Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 Posts from 2014

At the end of the year, it's fun to go back and look through the blog to see all the fun things we have done in our homeschool.  Today I'm sharing the most popular posts from 2014, and it's a great way to see how we do things around here.

10.  A Peek into Our Homeschool:  Seeking Beauty
This was the last post in the 2014 Virtual Curriculum Fair, where we focused on the Arts and anything that brings beauty into our homeschool.  I shared about art, poetry and handicrafts.

9.  What is Relaxed Homeschooling?
I started a 5 Days of Relaxed Homeschooling series by discussing what relaxed homeschooling means to me and how it looks in our homeschool.

8.  Learning the Art of Strewing
Strewing has become an important part of our relaxed homeschooling environment, and it is a great way to expose the kids to new ideas, learn what interests them and determine what is really important.

7.  K5 and 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices
This post is about this year's curriculum choices and how we're combining the boys in a relaxed environment.  Of course, some of the things listed are changing, but I'll be discussing more of that in the weeks to come during the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair!

6.  Spelling You See Schoolhouse Review
This new program from Demme Learning is a fresh approach to spelling, and we are still using the program.

5. Schoolhouse Review
While we focused on nature study during the early elementary years, this was a very fun K-2 online science program and we definitely enjoyed reviewing this program.

4.  A Peek into our Homeschool:  The Sciences
This post focuses on how we use Nature Study and a general approach to social studies in the early years to explore the world around us!

3.  A Peek into our Homeschool:  Math & Logic
When I wrote this post, I was focusing on how we used math supplements and manipulatives as a major part of our curriculum!

2.  A Peek into our Homeschool:  Language Arts
This was the very first post I wrote in the Virtual Curriculum Fair, and as you might expect, I discussed what and how we approached Language Arts last year.

1.  Relaxed Homeschooling:  Month in the Life
This was the first time I shared a monthly overview, focusing not on the specific academics and lessons, but more on the natural learning that was happening and just enjoyed seeing how this approach is working for us.

I hope this gives you a glimpse into our homeschool.  2014 was a fun year for us, as we've learned to Relax and learn together in new ways!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair is Coming!

Last year I participated in the Virtual Curriculum Fair that is hosted by Homeschooling Hearts and Minds.  You might remember the series, A Peek into our Homeschool, where I shared a little bit about the methods and the curriculum we use for each subject.  I am excited to participate again this year, because not only do I share a little bit about our homeschool journey, but I get to be a fly on the wall in several other homeschools and learn what they do.  As a a chronic researcher, I love seeing not just what other families do, but the hows and whys, and the variety of bloggers and homeschooling methods means there is quite a diverse collection of articles for me to read and enjoy.

This year I'm sharing a little bit more on the Relaxed Homeschooling side for each subject, and also how we take a delight directed approach in many of these areas.  Of course, my kids are all 8 and under, so my focus to this point has only been the early elementary years.  These are the themes again for this year.

January 5th - Playing with Words:  The Language Arts
This theme includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, and so on.  I'll be sharing some of my goals for early elementary language arts, and why I don't always follow the rules!

January 12th - Discovering Patterns:  Mathematics, Logic, and Science
This week we'll share anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-related sciences like physics and chemistry.

January 19th - Exploring Our World:  Social Studies and more Science
This week will revolve around history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology and any other related areas of social studies and science!  This is one area where we are very delight-directed, so I'll share a little more on how we choose our topics of study.

January 26th - Seeking Beauty:  the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to our World
This includes arts, handicrafts, music, or any area that adds beauty to our homeschool!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew Friends

I've said it before.  I love being part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew!  I've already talked about the blessings of the products and learning what the homeschool world has to offer.  However, it's also important to note that I love reading homeschool blogs, and the Crew is made up of a huge variety of bloggers.  It is definitely a diverse group, which means among us you'll find not just homeschoolers, but women who are passionate about homemaking and organization, baking, farming, crafting, volunteering, and so much more.  You'll also find that many of them have a way of offering just the encouragement you need at any given moment, whether it is homeschooling, parenting, marriage, or spiritual encouragement.  I suggest settling in and get to reading, as I'm sure there's a new blog or two that could just become a new must-read for you!

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