Homeschool Advice, Encouragement & Resources
Homeschooling is hard work but it is definitely worth it! Here are posts to help and inspire you in your homeschooling journey.
Homeschool Advice & Encouragement
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Homeschooling: Classical Education
I was inspired by The Well-Trained Mind when I discovered a copy of the book at my local library. Was it really possible to create my own homeschool plan without depending on a 'boxed' curriculum - especially for a classical education? I've discovered the answer is a resounding yes! Yes, you can classically educate your child. Here are the tips and resources I've discovered along the way:
When you think of a peaceful homeschool atmosphere, what do you envision?
Perhaps children diligently completing their workbook page without mom fussing at them. Or maybe you see your kids curled up listening to an audio book and drawing. A peaceful homeschool can be many things for different moms. We all find peace and rest in different ways.
Even with only one child, I still crave a peaceful learning atmosphere.
Is scholé (restful learning) an attainable goal for homeschoolers?
There are many homeschooling blogs and message boards that have been discussing scholé - the philosophy and the practical application. In my endeavor to create that kind of atmosphere in our own home, I've been sharing my own thoughts and ideas. I've also joined a few friends - Sara at Classically Homeschooling and Chelli at The Planted Trees to discuss this philosophy and how to apply it to our individual homeschools.
Principles of Classical Education
Our series about Everyday Scholé was so inspiring that we decided to continue the series - this time focusing on the education virtues that Dr. Christopher Perrin discusses in his series about Classical Pedagogy.
Homeschooling elementary-aged kids are lots of fun. It's wonderful to be with them when the read about Columbus or learn about the pyramids for the first time. To see their eyes light up with wonder. And yes, even teaching them basic math and writing skills can be an adventure. Homeschooling these grades is full of firsts!
Homeschooling Middle School
Those middle school years are all about teaching independence and watching your little ones grow up (almost overnight) until they are in their preteen years. Homeschooling this stage is full of adventure, though very different than homeschooling little ones. Now it's all about discussion and growth and growing independence. It's the time to build that relationship and focus on family (before your little ones fly the nest!).
Curriculum & Product Reviews
Choosing the right homeschool curriculum can be a daunting task. Learning about various programs and finding something that fits your family takes time and research. Part of that research can be spent reading reviews from other homeschool moms. Thankfully, with blogging, many homeschool moms can share their thoughts and reviews about various homeschool programs. I've been blessed to do the same. Here are some of the programs we've reviewed - some we've used throughout the years (All About Spelling was one of my first review programs and we've used every level since that first one!), others we only used for a season.