How to Be a Brave Learner

Julie Bogart is the well-known creator of the Brave Writer curriculum and founder of the Homeschool Alliance. In her new book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life, Bogart shares how to take a “kind, gentle approach to parenting and homeschooling.” In the Foreword, Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Trained …

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Teaching from Rest – A Homeschool Classic in the Making

I had heard several other homeschooling moms praise Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace (Classical Academic Press )by Sarah Mackenzie. When I recently had the opportunity to read it myself, I was not disappointed. This is a homeschool classic in the making. “The work of homeschooling and raising hearts and souls and …

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Natural Math: 100+ Activities & Resources

by Laura Grace Weldon “The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”   ~Stan Gudder Today’s children are much less likely than previous generations to learn through play, exploration, and meaningful work. Concern about the math scores of the nation’s youth should instead turn to concern about …

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NEW Free eBook for Catholic Homeschool Families

Yes, there’s a new Catholic homeschool book in town. Though, really, it would be great for any family with school-age children. I’ve always said “We’re all homeschoolers, no matter where our children get their academics.” After all, where did your children learn to walk and talk? To respect you and to love Jesus? Umm, at …

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The Great Courses

The Great Courses offers DVD, Audio CD, and streaming courses taught by experts in their fields in a variety of subjects, including art, history, math, and science. These are not traditional courses in that there is no homework or tests. It is education purely for the sake of learning. They are geared for adults, but …

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Catholic Heritage Curricula

Catholic Heritage Curricula’s exclusive materials and lesson plans fit together to provide a solid, complete, family-friendly PreK–12 Catholic education. It is CHC’s belief that, when solid academics are offered in a gentle, flexible manner, the vast majority of children will blossom spiritually, emotionally, and academically. CHC’s educational approach lays a joyful foundation, resulting in children …

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DK Find Out – Online Resource for Ages 7 – 11

DKfindout! is an online resource for ages 7-11 featuring topics such as Science, Math, English, History, Geography, and the Human Body. It’s currently a work in progress with more info to be added, but looks to be  fun age-appropriate starting place for learning about new topics. There are also quizzes, fun facts, and videos.   …

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Should We Teach Math in the Younger Grades?

Here’s an interesting article on whether math should be taught prior to 6th grade: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/connect-creativity/201412/why-teaching-math-in-schools-is-counterproductive

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U.S. Government – Citizenship Test

This year for history, I wanted to start with a unit on U.S. Government. The boys spent the last six weeks reading about The Constitution Convention and The Constitution and seemed to have a decent understanding of the document. Where to go from there? I saw an article on some people being sworn in as …

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Star Wars Math and Writing Workbooks for Pre-K Through Grade 2

I was at a bookstore recently and came across these Star Wars Workbooks for grades Pre-K through 2nd grade. How I wish they were around a few years ago when my young men were obsessed with Star Wars (Yes, I have read the Star Wars Dictionaries on various alien species, vehicles, etc. out loud for …

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