Homeschooling and Lifelong Learning

Homeschooling is one of the most intense learning experiences I’ve had. We homeschooled our boys from preschool into early college (everyone survived), and during those homeschooling years, I read endlessly, went to conferences, and tried many things. Gradually, I found sound advice, books that worked well, and habits that made learning happen, even on days when we didn’t do formal teaching. Here are some of the posts on learning, homeschooling, Charlotte Mason (one of those sources of good counsel), classical education, learning styles, and more.

There are many more learning related posts on the site, but those that are reading or writing specific are linked from those index pages. I’ll continue to add posts here as I pull them from the archives and update them. If there is a homeschool or learning topic you have questions about, please feel free to leave a comment or email me. I may already have a post that just needs to be dusted off and linked.

NOTE: Some of these posts are very old and haven’t yet been updated or organized. I’m working as quickly as possible restoring graphics, relinking things that have shifted, and so forth. Thank you for your patience while they are under construction!

Learn Like Leonardo Da Vinci with Study Notes and Learning Journals

Homeschool 101: Charlotte Mason Style

Seven Things I Wish I’d Known About Homeschooling

How to Create a Learning Lifestyle

Homeschool Conventions Made Easy

Telephone Rules for Homeschools

The Stages of Learning Language Arts

SWOT Analysis for Homeschools

Three Questions to Ask Graduated Homeschool Moms

Houseplants and Homeschools and Normal Homeschool Moms

Homeschooling in Challenging Times

Why You (Probably) Need a Summer Break

Keeping it Simple in the New School Year

Charlotte Mason on Teaching With Literature

Storming? Time to Enjoy Books, Games, Music and Crafts

Give Your Child the Benefit of the Doubt

Dinner-Time Conversations: What’s Your Topic?

Limiting Negative Input Creates a Healthy Learning Atmosphere

Screen Free Week: Fast, Cheap, & Easy Life Enhancement!

Overstuffed School Schedules vs. The Learning Lifestyle

Learning: Mind-Numbing or Mind-Nourishing?

High School Scheduling- Some Non-Traditional Options

College Choices – Homeschoolers Have Options!

Homeschooling Homesteaders: Teaching Self-Reliance Skills

How Do You Socialize a Homeschooled Child?

What Should You Buy at the Homeschool Convention?

Three Things to Consider When Making Curriculum Decisions

Play is a Child’s Work

Hackschooling with Logan LaPlante at TEDx

Just Say No to Desktop Notifications & Other Dings and Beeps

Gatto’s 7 Lessons of Compulsory Schooling

A Science Mystery Solved: Color and Light

Socialization… Again

Enthusiasm — It Makes Learning Stick!

What Does Education Look Like? Part I: What is a Chicken?

What Does Education Look Like? Part II: Socialization

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

How to Manage Withdrawal from Excessive Media Exposure

Charlotte Mason and Classical Education

Homeschool 101: Charlotte Mason Style

How to Teach Your Child: Charlotte Mason’s Education Manifesto

Charlotte Mason was Right! Education is an Atmosphere

Charlotte Mason on the Folly of Teachers Who Talk Too Much

Historical Fiction for Young Readers

Aunt Edie’s Commonplace Book, 1917-1947

Nature Notebooks the Easy Way

Penmanship Matters

Take your children outside! Here’s why.

Three (or so) Books for the Homeschool Journey

How to Memorize

“Easter Wings:” A Poem for Spring

The Education of the Founding Fathers

How King James Can Boost Your Student’s Reading Skills

What is Cultural Literacy? And How Can it Help You Homeschool?

Homeschoolers: What’s the Least You Need to Teach?

The Core Curriculum Teaches Connections

Should You Teach Literature and History in Chronological Order?

How to Fit Art and Music into Your Homeschool

Without Focus, You’ll Get Nowhere

Bayeux Tapestry: An Animated Look at History

High School, College, and College Alternatives

High School: A Four-Year Plan for Homeschoolers

Homeschooling High School: Is Outsourcing an Option?

High School Requirements: The Wrong Question?

Of Daffodils and Diesels, Revisited

College Alternatives, Part 1: Skilled Trades

College Alternatives, Part 2: Entrepreneurship, Apprenticeships, and Guilds

College Admissions: Knowledge Is Power!

What Kinds of Financial Aid Are Available?

Financial Aid: You Won’t Get it Unless You Apply

5 Reasons Entrepreneurship Should Be Part of Every Education

High School Transcripts- Frequently Asked Questions

How to Calculate +/- on a High School Transcript

Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades Offer an Alternative to College

College Choices – Homeschoolers Have Options!

Why Freshmen Fail by Professor Carol: A Review

Learning Styles and Personality Tests

Know Thyself: Are Personality Tests Useful?

Learning Styles: Should You Care?

How to Be a Good Homeschool Quitter: Part 1

How to Be a Good Homeschool Quitter: Part 2

Momma, Want to See a Snake? How to Homeschool a Boy, Part 1

Hey Mom, Want to See My Jungle Gym? How to Homeschool a Boy, Part 2

Hey Mom, Listen to this Great Performance: How to Homeschool a Boy, Part 3

In One Ear…

Book, Curriculum, and Resource Reviews

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner: A Review

Take Heart: 26 Steps to a Healthy Home School – A Review

Review: The Struggling Reader Assessments and Teaching Materials

Dynamic Literacy’s WordBuild: A Review

Homeschooling at the Speed of Life- A Review

Review: Pick Two Deluxe- Is It the Perfect Game?

Purposeful Planning- A Review

Homeschooling and Caregiving

Can Learning Go On While Caregiving? Crisis Schooling for Homeschoolers

Caregiving for Homeschool Families: Don’t Go Into It Lightly

Advice for Friends of Caregivers

Other education topics

Gatto’s 7 Lessons of Compulsory Schooling

Great Education Quotes

Homework Insanity- This Emperor has No Clothes

What Does the Common Core Mean for Homeschoolers?

Literature, Language Arts, and the Common Core Standards

Class Dismissed: A New Homeschooling Documentary

California Homeschool Ruling: Why It’s Absurd