Category: Learning Lifestyle

What can you learn with the freedom to adventure?

Learning through Freedom to Adventure

What is education? Is it sitting in a classroom; watching video lessons; or reading stacks of books? Or is education the process of gaining knowledge through study and experience — learning through the freedom to adventure? For two boys in...

Old year gratitude, New Year hope and a poem.

Old Year Gratitude; New Year Hope

This year — 2020 — is almost over. It’s been quite a year! Decades from now, I’m guessing that people will remember it most as the Year of the Pandemic; the year that Covid-19 changed the way that many of...

When is Reading Hard?

Reading, Comprehension, and Knowledge Do you enjoy reading? I do. I grew up reading voraciously — new books, old books, books set in the city, the country, in foreign lands, and many books that featured characters that lived lives very...

Scorpions on a stick in Beijing, China.

The China Visit: Part 2—Beijing

We had only three days in Beijing, but like Chengdu, it was a living kaleidoscope of sights, scents, and sounds. On every corner it seemed there was something out of the ordinary — dozens of red lanterns, exotic street food...

The China Visit, Part 1: Chengdu

The China Visit: Part 1—Chengdu

I had the extraordinary privilege of traveling to China in May for the Chengdu Homeschool Conference plus a few days of sightseeing. I spent the first part of the trip in Chengdu, which is in the Sichuan province. After the...

You can make nature notebooks the easy way.

Nature Notebooks the Easy Way

I have always loved Charlotte Mason’s idea of keeping nature notebooks, and tried different ways of doing it with my boys. We were never able to make a habit of nature journaling, and looking back, I realize it’s because we were trying...

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent,

Take your children outside! Here’s why.

Most of my favorite childhood moments took place outside. I remember hours of playing with neighborhood children — skating, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, and acting out stories around my swing set and playhouse. Other happy hours were spent with my grandfather...

"If virtue & knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great security." Samuel Adams

A Poem for Independence Day 2015

In honor of Independence Day 2015, here is a classic poem about the nickname of the American flag. Use it as copywork or just enjoy it! I’ve also included a stirring rendition of America the Beautiful and few pithy quotes....

Old boxcar against a western sky.

Westward ho! Adding Context to Travel

We are preparing for the WHO conference in Washington state and GHC in Ontario, California and as I always do when going westward, I start thinking of classic poetry, western songs, and big beautiful sky. For me, it is a way...

Springtime by Claude Monet, 1872

Ideas Worth Sharing: On Learning, Practicing, Autism, Entrepreneurship, and Dressing Well — IWS #2

I have a habit of adding great articles to my reading list, so I can read them more than once. Sometimes I don’t get back to them for awhile, and usually when I do, the delight remains. Some of the...

Autumn Carnival: Looking Forward, Looking Back

This 463rd Carnival of Homeschooling offers a smorgasbord of creative ideas, inspiration, and practical tips for homeschooling. As you read each post, I hope you’ll find kindred spirits among the bloggers, and lots of good things to read as you sit by the fire and sip tea.

Summer Reading List

What’s in your to-be-read (TBR) pile? Mine is teetering way past the point of reason, and has overflowed onto a small bookshelf beside my chair, plus a few piles on the floor, to say nothing of those waiting in my...

Children at the beach on summer break. Attributed to James Pyne.

Why You (Probably) Need a Summer Break

If your student is behind in a school subject and you are thinking of homeschooling through the summer break, please stop a moment. I’d like to share a few thoughts on homeschoolers doing summer school. Schooling through the summer may...

Play is a child's work; based on Winslow Homer's "Snap the Whip"

Play is a Child’s Work

Deep meaning lies often in childish play. -Johann Friedrich von Schiller The outdoors used to be a place where children could run, play, build, create, and do the mildly hazardous things children love to do. I remember walking the 5′...

Re-imagining Education: Visions for the Future

Here is a playlist of a dozen interesting TED talks on education, mostly reflecting on the nature of education and traditional schooling and considering how it could be done better.

How to create learning lifestyle with your children.

How to Create a Learning Lifestyle

Summer is coming soon, and although formal class time may end for some homeschoolers, it’s easy to keep minds active if you create a learning lifestyle. This is a wonderful season to tackle outdoor projects and learn practical skills, as...

Hackschooling with Logan LaPlante at TEDx

13-year-old Logan LaPlante talks about a real-life education model that makes learning relevant. Hackschooling (aka homeschooling) works.

Great Education Quotes

Here is a collection of favorite quotes on lifelong learning, learning and freedom, unschooling, institutional schooling, homeschooling and general truth about learning by speakers from C.S. Lewis and Charlotte Mason to Aristotle and Mark Twain.

Wintery Mix: The Carnival of Homeschooling

Here is the Wintery Mix Carnival of Homeschooling, with a healthy variety of posts on topics as varied as reading aloud, being on the bottom of the gymnastics stack, and visiting the optometrist. Enjoy!

Homeschooling Homesteaders: Teaching Self-Reliance Skills

Self-reliance means looking ahead, anticipating potential dangers, and setting aside resources to care for your family in the event of an emergency. Come to the Self-Reliance Expo to find resources and learn how.

How to Fit Art and Music into Your Homeschool

Instead of despairing when you run out of classroom time for art and music, just have things available so that you can allow both subjects to flow into the leftover spaces in your day.

Imogen Violet Meets GarageBand

Imogen Violet tests the effectiveness of GarageBand and the iPad2 as a teething aid.

What Does Education Look Like? Part III: Immune to Elephants

The contrast between a true, living education and the stale, dead imitation that often replaces it continues to niggle at my thoughts. Here’s another scene that illustrates the contrast, plus a thought for the day.

Cultural literacy, great books, classical education, and Charlotte Mason — what do they have in common?

What is Cultural Literacy?

Cultural literacy can help you decide what to teach and how to teach it. Here’s what cultural literacy is, and how it can help you focus.

Plan to live life on purpose.

Plan to Live Life on Purpose

Create a mission statement, goals, and a plan to help you make time for things that matter.

Make Time for Things that Matter: Impact and Significance

Making time for significance I had the opportunity to speak on “Making Time for Things that Matter” at the Ultimate Homeschool Expo last week, and I’ve also been reading a book called Eternal Impact: Investing in the Lives of Others...

Learning while Caregiving: Tips for Crisis Homeschooling

Can Learning Go On While Caregiving? Crisis Schooling for Homeschoolers

If you can align your expectations with reality, make adjustments that keep you sane, and focus on priorities and essentials, you’ll be able to homeschool while you’re a caregiver.

Advice for Friends of Caregivers

Advice for Friends of Caregivers

Caregivers face daily challenges, but friends who are understanding and kind can make the path easier.

Carnival of Homeschooling: The Beach Reading Edition

The Beach Reading Edition of Carnival of Homeschooling is up, and there are great posts on why to homeschool through high school, how to motivate your children, how to teach boys, and much, much more. Enjoy!

Excellence in Literature: The Complete Curriculum: Literature and Writing for Grades 8-12

Three Things to Consider When Making Curriculum Decisions

Choosing curriculum can be a challenge. Here are three things to think about to make it easier!

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