Keeping younger ones occupied while teaching older students –or vice versa—can feel like a full-time job; find ideas for all ages here!

 

  • I Am Not Prepared!

    ‘Twas the night before co-op, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . except me and the mouse! For all of a sudden I remembered what I’d said, so I grabbed my computer and jumped out of the bed. I promised last month that I’d […]

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  • For the Mamas: When They Start to Leave the Nest

    When my firstborn graduated high school, I could not believe we had survived and that she was a thriving adult on the cusp of college and a bright future. I watched with pride and tears as she left for her first day. The family nest was changing. I still had […]

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  • College Prep: Math!

    Have you ever wished you could purchase a curriculum called “Work Ethic”? Are you looking for the perfect product to teach “Study Skills”? We all want our children to grow up to become hard working adults but it doesn’t happen by accident. A work ethic is taught through hard work. […]

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  • Homeschooling the Early Years: The Value of Learning Through Play

    When you’re eager to get started on your homeschooling journey and you see the lovely pictures other homeschool families are posting online, let alone their traditionally-schooled peers, it can be really tempting to fill your preschooler’s days with structured activities, workbooks, and flashcards. Sometimes this impulse is born out of […]

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  • Teaching Science to Little Ones at Home

    Doing hands-on science activities at home is a great way to fuel your young child’s natural curiosity and innate sense of wonder. You don’t necessarily need a formal science curriculum in the early years. Engaging projects using materials you already have around the house will go a long way toward […]

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  • Teaching Preschool Math at Home

    Preschoolers are some of my favorite people. They are full of energy, they’re naturally inquisitive, and they’re not afraid to let you know how they really feel. While their short attention spans and boundless enthusiasm may mean they aren’t able to engage with a formal math curriculum, that doesn’t mean […]

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  • “Entertaining” the younger children (ages 3-6) while instructing older students.

    I cannot overemphasize that these suggestions are merely that—suggestions.  As one homeschooling mom to another.  These are some things that worked for our family dynamics and in no way, shape or form should be held as “the standard.”  So, feel free to take what works, improve what doesn’t or make […]

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  • History for Preschoolers

    It is never too early to encourage your child to love the study of history. From baby and toddlerhood into the preschool years, reading historical stories together sets the stage for a fascinating journey for a child.1 Real stories from the past do more than entertain a preschool child; they […]

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  • Nurture Your Children’s Language Development

    Parents—whether or not they homeschool their children—are in the best position to give their children a solid foundation in English. Here are some things they can do. General Recognize that each child is an individual. Avoid comparing one child’s language abilities with another’s. Talk to your children about a variety […]

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  • A Gentle Preschool: The Charlotte Mason Way

    The preschool years are a special time, full of wonder and innocence as children try to make sense of their world. I don’t know about you, but when I think about what I want for my preschoolers, I want these years to be abundantly full of excitement, discovery, and learning. […]

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  • College Prep 101: Is Writing on Track?

    If your bookshelf looks anything like mine, it holds an assortment of curricula you’ve stopped and started at various times along the way. Some we couldn’t get into for various reasons and ended up finding alternatives. But there are others we fully intended to use—we just never got around to […]

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  • College Prep 101: Teaching Responsible Study Habits

    For high schoolers, there’s more to planning for college than simply getting accepted. Unless your student has experienced a more rigorous course of study and learned some good study habits, he’ll be overwhelmed to arrive on campus and discover the mountains of reading, writing, and studying that await him. You […]

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