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Don’t watch this video — it’s just two old people talking

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Don’t watch this video. It’s just two old people talking.

My child is gifted

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

I’m just now preparing to begin homeschooling my oldest child, who turned five in January. I’m intending to follow a classical model. I’ve just recently found your website and I’ve read your articles on early formal education. My daughter is, in your terms, a precocious little tyke, who taught herself to read at age 3-1/2. […]

Is a PE class necessary in your homeschool?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

What curriculum is available now for physical education for a 7-year-old? We are doing a PE class but not loving it or really seeing the benefit. Advice? Thanks! I think the most important thing to teach a young child in the area of PE is to help them learn to love to get exercise. Lots […]

Great educational ideas that you can use right now

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The River Houses project is a big and wonderful plan to create a new type of national homeschool network made up of friendly local groups called “houses.” They’re getting started by creating a comfortable rhythm of informal learning with traditions, holidays, poems, places, birds, stars, little lessons, and great educational ideas that you can use […]

The “At Risk Fallacy” and Homeschooling

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Because there have been a few cases of child abuse in homes where the parents claimed to be homeschooling, therefore the state claims that all homeschooling families must be regulated in some way. This is called the “At Risk Fallacy” — If there is even the chance that something can happen or that one person […]

We Never Studied Rocks

Monday, January 15th, 2018

This is my 3rd year homeschooling my sons. They are in 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades. I have been slowly trying to incorporate some of the principles of classical education into our homeschool effort. For example, we have begun the study of Latin this year. I am increasingly concerned that I have missed doing the […]

Suggestions to Combat Homeschool Burnout

Monday, January 15th, 2018


We hear a lot today about burnout in homeschooling.
….. I lie in bed at night and dread the thought of starting school
 the next day. A life of drudgery is not what I envisioned a few short 
months ago. It’s such a struggle to get the kids to do anything.
 The only time I disliked […]

An unusual and curious children’s picture book

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. This week’s Five in a Row book is Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Ian Wallace. This little children’s picture book is based on a subject so unusual and curious that it might spark a lengthy study for […]

This might have been my first homeschool purchase

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. McGuffeys Eclectic Readers (Seven Volume Boxed Set, paperback) In 1978 we bought a set of McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers. I think it was my very first homeschool curriculum purchase. I still have that set, and now my grown kids borrow it for […]

Homeschoolers are raising a generation of custom-built children

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

If you try to follow a classroom model in your homeschool – dragging in the desks and chalkboard, conforming to a one-size-fits-all scope-and-sequence method, following a rigid bell-ringer schedule, and the like – you will probably buckle under the burden. That kind of schooling does not fit well in a homeschool environment. Rare is the […]

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