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- Because often finish lines aren’t pretty (A nap & a snack) :: From contributor Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane
- Make your own pool noodle light saber :: Journey Into Unschooling
- The third annual summer reading guide :: Modern Mrs. Darcy
- Why reading aloud to older children is valuable :: MindShift
- The worst mother in the world :: My post this week on Steady Mom
Jamie’s recommendations this week:
Do you hope that one day your kids will be self-directed learners? If so, you might find Project-Based Learning by Lori Pickert an inspiring read: “This book is an introduction and guide to creating the circumstances under which children can teach themselves.”
Sign me up for that, please! (I love Lori’s blog, too.)
I’ve found Read for the Heart so helpful when it comes to discovering high-quality literature for my kids to read (without me having to preview everything first!)
I give it to Jonathan (age 9) and he browses through the pages, then comes back to me with a list of titles to request from the library. Like Amazon says, “Keeping this volume close at hand is like having a child’s librarian for a best friend.”
Do you love nature and hope to pass that love on to your little ones? The Camping Trip That Changed America is an inspiring read about how our national parks in the US came to be established and protected, all in the package of a fun, true story.
Illustrated by a Caldecott Medalist, School Library Journal called it “history accessible for young readers.”
Featured sponsors this week:
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Just use the code SIMPLEHOMESCHOOL10 at checkout – valid through Monday, 5/26. Current deals include Minecraft Design, Life of Fred, a guitar starter kit and plenty more.
If you’d like to get Dad more involved in your homeschool, check out this upcoming audio seminar/ebook from Oliver DeMille – A Thomas Jefferson Education for Dads!
We follow this educational philosophy in our homeschool and I can’t wait for this to come out in a few weeks. An inspiring Father’s Day gift!
Looking for a play-based, child-centered curriculum to use for Kindergarten next year? Take a minute to check out Lavender’s Blue Homeschool.
Based on the Waldorf philosophy, it includes all the ideas you need for circle times, painting, stories, craft projects, and more, plus Kelly includes membership in a private FB group for support!
“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”
~ Beatrix Potter