TheHomeSchoolMom Encouragement, tips, and practical helps for homeschool moms Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:19:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Goldilocks Effect: Learning When It’s “Just Right” Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:34:15 +0000 Young children seem to recognize that knowledge is an essential shared resource, like air or water. They demand a fair share. They actively espouse the right to gain skill and comprehension in a way that’s necessary for them at the time. Often children seem to reject what they aren’t ready to learn, only to return to the same skill or concept later with ease. This is not only an expression of autonomy, it’s a clear indicator that each child is equipped with an learning guidance system of his or her own.]]> 0 Ask Jeanne: What Curriculum for Homeschooling Active & Outdoorsy Boys? Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:23:16 +0000 We just started homeschooling about a month ago. Our son is in first grade. We purchased the curriculum (here she named a specific well-known Christian curriculum), but it's not going as well as I had hoped. My son really doesn't like the structure of the program. He's a six-year-old boy who loves to be outside. Any encouragement, advice, resources, wisdom, or thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks so much!]]> 0 20 Topics for a Nutrition Unit Study Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:08:44 +0000 Nutrition is an ideal homeschooling topic for the 10 - 14 year olds in your family or homeschool co-op. These middle years are an excellent time to go into more depth about what we eat and how it affects our health and growth. Tweens and early teens are especially interested in the changes brought by adolescence, and nutrition is a "safe" topic where kids can think about how their current choices affect their future.]]> 0 An Answer For Our Constant Christmas Quandary Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:10:37 +0000 We have always struggled, like many homeschoolers, with the gift-giving part of Christmas. My husband comes from a huge gift-giving family. I come from a family in which money was always tight and gifts tended to be few but meaningful. We both have a faith that leads us to condemn unmitigated materialism, convicts us about our prosperity amongst a world of poverty, and challenges us to find a balance between the joy of giving and the selfishness of indulging.]]> 0 Homeschool with Tangrams Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:27:36 +0000 Tangrams are simple seven-piece puzzles that build visual-spatial skills. Kids and adults alike enjoy manipulating the standardized pieces in the set, which includes a parallelogram, a square, and three sizes of right triangles. The pieces can be fit together to form a square, and in fact, when the puzzle pieces are made of wood, they are often stored in a square wooden frame. The real fun and thinking occur while moving the shapes around to form "pictures" or shapes. There is a real challenge in matching shapes that are already drawn out as puzzles to solve. ]]> 0 Tub Schooling Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:36:12 +0000 What are the toys in your bathtub? And how good are you at tolerating a little mess? If you're able to create a nice collection of bathtub toys and allow some extended playtime in the bath, you have the possibility of giving your preschool and kindergarten age kids a good experience "tub schooling." It's more important for your kids to enjoy creative play than to sit at a table doing worksheets for hours a day from ages 3 - 6, and there's no place better to play than in the bathtub. I suggest having a plastic bin full of toys, stocked with...]]> 0 Rhythms, Routines, Rituals in the Homeschool Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:25:56 +0000 Rhythms, routines, and rituals help us stay centered and on track as homeschooling parents, and they enable our children to relax and feel secure because they know what to expect each day. A thoughtful routine allows us to focus our energy in one area at a time, knowing that other essential areas will not be neglected. Well-established rhythms help us manage the ebb and flow of homeschooling and free our remaining energy to deal with the unexpected.]]> 0 Ask Jeanne: Concerns about Spelling Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:17:41 +0000 After we'd met for a homeschool evaluation, a mom of a ten year old wrote to me with concerns about her son's spelling.We have are having an issue (problem?) with spelling. Up until last fall we had been using All About Spelling with good success (I thought) and had made it through five levels. Since then, it's kind of fallen to the wayside, and every few weeks I have my son write a story, mark the words he has misspelled (which he always identifies), and then work on spelling them correctly. When he tries to write things out, he has a really hard time spelling and has to really think things through. ]]> 0 5 Benefits of Playing Chess Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:09:48 +0000 It's not part of the traditional curriculum in United States schools or homeschool families -- but playing chess is a part of the curriculum in about thirty countries around the world. According to Dr. Teresa Parr of MATCH, there are five significant educational advantages to chess for homeschoolers (and others) to consider.]]> 0 Educating Head, Heart, Hands, and Health Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:10:00 +0000 I grew up participating in 4H, and while I recommend the 4H program itself, I also find myself thinking a lot about the four "H's" as they apply to homeschooling: head, heart, hands, and health. If you want a holistic way to personally assess your homeschooling, think about whether what your kids are doing is working in each of these areas.]]> 1