unschooling Christmas studies
book reviews / christmas / homeschool planning / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

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

how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review
homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning / 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. 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

a tale of four grades
homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

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

reading, writing, rithmetic

third r: reading

  I’m aware that I’ve not approached the three r’s in the traditional procession of reading, writing and arithmetic. Rather, from most difficult to easiest, arithmetic, writing and reading, at least for me! Once upon a time I bought the idea, sold en masse, that reading couldn’t be accomplished outside of a kindergarten, phonics program or easy … Continue reading