In the US, one of the first questions asked in a homeschool conversation is, “What curriculum do you use?” In the UK, I think I’ve maybe been asked twice if I use a curriculum at all. A curriculum is essentially a course of study that prescribes specific learning outcomes for a specific-aged child. But is … Continue reading A Curriculum That Will Ensure Life-Long Learning
(Click here to read part 1 of this article.) Educational experts agree that our current educational system is simply not preparing our children for living in a 21st century world. With institutional reform being tied up in money, politics, standards, testing, and school boards, it is time to take our children’s education into our own … Continue reading 16 reasons home education might be the best alternative for your child
[Author's note on how to read this post: I suggest you read this post at least twice: The first time, just read straight through without following any of the links. Then, when you have time, to go back and follow a few (or all) of the links. If you are like me, this will lead … Continue reading Home Education: A growing alternative
Take a moment to think about it... What is the purpose of education? Why do we need to be educated? Don’t read on until you have your answer. Got it? Ok, keep reading. There was a time when the purpose of education was to learn “stuff”. We needed a way to preserve knowledge. Like … Continue reading What is education for?
In one word: Autonomy. That’s it. Give your child control over his learning. Ok, don’t freak out. I can just hear some of you. You don’t know my child. If I give him an inch when it comes to his work, he will do anything BUT what he’s supposed to do! Yep. Mine too. But … Continue reading The secret to getting your kids to fall in love with learning (or at least not complain as much as they used to)
Picture this: A principal at the beginning of the school year tells all his teachers: "This year, we will have no end-of-grade test. We will have no letters or numbers on our report cards. There will be no homework just for the sake of assigning homework. Instead of assessing what each student knows, you will … Continue reading One year-end assessment that your kids will be begging for!
Greg and I have had the privilege of walking with over a dozen couples towards marriage through pre-marital counseling. From former basketball players, to former camp staff, we meet about 4 times in the months leading up to their wedding and try paint a realistic picture of what a thriving marriage looks like. When … Continue reading How would you define the core of who your family is?
How many times did we say it over the years of our schooling? How many times have we heard our children or students say it? Why do I have to learn this? And how do we reply? You’ll need it for the test; you need it for your life; you'll need it for your transcript; for college; … Continue reading Why do I have to learn this?
I sat in a chair like everyone else in the circle, but was different than everyone else. They shared their stories and I listened because there was nothing for me to say. They all connected. I was the outcast. It was about 8 years ago, and a friend had invited me to sit in on … Continue reading How to climb into someone’s skin-a lesson on empathy
“Mommy, why doesn’t the UPS truck come anymore? Do they still deliver packages?” What do you mean? “It was the Amazon Prime truck that delivered the last 2 times.” Oh I see. Why do you think Amazon would send an Amazon Prime truck to deliver their packages instead of UPS? “So they can get more … Continue reading The Power of a Good Question