A World of Study One Unit at a Time

A World of Study One Unit at a time

When our family first starting homeschooling 9 years ago, I jumped headfirst into a traditional textbook/workbook approach to school. We in essence were just doing school at home. Our older children had already attended the local public school for a couple of years and were used to this style of schooling. I was quite frankly afraid that I would mess something up and create a big gap in their learning by doing anything else. It was in January of that first year that I began to realize that school should be excitement about learning and exploring things that intrigued us Continue reading

What Is a Charlotte Mason Education?

what is Charlotte Mason Education

When I began homeschooling I began with the idea that we were doing school at home. I followed a very traditional, structured school schedule. I had taught in a Christian school, and I used the same methods and curriculum that we had used in the school. I quickly realized, however, that this was not working with my kids. They were getting stressed out by the rigid structure and routine. And I wasn’t enjoying our homeschooling either. And then a friend came along and introduced me to Charlotte Mason and her methods.   Who was Charlotte Mason? Charlotte Mason was a Continue reading

Classically Educated: What is the Classical Model of Education?

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When we first began homeschooling, I did not realize there were so many different styles of learning.  I chose curricula and found products that looked appealing to me.  Only after we had begun our journey did I realize that I had chosen products that fit within the classical homeschool model.  Since then I have learned more about the classical style of teaching and it has become the foundation for our homeschool. What is classical education? Classical education can be defined in many ways.  Here is my understanding and interpretation: A classical education is one that takes its cues from the Continue reading

Following a Child’s Lead

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I am fairly ecletic homeschooler, pulling things from all sorts of places, but I have a strong emphasis on following the lead of one boy child. If he’s interested in something I try to tie learning to that interest.   When he was younger all I needed to do was find a way to connect it with Angry Birds and all would be good in the world, and I could always weave learning into spontaneous stories . . .  I wouldn’t keep telling the story until the math question could be answered.  Great way by the way to encourage mental math. Continue reading

Walking in Faith Homeschooling

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I started homeschooling almost 5 years ago. I had just gone for a working, professional out “how to home educate their own children”. For those who are on the fence, worrying about this and that, please do come and read. I pray this can hep you to see that anyone and everyone can be a homeschool family. But you’ve gotta have faith. So where do I begin? I was a product of the school system but in many ways I consider myself one who was home educated. My mother was so very active in my life; there were many experiences Continue reading

Homeschooling on the Road

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One of the many benefits to homeschooling is flexibility. Even so, sometimes life can be tricky, and you may be on the ‘road’ more than you intended. Wether you are on the road for a move, a vacation, or just having trouble staying home long enough to ‘get school done’ , here are some tips for taking learning with you where ever you may go. Travel Binders/Journals Buy disposable cameras (or have them use digital if available). Have the kids take pictures of the different places you go, things you do or see. Have them write about them in a Continue reading

Summer Schooling Without Losing Your Summer or Your Mind!

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Whether you work your homeschool on a traditional school schedule or you are a year-round homeschooler, schooling through the summer months typically takes on a different schedule. But schooling through the summer months can be a good choice for most families as there are advantages to continuing lessons throughout the summer. And you can have summer schooling without losing your whole summer (and your mind while you’re at it)! ADVANTAGES OF SCHOOLING THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS Some advantages of schooling through the summer months include: Keeps a Schedule Going During the Summer Months  If you have your summer totally free of Continue reading

Budgeting 101

budgeting 101

So, the “new” of the New Year has come and gone and one of the biggest resolutions normally right behind losing weight is saving money. Let me preface this by saying, I am not a financial expert.  I am a wife and mom trying to help our family remain a one income family. We have been a one income family for many years now and it has sometimes been extremely difficult.  I must tell you that first and foremost, I give all glory to God because without His guidance there would be no story!  It’s all His and He has Continue reading

10 Kindergarten and Preschool Lessons from Our First Homeschooling Year

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Last September, we embarked on an adventure: homeschooling our oldest. He was five turning six in November, which made it mandatory for him to be enrolled in school where we live. His sister was three at the time and, as such, we thought of her as our preschooler. I worked with her through some preschool materials because she showed interest. The main reason we decided to homeschool our children is time. I could not wrap my mind around my children spending seven hours away from me every day in the name of education. I speak several languages and have a Continue reading