Since I just launched a new Homeschool How-To for parents and since God and nature graciously provided a timely object lesson this week, this might be a really good time to think through why unit studies work so well if your goal is to turn your children into lifetime...read more
Photo credit: Candi L On Monday, I put up a longer-than-usual blog post explaining, step by step, how to use current events or topics of interest as a springboard to build multi-disciplinary unit studies you can do with students of all ages. In fact, it's how I...read more
Unit Studies are an EXCELLENT way to teach hands-on. For parents who are intrigued by the "unschooling" approach, but aren't quiiiiite confident enough to take the plunge, they can be a not-too-scary way to test the waters. So how do you put together a truly "stellar"...read more
Usually on Fridays I blog about fun, hands-on learning activities we can do with our children. This post is no different, but there's a little twist. You see, this week I officially announced my new how-to series for homeschool parents, AND I told you about the FREE...read more
When I introduced my state history curriculum, Discover Texas, back in 1999, I just wanted to help parents avoid burnout by providing them with a tool to teach state history, geography, and government as an interactive learning adventure. It didn't occur to me until...read more
Here's the solution to last Friday's puzzle. 🙂 As you remember, 5 students live in 5 houses on the same street. Each house is a different color. Each student plays a different sport, has a different favorite class, and keeps a different sort of pet. No two are the...read more
On Facebook. On Pinterest. Unless you live under a rock, you've seen the tests and quizzes that purport to tell you whether or not you're "in your right mind." Maybe after a hard week of homeschooling, you're not entirely sure. Or perhaps it's our children who aren't...read more
Here's a fun challenge to keep your kids' minds busy for a while! Let's pretend that 5 students live in 5 houses on the same street. Each house is a different color. Each student plays a different sport, has a different favorite class in school, and keeps a different...read more
Creating something of value is intensely satisfying and fulfilling. Creativity is an expression of ourselves, especially when shared as a gift with others. Some years ago, creatives were informed "You didn't build that!" as if the value of our ideas and...read more
Creativity does not develop quickly. Each of us needs time to think, to dream, to imagine. That's what childhood is for! It's so easy to get...read more
So we've arrived at the highest level of thinking and learning--creativity. That's the capstone. The goal of our teaching. At this level our children will be able to do so much more than read and regurgitate, parroting whatever ideas they are fed by others. Their...read more
In 1995 Angie Hicks moved to Columbus, Ohio to help her boss, William Oesterle, find a reliable construction contractor. She went door-to-door gathering reviews of local home and lawn care services. Then Angie compiled her list, giving companies report-card-style...read more
Discernment is a skill that's sorely lacking these days, isn't it? You don't have to look far to find people gullibly believing all sorts of foolish notions and making foolish choices and decisions based on delusional thinking. Some people assume that foolishness and...read more
We've been discussing higher-level thinking skills and how to help our children develop them. On Monday I published a word list that suggests several challenge activities you could work into your child's formal academic assignments, but in our Friday Fun posts I've...read more
It's all well and good to define analysis as "separating components and sorting fact from theory," but when we're trying to teach that what, exactly, does it look like? The last few posts have given a few examples of real-life readiness activities that help develop...read more
Maybe Mary Poppins was onto something..."In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and *snap!* the job's a game!" Chores don't have to be brainless drudgery, and they're definitely NOT brainless activities. In fact, many chores such...read more
Read the text. (Remember...hopefully) Work the problems. (Understand) Take the test. (Apply) These are the first three levels of learning. Dr. Benjamin Bloom held a Ph.D. in education. In 1956 he led a team of educators who developed a process for teaching students to...read more
Remember when your Grandma let her play around in her button box? Who knew that she was grooming you to become a great analytical thinker! I'll tell you how buttons and boardrooms relate in the next Monday post, but I just wanted to toss this simple exercise out now...read more
The Homeschool Parents' How-To Series
Children are naturally curious. They breeze through their preschool years learning with wide-eyed excitement. Most look forward to their first day of school, but for many the newness wears off quickly. Parents find themselves struggling daily with children who are no longer excited about learning.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Learn specific ways you can launch your children on a lifetime of learning adventure.