One of the first questions families tend to ask themselves after deciding to home educate is, “Which curriculum should we use?” We whip out Cathy Duffy’s guide, ask around on Facebook, download countless samples and then pull the trigger, spending a small fortune on what promises to be a fabulous year wrapped in cling film. … Continue reading 4 assumptions we make when following a curriculum
"He has so much potential…" "If only he’d apply himself…" "She doesn’t take her work seriously…” “She has no motivation…” “He has no direction…” “If he would only show some commitment…" James Scott, Unsplash We’ve all heard statements like these. Perhaps you’ve even made them yourself. Or maybe you have been on the receiving end … Continue reading Stop asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
In recent days, with everyone at home and attempting some form of schooling with their children, we have gotten comments like, “at least you guys are used to this, right?” Well, yes and no. I would hate for our temporary-homeschooling friends to somehow think that what their kids are having to do via online Zoom … Continue reading “School at Home” vs. Home Education: Is there a difference?
Once your children have a good idea of how stories work (the concept of plot), they can begin to play around with the shape of their main character’s journey, which is the real meat of the story. When using Story Mountain, we might be tempted to assume, since the mountain leads to greater heights, that … Continue reading A Story Without Shape is a Story Without Life
Think of something your parents taught you as a child that you have felt (or would feel) confident teaching your own children. Maybe how to do the laundry or to cook an egg; how to knit; how to brush your teeth; how to throw a baseball; how to ride a bike; how to drive a … Continue reading Reaping a harvest of delighted readers
[This post is part of our "Curriculum of Questions" series]. Are we really free to choose which products we buy? Which medicines we take? What clothes we wear? What technology we invest in? Which products we clean our homes with? This big picture question is intended to get us thinking about the daily choices we … Continue reading How do branding and marketing impact our everyday decisions?
[This post is part of our "Curriculum of Questions" series] This week we are heading to the Victoria and Albert Museum to take a look at the world of fashion! When I asked the kids if they thought fashion was important to society, the answers ranged from one extreme to the other. “Yes, of course! … Continue reading Is Fashion Important to Society?
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