homeschooling

Nature Study Cindy West interview

Nature Study and Relaxed Charlotte Mason Homeschool (a video interview with Cindy West)

This was a delightful conversation with Cindy West discussing nature study, what it means to be a relaxed Charlotte Mason homeschooler, how homeschooling only 1 child is more challenging in some ways than homeschooling many, and more. You don’t want to miss the moment where I metaphorically started throwing confetti around everywhere in my excitement! …

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You Are an Artist Video Interview Tricia and Nana from ChalkPastel

You Are an Artist! (a video interview with Tricia Hodges and Lucia “Nana” Hames from ChalkPastel.com)

What a treat to get to talk with Tricia Hodges and Lucia “Nana” Hames from ChalkPastel.com! We discussed Tricia’s homeschool journey, Nana’s love for art, and all the art encouragement they provide for homeschool families. Watch the video, read the show notes, and share with your friends! Who are Tricia and Lucia (“Nana”)? Tricia Hodges …

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Outsourcing Homeschool Writing

Outsourcing Homeschool Writing: IF and WHEN to hire a writing tutor or join a writing class

When is it time to consider outsourcing homeschool writing instruction? How do you know whether or not to hire a tutor or join a writing class, and how do you pick the right writing teacher? And is there ever a time when it’s just not worth it to outsource homeschool writing? I love words. Big …

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first science experiment at home preschool kindergarten hands on

My First Science Experiment: a fun, simple, hands-on project you can do at home to fascinate preschoolers and kindergartners with the scientific method!

My oldest son was 5 when he asked, “Daddy, can we do a science experiment?” My husband, a brilliant engineer and an awesome dad, was obviously delighted to oblige. John designed a simple experiment to explore with our son and daughter (then 5 and 3 years old) demonstrating the process of the scientific method at …

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Virtue building in homeschool?

Homeschool is Not a Vending Machine: why I don’t use curriculum, books, and memory work to grow my children’s virtue

“My daughter is really struggling with lying; can you recommend good fiction books I can have her read to fix that?” “My son struggles with self-control; do you know a good unit study that could help?” “This read-aloud/poem/memory work/curriculum is really great at forming virtue in your children.” These are the types of comments and …

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poetry readers review

Cottage Press Poetry Readers Review: gentle, delightful poetry study in the Charlotte Mason and classical tradition

Are you looking for a simple, open-and-go approach to poetry study in your homeschool? The Poetry Readers from Cottage Press may provide just what you are looking for! Whether you consider yourself a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, a classical educator, or simply a lover of words and beauty, the gentle poetry study you will enjoy using …

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Favorite, Must-Have, Unusual Homeschool Supplies

My Favorite, Must-Have, Outside-the-Box Homeschool Supplies

Homeschooling can be hard. The education thing? Sure. We’ve got that (Kinda. Sorta. Ahem). But people still need to eat. And those practical day-to-day realities? They can drive us bananas! Don’t worry: these outside-the-box (and outside-the-books) homeschool supplies can help. Of course, it’s completely true that the only homeschool tool you absolutely need is a …

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