New Year’s Resolution: Rest

New Year’s Resolution: Rest

The new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start. We make goals and write resolutions. We edit lesson plans and evaluate our students’ progress. Then, we forge full-steam ahead into the new year convinced that our efforts will be fruitful. But, what happens before winter’s end? Continue reading “New Year’s Resolution: Rest”

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Keeping it Simple

Keeping it Simple

Through the years, I have found that the way I approach choosing curriculum has changed. When my children were young, I used a thematic unit study approach to teach most of their subjects. It required some research on my part, but it was a simple strategy. It provided for many opportunities to expand on topics and follow trails to other topics of interest. Plus, it was fun! Continue reading “Keeping it Simple”

Homeschooling through the Holidays

Homeschooling through the Holidays

More often than not, the holiday season comes and goes in a whirlwind with activities and events that seem to fill every available hour. In some homeschools, schoolwork takes a back seat until January. Instead of carrying on with traditional assignments, time is spent on making crafts for gift giving or preparing special meals. But, is this ok? Should we feel remorse if we take “time off” from homeschooling to focus on the holidays? You will need to answer that question for yourself, but I suggest that if you’re struggling with an answer right now, then you need to think about what homeschooling means to you. Continue reading “Homeschooling through the Holidays”

70 Class Ideas for Groups

My kids have enjoyed some wonderful classes with our homeschool co-op. Our group tends to concentrate on offering classes that require kids to work together, something not easily done at home with just one family, and classes that might not typically be taught in a homeschool. This is one of the reasons why I love our co-op. We do some really cool things! Are you looking for class ideas for your group? Then this list is for you. Continue reading “70 Class Ideas for Groups”

Reteaching for Understanding

Although we may have the best of intentions with our lesson plans and instruction, sometimes we are not effective teachers. I had this experience recently. I was teaching a mock trial class for our homeschool co-op and discussing the types of questions that are used during a direct examination of a witness. Once I had finished my instruction, I asked the kids to create questions for the witnesses of our case. My helper and I walked around and observed the class as they worked. Before long, it was apparent that the kids did not really understand the concept. We tried to clarify what they were supposed to do and then let them continue with the task. Continue reading “Reteaching for Understanding”