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When the homeschool funk happens

Last week we did close to nothing for school. The momentum disappeared and learning should be fun, so I didn’t push it. Then monday, I tried again and the funk was still there. So I contacted my dear homeschool mom friend that homeschools her 3 children at once and asked her if she ever experienced the homeschool funk. She told me that they do projects instead when the funk happens and sent me a picture of her children doing a...

Witch hunt : At what age do you think children should learn about the ugliness in history?

It seems to me everytime I find myself teaching history, the more I am telling my child how ugly the world can be. This is depressing. First it started out with the definition of slaves, then it was the story about America was stolen from native americans and now I am wanting to tell them about all the witch hunts in europe and in OUR country. You know the strong women  like herbalist, midwives and property owners that were burned...

Witch Switch for Halloween treats

We love halloween around here. One thing we don’t love is how to deal with the candy issue without making my kids feel like they are different from all the kids. We don’t do sugar much considering its SO bad for your body. What we are doing this year is “Witch Switch”. Basically, my children get to go trick or treating for the witch. Once they are done, they leave the candy outside in a bowl for the witch to...

free worksheet maker for teaching writing

I recently found this great site that allows you to design your own handwriting worksheets. You just fill it out & print. I like this since as I have said in prior post, many believe children should write before reading. Copywork seems to be a great thing around here because it keeps my children busy while I cook and they are building a skill. We like theme’s around here, so being able to incorporate these in my themes adds language...

Teaching how to read

Definitely, what is it we propose in teaching a child to read? (a) that he shall know at sight, say, some thousand words; (b) That he shall be able to build up new words with the elements of these. Let him learn ten new words a day, and in twenty weeks he will be to some extent able to read, without any question as to the number of letters in a word. For the second, and less important, part of...

Our homeschool schedule

I just thought I would share with you all my homeschool schedule I made for Maya. This schedule is flexable & can change at any time but it helps me focus.  We just do about 20 minutes of each, but we break it up. “stories” means we work on a fairy tale or story a month and use that as a theme if there isn’t a holiday theme we aren’t already working on. “social studies” is usually a autobiography we...

Math with dominoes 

Dominoes make excellent math manipulatives, and we have begun to use them frequently in our homeschooling. There are lots of different games that can be played with them and in the process of playing the games a preschool child can start to recognize patterns like that nine is three groups of three or that two odd numbers added together make an even number. When I play dominoes with my four year old we talk about the dots as though they...

Leaf crowns 

we made leaf crowns And pranced around Like kings & queens  And spoke of the unseen. – mama suchernova Making leaf crowns was easy & it encouraged imagination on our walk in the woods. You basically just pick your leaves and then some needle size branch sticks to insert in as pins. Have fun!   ...

Is your child ready to start reading?

So many view points about when you should start teaching your children to read. In the evolution of humanity, spoken language developed first. Then came written language, originally through symbols (think hieroglyphics). Finally, once there was a written language, people learned to read. This is exactly the sequence in which children master language, and so is the sequence in which reading is taught in Waldorf education as well as the Charlotte Mason Method. From birth to age seven, the focus...

Chores: Teaching Habits is the first lessons of life

Part of our conscious outlook on our homeschool curriculum is chores & habits. I caught myself, in my busy schedule, allowing my children to make a mess of the house. If I asked the children to clean up their mess, they wouldn’t unless I stayed with them and coached them. But the truth is, I’m not doing them an service by cleaning up their messes for them, that’s just not the way the real world is. “What should I be...