Even with all the resources available at our fingertips today, we still tend to lose focus in our homeschools from time to time. Often, this is for completely valid reasons. We have a lot on our plates, and things aren’t always in our control! When you do lose focus, though, how do you bounce back? How do you regain that… Read More
For a lot of us, writing instruction is…well, not very fun. It often goes something like this: Turn to the next assignment in the workbook or teacher’s manual and read the basic instructions. Set a blank sheet of paper in front of your child. Watch your child stare blankly at the paper. Give up and go on to another subject…. Read More
Yesterday, I wrote about ways to help students who find it difficult to write. Many of these kids just plain don’t know what to write or how to structure it, so I wrote about ways to help them learn these skills. Some kids have bigger difficulties when it comes to writing, though. Today’s post is for them. *Affiliate links may… Read More
One of the questions I commonly get is, “My child hates writing. What can I do?” A lot of kids are reluctant writers! There are a few different answers to that question, and they depend on the reason your child hates to write. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Please see the disclosure for details. Many kids dislike… Read More
Recently, I asked a question on my Facebook page: “If you could pay someone to teach any subject for you, what would it be?” The most popular answer? Writing. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Please see the disclosure for details. (Not surprisingly, the second most popular answer was math, but that will have to wait for another… Read More
Growing up, I was always frustrated with my art classes…I could never get my pieces to look like my teacher said they “should.” Sometime around junior high, I somehow decided that I’m just not good at art and stopped taking classes.
It wasn’t until I started homeschooling my son that I found out just how much fun art studies can be! One of the best ways to really get a feel for art and its place in history, in culture, is to study the artist behind the works. Today’s artist is one of my favorites, Jan van Eyck!
Every year, we pore over catalogs. We walk through convention halls, attend workshops, and read reviews. We carefully plan out our kids’ subjects, making sure that they have the necessary skills.
We make sure to get in the necessities, and then we add in the extras…but within a few weeks, some of those “extras” start to fall away. We realize that there just isn’t enough time or patience in a day to get it all in. Something’s got to go. Unfortunately, the arts tend to be first on the chopping block. Unless you’ve got a naturally artistic child, subjects that foster and understanding and appreciation of art just don’t make it into the schedule.
There are ways to fix that, though! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be offering fun and easy ways to work the arts into your day. And each week will bring brand-new freebies!
Confession time: I love curriculum. I love to research it, read through it, plan it, and expand upon it. It really doesn’t even matter what subject. It’s just fun. My motto? “You can never have too many books, only too few bookshelves.”
But watching my son grow up, I’ve slowly noticed that something is lacking from many curriculum options: actual, practical life skills.
I like science and I think it’s incredibly interesting, but I’ve never been what you’d call “good” at the technical side of it. I completely understand why things happen as they do, but I can’t really explain them in “science-y” terms.
For example, I passed 10th grade chemistry (barely) because my teacher realized, in May, that I still had no idea how the equation applied to the experiment. I could practically write a story about why something worked, but I couldn’t write a simple lab report. He realized I hadn’t been handing in my reports all year because I had no clue how to do them, so he took pity. I kid you not.
Enter my gifted, non-stop, completely out-of-the-box child who took (and passed) high school biology at age 11. He followed it up with college biology at 15. I knew I was in over my head!
When I was in high school, I really didn’t like history. For me, it was one step above algebra (and I am so not a math person). It was all about names and places and random dates of things that didn’t really matter. And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why we were subjected to having to sit through it. (My 9th grade history teacher actually fell asleep during his own class once, so apparently I wasn’t alone in that.)
I thought history was dry, boring, and – even worse – useless.
Boy, was I wrong!