Design A Postage Stamp

Your kids can design a postage stamp of their very own.  How cool would it be to be a stamp designer? This printable can be used for lots and lots of things.  Here are a few ideas: Design a stamp about a famous person or event you are studying from history. Make a stamp similar to a coat of arms, that represents significant things about a historical person. After learning about a country, design a postage stamp that would highlight something or someone important from the country. Make your postage stamp feature an important invention or inventor. Create a stamp based on your favorite book, author, or character. Make a stamp all about you.  Draw yourself in the center surrounded by things that represent who you are. Design a postage stamp about an important scientist and their contribution. Make your postage stamp feature your favorite subject, or even the job … Keep on reading

30 Days To Better Homeschooling Challenge

For the next 30 days use this list to help you become a better homeschooling parent and take our 30 Days To Better Homeschooling Challenge.  Start with today’s date and go to that number then just work your way through the list.  If today is the 23rd, then start at number 23.  When next month rolls around just start over at 1.  In 30 days you’ll be through the whole list. 30 Days To Better Homeschooling Printable H/T to for the awesome idea, which we’ve applied to homeschooling.

Reviewing by Fishing

We’re big fans of alternatives to boring test taking for the younger set, especially the under ten crowd.  Here’s an easy and fun idea for reviewing the facts you’ve learned in history, geography, science, art, religion or many other subjects. Go fishing!  Print out our Fishing Game Template.  Write in your own questions for whatever subject you’re studying.  Cut out the fish, glue them onto card stock (you can use different colors to color code question subjects or difficulty) or print right onto card stock if you want the questions all the same color, then cut out again.  Attach a metal paper clip or paper fastener to each fish on the end near the mouth. Fishing Game Template  Place the fish face down, so the question is concealed, in a “pond”.  An empty plastic tub or a blanket spread on the ground make great ponds. Now you need a fishing … Keep on reading

Eclectic Style Learning

Most homeschoolers eventually gravitate to eclectic style learning for their kids.  This means they pick and choose the best fits for their family from many styles of learning. School teachers eventually do the same thing for their classrooms. It takes some experience and trial and error to figure out what the best is.  No one else can really do it for you since your families needs and preferences will be unique.  Some of the factors are: hands on learning or ready made workbook? activity based learning or fill in the blank? print heavy or image heavy? computer or print? any expense is acceptable for the best or tight budget? integrated creative curriculum or subject based curriculum? highly academic or free-style learning? very structured or flexible? one student or many different ages at once? more comfortable with science and math or do creative writing and art float your boat? There are probably other factors as well.  All these taken into consideration mean that the … Keep on reading

Traditional School Method

Of all the methods of schooling the traditional school method is probably the hardest  to define because usually people just mean whatever the local public school is doing when they say “traditional schooling”.  However, in the United States this generally means a subject and textbook based approach to learning. Kids are taught from workbooks and text books in the basics from English to math to social studies and each study area is separate from the others rather than integrated.  In a public or private school setting kids are graded according to their age and all kids in a particular grade are learning the same thing at the same time and at the same pace, with some exceptions. In addition, modern traditional schooling is heavily influenced by the Progressive theory of education, though not nearly enough so for Progressives.  You need to understand these influences because they pervade American textbooks and workbooks.  But if you know about them, you can spot them and counteract them, or encourage them, depending on your point … Keep on reading

Charlotte Mason Style

Charlotte Mason and Classical styles of homeschooling are close cousins.  There are enough differences though that Charlotte Mason is a distinct style all its own.  Charlotte Mason was a school teacher in England when only the rich were well educated and could afford the best classical education.  So Mason brought a fine education to the masses, an adaptation of the classical method that was suited to the situation of her students and the time and place they lived in. Charlotte Mason’s goal was to bring out well rounded intelligent children who had a love for learning and an insatiable curiosity about the world.  At the same time she knew she had to fit them for their futures as mother’s, farmers, bakers, factory workers, and so on.  Her students used few text books, they learned from what Mason called living books, that is, books written by one author who has a passion for the subject.  They spent time walking in the country everyday, in nature, looking at the wonders around them. … Keep on reading

Classical Education

For the first three centuries of North American history students were taught using the classical method.  This style of learning dates back to the reign of Charlemagne in Europe, which was modeled after the Roman method, which was copied from the Greeks.  It has a long history and a proven one.  Most of the greatest thinkers and statesman, business moguls, and inventors were taught using this method.  In Europe this method was reserved for the wealthy elite who could afford to send their sons to expensive schools and hire tutors for their daughters.  In America the method was for everyone and led to a public about who Alexis de Tocqueville remarked: “There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.” In a nutshell the classical method involves learning lots of facts in order to create a … Keep on reading