Point the First: I have long desired to do a “31 Days in October” on my blog. Why haven’t I? Chiefly because of the calendar. You see, November follows October, and in November is my first love (at least in the world of words): NaNoWriMo. I’ve discovered in the past if I push too hard… Continue reading 31 Days of Life, Books and School in Pictures
Yesterday my year 5 student had dictation. We’ve just started Spelling Wisdom, book 2, and the beginning selections are short. He has done some dictation, but we’ve not been consistent. He is still learning the method. He is confident and quick with languages. This was the passage: All great things are simple, and many can… Continue reading A Dictation Lesson
I powered off my computer and went outside, where my kids were. And the day changed from crummy to sweet.
I am going to attempt a post, even though my monitor is dying. To shorten a long story, I have black lines flashing horizontally across the screen. Which is making it hard to focus on individual words and check my spelling, punctuation and grammar. So please forgive any errors or typos! Weekly Workbooks So in… Continue reading Playing with Puppies — Random Wanderings on Education
“Education is lighting a fire, not filling a bucket.” When a homeschool mom has a struggling reader, she is often advised to let content subjects take a back seat while she works on the basics. As one of those moms, I tried that approach. But a basics only approach is lifeless. I found no joy,… Continue reading Feeding the Mind of the Child, or Why “Focusing on the 3 R’s” is Not the Best Approach
In the book Home Education, Charlotte has some wonderful advice for nature study: Calendars.––It is a capital plan for the children to keep a calendar––the first oak-leaf, the first tadpole, the first cowslip, the first catkin, the first ripe blackberries, where seen, and when. The next year they will know when and where to look… Continue reading Charlotte Mason’s Book of Firsts