As the end of the traditional school year winds down, it's time to start thinking about clearing out curriculum that you no longer need. It feels good to purge out old material and look forward to fresh new topics for the upcoming school year. But how do you purge out the old? Is there a method to your madness? I'm sure that there are many methods, but today I'm sharing with you how I … [Read more...] about Tips for Purging Your Homeschool Curriculum at the End of the Year
In our homeschool, even though we loosely follow the traditional school calendar, we do not take the full summer off. This fall I will start my twentieth year of homeschooling and somehow I still haven't got the knack of planning and following through so that we are completely finished every subject by the time I do final grades in the first week of June. There are always a couple of subjects that … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Relaxed Summer Learning
Multisensory activities are an effective way for kids to learn. All children need some time for creativity and hands-on learning on a daily basis. Sensory bins can be a great way to achieve those purposes. What is a Sensory Bin? A short definition is: a box or container of some sort with a filler material (sand, beads, rice, etc.) and objects/toys that usually center around a theme. The kids … [Read more...] about Sensory Bins for Hands-On Homeschooling
Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the tech choices out there? Do you use technology in your homeschool? I always considered us "low-tech" generally speaking -- that is until I really sat down to think about it. Then I realized how much we rely on online resources, digital curriculum, and our Kindle Fire tablets to learn on a near-daily basis. These things crept into our homeschool so gradually … [Read more...] about Homeschooling High-Tech Kids Even When You’re Not Naturally High-Tech
Are you tired of the disorganized mess you call a homeschooling space? Perhaps there are papers strewn across the room and just pure chaos everywhere. You can say goodbye to the homeschool space clutter and hello to the simple homeschooling space. Believe me, I have firsthand experience with that feeling. I can walk you through the process that I've used and you can take these steps to … [Read more...] about How to Simplify Your Homeschooling Space
When I talk to new homeschoolers, I often get questions about homeschooling methods. It's a big topic when you first start researching homeschooling and it can be confusing. You'll find people who staunchly stick to one particular method without wavering. They will swear that there is only one right way. That can be intimidating to someone who is just starting to homeschool! Let me reassure … [Read more...] about What’s the Big Deal about Homeschooling Methods?