6 resources that inspire a love of learning

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

Finding the right resource for your homeschool at the right time is a breath of fresh air. It can feel like the missing link, the answer you’ve been looking for, the perfect fit as you enter a new season.

In our home this year, Trishna (10) and Jonathan (9) have moved solidly into a new period of learning, called Love of Learning Phase. (If the phases of learning are new to you, you can find an overview here.)

This new phase has come with increased interest in academics, and therefore, more work for this mama as I try to keep up with them!

Through that work, we’ve come across six resources that are currently working really well in our home. Here they are in case they might work for you, too.
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Sarah’s Biggest Homeschooling Mistake: Not Traveling More

Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

One of the things that really aggravated me when our son was in public school in first grade was being told that we shouldn’t go on trips that would make him miss school.

Really? So being in a classroom is more culturally valuable than going to a Greek festival? So he’ll learn music better if he’s jingling bells than if he is at a symphony? History is more likely to come alive for him within the four walls of school than at Gettysburg?

When we decided to homeschool, I knew that much of my children’s education would consist of hands-on learning that included going lots of places. I imagined us taking the Civil War trail along the East Coast, following Lewis and Clark’s adventures out west, digging up dinosaur bones in Utah, ogling masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I even had it calculated that my husband would be eligible for sabbatical when our oldest was in high school, so we would spend six months somewhere far away (and per my husband’s career, botanically interesting), like Australia or South Africa.

The best laid plans, eh?

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Travel the World from your Dining Table (Recipe: Liberian Jollof Rice)

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

This month at Simple Homeschool one of our themes has been giving children a global mindset. Jena provided us with an excellent unit study last week, which culminated in a celebratory feast from the country of your choice. Summer is the perfect, relaxed time to try out a few experimental recipes.

Even if your culinary skills are somewhat lacking, global cuisine isn’t as challenging as it may sound.

Here are several links to easy recipes so you can experience the world without having to leave the dining table. [Read more...]

How to Study Your Favorite Country

As unschoolers, we like to let our kids follow their interests and develop their giftedness. We let them explore and discover, and we offer suggestions and guidance.

But once in awhile, some direct, concentrated school-like activity is fun. That’s what this post is all about.

Here is a one-week unit study on the country of your choice, unschooling style. It’s pretty flexible, but covers a lot of territory. [Read more...]

Around the World ~ One Picture Book at a Time

Reading books about other places and cultures opens up a previously unknown world for children and adults alike.

Picture books have an added dimension:  a visual feast within their illustrations.

Sunny, colorful worlds. Quiet, dramatic worlds. Peaceful worlds. Chaotic worlds.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Giving Our Children the World, I want my children to be world travelers, even when we don’t have the ability to go far from home.

Travel is available to anyone with a library card.

The following is a list of beautiful picture books to help you get started on your journey.
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