Helping Kids To Thrive During Coronavirus School Closures

Helping kids to thrive during the coronavirus school closures

Help Your Kids to Thrive During Coronavirus School Closures Coronavirus has caused many disruptions to our normal schedules, including kids staying home from school. While I can’t help with the financial or childcare problems that families are facing, I can offer some advice on making this break time a productive, learning experience for children. I […]

Teaching Botticelli’s Venus and Mars

Looking for a fun way to incorporate art history into your February homeschool plan?  Teaching Botticelli’s lighthearted painting of Venus and Mars is the perfect Valentine’s Day study. This painting has fun details that are sure to delight a curious child, and in this post I’m going to give a quick lesson plan including a […]

Stress Free Homeschooling for the Holidays

Great resource for stress free Christmas ideas for homeschoolers

Stress free homeschooling is possible, even during the holidays. In this post I wanted to give you some simple ways to incorporate Christmas into your school day without adding planning time or complicated supplies. These ideas are meant to be productive,  simple and fun. I’ve tried to stick to ideas that require minimal teacher input.  […]

Introducing Children to Art and Art History

Art and art history have been a part of our school life from the time my boys were toddlers, both producing art and enjoying works by others. This reflects a strong belief in introducing children to art and art history – art is interesting, expansive, and leads a well rounded education.  I enjoy art and […]

Hate History?

  Do you hate History? Did you watch the clock tick off each minute as your teacher droned on? Did you suffer through dry readings, memorize meaningless dates, and answer pointless review questions? Do you dread subjecting your child to the same boring process? If so, I’m sorry. Believe me, it doesn’t have to be […]

Get Your Museum On…

Summer, beaches, baseball, museums…yes, museums. It is a great time to take the family to the museum. We have made two museum trips so far this July. The first trip was to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Next to the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA is a complex of museums that is […]

Why We Need to Rethink Rewards

Do you have some sort of reward system in place for chores?  Do you reward yourself when you lose a certain amount of weight or work out every day for a week? Do you pay your kids for good grades, or take them for ice cream if they read a certain number of books? When […]

Curriculum for Elementary School Recommendations

curriculum for elementary school

These are many wonderful curriculums out there, so this list just shows the tip of the iceberg. While the variety of choices is great, it is also OVERWHELMING. When choosing a curriculum for elementary school there are many things to consider, in this post I will give you important guidelines and suggestions. If you just […]

The Habit of Thought Determines Your Child’s Future

The habit of thought is not an option in education. Whether parents with kids in school or homeschoolers, this area of the thought life of a child is central to life. I wrote the article for homeschoolers, but I find this area of life is something I still need to work at in my 50’s. […]

Get Organized And Ditch The Overwhelm

People who know me might be laughing right now. I am a go with the flow type mom, and messes are part of the flow. However, without some serious organization, homeschooling and 4 sons meant overwhelm. (Yes, four sons, the cutie in the photo is a granddaughter, a new adventure.) Since, organization can be a […]

Reduce Stress In Your Homeschool Day

Homeschooling is stressful. There are time constraints, financial burdens, and parent burnout. However, the big source of  stress is fear that we are not doing enough to provide our children with the education they will need When this fear snuck up on me, I found relief and hope in applying, what I call, the law […]

Are parents really qualified to teach their children?

I understand if you have your doubts. We have been taught to think that we need a special credential to teach our children and that if we teach something in the wrong order our children will be permanently damaged. As you will see in a minute, the research suggests that not only are parents qualified, […]

Why Geography?

We live in a crazy and exciting time, the world is changing… daily. When I wrote up my Philosophy of Education, and looked to the future, one of the things I wanted to impart to my kids was a concern and interest about life outside of the United States. With advances in travel, communication, commerce, […]

Busting The Myth Of The Perfect Homeschool

This post is dedicated to all those homeschooling moms who fear that they are not doing all that they should to assure their kids get a great education. I was scrolling through some past newsletters and came upon this paragraph. In the article I was talking about the value of going on field trips, I’ll […]

Making the shift to homeschooling, not doing school at home.

One of the easiest mistakes to make when beginning the homeschooling journey is to model our homeschool after our local public schools. Each of us has our own reason for choosing to homeschool, most often that reason includes the thought that we want more for our kids than our local school offers, or we want […]

Solving at least one common homeschool frustration

On a typical homeschool morning it was a major accomplishment to have all the kids up, dressed, fed, and chores done.  Then we need to start school, which often went something like this. Math first, except child # 2 can’t find his book and child #4 broke his pencil. After 10 minutes of searching everyone […]

Steps to Becoming a Confident Homeschooler

As many of you know, over the summer I’ve been working on getting my website up. Part of doing that has been listening to a TON of podcast to learn all I could about the process. In a Podcast by Michael Hyatt, sort of a platform building guru, he talked about the 7 C’s to […]

The key to raising a reader that is often missed

We all want our children to be good readers. We want them to love books!  A child who loves to read has a huge advantage in life. But there is one common mistake we make that can quickly turn your child off to reading. That mistake, pushing them to read harder and harder books. I […]

Curriculum is not the key to your homeschooling success

One of the biggest mistakes parents and teachers make is teaching a curriculum. Let’s take math. Our child needs to learn mathematical concepts, so we choose a math program. Then, almost universally, we become focused on the curriculum instead of the student. Have you ever become hyper focused on your child finishing that day’s math […]

New Homeschool Year Checklist

I LOVE September.  Forget the whole ‘January is a new year’ business, it’s the start of a new school year I love. So here is my list of what needs to be done as you begin the new school year. 1.  Evaluate  Most of us want to jump straight into ordering curriculum, but there is […]

Homeschool Vs. Charter School

This has been a difficult article for me to write and one I have put off repeatedly.  I was asked again today about Charter Schools and I decided it was time I address the issue. First, and most importantly, I fervently believe parents should be able to determine how best to educate their children.  We […]