Cute Pencil Container

You may recognize this picture from my “Decorating Your Homeschool Area” post. My four-year-old, Pumpkin, and I made this adorable container a few weeks ago and she has been using (read: abusing!) is ever since. It has held up beautifully and shows no signs of wear-and-tear! It’s being used to hold school and art supplies, such as markers, colored pencils, crayons and paintbrushes. Wouldn’t you like to make one? 🙂

What You’ll Need Any shape container (circle, square, oval, rectangle) with sides that are perpendicular to the table (meaning they aren’t angled in or out). It must be at least half the height of the pencils you will be using. Pencils: They must be unsharpened (otherwise you’ll have a weapon, not a container!), but feel free to get really cheap ones. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t the best for writing. Ribbon that will go […]

Homeschooling Without Textbooks

Today I am guest-posting over at Modern Alternative Mama!

“When most of the public school parents I know think about trying to home school, they say that they imagine their kids sitting at the kitchen table reading expensive textbooks and whining about how bored they are. They tell me that they would love to teach their kids at home, but they can’t afford the curriculum or don’t know how to make their kids learn. My answer? Try teaching without textbooks!”

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Discovering Your Child’s Interests

A few weeks ago, this thought hit me right between the eyes: “My four-year-old LOVES math!”

Missing the Obvious

That may not seem like a life-changing revelation, but for me it was quite a wake-up call. You see, I’ve never been crazy about math. For most of my life I have actually hated it (VERY bad math teachers). Although my mathphobia is in remission, it made me stop in my tracks when I realized that my daughter thinks math is FUN. Not only that, but she has quite the knack for it! Like most parents, we have taught her to count, which she loves. She counts everything! She counts stairs, beads, toys, books, nuts… basically whatever she is interested in at any given moment. Lots of kids like to count, so that really didn’t strike me as unusual. One of her favorite toys is a calculator. Sometimes it is […]

Homeschooling Methods and Resources: Part 1

Curriculum. This is where homeschooling parents seem to get into trouble. I’ve seen so many intelligent, rational, well-balanced parents become panicked and obsessive people who are suddenly unable to make a decision. Truly, it doesn’t need to be this hard. Children in one-room school houses without enough books for each child to have their own were able to produce children who were much better educated than most public schooled children today. Contrary to the assertions of some homeschoolers, God has not ordained one particular curriculum as THE one to use. That being said, we do have some amazing resources at our disposal. Just be calm and wise, and all will be well. 🙂

When I described my homeschooling philosophy to a friend, she said, “Oh, so you’re doing a combination of Charlotte Mason and TJE.” Huh? I had no idea what she was talking about, but she was right! What […]