* Contains Christian content “My child will never have a job where he needs to know algebra. We’re just teaching consumer math and being done with it.” “I know God isn’t preparing my child for college, so I don’t plan to worry too much about high school requirements.” “As long as my kids know the Lord, the rest of it doesn’t really matter.” “Neither my high school children or I are interested in history. I think we’re just going to do a quick lapbook (*written for elementary students) and count it as a credit.” “My kids give me so much grief about science that I’ve decided to stop teaching it for now. It’s just too hard to fight them.” “I know I need to get more serious about school, but ball practice two mornings a week, ball games at least one or two nights a week and co-op classes on Monday afternoons are really messing up my schedule. We’re trying to fit school in, but we’re so behind.” “God will fill in the gaps.” Above are actual comments I have heard within the last four months. They concern me. Read the rest here: https://ourjourneywestward.com/homeschooling-seriously/
I know there are some moms out there whose character voices during read-aloud time rival the work of Oscar-winning actors.
I am not one of those moms.
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/better-read-aloud/
It seems like everyone you meet is obsessed with STEM or STEAM-focused activities nowadays. Should you worry about this with your preschooler?
There is certainly no need to jump right into formal schooling with a little one, but it never hurts to start incorporating mathematical learning into your everyday fun.
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/everyday-preschool-math/
If you are like I was when we had our first struggling reader some 17 years ago, and know nothing about the phenomenon called dyslexia, you may be wondering, as I did, how to know if someone you know is dyslexic or not.
It is no great mystery. There are quite a few signs of dyslexia that are easy to observe.
Listen or read more at https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/dyslexia-signs-dyslexia/
I have never been very flexible — physically or otherwise.
I have always envied those people able to do splits (never done one) or be laissez faire about missing deadlines (never missed one in my yearbook adviser days).
Then I became a homeschool mom.
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/flexible-homeschool-plan/
Homeschooling is hard work. Juggling the daily homeschool schedule with managing the kids, the daily chores, the meal planning, and a few minutes for yourself (most likely hiding in the bathroom with a piece of chocolate) doesn’t leave much time for other pursuits. Part of the problem?
Your homeschool schedule.
Listen or read more at https://happyhomeschoolnest.com/blog/homeschool-schedule-mistakes
I recently heard from a mom who was concerned that if she homeschooled her son, she would be judged by other parents for it and that her son would likely be labeled as quirky. I hated to break it to her… but she was right. Even though homeschooling is on the rise across the country, it is still not the cultural norm. If we homeschool our sons they WILL be different than if we send them to school.
Listen or read more at https://www.homeschool-your-boys.com/different-if-we-homeschool/
Chaos is not my thing. Not that anyone really likes it, but some most folks roll with the punches better than I do.
The kids are yelling. The dog is tracking mud through the kitchen while he yips incessantly at said children. A pot is boiling over on the stove.
And in the midst of this I am supposed to be teaching reading, or math, or the kings and queens of England. I struggle.
Oh, I really do. You too?
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/homeschool-procedures/
“I don’t know how you do it. I know I never could.”
The common response when people ask where my kids go to school and I respond with “home.” To which I mutter something back about how it’s not as hard as you might think and we’ve never really known anything different…it’s just what we do.
But I get what they mean. When you’re peeking into somebody else’s life that is so very different than your own, our common response is, I have no idea how they do it.
Listen or read more at http://www.aliciahutchinson.com/2016/03/balance-homeschooling-how-we-try-to-do/
Often the question comes up. Do you school year round or do you take a summer break? It’s a legitimate question that has different answers and reasons depending on who you ask. We school year round, but we don’t keep a regular schedule during the summer. We have a more relaxed Year Round Homeschool Summer Schedule.
Listen or read more at http://hidethechocolate.com/year-round-homeschool-summer-schedule/
The other day, a friend asked me for help with a problem she’d been having in getting her toddler to sit still whenever she read to him.
She knows my daughter loves books as much as my husband and I do, and since I taught first and second graders to read during my years as an elementary school teacher, she figured I’d have a few helpful tips to pass along.
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/reading-with-toddlers-and-preschoolers/
When I found out about homeschooling, I was shocked.
Then I watched and thought and was intrigued.
Then I decided that it was what I wanted to do.
Then I fell in love with and married a man who was all for homeschooling our future family.
Then we had a baby (and two more).
I started to study. I read all kinds of books on homeschooling and educational philosophy. I spent hours and hours reading and participating on the Well-Trained Mind Forums. I read lots of blogs - well that wasn't new.
Listen or read more at http://ladydusk.blogspot.com/2016/05/so-you-think-you-want-to-homeschool.html
Let’s talk about independence.
