Wednesday, July 20, 2016
As homeschooling parents, we can get caught up in spending too much time going to homeschool conferences, doing online research reading reviews, or frequenting our local curriculum stores; trying to decide what curriculum our children need for the school year. There are a lot of things out there vying for our attention and trying to convince us that we must do this or that in order for our student to "keep up" with other students or be a "STEM" student. All that curriculum "sell" is just begging for us to feel discontent, like we're not doing enough, like we fall short, and like we have to add one more thing to our student's curriculum list for the next year so they won't be handicapped for life. It's just a great way to stress ourselves (and our students) out.
I have had a life changing shift in my paradigm related to curriculum that has set me free. Let me help you make a shift in your paradigm about curriculum too. What if I told you that the curriculum itself doesn't truly matter, but more so what you do with the curriculum that does? I know, I know, it seems like I just committed some homeschooling atrocity to say that curriculum doesn't really matter. I imagine the homeschooling police are being notified right now, as to my heretical statement. However, let me explain....
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
A science "picture of the day" is a terrific tool for helping students to begin to analyze information and think critically. It is also another tool to begin to teach the scientific method skills of observation, hypotheses and drawing conclusions. Beyond all that, it's just plain fun! Here's how to make thinking fun...
Saturday, June 25, 2016
My curiosity was piqued over a year ago when I first talked with Dr. Perrin and learned his vision for Schole' groups. It was specifically piqued, and I will admit a bit confused, when I heard him talk about the "liturgy of the classroom". I really wanted to understand what this whole idea of liturgy and education had to do with each other and get my mind around it all. So to understand it we need to start at the mall...
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Just in time for summer planning! The updated Teaching Plan for Year 2 is a great way to add experience based learning to the Foundations' curriculum, for those pursuing a classical education through Classical Conversations®! This plan has all 24 weeks across all subjects as well as the popular SGM Wonderful Wednesday plan! In addition, pin maps for geography, and a hands on Latin game are all included in this download purchase!
Teaching Plan Year 2
24 Week Plan + Wonderful Wednesday!
I've also released The Great Eight Artists resource. This is a terrific resource for those wishing to go deeper on eight of the most famous artists from the Renaissance to Post Impressionism era! This resource includes artist fact cards for student study of the following artists:
Rembrandt, Linnaeus, Gainsborough, Monet, Degas, Morisot, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
There is also a vocabulary section, famous paintings for picture study, geography study related to each artist, book recommendations for deeper study and student art activities for each artist! This is a great deal at $4.99! It can be used with Year 2, any other curriculum or as an independent study of the eight most famous Renaissance to Post Impressionism artists to have ever lived.
The Great Eight Artists
This should make summer a breeze! Now just get your favorite drink beverage and enjoy the pool for the summer - the planning is done for you!
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Our student's ended their school year with a learning celebration featuring their skills in ancient shadow puppetry learned in Fine Arts, and the fables they learned in Great Books from Aesop! It was a fantastic collaborative effort by two of our best Academic Mentors! You won't want to miss this…
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
We are nearing the big day…our final Learning Celebration! Our day was filled with preparations for the big performance, a special guest from Jewish Awareness Ministries, the beauty of spring and lots of excitement! Join us as we recount our Week 25 of putting Schole' into practice…