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Why “late to read” is not always a problem by Daniel Foucachon

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Late to read? Why that’s not always a problem. BY DANIEL FOUCACHON “I would like to tell you something about my mother and about me. Homeschooling mothers have to be self-sacrificial, hard-working, and patient. I want to share how these qualities in my mother blessed my life in a particular way. For whatever reason (some […]

Don’t Press the Technicalities Too Early

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Here is a Facebook conversation we recently had with a friend. Debra: I have an 8-year-old and 7-year-old (along with three littles). Both are reading very well. We read aloud a lot and love it. They want to write letters and notes. I am simply noticing a lack of any good spelling. I’m wondering if […]

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Research reveals negative effects of academic preschools and kindergartens. The author of this article asks, “What has been your experience with early education, as a parent or a teacher? What effects have you seen of early academic training, or, conversely, of experience in traditional play-based preschools and kindergartens?” Let’s read a book instead!

Experience in Delaying Math

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Dear Laurie, I wanted to give a testimonial about your book Teaching the Trivium. Last year my husband and I became very convicted about having our children in school. It was a wonderful Christian school, and I was the 3rd/4th grade language arts teacher. We decided in early January that I should stay home for […]

Dysgraphia and Math

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

I just read the article Math and Pencils, and I wanted to share something that might prove helpful. I hope you will consider this information. My son was also allergic to his pencil. We used Saxon and he hated it. When we did the practice tests at the beginning of each lesson he would take […]

Teaching Phonics to an Already-Reader

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

I am so deeply enjoying your book. I am on my second go-round, really taking it in with understanding. I have 2 boys, ages 8 and 10. We have run the gamut of style in the last 5 years but do not seem to have ‘hit it on the head’ yet. My husband and I […]

Delaying Formal Grammar Study

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

By age ten, your child can comprehend the abstract grammatical concepts of noun, verb, participle, and gerund. English grammar, or any language grammar, can be readily learned. Some begin the formal study of English grammar in the first grade (age six). We would recommend beginning at age ten (grade level five). The abstract concepts of […]

Math and Pencils

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Question: I have a ten-year-old boy who has done very little formal academics. He is very creative by nature, devours books (although he did not “learn” to read until nine years old), draws continually, has an inventor’s mind (like his beloved daddy), can recite anything he has read from a book, is fascinated by history, […]

Delaying Formal Math

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

I purchased your book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style about a year ago. I am only now reading sections. I am thankful for your hard work and thought — that is evident in the book. I am looking for some advice/counsel. I’d like to start by giving you a small background, […]

Now Available — Video Version of The Practical Trivium

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Today we released the video of our seminar The Practical Trivium. This is a video we filmed in 2004 in Austin, Texas, but are just now releasing it. We released the audio version several years ago, but now the video is available.

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