Spring has officially sprung, and for homeschoolers that often means it’s planning season. People are out and about at conventions, looking at new curriculum, making choices for the coming year. What if I suggested that a key ingredient to a successful school year wasn’t only the right curriculum? What if I suggested that the atmosphere in your home was as important as the book list?
Four years ago we moved into the Owl House. A generous friend asked if we had room for a piano–their family was growing and they could use the space. We said yes, and a team of neighbors delivered a shiny, black piano and then tucked into the corner of our dining room. The only problem? No one in our house played the piano! Enter Mr.
One of the most appealing aspects of a Charlotte Mason education for me is the seamless interplay between art and science that is possible with nature study. Nothing compares to tromping through the woods in all weathers to track the first crocus. Alright, we usually just walk around our neighborhood…and only when it’s not too wet! But we still keep our Calendar of Firsts, and
The dark comes early these days, and the temperatures stay cool. That makes winter the perfect time for stories! Recently, our family had the opportunity to try out Bookroo–a subscription book service. Every month a handsomely wrapped package arrives filled with your choice of board books or picture books. What a fun morning we had receiving our package from the letter carrier, then tearing open
The Christmas Creep–it comes earlier every year! In our local stores Christmas decorations are already out, right next to the Halloween candy. It seems like the push to extend the Christmas shopping season always gets stronger. We know the reason for the season, but sometimes the gift lists and party obligations can put us on edge and cloud our vision. If we’re going to observe
Choosing math curriculum has got to be one of the hardest parts of homeschooling. Okay, actually doing math lessons every day is probably harder! But it’s difficult to keep from thinking that if we only had a better/different/new curriculum all our math woes would be gone. Everyone would understand and complete their lessons with minimal effort and drama. In reality, the best math curriculum is
Are you looking for a fine arts curriculum for your high schooler? Wondering what you might teach for co-op? Maybe your planned time off this summer hasn’t been quite as restful as you’d hoped. Maybe you’re looking for a way to nourish your own creativity even in the midst of this busy homeschooling life. A Year of Art Journaling: A Beginner Course in Artful Discovery
One of the strongest rhythms in our homeschool is work out of our Morning Time Basket. The basket holds our history spine, a poetry anthology, songbooks, and our Bible memory work. We spend time reading aloud everyday. This shared learning simplifies our schedule, and builds our family culture as we share good words together. ~ Don’t miss the discount code and giveaway at the end!
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