An Irresistible Book Title on a Fascinating Subject

The Black Death or Bubonic Plague was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.  At its peak, it is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s population. The Bubonic Plague bacterium was spread by fleas which were carried by rats.  And one village in the north of England had a remarkably vicious attack of the plague but … Continue reading

I’ve been doing it wrong all these years!

I’m feeling very pleased with myself this week because I’ve solved a problem that has been bothering me for quite a while.  I think you might appreciate this information too.  It’s such a relief to know how to get accurate results with these machines. (Add your comment, below.) . .   . . .   P.P.S. I saw this picture … Continue reading

Why Homeschooling Can Be So Good For Teens

When I recently offered a best selling, award-winning novel about a teenage boy to a teenage boy that I tutor he was baffled. Why would I suggest that he read this book when it wasn’t on his school reading list and his mother wasn’t insisting that he read it? This is a top-performing student attending a top high school. And … Continue reading

A Fabulous History Tour (from home to Scotland)

This week I was working with Monica and I wanted to show her a book called “Skara Brae”. I had borrowed it from the library about five years ago, and it fitted perfectly with what she was studying. But when I checked the library catalogue the book was no longer there. I did a wider search but the book just … Continue reading

Celebrate Homeschooling!

The Old Schoolhouse is having another expo, and the tickets are now on sale. And I have some very nice news; if you register before Sunday, you will get a $5 coupon. But you will need to be quick, as last time the expo sold out really fast. The speaker list is looking really good, with 17 speakers including Jeannie … Continue reading

Is Homeschooling Hard?

I was chatting to a homeschooling friend the other day and we started talking about whether homeschooling is hard. She said it is hard, I said it isn’t. Well, she said that it is hard, and I insisted that it isn’t hard, and this went on until we both dissolved into giggles. I’ve had this conversation before with friends about … Continue reading

The Secret to Well Behaved Children

Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman is in New Zealand and has been in the news this week. Aric Sigman is is a fellow of the Britain’s Royal Society of Medicine, and the author of a fabulous book called Remotely Controlled which discusses the danger of television viewing for children.  (The danger is in the act of watching, rather than the content.) … Continue reading

You told me what you like about homeschooling

Here’s a huge THANK YOU to everyone who completed a Broad Room survey. I got a wonderful response and I found it very helpful and useful in knowing what I could do to help you and support you in your homeschooling. I now have a good idea of the age range of your children, why you are homeschooling, what you love about … Continue reading

How to Teach Geography

We have all got ‘World Cup Fever’ at our house! The FIFA World Cup, being hosted in South Africa, has got us all fascinated and enthralled. The matches, which, because of the time zone differences, are taking place in the middle of the night for us, mean that we are losing sleep. But all in a good cause! The New … Continue reading