Month: October 2018

Meet the Scientist Saturday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 🗓 🗺

Meet the Scientist Saturday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 🗓 🗺

What homeschool family doesn’t love a free family activity that’s educational to boot?  I just discovered Meet the Scientist Saturday at the Museum of African American History in Detroit and thought I’d share it with you all.  This would be a great opportunity to have […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.31

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.31

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” ~Charlie Chaplin Raising and educating children is important work. But that in no way means that we can’t have a sense of humor. The sound of our kids’ laughter is part of the joyful payment for a […]

3 Steps to Teaching Your Homeschoolers to Think Big

3 Steps to Teaching Your Homeschoolers to Think Big

A friend recently left a comment on the blog that struck me as simple yet profound.  She said, in part, “I’m a big fan of giving our kids ideas that are too big for them, for them to grow into.” The idea of kids “growing […]

Free Homeschool History Fun – Cinematic Time Capsule From the Library of Congress

Free Homeschool History Fun – Cinematic Time Capsule From the Library of Congress

Finding new ways to make history come to life is always a boost to your homeschool.  I thought the National Screening Room from the Library of Congress would be a great way to give kids a taste of different time frames.  There are about 300 […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.30

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.30

“I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make.” ~Julia Child …or your approach to homeschooling. You know your children better than anyone else. No need to twist yourself into knots over others’ opinions. TODAY’S GOAL: Take […]

Meet Our Homeschool Family – Interview With Rookie Woman – The Early Years

Meet Our Homeschool Family – Interview With Rookie Woman – The Early Years

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are in the trenches of homeschooling.  You may have years of homeschooling ahead of you and wonder on occasion (as you hide in the bathroom for a few minutes of peace) if you’ll truly be able to […]

Get Creative, Homeschool Parents! – 10 Things You Can Learn From Vincent Van Gogh

Get Creative, Homeschool Parents! – 10 Things You Can Learn From Vincent Van Gogh

Homeschool parents pour time and energy into teaching their children all the livelong day.  Beyond physical energy, our creative resources are drained as we constantly do our best to come up with meaningful approaches to learning.  Taking the time to nurture our own creativity is […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.29

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.29

“Kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll have a go.” ~Sir Ken Robinson We can learn so much from our children. They demonstrate a willingness to do things imperfectly for the joy of learning. If we humble ourselves enough to imitate their […]

Week in Review – October 22-26, 2018

Week in Review – October 22-26, 2018

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was full of snuggles, poetry and a bit of sickness.  Our unschooling approach continues this week with a mix of semi-formal lessons and learning through working together. Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from […]

Organizing Your Homeschool Space – Avoid These 6 Mistakes

Organizing Your Homeschool Space – Avoid These 6 Mistakes

As a new homeschooler you may feel lost when it comes to figuring out a workable yet aesthetically pleasing solution to organizing all the stuff of learning.  The truth of the matter is that no matter how long you homeschool, this will always be a concern.  […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.26

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.26

“Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~ Ovid How are you feeling today? Are you going to be able to give a “bountiful crop” today? When you sow too much, you reap less. TODAY’S GOAL: Make plans for a […]

Meet Our Homeschool Family – Interview With Tiny Tyrant

Meet Our Homeschool Family – Interview With Tiny Tyrant

So far this week you’ve heard from Rookie Woman and Man Cub.  Tiny Tyrant has given me no rest, insisting it’s her turn to be introduced.  She may be tiny, but her personality is indomitable.  So — Tiny Tyrant, everybody.  Everybody, Tiny Tyrant — Mom […]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Homeschool Week 🗓 🗺

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Homeschool Week 🗓 🗺

Many people have a love/hate relationship with Legos.  The haters tend to be the moms who step on them while barefoot, am I right?  Here’s an opportunity to facilitate all the creativity and engineering that goes into Lego play — not in your own house. […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.25

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.25

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams Happy families don’t just happen. They are crafted with loving care, shared goals and apologies. You make your family – and your homeschool – into a thing to be enjoyed and admired. TODAY’S GOAL:  Meditate […]

Meet Our Homeschool Family:  Interview With Man Cub

Meet Our Homeschool Family: Interview With Man Cub

You mainly read what Tim and I have to say here at Our Habitat Home.  But it’s important to us that we show just how much of a family enterprise this really is.  Rookie Woman is going to be posting periodically from the perspective of […]

Get Your Homeschool Students Excited About STEM Studies

Get Your Homeschool Students Excited About STEM Studies

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that for the most part, homeschoolers are supportive of each other’s interests and approaches to learning.  Scuba diving?  Tuba playing?  Musical theater?  Science geek?  It’s all good.  That’s fairly unusual in the realm of public school students […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.24

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.24

“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” ~Samuel Johnson Let’s face it – family members will not be fond of each other 24/7. Sometimes it’s just not possible. But kindness is always possible. TODAY’S GOAL: When your kiddos start to get past […]

Science and Art Project for Homeschoolers of Any Age

Science and Art Project for Homeschoolers of Any Age

I love simple homeschool projects.  When you find a project that will be fun for just about any age and is simple — that’s a big-time score right there.  I loved the way the leaf rubbings in this project turned out.  The contrast of the […]

The Daily Spark -2018.10.23

The Daily Spark -2018.10.23

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ~Julia Child Homeschool mamas throw themselves into their children’s education and interests with passion and sometimes reckless abandon. But our kiddos will not be with us forever. Your happiness can only grow greater when […]

Insights From a Homeschooled Young Adult — Rookie Woman’s Take on What Makes Inspiration Effective

Insights From a Homeschooled Young Adult — Rookie Woman’s Take on What Makes Inspiration Effective

Inspiration has always been a touchy topic for me. There are so many connotations and I don’t know how to feel about them. “Oh, this art is so inspiring.” Well, it’s pretty and I see your point — it just ain’t getting it done for […]

Industrialized or Indigenous? Effective Homeschooling May be Somewhere in Between

Industrialized or Indigenous? Effective Homeschooling May be Somewhere in Between

Okay, this is a pretty long article that I’m sharing with you today.  Save it for when you have 20 or so uninterrupted minutes and a cup of coffee.  This is a compelling article on the American concept of how children learn versus the approach […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.22

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.22

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt Bouts of self-doubt and uncertainty are inevitable in homeschooling. Comparing ourselves to perfect-looking social media images without any understanding of the struggles behind them fans the flames of our latent insecurities. Remember that […]

Week in Review – October 15-19, 2018

Week in Review – October 15-19, 2018

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  We had an unschooling week here at Our Habitat Home.  It may very well last for a couple of weeks.  Do you ever do that?  Temporarily change your approach drastically because it’s what your family needs?  We’ve done that […]

Fall Film Series: “The Hudson’s Building” – Detroit Historical Society 🗓

Fall Film Series: “The Hudson’s Building” – Detroit Historical Society 🗓

When the weather turns cold, indoor field trip venues are a welcome change.  Bring a bit of Detroit history to life with a family trip to the Detroit Historical Museum.  As part of your visit, check out the film on the Hudson’s building and see […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.19

The Daily Spark – 2018.10.19

“All parents homeschool. It’s just a matter of when they stop,” ~Timothy Massey We often encounter parents who say, “I could never homeschool!” But I challenge that all parents have the capability, if not the circumstances. Sometimes, a gentle reminder of this fact plants a […]