Where’s Your Focus?

You're probably familiar with the proverb that says: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." I'd like to ask you to think for a minute about which word you emphasize in that sentence, because it will tell you...

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Something New!

I'm excited! I think if you knew what I've been working on, you'd be excited, too! ūüėČ I've been involved in homeschooling for 25 years. A quarter of a century! And in that time, I've observed a lot about what works well and what doesn't work out so well. A LOT has...

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Why Unit Studies Work!

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...

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Build a Shoebox Camera

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...

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Solution to the Einstein Challenge

Here's the solution to last Friday's puzzle. ūüôā 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...

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Schooling In Our Right Minds

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...

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Einstein’s Challenge

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...

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You DID Build That!

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...

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Teaching Creativity

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...

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[Your Name Here]’s List

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...

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Helping Kids Develop Discernment

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...

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More Analysis-developing Activities

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...

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Key Words for Teaching Analysis

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...

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Learning Resources

The Homeschool Parents' How-To Series