With so many curriculum options out there and the rigors of a classical education, how do I know how much is too much or too little? I certainly don't want to overwhelm my kids but I do want to challenge them. How do I maintain balance? How do I promote a love for learning? How do I make our school time fun and engaging? How do I get through those more difficult or disliked subjects? How do I know when I need to make changes - to our schedule, curriculum, or level? While I still struggle with many of these issues...having an almost 13-year-old in 8th-ish grade, a Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
How do you know when your child is ready to transition from grammar to dialectic to rhetoric? There are many guides out there in the classical education world with recommendations based on age or grade level, but it is really up to the parent/teacher to determine when the child is ready. What are signs of readiness? When a child is ready to move on from grammar to dialectic/logic, I look for her to begin making connections and asking lots of questions. The age/grade levels are a guide only. My daughter began making connections earlier than the recommendations. I didn't want to hold her Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When I taught public school language arts, I was also the gifted coordinator for the middle school. I tested the children who were recommended for the gifted program and placed children in the gifted classes. I taught gifted eighth grade language arts. Those students were my shining stars, and I still chat with several of them on Facebook today...and they're now either in grad school or beginning their exciting lives, some as teachers themselves! My daughter, Elizabeth, reminds me so much of those students. She's in my territory now. Bwahahaha! I was out of my comfort zone for so Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I am excited to announce that JUNE 4 is the beginning my upcoming Summer Series: Homeschooling Methods & Approaches. My heart behind this series is to show you what some of the various homeschooling methods and approaches look like when applied in real life families. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the months of June and July, you will hear from several different homeschool bloggers about the methods and approaches they use to teach their child(ren). I have a line up of 20+ stellar guest bloggers that will be sharing about homeschooling from the perspective of: Special Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.