We started a new year, you say? Huh! What do you know? 2021 has arrived. Just kidding. To wake up those who have been living under a rock, we kicked off the new year with a Facebook Live Event on goal setting, productivity, and motivation.
Wishing you a happy new year
I presented five books which have impacted my level of productivity. You can find so many books to get in the groove. I just grabbed five titles from my shelf because they have helped me. Continue reading »
Today I tackled learning an instrument and hopefully shared a lot of tips that you can use. For instance, I told you to buy a Yamaha Clavinova – the least expensive type they have. This will save you from having to pay a piano tuner for the rest of your life.
Our daughter playing piano in church
Also, I told you to buy a violin from Amazon. Don’t mess with rentals because it is just not worth it. Violins can be resold easily. Get on a forum for homeschooling parents and watch it for six months. Somebody will be selling a violin – guaranteed. Continue reading »
The latest Facebook Live event dealt with planning for high school. My children are in 5th and 7th grade resepctively, but I am looking ahead and making plans for high school.
Our son playing piano in church – he is tall for his age, so he already looks like a high school student.
In all honesty, I planned for their college experience when they were preschoolers. Stephen Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind.” Why did I want to homeschool? To prepare them for college better than a public school would. This “end” determined my beginning. I had full confidence that homeschooling my children would prepare them for college more than sending them to a public school. Continue reading »
This week I spoke about the Wild and Free Community. It is a co-op of sorts, but without books. We just go hiking. We keep the group small, no more than 15-20 families, depending on the number of children in each family. That is already too large to manage. Imagine a group of 30-50 people walking around through a city park or a trail in a state park.
My children on the Andrews Bald hike last week
Realistically speaking, not everybody can make it every week. Therefore, we have never had all 15 families show up. The biggest I have seen it in my 14 months of Wild and Free was maybe 7 or 8 mamas with their children. Continue reading »
Your homeschool must provide your students with service opportunities. Yes, strong academics are vital. Manual labor also helps students learn specific skills and, more importantly, work skills. But service keeps students balanced. Life is more than the accumulation of skills that can be exchanged for a profit in the future. Giving back rounds up the character and keeps students humble.
By following regulations, we serve our fellow men and wild life.
In this Facebook Live event, I talked about why we need service opportunities for our students. It goes back to the Moore Formula: service time + manual labor time = academics time. The time you spend learning subjects equals the sum of the time spent in manual labor and the time spent in service. Continue reading »
The most fundamental skill you will ever teach your child in your homeschool is reading. Reading aloud to your children represents one aspect of that process. In this Facebook Live presentation, I talk about how to read 1,000 books before kindergarten to your children.
The Read-Aloud Handbook
Then, I turn to Jim Trelease’s “Read-Aloud Handbook” as the Bible of reading aloud. There are many other lists you can find with classics for children. I discuss some of these lists, books, and websites where you can find reading ideas. Continue reading »
Yesterday, we talked about connecting with others as you homeschool. The question about socialization will stay with us forever. Even though homeschooling has grown in numbers, some people remain ignorant and/or skeptical. Therefore, you need to be prepared to answer that question. Presenting your schedule with grace will help. Hopefully they will leave you alone after that.
Our children learning to socialize during tae kwon do practice.
In this talk, I present many ways to socialize your homeschooled children. In no particular order, here is the list:
Last week, I talked to you about building confidence during my weekly Facebook Live event. For your information, these events happen every Sunday at 3pm EST on Homeschool Ways, the Facebook page of the blog.
Building confidence is a slow process, like the walk of a turtle.
Building confidence takes a bit of time and effort, depending on how much confidence you begin with. Then, you have to keep checking your level of confidence as the months go by and your confidence wears off in the trenches of homeschooling. Continue reading »
Writing with Skill is a writing curriculum for grades 6-10, which follows Writing with Ease. I broadcasted a Facebook Live event about this curriculum because we use it and find it very good. Last week, I reviewed Writing with Ease.
Writing with Skill, level 1
These Facebook Live events happen every Sunday at 4pm, EST. I try to keep them under 15 minutes, because I know homeschool parents are super busy, even on a Sunday afternoon. If you cannot make it to the live events, the recording will get posted to the blog and to the Facebook page. Continue reading »
Writing with Ease is a writing curriculum for grades 1-4. You can use it with great flexibility. If your child is still learning how to form letters in first grade, you can start Writing with Ease in second grade.
Writing with Ease, level 1
You can get all four volumes, but even the curriculum author will tell you the fourth volume is not necessary. By the time you have gone through the first three volumes, your child will be ready for the Logic Stage. As such, you can move into Writing with Skill. I will cover Writing with Skill in a different post. Continue reading »