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How to Begin Homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method

  » Education & Reference


Add a timeline or book of centuries. Choose what best suits your situation -- wall chart, notebook timeline, or index card timeline. Record historical events and people from all your subject areas.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-29 11:05:00 pm    

How to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

  » Education & Reference


Create a checklist for your child (4th grade and up). Let him see what tasks you've assigned each day. When he completes an assignment, let him mark it off. He gains a feeling of accomplishment and knows exactly how much more school is left.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-27 08:46:08 am    

How to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

  » Education & Reference


Create a checklist for your child (4th grade and up). Let him see what tasks you've assigned each day. When he completes an assignment, let him mark it off. He gains a feeling of accomplishment and knows exactly how much more school is left.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-27 08:46:07 am    

How to Begin Homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method

  » Education & Reference


Add poetry study. Select a poet for the term (6-12 weeks) and read one poem each week. Have your child narrate back what he hears from the poem. If you would like, you can copy a poem or two into your poetry notebook.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-27 08:43:42 am    

What to do with kids when there's nothing to do -- waiting rooms, standing in line, etc.

  » Education & Reference


Tell your own story based on the format of the "If You Give A" book series by Laura Numeroff. Take turns adding the next result to the previous action.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-25 11:29:56 am    

How to Begin Homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method

  » Education & Reference


Add composer study. Choose one composer for a term (6-12 weeks). Listen to his music at least twice a week. You can schedule dedicated listening times as well as informal listening when you have the music playing in the background.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-25 07:53:39 am    

How to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

  » Education & Reference


Remember that homeschooling lends itself to flexibility. So studying can be done on weekends or evenings as desired.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-25 07:50:51 am    

Getting started with homeschooling

  » Education & Reference


Search for a homeschool support group in your area. Attend some meetings and start asking questions. If there are no support groups, search for online forums related to homeschooling.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-25 07:49:55 am    

How to help your children with math

  » Education & Reference


Instead of giving your child problems to solve, let her create the problems (and solution, of course). Reversing the roles is fun and still requires just as much thinking and math knowledge.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-20 09:10:24 am    

Getting started with homeschooling

  » Education & Reference


Set a budget for your homeschool curriculum before you start buying materials.Take stock of your resources -- home library, Internet access, public library. Study homeschool catalogs and make a note of prices. Try to buy used when feasible.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-20 09:07:54 am    

How to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

  » Education & Reference


If your child is falling behind in a certain area, consider scheduling two shorter lessons each day rather than one super-long lesson. And vary the lessons if possible, making one hands-on or fun.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-20 09:02:16 am    

How to Begin Homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method

  » Education & Reference


Add in nature study. Go outdoors for at least one hour once a week. Observe closely. When you come back indoors, sketch or write about what you saw in a nature journal. Look in field guides if you have questions about what you saw.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-20 08:52:48 am    

What to do with kids when there's nothing to do -- waiting rooms, standing in line, etc.

  » Education & Reference


Play the "Would You Rather" game. Take turns making up two alternatives to choose from. For example, "Would you rather be able to pet a baby tiger for 30 minutes or eat only desserts for a whole week?"

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-20 08:50:37 am    

What to do with kids when there's nothing to do -- waiting rooms, standing in line, etc.

  » Education & Reference


Make imaginary ice cream sundaes. Get silly with toppings and huge dishes full of dozens of scoops of elaborately flavored ice creams. Talk outloud as you make it, telling what you are adding. Then "eat" your sundaes together.

Tip Credibility: 5


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-19 10:32:20 am    

How to Begin Homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method

  » Education & Reference


Add in artist study. Choose one famous artist and look at one of his masterpieces each week for one term (6-12 weeks). Have your child study the art silently. Take the art away, and have the child narrate it orally. Simple!

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-19 10:30:45 am    

How to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

  » Education & Reference


It is okay to have weeks or even months of extra emphasis on a certain topic. Then later that focus will shift to something else. For example, spring and fall may be perfect for nature study. But summer and winter you may spend more time on art or music.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-19 10:28:08 am    

How to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

  » Education & Reference


If your child has a long attention span and prefers to stick with one subject for a long time rather than studying snippets of many subjects, look at your scheduling in week long chunks. You can do one week's worth of a subject all in one day if desired.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-18 08:27:04 am    

How to Begin Homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method

  » Education & Reference


Add in narration first. After your child reads anything (or you read it to him), have him RETELL what he just read (heard). Upper elementary students and middle school students can do their narrations in writing if desired.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-18 08:24:56 am    

What to do with kids when there's nothing to do -- waiting rooms, standing in line, etc.

  » Education & Reference


Play the ABC story game. The first person says "My name is A... (choose a name that starts with A) and I sell A....(choose an object that starts with A). The next person goes on to the letter B following the same pattern. Keep going until you get to Z.

Tip Credibility: 6


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 07:05:15 am    

While your in line or waiting for something, try this...

  » Games & Recreation


Yawn. Someone will catch that too.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 07:05:01 am    

Making Soup Stock - Using the Traditional Method

  » Food & Drink


Celery tops are great in chicken stock, so don't throw them away. Also carrot tops and even the peels can be used to enhance the broth's flavor.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 06:55:21 am    

Getting started with homeschooling

  » Education & Reference


Research different approaches -- textbook, Charlotte Mason,delight-directed,classical. Find out what suits you best and study that method in-depth.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 06:53:54 am    

"How To Begin Improving Your Health With a Simple Step."

  » Health


Just say no to soft drinks -- diet and regular. You don't need the sugar or the chemicals. Drink water instead. If you find water boring, flavor it with a spritz of fruit juice (fresh lemons, limes, or oranges are great) or a slice of cucumber.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 06:34:26 am    

How to Begin Homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method

  » Education & Reference


Add in one to three Charlotte Mason (CM) elements each term. If you do too many at at time, you will likely become overwhelmed and give up. After those new CM elements are established as habit, add in two more. Continue until your change is complete.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 06:32:32 am    

How to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

  » Education & Reference


Decide what is most important to you. Is it the 3 Rs (reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic), Bible, character development, life skills, or something else? Do those things FIRST each day. Don't study other topics until your priorities are finished.

Tip Credibility: 4


submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 06:29:39 am    
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