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

unschooling Christmas studies
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unschooling Christmas studies

Unschooling Christmas studies: a necessity at Christmas break? Not sure if we’re gearing down because we’re mentally gearing up for Christmas, but it seems to me that keeping everyone’s attention is getting more challenging. I don’t think it’s the increased sweets factor, the candy canes coming from every direction, the Hershey’s almond kisses, the gingerbread cookies … Continue reading

a tale of four grades
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a tale of four grades

I don’t have four kids homeschooling anymore. But I did. I have a teenager, studying at a high school level, who is very much as independent as a college student, waking herself for early morning on line classes, tracking her study hours, watching her deadlines, getting to town for her part time job. I have … Continue reading

reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

just write, they say…

Is it really necessary to teach kids the mechanics of writing? You might not be surprised that I’d say yes. I kind of value writing. It’s a means of creative expression, of connecting, of encouraging. It’s certainly a means of learning what I think, and why I think what I think, and being fearless in expressing … Continue reading

reading, writing, rithmetic

to think I didn’t always read

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read”. Mark Twain Believe it or not, I didn’t really read till I was seventeen. Oh yes, I remember the assignments that I was supposed to read: grade 11 it was Ghandi. That’s a long book. I watched the movie….actually, that’s a long … Continue reading