Archives for January 2011

What to Do with Kids in the Winter

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

A note from Jamie: This post was originally posted on February 8, 2010. It’s that time of year again, so I thought a little winter encouragement is probably good for all of us!

For many of us, the start of February marks the middle of our school year. Halfway through, and spirits begin to sag. In many locations, winter clouds hover overhead, preventing little bodies from releasing stores of unused energy.

It’s enough to make a homeschooling parent feel a little….under the weather.

So this month is the perfect time to shake things up and bring some freshness to the learning experience.

Here are six ways to help you do just that.

[Read more…]

Renee’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 8-, 9-, & 11-year-old)

Written by Renee Tougas of FIMBY.

I have so enjoyed this Day in the Life series here at Simple Homeschool. For my contribution I am sharing notes I took during an actual day earlier this month.

On this particular Friday we were just returning to our regular schedule after a long Christmas holiday.

It goes without saying the day didn’t go quite according to plan.

Each day is different in our home but we do have a weekly routine, that changes with the seasons of life and time of year. Currently:

  • Mornings are for homemaking chores, which everyone does, and a small amount of structured learning. One day a week we do shopping and errands. Starting in February two mornings per month we will have homeschool co-op.
  • Afternoons are for independent projects and play. I write, manage our home and help the kids with their learning. This is also the time for playdates and outings.
  • We read throughout the day individually and all together most often in the morning and before bed.

Here’s what our schedule looks like “in real life.”

[Read more…]

Heidi’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 4-, 6-, 9-year-old, & baby, too!)

Written by Simple Homeschool contributor Heidi Scovel of Mt. Hope Chronicles.

The beautiful days of quiet rhythms. The hush of early morning productivity. The year in, year out steady march of progress. Do you wistfully wonder how to transform your home into this wonder-land of peace and earnest learning?

You won’t learn how from me.

We have spent the past year in survival mode. Pregnancy (which I’m afraid I didn’t handle gracefully), a newborn, illnesses, and a husband whose work routine changed drastically challenged my notions of what a homeschool day ‘should’ look like. Add in three young, extroverted, physical boys, and quiet anything was all but impossible.

I have embraced the concept of life seasons. It is counterproductive for me to dream of days that belong in a season other than the one I’m in.

After a period of letting go of expectations and riding the waves of life, we are using the freshness of a new year to move into a season of more focused academics.

We spend Monday mornings at our Classical Conversations group, and the rest of our week we spend learning at home. As our rhythm has yet to find a steady beat, I’ll share a specific day rather than a general routine.

[Read more…]

Weekend Links

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Weekend Giveaway: Peace Hill Press

This giveaway has ended. Thanks for entering!

Hooray for weekend giveaways! Today’s giveaway package comes to you from Peace Hill Press.

About Peace Hill Press:

“We are a small, family-run company, working together to produce the best materials for classical education the world has ever seen. Our materials provide parents with a rare combination of academic rigor and ease of use.

Many parents rely on The Well-Trained Mind as their homeschooling authority. The book’s authors, Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise, direct Peace Hill Press. They travel the country, speaking to homeschooling parents about the methodology, philosophy, and the daily nuts and bolts of homeschooling in the 21st century.”

[Read more…]

Never miss a blog post,
PLUS get Jamie’s FREE ebook: