Month: November 2018

Week in Review – November 26-30, 2018

Week in Review – November 26-30, 2018

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was crazy because WordPress is stupid.  Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from this post: WordPress is dumb. Change is hard. I’m a writer, not a coder. Okay, forgive my ranting.  But for real…phew!  […]

Try Something New in Your Homeschool – Strewing Provides Gentle Direction

Try Something New in Your Homeschool – Strewing Provides Gentle Direction

Strewing is a concept I think most homeschool parents do instinctively, but by adding a smidge more intention it’ll pay off in spades.  According to Merriam Webster, “to strew” means, “to spread by scattering, to spread abroad.”  When you pick up a handful of grass […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.30

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.30

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” ~Albert Einstein Our kids are always watching us. When we as parents feed our creative side (or develop one in the first place), our kiddos see that effort. They learn from our example that creativity has real value and […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2018.11.29

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2018.11.29

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.29 For the most part, schooling went pretty much as it has been, which is reasonably well. Kids were a tiny bit less squirrelly today. I’m not sure how well I did on today’s goal (creative […]

Bring History to Life in Your Homeschool With These Biographies

Bring History to Life in Your Homeschool With These Biographies

Textbooks can be so stale, especially when it comes to historical figures.  There’s nothing like a well-written biography full of pictures to help your kiddos get to know people from the past.  After all, they were real people who lived real lives full of color […]

Drop-In Workshop at The DIA: Make Your Own Bojagi – Traditional Gift Wrap of Korea 🗓 🗺

Drop-In Workshop at The DIA: Make Your Own Bojagi – Traditional Gift Wrap of Korea 🗓 🗺

How about a fun, free, family field trip tomorrow night?  Check out this program at The DIA.  Your whole family can enjoy learning something about the art of Korea and leave with works of art you make yourself.  This sounds like a perfect jumping-off point […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.29

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.29

“Every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it.” ~Travis Katanick Creative thinking pushes you outside your comfort zone. If you get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you’ll find interesting solutions to all kinds of problems. That minor discomfort fuels […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.29

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.29

“Every problem has a solution.  You just have to be creative enough to find it.” ~Travis Katanick Creative thinking pushes you outside your comfort zone. If you get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you’ll find interesting solutions to all kinds of problems. That minor discomfort fuels […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.28

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.28

“In mathematics, the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.” ~Georg Cantor Asking meaningful questions is indeed an art form. Even if your questions cannot be immediately answered to your satisfaction, there is value. The act of forming […]

Try Something New in Your Homeschool – Avoid These Potential Traps of Loop Scheduling

Try Something New in Your Homeschool – Avoid These Potential Traps of Loop Scheduling

Doesn’t Loop Scheduling sound great?  Like, maybe you should implement it in every subject?  Anybody else out there susceptible to grandiose plans?  Please tell me I’m not the only bozo with her hand up here.  When I come across a useful concept, my gut reaction […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.27

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.27

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.27 OK, time to digest the lessons. I’m working again this week, so it throws off the balance for everyone, not least me. Combine this with sleeping issues (which seem to be related to the whole […]

Insights From a Homeschooled Young Adult – Relating to Others Starts With Relating to Yourself

Insights From a Homeschooled Young Adult – Relating to Others Starts With Relating to Yourself

When you look down into your newborn’s eyes for the first time, it’s a moment of wonder.  You don’t know yet how this tiny human will turn out, but you know you’re going to do the very best you can for them.  You spend the […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.27

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.27

“I am teaching the poetry of math.” ~Tim Massey There is a rhythm to mathematics. If you can hear the rhythms of math, the meanings become more clear. As we all appreciate different types of poetry, our children will respond to different rhythms of math. […]

Asked & Answered – What If You Can’t Get Into a Rhythm With a Subject?

Asked & Answered – What If You Can’t Get Into a Rhythm With a Subject?

I got a text from a friend today that touches on a challenge I’ve dealt with many times over the years.  Have you ever encountered this in your homeschool? “Any suggestions for when you have a subject you just can’t seem to get into a […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.27

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.27

“I am teaching the poetry of math.” ~Tim Massey There is a rhythm to mathematics. If you can hear the rhythms of math, the meanings become more clear. As we all appreciate different types of poetry, our children will respond to different rhythms of math. […]

Teach Your Homeschoolers Communication Skills With Legos

Teach Your Homeschoolers Communication Skills With Legos

Oooh, this sounds like fun!  This game reminds me of playing telephone, but way better!  Check this link to see how you can use Legos to improve your kiddos’ observational and communication skills — all while playing a fun game.  You could also use this […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.26

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.26

“A picture is a poem without words.” ~Horace Poetry is interesting because it has the power to make us look at life through the lens of the poet’s mind. Pictures have the same power. You might even say that pictures have even more power than […]

Week in Review – November 19-23, 2018

Week in Review – November 19-23, 2018

Hey everybody! How was your week?  Ours a nice balance of productivity and comfort.  I feel like I’m back to being comfortable with my own gentle unschooling rhythms and we’re working on the kinks in Tim’s school schedule. Here are a few things I hope […]

Living History and Science for Your Homeschool – Ancient Termite Civilization Discovered Alive and Growing

Living History and Science for Your Homeschool – Ancient Termite Civilization Discovered Alive and Growing

This is crazy.  A termite colony the size of Great Britain?  Fascinating.  Try using this article as the basis of a fun multi-subject discussion.  Grab a globe or world map to locate the countries talked about.   Learn more about termites from the Wild Kratts.  Check […]

Measuring Math – Super Simple Hot Cocoa Recipe Kids Can Make On Their own

Measuring Math – Super Simple Hot Cocoa Recipe Kids Can Make On Their own

Don’t you love when your kiddos get to be a bit self-sufficient?  Man, I do!  This ludicrously simple recipe for hot cocoa mix just may become a staple around here.  I like that the kids can measure and combine the mix on their own and […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.23

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.23

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt Happiness is by-product of a life lived with intention. Even if you had a rough week, can you look back and see a life lived in such a way as to bring love to […]

Have a Poopy Homeschool Day — Did You Know Wombat Poop is Cubical?!

Have a Poopy Homeschool Day — Did You Know Wombat Poop is Cubical?!

Kids and poop, man.  For some reason, if you insert the word “poop” into a school subject that is going poorly, it brings their little brains back.  Weird, huh? Here’s a fun, poop-related article to share with the kids.  Try using this when you hit […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.22

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.22

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2018.11.22 Another day, another AAR. Feels like just *yesterday* I did this for like 3 *thousand* words. Oh, wait, I did… (And that’s nothing compared to what Leah writes on a regular basis. It’s harder than […]

Home Educator Discount at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Home Educator Discount at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

If you live in southeast Michigan, you’ve heard of The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.  It’s an amazing museum that displays the innovative spirit of people in this particular part of the world in a highly entertaining and educational way.  And…it’s pricey.  For a […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.22

The Daily Spark – 2018.11.22

“The giving of love is an education in itself.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt Children learn how to love from us. They see how we demonstrate our love for our spouses. If they watch you carefully, will they learn how to show themselves love? TODAY’S GOAL: Make time […]