It’s back to homeschool around here, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin a brand new season filled with brand new goals. Our goals may seem small, but we found that they make such a huge difference in our homeschool days! Here are three of our daily “musts” for this school semester…
Getting up an hour (okay, 20 minutes) before the littles.
Having an hour to drink some coffee (while it’s still hot), get some laundry done, and breakfast prepped, is so important for us. It sets the tone for the rest of the day, and we don’t feel rushed and behind when the kids wake up.
2. Get outdoors more!
Even if we just go to the backyard for 10 minutes with a magnifying glass, it makes such a huge difference in our day. The fresh air, sunshine, and quietness are so good for our souls! Shop our favorite nature journals here!
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
3. Free time play!
Giving our littles time to think and explore on their own is when real growth, discovery, and learning takes place!
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce
Summer is here (we still can’t believe it)! With that being said, it’s time to step back and enjoy some calmness. One of our favorite things about the Charlotte Mason method is that it promotes short lessons, outdoor time, nature, books, and narration. Perfect for the calm summer we so often seek. Here are some fun Charlotte Mason inspired activities to enjoy this beautiful summer!
Free play is beneficial to all kids, but nature-based play is even better because it allows children to develop a range of science, math, and engineering skills.
As we move into spring and the days become warmer and longer, it’s only natural to want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. What better time to take the kids and head to a local park as spring unfolds around us? Children are spending half the amount of time outdoors as children did in the ’70s and ’80s. Their free time has declined dramatically over the last 20 years and the amount of unstructured activity has decreased by 50 percent.…
My youngest has been traveling to conventions with us over the past few months. Amid the different locations and changing venues, she has held tightly to one constant: on every trip she brings a classic children’s literature book. These books are her old friends: Little House in the Big Woods; Charlotte’s Web; Winnie-the-Pooh; Farmer Boy;…
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”
Being a creative adult doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a painter or sculptor. CEO’s and political leaders, too, benefit from being creative, which lets them see things in new ways and find solutions to problems others might miss. That kind of problem-solving and innovative thinking begins with the power of imagination.
So how do we inspire this power in our children? These fun activities are a good place to start!
#1. Tell Stories
#2. Make Art
#3. Use Natural Materials
#5. Wacky Photos
#6. Nature Story
#7. Playing With Boxes And Cartons
#8. Make Some Paper Creatures
#9. Art Tales
#10.Junk Drawer Game
Extra idea: Brush-less Painting
Do you have an idea that inspires imagination?! Share below! 🙂
Unfortunately, the amount of time that children spend engaged in unstructured, child-directed outdoor play has diminished significantly in the past generation. Schools have opted out of recess and play time in favor of a more structured academic period. As many years of research has shown, that it causing more harm than good. Here are some of the amazing benefits that come with outdoor free play!
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Math. It’s one of those subjects that can be just as challenging to teach as it is to comprehend. Which is why we love using math manipulatives! Students learn better when they’re actively engaged, and manipulatives in your home or classroom make it easy for kids to get excited. Below are our favorite ways to use math manipulatives in our home, and they are all kid approved! 🙂
Teaching a child to read can be an overwhelming task, because so much of education depends on reading. However, the better a child can read, the easier his schooling will be. Children will pick up reading quite naturally if raised in a language-rich environment where books are treasured and read aloud. Many people who grow up in such an environment cannot recall exactly how they learned to read, but they learned quickly!
So relax and take a look at Charlotte Mason’s gentle and natural approach to teaching your child to read.
Make a game of putting together the words in word families.
2. Use actual words and let the child say and make each one with its initial consonant added.
#3. Continue the process with other short-vowel three-letter words.
#4. Do not hurry your child.
#5. After he has mastered short-vowel three-letter words, teach the silent-e that makes a long vowel in the word in the same way.
#6. Continue the process with consonant combinations, like “ng” and “th.”
#7. These word games are not reading, but they will lay the foundation for future reading lessons.
#8. Encourage your child to pronounce correctly any word that he learns.
#9. Encourage him to shut his eyes and spell the word he has made, thus preparing him for future spelling lessons.