Archives for July 2013

Navigating the maze of homeschooling methods

navigating the maze of homeschooling methods

Hi from the Philippines!

We’ve spent the past few days settling in, recovering from some serious jetlag (a 12 hour time difference from our Connecticut home), and preparing for the work with Love146 we’re here to do over the upcoming month.


I’ll be back to share more on that soon–including an invitation for you to partner with us in abolition and restoration–but for today I want to point you over in the direction of

There I have an article recently published to help you understand and navigate successfully through the maze of homeschooling methods–including tips on how to find the one (or the combination) that’s best for your family

From my article:

“Most homeschoolers consider their choice of methods to be eclectic. It’s rare for a family to fit within the confines of one specific educational philosophy because homeschooling offers flexibility for families to choose and blend different methods according to their children’s needs in each stage of development.

If you’re thinking about teaching your child at home, here are eight common methods to consider. Find the one that best fits your beliefs about education or combine different approaches.”

Head to to read the rest for overviews of methods including Classical, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Leadership Education, and more.

5 things I love about homeschooling (& how I embrace them)

5 things I love about homeschooling
Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Recently we discussed the tough stuff–the hard side of home education that gives us a run for our money. But thankfully, that’s only one side of the story. There is another–the one that keeps us going through the challenges and reminds us why we do what we do.

Because it’s also a fact that there are also many pleasures involved in this homeschooling lifestyle we’ve chosen! The benefits for our children are often written about–increased self-confidence, ability to focus on interests, and the freedom to move at their own pace, to name a few.

But in today’s post, I want to dwell on the benefits to us as homeschooling parents.

In all of life there is a dark and a light side. We get to choose which one we notice most.

Today, we’re walking in the light. So allow me to share what I love about our family’s lifestyle of home education.
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Creating confident kids — in and out of the kitchen

creating confident cooks
Written by Kathreen Ricketson of Whip Up and the kids’ e-magazine Action Pack.

A note from Jamie: When Kathreen and I discussed this guest post last summer, neither of us could have had any idea that less than a year later she and her husband would both be killed in a tragic accident.
I wanted to republish Kathreen’s words here today because I love the way her love for her children–her deepest legacy–comes across and because I’d love to encourage you to contribute a donation for her daughter Otilija and son Orlando to support them in their future and as they grieve this unimaginable loss.

One of my goals – or maybe I should say – my most important goal as a parent is to give my kids the confidence in themselves to know that they can do anything, they can achieve anything if they work at it and want it enough. This confidence in themselves doesn’t start once they leave home and have to fend for themselves, it starts right from the beginning by giving them your trust and by giving them responsibilities.

You can do this in lots of different ways: being responsible for certain chores, trusting them with important tasks, and letting them get in the kitchen to experiment, make a mess and to cook.
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5 ways to cultivate creativity for a life fully lived

5 ways to cultivate creativity for a life fully lived ~SimpleHomeschool
Written by contributor Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

“All children are artists, and it is an indictment of our culture that so many of them lose their creativity, their unfettered imaginations, as they grow older.”
—Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

We were neck-deep in The Story of the World history curriculum.

The Kingfisher and Usborne encyclopedias were stacked high on my lap, the kids leaning in close, interrupting every other sentence with, “What’s that?” “Why did they do that?” “What does that word mean?”

(Every lesson takes twice as long when the kids are actually learning something.)

I glanced at the clock; I was way behind schedule for the morning. We had finished the lesson on archeology, when both kids jumped up off the couch, a surge of creativity lighting their eyes:

“I know! Mommy, can we do an archeology dig right now? Can we dig for clues about what people used to live like? And can we put all the clues together and make a book about it?!!”

I glanced down at the list of “school” left for the day and knew what the right answer was:
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When your dreams come knocking, answer the door.

Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that dreams don’t often show up at convenient times.

There’s never an ideal, ducks-in-a-row moment to get married.

Or the perfect, uncomplicated season to add another child to the family.

There’s never a convenient time to begin homeschooling, or take that trip around the world, or move to the fixer-upper that’s been in your thoughts for a decade.

There are always a million reasons why today isn’t the right moment to start–a million excuses about why you shouldn’t write that book, or adopt a child, or birth a home business.

And yet sometimes we feel a tug in our spirits–angels whispering in our ears, circumstances lining up in extraordinary ways on our behalf.

Will we take the plunge, dive in, deal with the messes as they come, and live life whole? Or will we push away the opportunity because of excuses, lack, or fear.
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