2015 Summer Reading List

Recently, I shared our family's Summer of Learning plans. I think the summer is the perfect time to start new habits and learn new skills because we don't have to compete with a million other things that are going on during the rest of the year. This summer, in an effort to nourish my poor thought-deprived mind, I am committing to read for 30 minutes every day. When I'm reading books of substance -- not trash that I escape laundry and hide from children in order to read -- but books that … [Read more...]

Our Summer of Learning 2015

Summer time is upon us. Many have finished their school year and are enjoying the freedom of being out of school and all that entails. Even though we school year round I, too, am anticipating a little respite from the daily grind, a more relaxed schedule with the opportunity to work on some skills, catch up on some good books, and learn about some topics of interest that we didn't get to during the school year. Even during the summer months, though, our family thrives on structure, so we will … [Read more...]

Encourage Independent Learning with This One Tool

This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. Thanks for supporting this blog! One of my goals for our children is that they become independent learners, meaning that gradually they move from complete dependence on me as their primary teacher to eventually taking complete charge of their own educations. Ultimately, my hope is that by the time they reach high school, they are designing their own courses of study with the guidance of their parents. I … [Read more...]

Our Charlotte Mason/Classical 1st Grade Reading List

As I mentioned in this post about our revised 1st grade curriculum, the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling is playing a major role in how we're learning this year. In particular, we're reading lots of living books. What is a living book? Simply put, a "living book" is a book that makes the subject come alive. Think the opposite of your typical school text book, which is dry, dull, unimaginative, full of facts but not apt to draw you in to the topic and leave you thirsting for … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Good Reading Habits in Kids

I'm a book nerd. Reading is my favorite pastime and slowly my girls are also claiming it as their own. One way to encourage healthy reading habits in children, I've learned, is to let your child see you reading. Even though you may have many (or even all of your) books on an electronic device, there's something about holding a physical book in your hands that provides a visual example to your child that reading is important to you. Try to make it a point to read from an actual book each day … [Read more...]

Homeschooling 1st Grade: Our {Revised} Curriculum

Back in May I shared our curriculum choices for 1st grade and Preschool/Pre-K. {This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy.} We have been schooling since June 1st, and in that time, I have discovered two things. Some of our new curriculum wasn't working, notably our history and science. But also, I felt like something was lacking. Frustrated and unsure what to do, I started reading a book my friend Gabby had mentioned in her summer reading list called For the … [Read more...]