Category Archives: Elementary Education

Summer Lessons: Combining Masterly Inactivity and Structure

Oh Summer! How we love your long, lazy days and lack of agenda and how we grieve over the quarrels and claims of “I’m booooored”. It is certainly true that idleness breeds mischief eventually and  while a holiday can refresh, … Continue reading

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Geography Begins At Home

Geography is the study of places, so we begin by helping the child to observe his own places and learn how they relate to him and to each other and to begin to see how they shape what he does … Continue reading

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An April “Vacation”

I often take time over the Christmas Holidays to evaluate our current year and put some ideas on paper for the next twelve months for school and for summer activities and travel plans. This year, I decided that I was … Continue reading

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Finding A Rhythm In A New Situation

In the midst of so much change and restriction it can be tempting to throw internal family structure to the four winds! After all, the children can’t go to their regular classes and activities, they aren’t getting the chance to … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning: Form 2A and 2B Part 2

  Mouse is 10 this year and primarily doing 6th and 7th grade level work. She loves  anatomy, drawing,  and anything crafty or artistic. She still wants to be a orthopedic doctor and has gotten some first hand experience this year … Continue reading

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What Are We Learning? Form 2A and 2B

When Mouse and Buggle were younger, I schooled them as if they were twins for the most part. Last year it became clear that they needed to move away from each other in pursuits and expectations both in academics and … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong! Individual Student Strengths and Struggles (Free Checklist Download)

Today’s installment of the Finishing Strong! Series?is all about looking at a particular child’s strengths and struggles and using those to inform curriculum choices and plans for the next year. Strengths can make lessons easy – even too easy at … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong! Evaluate Before You Plan (Free Evaluation Form Download)

Before we can begin to plan for the next academic year, we first need to know how the current year went. Evaluation is an important part of any project and homeschooling is no exception. In this context, evaluation takes several … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong to Begin Again Strong!

  This kid is almost “done” for the summer! He has about ten pages of geography left and he took the book upstairs during quiet time so I’m thinking he’ll be done this week. The others aren’t far behind him. … Continue reading

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The British Are Coming! (Win a Pass to the HEAV Convention!)

We took a trip to Boston, this past week. ?Since we’re on our summer schedule (two hours of schoolwork, two hours of household work and projects, and free time and expeditions for the rest of the day), I’m trying to … Continue reading

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