The Magnificent World of Books

I have been reading Eugene Peterson’s memoir, The Pastor, and one particular chapter really warmed my heart and reminded me of the wonderful experience of home education that we can give our children.  It’s the chapter about his education, entitled, The Carnegie.  Let me quote from this superb book: The Carnegie was the public library in our town … From an … Continue reading

Planning Your Homeschool Day with Under-Tens

When you are planning your homeschool day the age of your child or children will dictate how your day is planned.  One obvious example is that the younger the child the shorter the formal seat-work part of the day. With children up to the age of about ten, you will make many of the decisions on how your child will … Continue reading

3 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Equipment

We often talk about the academic side of homeschooling – what style of homeschooling, which curriculum, what books and more.  But when you are at home, working with your children in a daily rhythm, there is another aspect which is equally important. And that’s the practical side of the job.  Where you sit to work, what equipment you need to … Continue reading

Why Homeschool Through the Teen Years?

It’s easy to homeschool little people, but when a child is going into the teen years many parents wonder about sending their child to school.  It’s a pity really, because homeschooling through the teen years has many advantages. I asked some young adults who were homeschooled through teen years what they thought of the experience.   The first two I asked … Continue reading

The Well-Behaved Child – Book Review

The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That REALLY Works! By John Rosemond  Why I Read This Book This book is different to any other parenting book I’ve read.  I was hooked on page one.  And I was turned off on page two.  But someone I trusted had recommended it to me, so I persisted in reading through to the end and I’m … Continue reading

Best Homeschool Advice Ever

A couple of weeks ago I asked what was the best advice on parenting or homeschooling you ever received.  Here are some responses from homeschooling mothers: “Once you have decided to homeschool, choose to be 100% committed to it.  If you blow hot and cold on the idea of homeschool then you will find it much harder on the difficult … Continue reading

Notes for Easter 2014

The dates for Easter 2014 are: Maundy Thursday – 17 April Good Friday – 18 April Easter Sunday – 20 April Some information on Easter and Lent traditions: Why Bother With Tradition? Easy, fun Easter cards for children to make: The Easiest and Most Fun Easter Cards Here’s my famous Hot Cross Bun recipe: The Secrets of Making Perfect Hot … Continue reading

Four Things You Can STOP Doing Today

When you are homeschooling it’s easy to get too busy and be so close to what you are doing that you lose focus and start to get too tired.  Here’s four things you can stop doing straight away, and your homeschool and family life will improve. STOP trying to learn everything all at once; you will find that it’s overwhelming. … Continue reading

Two Best Science Books

I have chosen two top science book titles for you – books recommended by homeschoolers.  (Thanks so much to these kind homeschoolers who shared the titles and told me why they liked the books.) Science Rocks! by Ian Graham. Published by Dorling Kindersley. Each experiment only takes up one page to describe, making them not too complicated and the equipment … Continue reading

A Happy Way to Enjoy Science

Science is one of those subjects that you either love or hate. And whichever camp you belong to, you will be interested in knowing about Robert Krampf, The Happy Scientist. Robert has a fabulous web page, with a weekly newsletter, and some little videos of interesting and easy experiments, and he will certainly whet your appetite and your children’s appetite … Continue reading