Tag Archives: Creativity

A Grab Bag of Useful Resources

Homeschoolers tend to be an individualistic bunch, so when looking for ways to teach our children, we often go beyond the standard lineup of textbooks and curriculum. Here’s a “grab bag” of resources that our family has found helpful recently: The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, by William Boniface (novels):  In Superopolis,everybody has a superpower . […]

Tailor-Made Education

Homeschooling is great because you can tailor your child’s education to his/her interests and needs! But what does that even mean? I might give the impression that Darren and I craft every single lesson to each of our children’s interests and needs: “I noticed Sparkler’s attention wandering during math last week, so I’m writing out […]

My Coffee Date with Me

I occasionally have coffee with my younger self, and we compare homeschooling notes. When we sat down last time, Past Sara was homeschooling four kids, ages 9 down to 1. It was hard to keep her focused on the conversation. One kid was crying over math, another one had “forgotten” to set his computer timer, […]

For the Love of Work

I love work. I usually follow that statement up with the rest of a Jerome K. Jerome quote: I love work. It fascinates me. I can sit and watch it for hours. But this time I really mean it. I do love work—at least, according to the definition in a book I’m currently reading. In […]

I’m Game!

Kids learn best when they don’t know they’re learning. Over the years, we’ve invited our children to play games as a kind of “stealth education.” Here are a few of our favorites: Mad Libs. (Age range: kindergarten through high school.) This fill-in-the-blank game is the world’s best for learning parts of speech. Nothing motivates kids […]