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

teaching vocabulary
homeschooling / self-directed learning / write

teaching vocabulary

Just by speaking, we learn vocabulary. By reading, we naturally learn it all the more. Grandma overheard her granddaughter refer to her coccyx getting hurt on the sled hill (not conventional nineĀ  year old terminology, but she has a medical dad). We speak, they learn. I don’t teach vocabulary. But I am a word geek. … 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

teach your kids poetry
homeschooling / self-directed learning

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
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