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Unit Study Approach

by THSM Contributor

Unit studies, sometimes called thematic units or integrated studies, are very popular with homeschoolers. Unit studies usually use a hands-on approach for effective learning. The child learns by actually experiencing or discovering through different methods and activities, rather than just reading a chapter from a textbook. Studies show that children using unit-study methods retain 45% more than those using a traditional approach. Continue reading »

Teaching a Foreign Language in the Elementary Years

by THSM Contributor

It can be very intimidating to learn, much less teach, a foreign language. If you don’t know a language other than English, it can be especially difficult. However, it is increasingly important to learn additional languages in today’s global economy. Americans are alone in their arrogant assumptions that everyone else should learn English, and that everyone in foreign countries are just waiting to assist you during your visit there. In addition, learning another language is important for future jobs. It may start as communicating with fellow dishwashers in the back of a restaurant, but it could end up as negotiating the deal that makes the company $100,000 that quarter. Even the study of a dead language like Latin or Greek can be beneficial to solidify grammar rules and usage, and about word roots, suffixes and prefixes. Continue reading »

Getting Housekeeping Help

by THSM Contributor

I do believe I’ve tried every option possible to recruit help around the house. I’ve tried withholding special items. I’ve tried paying good money for chores. I’ve even tried a little torture .. only joking. Few things have worked. Some things have not. But I have found that if you change back and forth from one good idea to another, help usually happens. When your family stops helping out around the house, try another method. After all, we all get bored with housework. Continue reading »

Unschooling Flowers in the Spring

by THSM Contributor

Well, a lot of people predicted it and now it’s happened. My daughter’s unschooling has led her to a dead-end job at low pay. Yup, she’s a hired hand on a farm. She didn’t tell me that she was taking the job. I found out about it when I came across a list of her chores that she’d written out. In addition to feeding the pigs, chickens, horses and cows, she has to haul water, milk the cows and even chop wood! And for all this, she only gets room and board! Continue reading »