Archives for October 2010

How To Homeschool Like A Pro

Written by Amida of Journey Into Unschooling

Ready to rise from the ranks of a newbie homeschooler to a genuine pro?

While I don’t guarantee overnight success, I can offer a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.

Three R’s to Successful Homeschooling

1. Redefine yourself.

Classical, Eclectic, Unschooler… Whatever you call yourself, don’t let the standard definitions confine you.

Just because I blog about our “Journey Into Unschooling” doesn’t mean I never break out the worksheets or <gasp> refer to a textbook. We use whatever feels right at the moment, regardless of how a true “unschooler” is supposed to learn.

Flexibility is the homeschooler’s middle name.
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The 4 Phases of Learning in Leadership Education

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

When I was first began learning about homeschooling, I stumbled across the book Better Late Than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore. The authors’ premise is that delayed formal academics often fit better with the growth and development of children than the current early childhood education movement. As a mother of toddlers at that time, this idea resonated with me.

At the heart of the better late than early concept is the idea that children progress through various phases in their learning. Many educational philosophers over the years, including well-known Jean Piaget, have agreed. The educational philosophy known as Leadership Education (or Thomas Jefferson Education) divides this progression into four specific phases.

Though I wouldn’t define our family as Leadership Education purists (Which homeschooling family can fit within the constraints of one single philosophy?!), I do keep the four phases of learning in mind as they pertain to our homeschooling environment.
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Weekend Links

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” ~ Bill Beattie

Q&A: How can Simple Homeschool Help?

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Happy Friday, fabulous readers! Today I’m writing to ask you to share your thoughts with me.

Simple Homeschool has been chugging along for over eight months now and along the way, courtesy of some fabulous contributors, we’ve covered a vast array of topics: buying curricula, getting your school space organized, unpacking educational methods and philosophies, and helping educate you in your role as teacher, just to name a few.
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Homeschooling Field Trips :: Planning an Adventure

The following is a guest post written by Linda Cerynik.

Field trips are one my favorite things about homeschooling. They make learning fun for you and your kids, and they give everyone a break from the routine of books, pencils and computers.

Field trips are a wonderful way to instill the value of lifelong learning in your children, as you both experience and discover new places together. Sometimes getting out of the house for a day gives you a little inspiration, or a spark of curiosity, reaffirming just why you chose to homeschool in the first place.

To make the most of your field trips, considering the following ideas:

Choosing your field trip

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