Can you teach creativity? I would answer this question with a resounding, "YES!" That's because creativity isn't so much about WHAT we do as HOW we think about doing it...and any child can be shown how. [bctt tweet="Creativity isn't so much about WHAT we do as HOW we...read more
This week I had the privilege of speaking as part of the Home Education Council of America's NOT Back to School Summit. Thursday's presentation, How to Encourage Creative Thinkers, I explained why school for so many of us consisted of "Read the text. Work the...read more
"What curriculum should I use?" That's probably the #1 question I hear new homeschoolers ask. I always want to say, "NONE!" As Robert Louis Stevenson said, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings!" I mean really, if you...read more
My husband and I are celebrating our 35th Anniversary today (Hi, Honey! *waving*), so I'll just leave this here for your enjoyment. Sir Ken Robinson is one of my favorite speakers. If you haven't heard him, you'll soon see why. He also happens to be rather brilliant...read more
I don't know about you, but I am more and more aware of how enslaved I am to the "Tyranny of the Urgent." Like most women born in the latter half of the 20th century, the role models of my growing-up years were superwomen who worked outside the home then came home to...read more
I'm very impressed with RightStart Mathematics, a very hands-on mathematics learning system that, if not new, is new to me. I saw it for the first time at a recent home school book fair, and y'all, I really like it! Here's why: RightStart is hands-on. (You knew that...read more
"Why do I have to learn this? When am I ever gonna use this stuff?" Maybe you've heard those complaints at your house a time or three. I can remember wondering, myself, when I was ever going to have to add or multiply fractions, diagram a sentence, or describe the...read more
It's summertime! Time to play. More time for crafts. ..but we don't want our kids to forget all the skills they've learned. Education is an everyday, life-long pursuit, and it should also be fun! To bring fun into the learning process, I like to use games whenever...read more
This weekend I got to speak to a room full of homeschool parents at the FEAST Home School Convention in San Antonio. That's just about my favorite thing to do! I love talking to parents about home education because I believe passionately that it can be a key to...read more
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is getting a lot of emphasis after several decades on the back-burner of traditional education. For homeschoolers, especially those dedicated to giving their students hands-on experiences, STEM projects are a fantastic...read more
From where I stand in my booth at the homeschool book fair, I spot the young couple as they turn onto my aisle. They're conspicuous precisely because they're trying so hard not to be, but I recognize the signs: anxious eyes wide, heads swiveling as they try to take in...read more
I've just recently met the Kiwi Crate family of products. Perhaps you're old friends already? If not, I'd love to introduce you, too! The Kiwi Company is all about hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Inspiring curiosity and building creative confidence in the fields of...read more
"If you don't learn to stick to a schedule, you'll never keep a job and you'll never amount to anything!" Those words, yelled at me by a teacher, still ring in my ears. He was frustrated, perhaps justifiably, because I'd become distracted from an assigned task by...read more
I've only recently discovered Tinker Crate, but I really like it. I mean I REALLY like it! Tinker Crate is a subscription product that's shipped to your house. A science class in a box, if you will. You can join and pay by the month or save money by paying for a...read more
The #1 questions of new homeschool parents is, "What curriculum should I buy?" And my answer is...it depends. 😉 How does your child...read more
Headed to the Arlington Book Fair! This is always our busiest time of year. The month before Arlington, I check all our links and add new features to Discover Texas so it will be the very "latest and greatest" for you. 🙂 This year I'm excited to debut the first fully...read more
I'm SO excited! 🙂 I was looking for a state history course for my children--one that would be meaningful, memorable, and fun. I hated my state history class in school. It was dead boring--mostly names and dates of dead folks, it seemed. That had nothing to do with...read more
Whenever you get together with family or friends, the conversation usually includes some variation of "Remember when?" "Remember when we went canoeing and Mom had one foot in the canoe and one on shore and then she sorta did the splits real slooooooow?" "Remember when...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.