Weekend Links

* History of the Alphabet :: 5 Orange Potatoes
* Why do Finland’s Schools get the Best Results? :: BBC News (interesting conclusions!)
* For the Love of a Good Book :: Pioneer Woman
* Science: Time for Chemistry: Mt. Hope Chronicles
* Gearing up for Spring Cleaning Week :: Simple Mom
* Homeschool Teacher Desperately Seeking Room Mother :: The Homeschool Classroom

“I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.”~ Anne Sullivan

Managing Your Kitchen and Your Child’s Education

One of the benefits of homeschooling our children is the opportunity to teach them the nitty gritty of home management. A very useful lifelong skill.

This is especially important in the kitchen. Thanks to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and others who are sounding the alarm, we’re becoming aware of how little the average child knows about food – where it comes from and how to prepare it.

As homemakers and homeschoolers we have the power to create a healthier reality for our children. The time we spend in the kitchen with and around our children is not a distraction to their learning but an important part of it.

But let’s be real. Preparing three healthy meals (don’t forget snacks) each day and homeschooling is not always easy.

Both home education and eating well take time and though it may seem these two are in competition with each other, they aren’t. [Read more...]

The Model Homeschool

I am a huge fan of model homes. I love visiting them and poring over photos of perfectly arranged rooms with that too-perfect-to-be-lived-in quality.

I know that many of these are set up for a spectacular photo shoot — I’m sure if you could see the other side of the photographer, there’d be a pile of mess that had been shoved aside! Obviously, the imaginary occupants of these fantasy residences don’t homeschool.

However, just because we can’t live in the perfect model home, doesn’t mean we have to wade our way through a cluttered one.
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Time Management for Homeschoolers: Making the Minutes Count

As homeschooling families, we have lots to get done and not always a lot of time in which to do it.

Duties call to us from all sides, competing for our attention. If we don’t intentionally determine our daily rhythm, we may never get around to what we truly value.

But on the other hand, it’s no fun to live life as a drill sergeant–planning every second and living with eyes constantly on the clock.

So what’s a mother to do?

Use the following ideas to come up with a flexible plan that works for your household.
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Weekend Links

“The number one predictor of good writing skills is reading aloud to children in huge quantity at a high level.” ~ Andrew Pudewa


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