Homeschooling Through the Eyes of a 6th & 7th Grader

Years ago, when child number three asked for permission to start a YouTube channel, my immediate response was a resounding no. I had safety concerns of course, but the resounding no, was more for me. I really didn’t want to add another chore to my ever growing list. However, after a very long discussion, I was sold. She had convinced me of the learning opportunities that managing a YouTube channel presented.   Last week child number six asked if internet activities, like blogging and creating YouTube content could be considered school. As soon as she finished asking her question, she realized she was already aware of the answer, and yelled “never mind” as she ran into her YouTube studio. Homeschooling is a lifestyle, not just something we do from 9-to-3. The learning never ends, and it doesn’t only apply to math, science and English. There’s so much we’re learning all day long. Charlotte Mason, is known for saying, education is an atmosphere; … we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. Technology is all around us, therefore it’s essential toREAD MORE

It’s time for the 9th Back to Homeschool Blog Hop! Are you ready for the new homeschool year? We are, almost. The mere idea of teaching multiple subjects to four different grades is exhausting. So a few years ago, I opted to combine subjects and curriculum when possible. We adjust the workload and expectations depending on the girl’s ability and interest, and not on their grade level. Right from the start, the girls are involved in the curriculum choice process. This helps take a little of the pressure off me, and helps them become more accountable for their own education. Before overwhelming you with our middle & high school curriculum choices, you should know that our homeschool style is a combination between the Classical Education Method and the Charlotte Mason Philosophy. Therefore our curriculum choices will reflect a bit of both. We call it Classical Charlotte Mason. You can read more about it here. Something else you ought to know, is that we’re huge fans of history, science and the arts. Therefore you’ll see a larger selection of resources in those areas. Here is some of the middle and high school curriculum we’re using this year: Artist, Composer, Nature andREAD MORE

How I Teach Apologetics In Our Homeschool

It’s no secret apologetics are a crucial part of our homeschool. I’ve shared on previous occasions the reasons why having a biblical foundation is critical to prevent losing our kids to the world. Teaching Apologetics Is A Priority in Our Homeschool I picked up Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer after a conference a few years ago. In this book, Ken and Britt uncover the reasons why young people are loosing their faith, even while attending Sunday school. I’ve read it a few times over the years and the statistics are eye-opening. In the last three years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of kids we once knew as good church kids, walk away from the church and from Christ. This realization, prompted me to be more intentional about preparing my girls to defend their faith in the event it would ever be questioned. I formally introduced apologetics in our homeschool this spring. How I Teach Apologetics and How You Can Too We spend a dedicated 30 to 45 minutes twice a week discussing topics like the reliability of the Bible, a literal 6 day creation, the existence of God, absolute truth, etc. We start our time with prayer, followed by a quickREAD MORE

100 Books For Your Middle Schooler

    My dad encouraged me to read great books at a very young age. I didn’t always understand what was going on, but I did develop a deep love for books. I remember him urging me to read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne when I was just seven! It was well beyond my years, however I re-read it at age 12 and I was surprised at how much I remembered it and enjoyed it. The following, is a list of great books my kids and I have read and loved. I asked all six of them for their input, so I assure you this is not a list of complete randomness. We actually own, have read and recommend these. I’ll also be giving away 3 of our favorites, look for details at the end of this post. On To The Middle School Book List A word of caution before you purchase any of these, I’ve had middle schoolers for 10 years now, some more mature than others, so please be mindful of some adult themes on some of these books. Shakespeare for example may not be appropriate for everyone. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew Jack and Jill by Louisa May AlcottREAD MORE