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Navigating Homeschooling Detours: What to Do When the Road Gets Rough

My oldest son likes to use our GPS to map out trips. Even if we’re just going to the grocery store, he gleefully plugs in coordinates and calls out eager directions from the back seat.

Things don’t always go according to plan though. More than once we’ve followed directions to the letter and found ourselves staring at a clump of trees where a road should be.

Often our educational journey is like that as well. We carefully plan out goals. We try to be intentional about the learning choices we make.

We choose wisely what books and ideas we chase after, and as a result, our choices take us just where we hoped to go… until they don’t. [Read more…]

Giving Our Children the World: Education Through Geography

As a child, I would sit in a chair and look at my grandfather’s world globe for what seemed like hours at a time. Feeling the bumps of mountains. Reading the names of each country. Plotting a course across the ocean.

What is it like to live there? How does it feel to swim in those waters? Would the sky look the same if I lay on my back and looked up from another continent? How long would it take to get from here to there?

As soon as I had children of my own, I knew that I wanted to impart to them this same curiosity about the wide world around us. Architecture, food, folktales and stories, history, art, music, languages, and scenery–it is all fascinating to me.

I want my children to be world travelers, even when we don’t have the ability to go far from home.

There are many simple ways to incorporate geography into daily life and education. [Read more…]

New on Simple Organic: Green Goal-Setting, Part 2: Home Life

Simple Homeschool readers will want to check out the helpful post Katie wrote yesterday at Simple Organic. Many of us involve our children in creating a greener atmosphere at home, and this article is full of great ideas.

From her post:

This week, it’s time to take a look at our home life, and the ways that we can make small but significant changes at home.

The list below is long, but don’t let its length overwhelm you. Just like with our personal goals, we will only choose one thing from the list – one place to start.”

Head here to read the rest!

Educational Philosophies Defined, Part II

Last week we explored four educational methods–giving a brief overview of each and providing links for further research.

So many methods exist that we could go on and on (& on!). For today, let’s cover five more and what they look like from a homeschooler’s perspective.

1. The Classical Method

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