When it comes to high
school, most homeschooling parents approach these years with fear
and trepidation. I will admit that I did, as well. But
I am so pleased that we decided to take the plunge and continue
home schooling our oldest daughter rather than pursuing private or
public school for these final four years.
Are the high school
years approaching in your home? I encourage you to stop, take a
deep breath, and consider the possibility that homeschooling your high
schooler might be a tremendous boon for you, your student and your
whole family. Here are some reasons why...
Host an Authentic First Thanksgiving
With the arrival
of autumn and the cooling temperatures outside, our thoughts turn to
holiday celebrations – the gathering of family and friends around our
hearth and home. The brilliant color display of the deciduous trees
reminds us that this is the time to express our thankfulness to the
Lord for His goodness and the abundant harvest of this past year.
In the year
1621, just 10 months after arriving at Plimouth, our pilgrim
forefathers held a feast to celebrate their successful harvest and
the Lord’s goodness bestowed upon them.
Easy Way - A 5 Step Plan!
It's that time of year. Everyone is gearing up for school.
Parents are anxious, students are feeling dread, and everyone's
pocketbooks are getting thinner. BUT this need not be the
case! We can keep our spending under control and we can be
prepared and confident for a new school year. We can even
pass that enthusiasm onto our kids so that the sense of dread is
replaced by a sense of anticipation and excitement.
Must I Teach
What exactly is it about geography that makes it a subject that
many home educators have become loathe to teach? Is it because we
ourselves feel so inadequate in our own knowledge of the subject?
Is it because we cannot find a curriculum that lays out a
systematic and incremental course of study, and is fun to boot?
Or is it because we have finally realized that the world is really
not so small after all, as the song of the same name implied and
the accessibility of the world by way of the Internet has led us
to believe? Is it not true that the more you learn about a
country or a region of the world, the more you realize the vast
amount of terrain there is still yet to know?
Organized this Holiday Season!
For this season ahead!
I have asked my friend Sheri Graham, who is organized (I'm not!), to
share with us some holiday organizational tips and other inspirational
ideas so we can prepare for the holidays and season ahead.
am beginning to think through and do some holiday planning….yes, in
October! I am finding that when I plan ahead I am less stressed
and more focused on the things that really matter. That goes for
meal planning, school planning, house cleaning…and yes, holiday
My Top Geography
Websites and They're Free!
Okay, I am having way too much fun! The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
asked me to locate the best free geography sites on the web and I
think that I have done just that. I have come up with 17 great
sites for helping you teach your children geography while having
fun at the same time. And the best part is that they are all
free. Let me tell you about these great tools for learning.
Choose a Great
History Program for Your Family
I get asked all the time which history
programs I recommend and why. Well, I have done quite a bit
of research (with my own children as the guinea pigs in many
instances) and have some great recommendations for you.
How to Avoid
Have you ever been so wooed
by a product description that you have purchased it right on the
spot? Or so convinced by friends or cyber-buddies that your
children’s education will not be complete unless you use a certain
curriculum? Perhaps you have felt so intimidated about teaching a
certain subject that you have purchased everything available on the
topic to be sure that you cover it adequately and not leave holes in
your children’s education. Whatever the reason, many
well-meaning homeschooling parents over-buy when it comes to
and How to Use "Living Books" for Learning
It is now September and
Labor Day is officially behind us. This means that most of
you have started back with school by now, and the rest of you are
not too far behind. There is something exciting about that
first day of school, even that first week. Eventually
though, the novelty wears off and routine settles in. How
can you keep your children excited about learning? The
answer is to supply them with "living books."
Do you get nervous when
it gets really quiet around your house? Do you have to put markers,
glue and other creative art supplies up on a high shelf? Do step
stools located in unusual places around the house make you cringe?
If you have answered yes to two or more of these questions, then you
must have a toddler living in your home. Toddlers are a joy, there
is no doubt about that, but they can also create havoc if left alone
with nothing productive to do for too long...
Lost Piece of the History Puzzle
Pompeii… Gaul… These are places of historical significance, but you
will no find them on any globes or current maps around your home.
Why? It is because they no longer exist. Does this mean, then, that
we do not have to bother with knowing their locations?
Uncle Josh or Knowledge Quest?
Most home educators recognize
the need for blank outline maps as a supplement to their history
and geography lessons. So the obvious question arises… which
maps are the best fit for my family? Read
more to make the most informed decision for your family.
Lapbook or Scrapbook... That is the Question!
Take a moment and think about all the
school work and projects that you have completed with your children over
this past year . . . in fact, over all the years that you have educated your
children at home. Now think about how that work has been documented or
displayed. If you are like me, you probably have a box or two of filled-in
workbooks. There may be some satisfaction in a stack of completed workbooks,
but apparently not too much, for when Grandma and Grandpa come for a visit
to our house, it is not the workbooks that the kids dig out to show their
accomplishments; it is their journals and notebooks, lapbooks and projects.
These are the “books” that the children take pride in. Read more.
How to Make a
many questions from new and veteran home educators over the course
of a year. In the past two months, however, there has been one
question that has surfaced more than any other and that is… “How do
we make a timeline?” This is a great question and armed with
knowledge and the right tools, it is not as hard as it might seem. Read
The Where of
Geography is a subject
many parents feel inadequate to teach. The "where" of history is
just as critical to the story as the "who" and "when". To close
your eyes to geography while studying history is akin to learning
math without manipulatives. It can be done, but it leaves holes in
the complete picture, very much like putting together a puzzle
without all the pieces. Read more.
Here is an activity that I do heartily recommend with children of all
ages - Resurrection Cookies. As you read through the recipe, you
will see that this time in the kitchen with you will give your
children a sobering yet joyful reminder of Christ's work on the cross
Day - A Unit Study
March is definitely a
transition month. The weather changes, winter sports come to a
close, tired homeschooling parents begin to burn out, students get
bored and restless as they long for a spring break... March is a
great month to mix things up a bit and do something different - for a
week, at least!
Get Rid of the
Christmas can be a magical time for
children. Yet this holiday can also bring out whininess,
disappointment and an ungrateful "gimme, gimme" attitude in our
normally sweet children. How can we, as caring parents,
counter-act this contagious and disheartening attitude?
Let's use the word CHRISTMAS as an acrostic to remember some key
thoughts and actions that can help our children (and ourselves)
gain a proper perspective and appreciation for this most holy of
Thought of Starting an Online Business?
It is rather off-topic, but
something has been plaguing me these past few months. Todd and I
have been learning so much about growing our business, internet
marketing, generating sales and more important, trust with our
customers. We have been attending seminars – in person, over the
web and on the phone. We have put into practice many of the
business tips that we have learned and have tripled our business
income in just 3 months. I am not writing this to boast, but
rather I say it with utter amazement. The marketing tips we have
put into practice have cost us little or no money and have produced
incredible returns. And what has been plaguing me is this… so
many people would love to do what we are doing (work from home, spend
more time with family, enjoy greater ministry involvement, etc.) and I
just can’t keep this information to myself. I want to share it