Here’s a start at virtual field trips you can take if the weather is bad or you can’t leave your house for another reason. We haven’t reviewed all of these. You might do them on your own before you show the kids.: Virtual Field Trips Around The World Castles: http://www.castlewales.com/listings.html#Click%20on Egypt: http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~ancient/tour.htm Farm: http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/farm/video.html Farm … Continue reading Exploring Virtually
Exploring the Outdoors
Here is a start at listing all of the Outdoor field trips we can think of. You’ll need to do your own research for details about each one because things change all the time. Have a favorite that we missed? Have other information that we should add? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and including … Continue reading Exploring the Outdoors
Homeschooling… for now
“So…where do your kids go to school?” “Oh! We are homeschooling for now.” For now. Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton was committing to another four years in office, the Hale-Bopp comet was doing a fly-by, and The Lion King opened on Broadway, our little family of four embarked on the adventure of home education. … Continue reading Homeschooling… for now
The Homeschool Meltdown
“What just happened? School was going really well and suddenly my child is in a puddle on the floor.” If you have been homeschooling for a bit, you’ve probably experienced this drastic turnaround. Your child is frustrated; you are frustrated. What can you do now? Find the Source of the Frustration Frustration over a behavior … Continue reading The Homeschool Meltdown
Managing Middle School Mayhem
Much of the mystery and mayhem associated with the raging hormones of the middle school years can be mitigated by choosing to homeschool. While many of us remember the drama, tears, and embarrassment of attending public school in junior high, we can offer our own children a safe haven of support and understanding during these … Continue reading Managing Middle School Mayhem
Teaching Older Elementary Students
Ah, those upper elementary years! They’re not chubby-fingered cherubs any more, but they’re not yet ready to learn on their own. This is the age of emerging skills. Most students are still mastering the basics of reading, writing, and math, and schoolwork can seem incredibly tedious. Here are a few things to keep in mind … Continue reading Teaching Older Elementary Students
Teaching Younger Elementary Students
Teaching your young elementary kids can be overwhelming. There are so many scary thoughts going through your mind. This is the start. You are setting them on a trajectory that will determine the rest of their lives. How do you get a kid that won’t stay still for five minutes to sit down and learn … Continue reading Teaching Younger Elementary Students
Fall is Here!
Last week, I spent a few days in a cabin up in the mountains. To say that I was excited to spend some quiet time with friends and family would be an understatement. As we drove up to our cabin, we were treated with the beautiful view and a hint that fall was on the … Continue reading Fall is Here!