Where’s Your Focus?

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...
How Our 4-yr-old Hacked Our Computer…and What We Learned

How Our 4-yr-old Hacked Our Computer…and What We Learned

This is one of my favorite stories, not just because of what happened, but because of how it radically changed my ideas about education. Our family moved when our youngest was about 3 years old. It wasn’t just a change of houses. It was a radical,...
Something New!

Something New!

I’m excited! I think if you knew what I’ve been working on, you’d be excited, too! 😉 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...
Why Unit Studies Work!

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...
Build a Shoebox Camera

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...
How to Design a “Stellar” Unit Study

How to Design a “Stellar” Unit Study

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...