How to Teach Writing in a Child-Directed Way

There are so many great homeschool writing curriculums available. But sometimes you just want to get away from a formal approach, a formal curriculum. Surely there’s got to be an easier way, a child-directed way. Since you get to decide how to approach your child’s education, you get to decide if you choose this curriculum…

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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 nine  year old terminology, but she has a medical dad). We speak, they learn. I don’t teach vocabulary. But I am a word geek.…

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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…

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teaching literary devices to homeschool high school students using pop culture references

I searched for an accessible way to explain literary devices when my oldest daughter was asking for help in her final high school English class. How to have fun teaching literary device to a homeschool high schooler? Use popular pop culture references. If you’re thinking, what even is a literary device? An abbreviated, succinct version exists…

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how to encourage homeschool mama creativity

Homeschool mama can invest in herself by investing in creativity time. Don’t think you’re creative? A local creative, David Lawson, said in a creativity seminar, “Everyone is creative. Certain people are not just born with creativity. You went home, opened the fridge door and made something. So let loose the judgments of others, or self.” He’s…

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food for creative thought: the unique contribution

What is my unique contribution to the world? I relistened to a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert interviewing Brene Brown. You are likely familiar with the author Elizabeth Gilbert. She wrote Eat, Pray, Love…and a handful of other titles. Recently, Gilbert wrote Big Magic — the next title on my reading list. It’s a book about creativity,…

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