Homeschool & live happily ever after (or not)

Homeschool and live happily ever after (or not) ~SimpleHomeschool
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

“My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.”
~William Shakespeare

I cried. At least once a day. For years.

No, I wasn’t suffering from depression. Nor did I have a chronic eye watering condition.

I was homeschooling.

Five years ago, Steve and I made the “official” decision to homeschool. It was scary, of course–a move into a completely unknown world.

But our hearts, souls, minds and spirits pointed in this direction so we stepped out.

The educational philosophy that resonated with us most, Leadership Education, advocated delayed academics in the early years–letting children learn through play and allowing their own internal motivation to direct their education. We would “inspire, not require” instead of following a rigid program.

“Our kids are so lucky,” I thought more than once. (And still do.)

Not having to spend our days entrenched in an impersonal institution, we would all be so happy with our growing freedoms together.

Except we weren’t.
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The winner of yesterday’s giveaway by Gadanke Journals is Mandy Garcia – congratulations!

Remember you can get free shipping from Gadanke on US orders over $10 through April 4th with the code “SCHOOLING” at checkout.

“As adults we choose our own reading material. Depending on our moods and needs we might read the newspaper, a blockbuster novel, an academic article, a women’s magazine, a comic, a children’s book, or the latest book that just about everyone is reading. No one chastises us for our choice. No one says, ‘That’s too short for you to read.’ No one says, ‘That’s too easy for you, put it back.’ No one says ‘You couldn’t read that if you tried — it’s much too difficult.’

Yet if we take a peek into classrooms, libraries, and bookshops we will notice that children’s choices are often mocked, censured, and denied as valid by idiotic, interfering teachers, librarians, and parents. Choice is a personal matter that changes with experience, changes with mood, and changes with need. We should let it be.”
~ Mem Fox, Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living

Weekend giveaway: $100 writing package from Gadanke Journals

Gadanke Journals for Kids

This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, brought to you by Gadanke Journals (Jamie’s note: My kids love these!):

“Looking for a fun way to incorporate writing into your teaching? Need help encouraging your budding (or perhaps reluctant?) writer?

Gadanke’s handmade writing prompt journals for kids help you:

  • build writing skills
  • work on penmanship
  • promote creative thinking
  • make writing fun
  • encourage drawing and illustrating

Each journal includes writing prompts to get little minds going. They range from simple to thoughtful to silly.
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Create your own Little House unit study

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Create your own Little House Unit Study ~SimpleHomeschoolJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

We are currently inhaling all things Little House, in preparation for our upcoming site tour this summer. Every day we learn something new about Laura and the Ingalls family, and for this homeschooling mama it’s a dream come true.

In a few months our family will be visiting three Little House sites: Pepin, Wisconsin; Walnut Grove, Minnesota; and De Smet, South Dakota. If you want to take a sneak peek and visit them virtually–as well as all the other Little House sites, make sure you check out the virtual field trip I created earlier this year.

Right now we’re rereading all of the books–one each month–and creating our own unit study to go along with them. This has sent me on a search for the best books, sites, and resources to help us learn more, and I thought I’d share my discoveries with you.

If you’re looking to get the most out of Little House, here are the resources we’ve been using:
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Weekend links

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“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

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