feeling perfectly confident that this was enough. Imagine a homeschool day devoid of disconnected subjects and seemingly impractical lessons but instead filled with quiet conversations and sometimes passionate debate.
This, my friends, is a homeschool that is centered on read-alouds.
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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”
Have you ever been absolutely sure that you found the missing piece to your homeschool, but you just couldn’t figure out a way to get started?
Believe me, I have been there and done that. For me, that “thing I was looking for” was notebooking.
Although I first started notebooking with my kids last year, I actually had my eye on it for quite some time before that. It looked engaging, practical, and effective – three things that are a must in our large family homeschool. But try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out how to get started. I had a good idea of what it was all about, and I understood the reasoning behind it, but I felt completely lost as to where to begin. Continue reading “How to Use Notebooking with Read-Alouds in Your Homeschool”
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”