Homeschooling the Extrovert (Social Butterfly) – Part One

We’ve all heard the argument against homeschooling, “but what about socialization?”  Typically this argument really asks is, “but what about your kids turning into socially inept weirdos if they aren’t around normal kids all day?” (Go ahead, try to deny that, but that’s what that question REALLY means..) But what about the SOCIAL BUTTERFLY?  That’s a socialization horse of a different color.  Homeschooling the Extrovert (Social Butterfly) I recently had a good friend ask, “I am considering homeschooling my daughter, but she’s so SOCIAL, she needs a lot of social interaction!” My response: “Have you met MY social butterfly?!” Believe me –

Homemaker’s Challenge: A Tip for Cutting Bell Peppers

I’m going to start doing a better job of telling you when I have posts up at the other blogs I write for. (Three of them, three posts a month that I’m not writing here, and two of those having nothing to do with homeschooling. =) ) Today I’m up at Homemaker’s Challenge, and I’m sharing a super easy trick for cutting bell peppers. We eat a lot of raw bell pepper because it’s one of the few veggies my hubby will eat! Hop over and learn how to de-stem and un-core a bell pepper in one swift move. You’ll

How to Naturally Work Geography Into Learning

How to Naturally Work Geography Into Learning We don’t teach geography here. Well, not as a separate class anyway. We could. We could spend time studying geography and drilling all the facts we’re learning. And when I first got started homeschooling that’s kind of what I thought we’d be doing. But as I found my homeschool footing, and I developed our relaxed, eclectic approach, I found that I prefer to work geography in naturally with our lessons, or through fun play. 1.) Games, Puzzles and More Games and puzzles are a great way to work geography in through fun. If

Teaching How to Notebook

Last week, I shared how we’re using Heritage History to supplement the Mystery of History and how that’s working for us. I also mentioned that we’re adding in some notebooking, but that we’re having to *learn* how to do it. Today I want to share how I’m going about trying to teach my children HOW to notebook. How We Got Started Our first real exposure to notebooking came through the Apologia Notebooking Journals (which is really more like a workbook that’s half notebooking and half other pages.) This was a good introduction to notebooking for us. Previously, I’d looked at

Multiple Ages: How to plan a group subject with one text

One of the many benefits of eclectic homeschooling is the ability to choose one text for a subject and teach your children as a group at mixed ages. We do this with Bible, worldview, science and history. We’ve also done this with a few other things along the way, such as GrammarLand. And by the way, we love it! It did seem a little daunting at first, though. I poured through catalogs looking for something made for this purpose, and there’s not much out there. I wondered, “How do you do this?” We’ve been doing group subjects for four years

Kinesthetic Tactile Learners: Ten Days of How to Teach Your Child to Read

Kinesthetic Tactile Learners {Our 10 Day series got interrupted 3 days before it’s conclusion. Here’s the next installment, Day #7 of 10.} If you have a child who has to move to think, who has to touch it to learn about it, who has to remake, rebuild it, redo it after you’ve learned it, you will know what I mean when I say that these kinesthetic tactile learners are truly a special and entertaining sort of learner. On one hand, teaching them is easy, because you just need to give them something to DO. On the other hand, it’s not