We like science around here. Aside from the normal outside science discovery play in Kindergarten, we had a few scheduled activities that we did. The major part of our science time was spent with Real Science 4 Kids. The Real Science 4 Kids: Pre-Level Chemistry has been a great fit…
If you want to build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, classic literature is a great place to start. These books have stood the test of time and are written by gifted writers who know how to craft a sentence. You will find more complex vocabulary in classic books too!
Many elementary curriculum options explore topics briefly giving children an introduction to the subject matter. This breadth method presents the child with a wealth of information covered over the school year. An example of this would be to cover ancient history through renaissance period history all in the same school year. Depth focuses…
This study primarily uses 5 different books and online videos. We will also supplement this study with trips to a local aquarium and take a field trip to a good tide pool beach.
The summer before my son started first grade, I hatched a plan. I scoured book lists and my local library to come up with a list of read alouds that would help my son be able to listen to chapter books read aloud.
Unschooling is beneficial. It is important. I do think it helps foster a love for learning that extends through a whole life time. Learning should be fun although there will always be some things we will have to learn about even if we are not interested. Homeschooling provides my children time to have the best of both worlds. It allows my children to receive a structured education with enough time to pursue interests.
Back in 2010, we spent some time learning about Noah’s ark. We love projects so to finish off our study of Noah’s ark, we did a project with food! We made a scale model of Noah’s ark out of brownies. It was a rough scale model that involved making four batches of brownies!
To use the flexible time schedule, I decided what subjects we were going to cover for the school year and counted the number of expected school days and the number of hours we would spend on schooling each day.
Reading came easy to my oldest child. In an effort to seek to challenge my young reader, I researched classic books that would be appropriate for a younger reader.
Unschooling is all about learning through natural life experiences. During the early years I have found unschooling to be an effective way to teach a young child.