Adding in the Extras - Balancing Extracurricular Activities
Eclectic Homeschooling, Homeschool, New to Homeschooling, Unschooling

Adding in the Extras

Over the years, I’ve often been asked how we added in the “extras,” since our schedule was already pretty full. While adding extracurricular activities to that schedule might seem like overkill, it was actually really easy! It was easy because they weren’t “extras.” We’ve never really had “core” studies and “extra” activities. *Affiliate links may… Continue reading Adding in the Extras

Eclectic Homeschooling, Homeschool, Teaching

7 Reasons to Teach the Arts (+ Upcoming Freebies!)

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!

Eclectic Homeschooling, High School, Homeschool, Science, Teaching

Homeschooling High School: The Non-Traditional Guide to Teaching Science

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!

Geography, History, Homeschool, Language Arts, Literature, Unit Studies

Literature Unit Resources for The Sign of the Beaver

As much as I tried, my son never understood the appeal of studying seasonal things…at least not in season. He had no desire to do anything with pumpkins in the fall or flowers in the spring. As a result, I had a heck of a time trying to find fun things for him to work with. That’s when I got the idea to hide those things in a literature unit. It’s kind of like hiding the veggies in the sauce, but a lot more fun!

Eclectic Homeschooling: When it All Comes Together
Eclectic Homeschooling, Homeschool, Homeschooling Methods, New to Homeschooling, Teaching

Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together

Many, many moons ago, my beautiful little boy came home from his first day at a new school, crying and asking me to homeschool him. Having had him in private schools since preschool, homeschooling was really not anything that was on our radar; two weeks prior, I distinctly remember telling some new friends who homeschooled, “I’m sure it’s a fine idea, but y’all are nuts.” Well, back to that fateful day: my son was excited to start a new school, as we had just moved to a new city and state. He loved his old school and teachers and had no reason to think that he wouldn’t love his new one. Then, we walked into the classroom.