teaching kids spelling
homeschool planning / homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning / unexpected home learners

teaching kids spelling

How to teach your kiddo spelling? A new-to-homeschool mama asked me: “Do you have any advice on how to teach a child spelling? My daughter is a terrible speller. She loves to write stories, but I can’t even read them because the words are so badly spelled. I have tried All About Spelling, but the … Continue reading

homeschool science: apologia & beyond
homeschool planning / homeschooling / science study / self-directed learning

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

homeschool: math u see and math you don’t
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

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

Homeschool: A Tale of Teaching Four Kids to Read
homeschool planning / homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

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

homeschool: child-led learning
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

homeschool: child-led learning

“A schooled education is a mile wide and an inch deep.” There are things I want to impart to my kids, no question. But learning doesn’t necessarily happen because I said something out loud, or the kids read through a passage, or they watched a video clip. Some days, I expected them to be like … Continue reading

self-directed-learning: the art of independence
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

self-directed-learning: the art of independence

Self-directed learning: a new term evolving from the unschool movement. I’ve spent my early years lapping up all things John Holt and John Taylor Gatto. I even radically unschooled for six solid months until we were bored out of our trees. We gradually transitioned to a self-directed learning. We are no longer unschoolers. For a … Continue reading