Some homeschoolers want more of it like it’s the Holy Grail of home education. Others counter with the criticism that homeschooling is not meant to be a solitary activity.
So, which is it?
Let’s explore some ideas in The Myth of Independence.
Listen or read more at http://blogshewrote.org/2015/10/08/the-myth-of-independence/
The perfect homeschool plan is not elusive. In fact it is easy to create the perfect plan for your family if you begin by considering the needs of your family, considering your limitations as a homeschool teacher, and avoiding common pitfalls.
Planning means following a series of prescribed steps that will ensure that you have a plan that is going to work.
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/ten-steps-perfect-homeschool-plan/
When someone asks about my favorite homeschooling resources, I give the usual list - white board, dry erase markers, lots of notebooks, and a library card. I could share that list of resources today but I think I'd rather take a look at a few different things that you'll need for homeschooling that you can't buy at WalMart or Amazon. These are my homeschooling essentials.
Listen or read more at https://happyhomeschoolnest.com/blog/homeschooling-essentials
Do you have a perfectionist child? One that is unsatisfied with pretty much anything they accomplish? Sometimes even when they’ve done a good job? It’s sad to watch our kids missing out on the joy of creating art or music, playing sports or other competitive activities that could bring them such a sense of accomplishment.
Listen or read more at https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/helping-the-perfectionist-child/
Sometimes I tend to over-complicate things. Why do one math curriculum when you can do two? The best curriculum is the one with the most pieces, right? Since I’m a homeschool teacher I need a fancy lesson plan book, don’t I?
Not so fast there homeschool supermom. Before you get mired down in the idea of a complicated homeschool lesson planner, consider the purpose of teacher lesson plans.
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/homeschool-lesson-planner/
When you were in school, did you ever play around all semester before attempting to cram all the information into your head the night before a test? I did! To be honest, it never worked.
Listen or read more http://classicallyhomeschooling.com/diligence/
One topic I receive a lot of questions about is starting a book club for kids. And while a lot of information about my book clubs can be found on this blog and my YouTube channel, I thought I’d answer some of your most common questions.
Listen or read more at http://www.notbefore7.com/2016/08/11/creating-a-book-club-for-kids/
We went through a long, dry spell where we did not go to the library at all. I had a two-year-old, four-year-old, and six-year-old and frankly it was just not enjoyable to do.
I couldn't look for books, the kids were distracted by everything shiny the library had to offer (everything that was NOT a book), they wanted to run down the stacks and NOT be quiet. It was a long, dry spell, and I suffered no small amount of guilt for it.
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/library-trips-with-kids/
There was a stack of books sitting next to me on the driveway. We had just finished reading Aesop’s Fables and I told the girls to go play for ten minutes. I set the timer and got up to stretch as well.
This was the routine for most of our school days for the first three years of our homeschooling. We completed two lessons (a reading and an activity), then took a 10-minute break for them to run and play. Even when my oldest was in third grade, we reverted back to this schedule on days she found it difficult to focus or if we took our lessons to the park.
Listen or read more at https://www.triumphantlearning.com/movement-improve-focus/
Did you know March is National Reading Month? Because living books are so very good, every month is all about reading in our house! But in honor of this annual celebration of reading, I thought I’d take some time to share some of my best tips for raising readers.
Listen or read more at https://ourjourneywestward.com/11-tips-for-raising-readers/
Three years ago my husband was deployed with the Alabama National Guard. Since we are a Guard family, we know that it can always happen, but this one took us a little by surprise. He was tagged to go with a unit that was not his own and therefore two years earlier than what we had expected.
It’s tough when you think you have two extra years to get your stuff together… and then suddenly you don’t. Can I get a hooah?
Listen or read more at https://edsnapshots.com/planning-pitfalls/
One of my kids’ favorite subjects over the years has been – hands down – geography. Although they are all avid readers, there’s something about the hands-on and multi-sensory approaches and applications to “real life” of this subject.
There are a myriad of ways to teach it, and an equal amount of fun, interesting and practical ways to apply it. I realize, however, that not all kids feel the same way. So if you have kiddos who may be asking “Why do we have to study geography?” or “How on earth (no pun intended!) will I be using geography when I grow up?”, here are some practical ways to teach the subject.
Actually, with some of these approaches, unless you tell them, they won’t even realize they are learning geography!
Read or listen to the rest at http://patandcandy.com/bring-geography-to-life/
Do you do what I do? Lament about your imperfect homeschool, while comparing yourself to others you know? Their homeschool looks perfect.
Listen or read more at http://www.raisinglifelonglearners.com/the-imperfect-homeschool/