Homeschooling: ENTP/ENFP learning style

I’ve started researching learning styles. Our #1 son is doing great with school, but I think there is always room to improve the process. Most children in the early elementary school years love being active and have a hard time sitting still. This isn’t necessarily along biological gender lines, but boys tend to be more prone to…

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Homeschool: Handwriting update

I think that our decision to start cursive was a good one. So far, #1 son likes it and doesn’t have any difficulty learning the strokes. We’re using Kumon My Book of Cursive Writing Letters. He still does some printing in Explode The Code (ETC) workbook; interestingly, his printing has improved as well. Although I…

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Homeschooling Kindergarten: Winter/Spring

We made a few changes to our curriculum. 1. Handwriting. After going back and forth between considering print vs. cursive (I wrote a post on it here), we decided to teach cursive first. #1 son doesn’t particularly enjoy printing; at least he doesn’t enjoy having to write such straight lines. I think cursive will be more…

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Homeschooling: Learning cursive before manuscript?

One of the many advantages of homeschooling is that you can switch things up whenever you want or need to. DH and I have been discussing handwriting and some schools of thought suggest teaching cursive before manuscript (print). In fact, many Montessori schools teach cursive first. This blog post from Our Montessori Home presented the case…

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Homeschooling: Curriculum Evolution

I would say my education philosophy hovers somewhere between straight unschooling and eclectic homeschooling. So while I never gave myself ulcers trying to keep up on every jot of the curriculum I outlined for us last Fall, it was still too structured and not very exciting for #1 son. DH and I put our brains…

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Happy New Year

I hope that everyone had an excellent holiday season. I’ve got a new post in the works on homeschooling that I plan to post by the end of this week. All the best for 2013!  

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Supporting your child’s interests

I read a post today on a blog called Project-based Homeschoooling (go there please, it’s awesome) about basically the advantages of not just encouraging, but actively supporting your child’s interests. The second comment on the post touched a chord in me. As a teen, the person was essentially manipulated by a school counselor into going…

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Time for school!

Yup, in about two weeks it will be September. Can’t believe how quick the summers go. DH grumbled yesterday about how he noticed the sun going down a bit earlier…yeah, one of the telltale signs of Fall coming this way. Well, I say there is always something cool about each season. Just focus on that…

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Learning styles

I went to a free parenting/teaching workshop last night that talked about how everyone, but particularly kids, learn. Very interesting. The info is from educator Cynthia Tobias. These are the three learning styles: 1. Visual (lots of color, images, etc.) 2. Auditory (need to talk) 3. Kinesthetic (need to move) Most schools are geared toward…

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