3 Things I’ve Learned About Homeschooling in 2013

One of my favourite things about homeschooling is the never-ending learning opportunities it offers me. Not only do I get to facilitate and witness my children’s learning, but every year I get to learn how to be a better homeschooler. Since love of learning is  – according to the Authentic Happiness Centre’s VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire – … Continue reading 3 Things I’ve Learned About Homeschooling in 2013

6 Read-Aloud Chapter Books I Loved Reading as Much As My Children Enjoyed Listening To

Now that it’s possible to buy almost any audiobook for a few pounds*, I’m enjoying the luxury of being more choosy about what I read aloud to my children. This doesn’t mean we read aloud together any less than we used to, but I love that I can now delegate to professional actors the reading … Continue reading 6 Read-Aloud Chapter Books I Loved Reading as Much As My Children Enjoyed Listening To

Making Up Our Homeschool Curriculum

This week’s Homeschool Help topic is “What’s new in your homeschool curriculum?” For us, the biggest change this year will be in our homeschooling style. We’ve been moving in an increasingly interest-led direction ever since we began homeschooling. In fact, next year I’m declaring us almost-unschoolers.  “Almost,” because I still find it useful to think … Continue reading Making Up Our Homeschool Curriculum

9 Homeschool Apps We Wouldn’t Be Without

This week the Homeschool Help team are talking about our favourite homeschooling apps. I find it hard to believe it’s less than three years since I got an iPad for my fortieth birthday –  around the time we started homeschooling. Back then hardly any of us even had smartphones (I was very attached to my … Continue reading 9 Homeschool Apps We Wouldn’t Be Without

Lessons Learned – What’s Going Well This Term

We’re not using any curriculum in our homeschool at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I don’t set goals for what I want us to achieve. In fact without a textbook telling us what we need to cover each week, it’s even more important for me to be clear about where we’re going. The joy … Continue reading Lessons Learned – What’s Going Well This Term

Homeschooling And Extra-Curricular Activities – How Much Is Too Much?

“Do you make your daughter do so many extra-curricular activities because you feel guilty about taking her out of school?” asked a rather blunt acquaintance a few weeks after I began homeschooling my seven year old. The question took me aback. For a moment I fell into anxious self-examination. Was the woman right? Was I … Continue reading Homeschooling And Extra-Curricular Activities – How Much Is Too Much?

Weekly Wrap Up – The One Where We Finally Made Elephant Toothpaste

We’ve had a light homeschooling week as it’s UK half term holidays and my mum and nephew S(5) have been visiting. S lives three hours’ drive away and started full-time school last September, so it’s been lovely for the cousins to spend time together.  There’s been lots of swimming, park fun and playing in the … Continue reading Weekly Wrap Up – The One Where We Finally Made Elephant Toothpaste

Homeschool Language Arts for the Dyslexic and Dysgraphic Child

Our homeschool language arts curriculum has changed a little since we discovered that Jasper (7) has mild dyslexia, dysgraphia and fine motor delays. We’ve always had a fairly relaxed homeschooling style, but knowing more about how Jasper’s brain works has allowed us to use the most appropriate tools to bring out his best. Assessment and … Continue reading Homeschool Language Arts for the Dyslexic and Dysgraphic Child

Our Homeschool Curriculum – English (Language Arts) Grade 2

C (aged 8) began homeschooling a year ago.  Words are a strong suit for her  – she is very articulate, has great cursive handwriting, and reads quickly and fluently. She also has strong opinions about what she does and doesn’t want to do, and one of my challenges is to find a careful balance between … Continue reading Our Homeschool Curriculum – English (Language Arts) Grade 2

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