how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review
academics / homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / write

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, but 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 … Continue reading

homeschool science: apologia & beyond
academics / home educating planning / homeschooling

homeschool science: apologia & beyond

In this house, we love science. Discovering how things work, how they function, playing with ingredients, memorizing the elements of the Periodic Table, assembling boxes of physics activities, and performing chemistry experiments, reading on plate tectonics or atomic theory, we’ve done a little bit of everything over the years. (And it’s not because dad is … Continue reading

tis the season, the season of homeschool fatigue: how to deal with homeschool winter blues
academics / homeschooling

tis the season, the season of homeschool fatigue: how to deal with homeschool winter blues

The anticipation of September has definitely disappeared. Christmas decorations have been packed away (actually I still have a lit and thirsty tree in my home). Thus begins the season of homeschool fatigue. A homeschooling mama of five asked for suggestions. She explained her concern with this word picture: “Our house is very loud with five kids … Continue reading

homeschool science
academics / homeschooling / science study

homeschool science

In this house, we love science. Discovering how things work, how they function, playing with ingredients, elements, physics boxes, and chemistry experiments, reading on plate tectonics or atomic theory, we’re all over science. (And it’s not because dad is a doc; he actually loves history). Chem C500. We’ve had three kids interested in chemistry. This … Continue reading