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I couldn’t resist. It’s not April the Giraffe pictured above, but it’s our April newsletter and the giraffe theme seemed particularly appropriate after the long-awaited birth of April’s and Oliver’s baby. Animal Adventure Park has announce that the calf is a boy and are taking (paid) votes to name the baby.
Speaking of animals, I have to brag on my friend Jaci who created the wonderful collection of animal miniatures to the right for me. Longtime subscribers may remember that we had a farmette many years ago. Looking through pictures of our farm animals, I realized that Jaci’s whimsical style would be the perfect way to display our farm memories as art. She is best known for painting anthropomorphic miniatures, and we tossed around a few ideas before it occurred to us that the perfect theme would be the characters from The Princess Bride. Isn’t the result amazing?
In this issue you’ll see a link to a blog post from our new contributor, Tim Ranzetta, who is the founder of the non-profit Next Gen Personal Finance. Tim’s first post on TheHomeSchoolMom is a calendar of resources for Financial Literacy Month and is the first in a new collection TheHomeSchoolMom will be putting together for a series called “Adulting 101.” Our hope is to eventually provide an array of resources to help you enable your kids to “fly” as they leave the nest.
Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
I’m not sure if it’s true that no one dislikes history, but I am living proof that someone who thought she disliked history just hadn’t found the right portal to engaging my interest. I have gone from someone who avoided history at all costs to an amateur historian who reads historical non-fiction for pleasure.
This summary of 5 alternative ways to learn history includes interactive maps, flowcharts, videos, and more. If you are having trouble getting your kids interested in history, try letting them explore on their own to discover what interests them.
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Homeschooling: You’re the Expert!
by Amanda Witman (a Living Education Contributor)
Have you ever wondered how homeschooling works for ordinary parents? It’s true: Most of us do not have advanced degrees in education or child development. Most of us are just ordinary people who went to school like every other kid we knew and never imagined we’d be homeschooling our own children someday. How can an ordinary parent possibly be qualified to be a home teacher?
Good news! You certainly can successfully teach your children at home. You are already doing it. Home teaching is a natural extension of parenting. You’ve been a teacher since the moment your children arrived to join your family. You’ve simply followed your instincts to figure out what they need and figure out how to best meet those needs, whether the solution is something you do on your own or seek outside help with. This is what teaching is all about.
As you go about your daily life, you teach through example and by explaining what you are doing and why. You answer questions and challenge your children to come up with some of the answers themselves, sometimes, too. You pay close attention to them as you explain many things and support them as they try things on their own. You bolster their courage as they grow in new ways. You know more about them than anyone else in the world!