Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook

Recently a friend reminded me of a wonderful resource that I had used many years ago and then somehow forgot about. Back when I was in college I took a children’s literature course that introduced me to The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. At that time I was revisiting my childhood, reading piles of […]

Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

I know a lot of homeschoolers do some sort of formal schooling all year round. For a long time I started each year with the intention of continuing through the summer but as April rolled around and then we got into May, my resolve always crumbled — by then we all needed a break.

The […]

A Boxful of Memories

I’ve spent the past several weeks sorting through boxes of keepsakes. I can’t believe some of the stuff I’ve kept over the years. When we moved three and a half years ago we made fewer and fewer decisions about what to pack as the days drew nearer to moving day. Finally, at the end […]

It’s Summer! Get Out Those Library Cards!

With summer in full swing it’s time to get everyone signed up for a summer reading program. Of course you can check with your local library to see what they are offering but there are also several great online opportunities for encouraging your kids to read over the summer.

Click here to see one program […]

Some Good Old-Fashioned Summer Fun

If you are like me, you are always looking for some fun things for the kids to do that don’t involve “screens” of any kind. By that I mean computer, TV, iPod, video game, you get the idea….

Here are a couple of books that are loaded with some of the fun things we did […]

Homeschooling Hinders Assimilation?

While browsing the internet the other day, I ran across this letter to the editor in the Tennessean that really ruffled my feathers:

“Home schooling in America has doubled in the past decade. What’s wrong with this picture? Students attending public schools, by necessity, associate with others who are different from themselves. This enables children […]

A World View of the Family Meal

What the World Eats

We just finished reading a fascinating book called What the World Eats. This book is a photo essay with photographs taken by Peter Menzel. He also wrote a book back in the 90’s called Material World: A Global Family Portrait which is also worth your time, but I’ll get to […]

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