Painting by Guido Borelli We took a couple of days to read poems by Federico Garcia Lorca (Romance Sonambulo, and Arbole, Arbole…) and then write our own poems full of color. I encouraged the girls to add a few Spanish words to their poems. This lesson idea came from “Rose Where Did You Get … More Spanish Poetry
Don’t miss part 1 and part 2 of this series! Right out of the gate, your school schedule can sink you if it’s not realistic. Here are some scheduling things that worked for me: Schedule built-in breaks by alternating lessons that don’t require your direct teaching. For our first year of home school, this was … More Home School and Twin Toddlers: Scheduling Tips
Post 2 of my Homeschooling with Toddler Twins Series. See Post 1 Sometimes you just need to holler “Uncle!” and recognize that you need help. You might be surprised at the help you can find. **For about 2 months, a young woman from my church who was graduated from high school came and played with … More Home School & Toddlers: Get Help!
If you are a home schooling mother with twins or multiple toddlers, I want to share with you the things I tried that worked for us. But first, the background story: I have twin boys who are almost 3. The year that the twins were 1-year-old, was a pretty good year, school-wise. It was our … More Home Schooling and Twin Toddlers
Beginner Home school Math Mistakes I began homeschooling in August 2016 using Saxon math. Cherry Pie in Algebra 2, Pumpkin Pie in 8/7, and Tamale Pie in 6/5, I had been given the textbooks my children needed (for free!), and I figured I should use what I had rather than spend money on dreamy … More Algebra and Life (and the Secret to Successful Home School Math)
When I decided to home school and started seriously searching the internet for a place to start, I stumbled across something called the Charlotte Mason Philosophy of Education. Curious, I read more, and each new point I read resonated within me. As I read, I remembered the “Foundations of Education” class I was required to … More Why I love the Charlotte Mason Philosophy of Education
As I began planning what I wanted for our home school, it was pretty overwhelming. I was reading curriculum overviews and scanning textbooks. I was reading education philosophies. I was making list after list. Then I stumbled across a few podcasts and blogs that changed everything. These are treasures, and they answer the question: Where … More Where do I begin with Homeschool?
As I began teaching my girls, a new fear cropped up. I was afraid that my girls would think I am a boring teacher and sit in annoyance as I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off. I was afraid to be compared to all the professional teachers they have had before me. … More See Yourself Clearly
In my previous post, I mentioned some of the biggest fears I had about home schooling. When I decided to bring my girls home, I didn’t really have answers to those fears, but my desire to have them home was stronger than my fears. I told myself that if I was terrible at home schooling, … More Overcoming Home School Fears
I’ll be honest. I never thought I would home school. I was glad to send my older kids to school and have a break during the day. My college degree is Elementary Education, but I never seriously considered home school. However, I did often say things to myself like, “If I ever home school, … More Why I decided to Home School: the turning of my heart to my children