Several months ago, I began doing some research on Maria Montessori's methods. Her writing is rich with insights, not simply about teaching, but about the ways we think about and interact with our children. I have made a few deliberate adjustments in my parenting style because of things I've read from Montessori, particularly in how … Continue reading Montessori: Honor the Work of Childhood
Good. Maybe when he grows up, he'll have a job instead of sitting in your basement eating bonbons and playing Xbox. Keep up the good work!! In all seriousness, I have taught for twelve years and had countless conversations with parents about how their kids are doing socially. Far too often, they are concerned about … Continue reading Is Your Home Schooled Kid a Nerd?
Something about three seems to making my older son grow at light speed. Since he hit his birthday in December, it's been non-stop new skills and ever-increasing independence. This week alone, he graduated from a mattress on the floor to a real twin bed (and he's only rolled out of it once), he's begging to … Continue reading Up He Grows!
Charlotte Mason educators often refer to the importance of "mother's education," a phrase that typically encompasses a mother's training in child-rearing, her study of child psychology and educational best practices, and for many moms, her personal spiritual growth through Bible studies and devotionals. It may also include a mother's mastery of the material she is … Continue reading Mother’s Education
My three-year-old is forever teaching me about determination (or "stubbornness," depending on the particulars). This week, it was the kite he got in his Easter basket. Every day, he's been looking out the window and declaring that it's really windy outside. It is not. Finally I caved and let him take it out. Predictably, there … Continue reading No Wind, No Problem
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3 He said … Continue reading Ezekiel 37
Here's a little activity to wrap up our geometry study for the week. Have your students consider the following drawing and try to identify as many polygons as they can. If they need a little guidance, here are some possibilities... regular hexagons rectangles parallelograms rhombi other irregular quadrilaterals a multitude of triangles -- equilateral, isosceles, … Continue reading Identify Geometric Shapes
We can employ the two skills we've been working on this week -- constructing congruent segments and constructing congruent angles -- to create a copy of any polygon. Use a straight edge to draw any polygon. Here's an irregular hexagon drawn for me by a helpful eighth-grader and his ruler: To copy your … Continue reading Copy Any Polygon
Since making the decision to home school my children, currently ages one and three, I have been researching various methods of home schooling. Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share with you some of the benefits I've seen in each of those methods. If you are considering home schooling, this may help you … Continue reading Charlotte Mason: Resources
Disclaimer: This post is not strictly about home schooling. However, the culture of our home (and yours) is a central component of home schooling. We have just entered the season of Lent. The Armenian church observes several liturgical changes during Lent, including keeping the curtains closed across the main altar and using a shortened, simplified … Continue reading Lent and Spring Cleaning