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Homeschooling ABC’s: M, N, and O

I hope you enjoyed last month’s post on “Stealth Homeschooling.”  This month I’m getting back to my “Homeschooling ABC’s” series.  It’s full of practical advice and homeschooling encouragement, so I hope you’ll read it and let me know what you think! M is for Multi-Level Teaching – While it’s not always the case, it’s not…




Homeschooling ABC’s: D, E, and F

Today I’m bringing to you the second installment in my “Homeschooling ABC’s series.  (Drumroll, please!)  Here, for your enjoyment and inspiration are D, E, and F! D is for Delight-Directed: Many homeschoolers associate delight-directed learning with unschooling, but it can be a part of your homeschooling curriculum no matter what teaching method you use.  I…




Your Homeschool: Time for a Breath of Fresh Air?

I am not much for pithy motivational statements.  I’m more partial to the wickedly fun posters that you can find at Despair.com called “Demotivators.” However, sometimes a wise adage can be useful and today I am offering two that can help you immensely when making decisions about your homeschool.  They are: If it ain’t broke,…




How To: Teach the Fine Arts

There are so many ways to teach your children about the Fine Arts!  In this post I am going to tell you about the activities and resources I have used with my own children and offer tips to help you introduce your children to the arts as well. For the sake of clarity, when I…




How To: Teach Social Science, Part 2 (History)

I love history.  As a matter of fact, I am working on (finally!) finishing my Bachelor’s degree and while I am majoring in English Literature, I am minoring in History. Going through school I was fortunate enough to have some great history teachers.  However, when I first attended college over 30 years ago (ouch!), I…




Making the Most of a Home School Conference

It’s that season again!  Okay, I realize it’s nowhere near Christmas.  And yes, we’re in the middle of March Madness season but I’m not talking about that either.  I’m talking about home-school conference season. Over the next few months thousands upon thousands of home-schoolers will be flocking to conferences large and small.  Some of the…




How To: Teach Social Science, Part 1 (Geography)

There are a number of disciplines that fall under the heading of “social sciences” but I am going to focus on the ones that would most commonly be taught in a home-school curriuculum: history, geography, economics and political science.  Some may wonder why I would choose to use the term “social sciences” rather than just…




How To: Teach Math (Concepts)

Before I get into the specifics of teaching your child math I am going to philosophize here for a minute…or perhaps editorialize would be a better word.  In any case, if you do not care to read the upcoming *editorial* feel free to jump down to where I get into the specifics of teaching math. In the meantime,…




Sonlight: A Literature-Based Approach to Learning

  I have never personally used Sonlight curriculum but everyone that I know who has used it has always told me how much they love it.  In my quest to help you make informed choices concerning your home-schooling adventure I thought I would ask some home-schoolers who use Sonlight to tell me why they use…




How to Home-School: Eclectic Method

  This is my sixth and final post on “Teaching Methods.” The eclectic method of home-schooling may seem self-explanatory, but I think it’s worth taking a look at since the vast majority of home-schoolers are using this method.  While I have no hard data to support that statement, my experience of knowing home-schoolers for over twenty years…