Help! Where Do I Start?

StressMost of us are getting ready to head into the next school year, so in this week’s blog post, I thought I’d share a letter I wrote in response to an e-mail from a man I met at a conference who is interested in home schooling his daughter. Maybe this would be a good time to re-evaluate the direction of your home school and think about incorporating more life skills into your curriculum.

Dear Ellyn,

My wife and I want to home school our daughter Brianna and don’t know where to start. I’m wondering if you can recommend the best in home education, either websites, groups, organizations, correspondence/umbrella schools, study material, networks, etc. Your insight is very much appreciated.

Michael [Read more…]

Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework!

girl_studying-600x399Well, one more cherished notion about education bites the dust.

A recent article in Atlantic magazine reported that having parents actively involved in their children’s education—meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, rewarding for good grades and punishing for bad, and doing all the other things the PTA and school administrators have told us can help our children succeed in school—can actually be detrimental to their children’s success in school. [Read more…]

7 Common Approaches to Homeschooling

I thought this little video was cute. Dads are the best.

Back to the subject at hand…. Bookfair season. Since bookfair season is upon us and our thoughts are turning to what we are going to use in the next school year, this is the last in a series of posts about choosing materials

So far I’ve covered different ways children learn, different educational philosophies, and 10 rules of thumb for choosing teaching materials. In this post, I want to delve into the major teaching approaches you’ll find in homeschooling materials.

Sometimes when you are searching for teaching materials for your children, it’s not just the number of products that is confusing, but it’s a shock to discover that the products are coming from different ideas of how children should be taught and what they should be learning.

A home school curriculum fair is kind of like an interdenominational meeting, but there aren’t just doctrinal differences–there are different educational philosophies, different teaching approaches, and different convictions about what kinds of lifestyles home schooling families should have. [Read more…]