Homeschooling

Closer Look: Holidays

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. – Fred Rogers Mr. Rogers is right, much of...
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Closer Look: Art and Craft Projects

Few art projects are so satisfying as messing about with clay. It can be enjoyed by kids of almost all ages, from tots to teens; you can do practically anything with it; and it just plain feels good. It won’t poison you if you eat it. It’s relatively easy to clean up (unless stomped...
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Closer Look: Learning Methods and Styles

“Avoid compulsion and let early education be a matter of amusement. Young children learn by games; compulsory education cannot remain in the soul.” – Plato When I first became a mother, I started reading child development books to help me better understand this new little person who had entered my world. Similarly, when we...
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Closer Look: Cooking

The things that can make mothering and homeschooling so special is that one has time to spend with one’s children. We get to know our children as they grow. We watch them as they learn to master all kinds of skills from reading to riding bikes or driving a car. There is an intimacy...
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Virtual Field Trips

Nothing can take the place of a real live field trip, but virtual field trips and expeditions come close. The first virtual web-cams I recall were those that were mounted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources near Peregrine Falcon’s nests here in Ohio. We would never have had the chance to observe these...
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Closer Look: Music

What is music? For homeschoolers, it’s lullabies, silly songs, friends and neighbors making music for their own enjoyment, informal concerts, maybe formal concerts, and the opportunity to truly develop their musical talent. – Larry and Susan Kaseman I grew up surrounded by aunts and uncles who were passionate artists and musicians. I have fond...
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Closer Look: Foreign Language

The existing phrasebooks are inadequate. They are well enough as far as they go, but when you fall down and skin your leg they don’t tell you what to say. ~Mark Twain I studied Spanish when I was in elementary school and French while attending high school. I remember being truly amazed by my...
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Closer Look: Lesson Plans

“Because a curriculum is an educational plan, we do not need to have purchased a curriculum to be able to say, ‘Yes, we have a curriculum.’ We simply need to have thought about our children’s educations and have a general plan for them.” – Larry and Susan Kaseman, Citizenship or Lawyership: Choosing Political Strategies...
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Closer Look: Geography

What is geography? MSN Encarta defines it as: Geography, science that deals with the distribution and arrangement of all elements of the earth’s surface. The word geography was adopted in the 200s bc by the Greek scholar Eratosthenes and means “earth description.”Geographic study encompasses the environment of the earth’s surface and the relationship of...
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Learning Disabilities

Home education is a wonderful opportunity for children who may have a learning disability or those who learn differently. We all know the story of Thomas Alva Edison being labeled as “addled” in school and that his furious Mother removed him from that scenario and home-taught him. She didn’t think he was addled at...
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