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… Continue reading 15 Ways to Make Writing Fun!
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… Continue reading Teaching Kids with Writing Difficulties
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. Purchasing items through these… Continue reading Teaching a Reluctant Writer
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. (Not surprisingly, the second most popular answer was math, but that will have to wait for another series!). Why Teach Writing? Writing is a skill that… Continue reading Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool
When my son was little, he would often get frustrated because his artwork didn’t look like that of the masters we studied. He figured that if his work couldn’t measure up to theirs, then what was the point of doing it? Eventually, he got past this, but I can remember telling him: “That’s ok. Michelangelo couldn’t do that when he was little, either. You’re doing great!”
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!
One of the amazing things about homeschooling is the ability to daily pour into our children – to mentor them, disciple them, watch them grow, and laugh with them. We get to be a part of both the little, random details and the major milestones in their lives. While the daily side of it might get a bit chaotic at times, I honestly can’t think of a higher privilege. That niggling little thought looms, though, and it pops up at the weirdest times: what about when they leave home? Did I do enough? Will they be ready?
I had heard of the movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, and seen the recent version with Steve Martin. We laughed like crazy. I had heard that there was an older movie, but had never seen it. But somehow – no idea how – I had no idea that it was actually a book until my son was assigned to read it for a co op class. And oh, my word, is it good. It’s so good, in fact, that we ended up putting a halt to some of our lesson plans and designing a unit around this book just for fun. There is so much good stuff to dig into!
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.