I have to admit I was just a little bit (okay, a lotta bit) concerned about having a 7th grader this year. Junior high… almost high school. Yeah, there were a few freak out moments about homeschooling 7th grade. But I'm learning that there's no reason to be scared of these years - we still have to work, discuss, and find a routine and schedule (and curriculum!) that works for both us.
Writing and Rhetoric book four from Classical Academic Press is the fourth in a 12-book series that teaches students writing skills using the progymnasmata - a series of exercises that prepare students for rhetoric. It's a perfect writing program from homeschooling - with in-depth exercises and a great teacher's manual that helps guides parents through teaching the writing process to their kids.
Along with my friends Chelli at The Planted Trees and Sara at Classically Homeschooling, we've been discussing the 'Eight Essential Principles of Classical Pedagogy' this year - covering one principle each month. We've arrived at our final post in the series - Educational Virtues. It's been a joy to cover the practical aspects of Classical Education and discuss ways to bring these principles to life. Focusing on Educational Virtues this month feels like the natural point to wrap-up our discussion. Let's take a look at how we can apply this to our homeschool.
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.
Parenting in the digital age brings a whole host of issues our parents never had to deal with. Each new device we buy for our children requires us to educate ourselves and research parental controls and the best ways to manage technology - all with the goal of protecting our children. Sometimes it's just plain overwhelming (especially as my daughter masters new technology much more quickly than I do)! Thankfully, there are new forms of technology available that actually help parents create and maintain regular internet safety rules for their kids. Best of all, they are simple to use - even for this technology challenged mom. One tool that I'm especially excited about? The Gryphon Internet Router.