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Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum is right at the top of my list of favorite books for new homeschoolers. In addition to the valuable reviews of curriculum, Duffy takes new home educators on a revealing journey to discover what type of curriculum would work best for parent and child. I’m very excited to see a new edition of this homeschooling classic since that last edition is a few years old, but I’m even more excited to see that it is available for a low introductory price through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.
If you know someone who is getting started in homeschooling, this More >
Here’s the newest project I had the privilege of being a part of. It was a thrill to contribute to Heavenly Humor for the Teacher’s Soul: 75 Inspirational Readings (with Class!). I am so thankful to Barbour Publishing for including this homeschool mom’s writing in the book.
The book includes 75 humorous stories–some from the view point of the student and some from the teacher. All have a heart-warming message of hope and grace. Take a look!
As we begin another year of homeschooling, it’s easy to become consumed with curriculum and schedules and plans for co-ops, field trips and programs. While all of those things are important, I am once again reminded to slow down and prayerfully consider each of my children—their needs, desires, loves, struggles and limitations. Instead of focusing on grade level, what others are doing or even what I think I should be doing, I am reminded to focus on how I can reach each of my children with a love of learning.
For each child this is a different path. For me, this year, it will mean more More >
As personal as homeschooling is, the method of unschooling is even more so. Unschooling families vary widely in their approach. Some use a few select curriculums for a few select subject; others use none. This makes writing on the subject of unschooling difficult. I know. I’ve read several books about it, and most have difficulty putting down on paper exactly how to use the method. The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom is no different.
Author Mary Griffith takes on the subject of unschooling in a very relaxed, open-minded way. She introduces the More >
I just finished Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax. Quite simply, it is the educational journey that the Colfax family took while educating their children on their homestead in Northern California. While there was some structure to their homeschool, the Colfaxes (from what I have read elsewhere) consider themselves unschoolers. Whatever method they used, it worked. Three of their four sons attended Harvard University. View my video review of Homeschooling for Excellence below.
In an effort to make my homeschool and home run more efficiently, I recently read Simplify Your Life: Get Organized and Stay That Way by Marcia Ramsland. It’s important to point out that this is not a homeschool book, but the organizational tips that it teaches can help anyone who needs help simplifying and organizing their space—whether at home or at work. So check out my video review below for Simplify Your Life. Enjoy!
At the 2010 Texas Home School Book Fair, I came across a vendor that sold history lapbooks. This piqued my interest and I began researching how to make my own. That led me to a few web sites that have a lot to say on the subject.
Lapbooks are creative folders/notebooks that highlight what a student learns during a unit study. Think of them as a cross between scrapbooking and journaling. Lapbooks are filled with smaller sections, or “books,” and can be personalized to reflect each student’s age, giftings and interests.
If you are looking to learn more about lapbooking (what it is and how to More >
When I first began studying homeschooling methods, I kept coming across the name Charlotte Mason. To be honest, I really didn’t get her method of homeschooling. It just didn’t click. I didn’t understand what made her style of educating different, or what was meant by using “real books.” Then I came across a site that has become one of my favorite sources on the Web for homeschooling: Simply Charlotte Mason.
Veteran homeschoolers Sonya Shafer, Karen Smith and their families have created a site dedicated to encouraging other homeschoolers in the Charlotte Mason method. Their site offers several More >
When was the last time you ventured into the library? When was the last time you allowed yourself time to peruse the books, books on tape, DVDs and magazines? If you’re a homeschooler, the answer may be “last week” or “last month.” That’s because the library offers wonderful opportunities for homeschoolers.
For me, homeschooling reintroduced me to the library. As a child, I spent hours there discovering all the books, attending children’s workshops and participating in read-a-thons. It was a treasure hunt each and every time. I loved finding just the right books and checking out my favorites More >