teach your kids poetry
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teach your kids poetry

Every September we study poetry: we read it, we analyze it, we write it. Oh no, you say, my kids wouldn’t enjoy poetry. Ditto for mine. (Or so they thought.) The benefits of poetry: Build neural networks. Learn a new language. Become cultured. These were my original reasons for reading snippets of William Wordsworth as … Continue reading

homeschool: math u see and math you don’t
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homeschool: math u see and math you don’t

Math wasn’t easy for me, so I didn’t want to see math, let alone teach it. When I attempted true unschooling for a time (yep, I really did that), I discovered the unbelievable…there is no way to get away from arithmetic. You need to understand math: add, subtract, multiply, divide, estimate, and understand decimals and percentages. Consumerism … Continue reading

how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review
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how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review

I ate up Julie Bogart’s recent book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life. Ten years ago, I would have inhaled it and allowed the gems of oxygen to seep into my respiratory cells, so I could breathe, really breathe in my homeschool world. So many gems of wisdom I had … Continue reading

Homeschool: A Tale of Teaching Four Kids to Read
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Homeschool: A Tale of Teaching Four Kids to Read

The Most Important R: Reading Give a kid a book, open their minds to the world. Once upon a time I bought into the notion that reading couldn’t be accomplished outside of a kindergarten class, a phonics program, or an easy reader series. My children have taught me otherwise. Each of my children had different … Continue reading

Episode #4: Perspective Shift: The Art and Science of an Education
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Episode #4: Perspective Shift: The Art and Science of an Education

https://media.blubrry.com/homeschoolmamaselfcare/p/capturingthecharmedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/What-is-an-Education-Anyways.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | Capturing the Charmed Life Podcast “Education cannot make a person into something; it can only provide space for a person to discover who they are. Being fully human is not derived from doing things the way … Continue reading

freedom: the root of homeschooling
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freedom: the root of homeschooling

Mama has freedom to learn with her kids. I have my PhD research paper thesis topic in mind: “Senility in aging homeschooling parents: Is the incidence lower with increased homeschooling years?” My hypothesis: the more years we homeschool, the more likely we develop neural networks in our adult brains; therefore, lower incidence of senility. Ok, so … Continue reading