I want to preface this by saying that I'm not a homeschool philosophy expert. I'm not someone who has pored over volumes of educational methods. I'm not someone who religiously follows one specific way of doing things. But as I've been reading Charlotte Mason's Home Education for my homeschool book club, much of what she … Continue reading Homeschool Lessons that Cultivate Attention (Thoughts on Charlotte Mason’s “Home Education” – Part 3)
Being a mom is a pretty big job. And being a homeschool mom? It's tough too. There are days when you have nothing more to give but still must give more. On those days, there's nothing sweeter than to carve out a few moments to curl up with a life-giving book. A book written by … Continue reading Christmas Gift Ideas: Five Inspiring Books for the Homeschool Mom
It's messy. Even on the best days, homeschooling is messy. I'm not just talking about the books strewn across the table, the toys strewn across the living room and the dirt, grass, leaves and shoes strewn across the front entryway. It's the conflict that can arise when four people are together—all day, every day. Yes, … Continue reading Why Did We Choose Home Education?
Friendship, fear, life and loss: Sometimes, our little ones deal with big emotions. As a parent, I’ve found that one of the most effective tools to help me walk my children through these emotions is story-centred discussion. Here are seven books (plus discussion starters) to help you help your child navigate big emotions.
"Mom, look!" She stoops beside a rotting log, her voice loud with excitement. "Look at the way this fungus is growing — it's shaped just like a rose!" We stop in our tracks, all four of us. Even the littlest one bends low to look close. I've been asked before just how it is … Continue reading Charlotte Mason and Richard Louv: Nature Study and the “Powers of Observation” (Thoughts on “Home Education” – Part 1)
Winter. When the temperature drops and the icy wind howls, there is nothing cozier than snuggling up under a blanket with your children and reading stories together. Add in some candles or twinkle lights? Gezellig! I usually start our day with picture books and read-alouds, and we all treasure these sweet times together. Especially when … Continue reading 100+ Winter and Holiday Themed Storybooks to Read to Your Child
Christmas Eve. Voices echoed angelic songs in darkness lit by hundreds of tiny flames that flickered like stars. I held my candle carefully as I sang the miracle and mystery of a Saviour come to earth. Heaven stooping low. The glorious beauty of ancient prophecy fulfilled. My children, beside me, looked on with wonder-filled eyes. … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Inspired: Step-by-Step Christmas Hymn Study
For a long time, I've dreamed of having a light table. I probably wanted it more for me than the kids, to be honest. Pinterest is full of bright photos of beautiful light table fun. It looks like such a fun way to teach ... well, anything. But then I looked into the cost. … Continue reading Preschool Corner: 10 Budget-Friendly Light Table Ideas (and one Really Budget-Friendly Light Table Substitute)
Last week, we drove to Algonquin Park and spent some time hiking. It was "The Golden Encore"—the red maple leaves have mostly fallen but the golden poplars are at peak colour. Crunching through leaves under a canopy of yellow was glorious. It's only fitting that we're learning about autumn leaves this week. We have a … Continue reading Need an Autumn-Themed Reading Activity? There’s a Printable for That!
Every morning, my girls and I sit down together and read stories. Like any home educator, there's usually a huge pile of seasonal literature on hold for me at the library (and an equally huge amount of late fines that I need to pay!). With each new season that passes, we discover more amazing books … Continue reading 100+ Autumn-Themed Storybooks to Read to Your Child