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Why does a Love of Learning matter?

Why does a Love of Learning matter?

Why shouldn't we just give our kids a list of assignments and checklists and make them do the work required?  Why don't kids love learning whateve...
50 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

50 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

It's that time of year. A new group of children are entering their schooling years, whether going to school away from home, or staying home to home...
Casually Encouraging Curiosity

Casually Encouraging Curiosity

Tonight as I was putting my 11 year old to bed, I had to keep clearing my throat, as I've just gotten over a cold, and it always seems to linger on my vocal cords (chords?). I commented that it's like there is something sitting on them.

"Are the vocal cords the two long lines on the outside of the neck?" he asked.

The Climb - Every path leads to the top

The Climb - Every path leads to the top

Susan stands at the base of a mountain. Before her a wide, straight staircase climbs up steadily. There are students marching up single file in gr...
What Does Inspiring Math LOOK Like?   

What Does Inspiring Math LOOK Like?   

Inspiring math is all about noticing, playing with and creating with shapes, patterns, numbers, proportions and more.

How to Inspire a Love of Math

How to Inspire a Love of Math

Math seems to be the biggest hurdle for most homeschoolers who want to inspire and not require their kids to learn.

“How do I get my kids interested in math?”

This is one of the top questions I get asked about homeschooling.

My Strewing Strategy

My Strewing Strategy

Strewing  - a term coined by Sandra Dodd - means simply leaving interesting things out for your kids to discover on their own terms. A simple way t...
When Unit Studies Don't Work

When Unit Studies Don't Work

Have you ever prepared a great unit study on a book you read to your kids, like Little House on the Prairie? You've got it all planned - you will make a corncob doll, build a little covered wagon, create a salt dough map of the US with their travel route on it, and then memorize the words for one of Pa's songs.

It took hours, bu you have all the supplies you need, including printed instructions and everything is laid out and ready to go.

You get started reading, and...