Quieting the Inner Critic

As I sat and listened to each of the children read their short stories, I was amazed. These kids had excellent writing skills. It didn't take long for my enjoyment and wonder to turn to negativity as my inner critic emerged. “My kids can't write like that,” I thought, “I must be a failure.” Oh, … Continue reading Quieting the Inner Critic

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Planning to Finish Strong

As spring sets in, thoughts about finishing the school year may surface. This is a great time to refocus and look toward the finish. This may be a source of excitement or stress. Are you on track? Are you frustrated with the school year? Recently, I was feeling stressed because we had fallen behind with … Continue reading Planning to Finish Strong

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 … Continue reading Reteaching for Understanding

Responding to “That Question”

In the world of homeschooling, there is a question that arises all too frequently and can bring with it a host of negative emotions. For new homeschool parents, it can be especially challenging. Of course, you probably already know what question I'm referring to. What about socialization? Having been asked this question myself many times … Continue reading Responding to “That Question”

Combining Geography and Art

Combining geography and art can be an interesting way to teach two subjects at once. I recently did this with a group of children in kindergarten through third grade. The primary inspiration for this class was Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World by MaryAnn F. Kohl. In this book, the author presents … Continue reading Combining Geography and Art