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Preparing for College

by THSM Contributor

If you child will be going to college, there is a tremendous financial benefit for high SAT test scores.  Students with very high scores receive the most scholarship offers.  You can easily achieve this by using a high quality SAT workbook as an additional textbook in your homeschool.  Begin in eighth or ninth grade and your student will know the material very well by the end of twelfth.  She won’t be worried about taking the test because it will be so familiar.  And she will encounter exactly the same types of questions she studied for five years.  She will get a great verbal and math education too!  Below are brief descriptions of the SAT and other popular exams. Continue reading »

Planning Techniques

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Homeschooling will be much easier if you spend a little time in planning. First make a separate list of your most important goals. You may wish to make goal lists for each of your children. Where do you want them to be at the end of the school year? Continue reading »

Christmas Bills

by THSM Contributor

With the holidays right around the corner, we often hear the familiar refrains of our favorite Christmas carols and seasonal music. But too many of us tend to sing different words to the familiar tune of Jingle Bells: Dashing to the mall, In a light blue mini-van, Stashing all our loot, Behind the garbage can. Continue reading »

Winter Educational Ideas For Preschoolers

by THSM Contributor

It’s always fun to use things in our children’s everyday lives to spark discussion and easy educational activities. Since many of us are currently in the midst of winter, this season can be a great topic of “study” for our littlest ones. Continue reading »

I’m Bored

by THSM Contributor

Well the holidays are practically here. Some have even come and gone. This is the time when those of us that have children in traditional schools are getting ready to have them home for a season. My daughter’s college is out for 6 weeks! Eee Gads, now there is some adjusting going to need to Continue reading »

Introduction to Waldorf Homeschooling

by THSM Contributor

Despite the fact that there are over 100 Waldorf schools and kindergartens in the USA (and about 1000 more in countries as diverse as Mexico, Latvia, France, Germany, Israel, India and Egypt), Waldorf education is not well known. Indeed, amongst homeschoolers, those of us who work with Waldorf are almost invisible! My hope is to address this imbalance and to help get the word out about a form of education which others might find beneficial to their children. Continue reading »

Raising God-Directed Learners

by THSM Contributor

One of the goals of Christian home schooling families is to raise our children to be God-Directed learners… that means not just self-motivated, but led by the Holy Spirit. At first, whether you are starting out with a young child, or if you are just bringing your children home after months or years of institutionalized education, they will NOT be Spirit-led learners, or even independent learners. If they have been in school, then they have learned to open their minds like little birds open their beaks, and wait for someone to cram some knowledge down into their brains, and before they have even digested that morsel of knowledge, open up for the next spoonful. Even if they are home schooled the whole time, they are not able to consistently reason until between the ages of 8-10. This is not bad; this is normal. But how do we guide our children from the dependent learning stage to self-motivated learning, and then on to being God-Directed? Continue reading »

Definition For Classical Education

by THSM Contributor

Those who incorporate the reading of ancient classical authors, and declare this to be of the very essence of any education which could be styled as Classical, are actually referring to what might better be called a Classical Humanist Education. The Applied Trivium, on the other hand, is more interested in teaching by the same educational principles and toward the same educational goals as the ancients than in teaching the same literature as the ancients. Continue reading »

Awakening the Soul Through Liberal Education

by THSM Contributor

A liberal education awakens the soul of a child. Liberal means a full and generous curriculum. After a thirty-year experiment, educationalist Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) said, “I believe the ardor for knowledge in the children of this mining village is a phenomenon that indicates new possibilities… To find that the children of a mining population were equally responsive [as were children of educated parents] seemed to open a new hope for the world. It may be that the souls of all children are waiting for the call of knowledge to awaken them to delightful living.” Continue reading »

Charlotte Mason In a Nutshell

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Charlotte Mason was a big thinker who had a very high view of children. So let me start out by saying that I don’t believe anyone could ever fit Charlotte Mason’s ideas, methods and philosophies into an actual nutshell (I just thought it made a good title for this article). Miss Mason’s ideas were so broad and far reaching, it took six large volumes to contain her writings on just the topic of education. With that said, here’s a very brief overview of a handful of Charlotte Mason’s most familiar ideas. Continue reading »

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