Elementary

Teach With All Your Might

Maybe you're getting ready to start homeschooling for the very first time, or perhaps you're coming back to a regular routine after a much-needed summer break. Whether you've opted to do a little bit of school throughout the summer months, having concentrated on one area such as math or reading, or taken a completely unstructured approach to summer learning, we all come to that moment when we reflect on what's ahead, and how we'll orchestrate everything for the upcoming months... 

What being a Homeschooling Widow has Taught Me

In 2012 (two and a half years after my husband Chris passed away), I shared what being a homeschooling widow is like—that feeling of being alone when you need practical help around the home, missing that listening ear (which so often our husbands gave us, along with their prayers and encouragement), and desperately wanting at times the stabilizing presence of a father in the lives of your children (we KNOW we can’t be a mom AND a dad, no matter how hard we try!).

A Summer's Day: 7 Ideas For Fun

 

The heat waves rise up from the street, the sun blazes hotter than ever, and the kids look up at you after breakfast wondering what's in store for the day. Well, don't let the heat get you down! Revive your spirit of adventure and think of some fun activities that are free (or practically free) to enjoy while you take a break from school.

Celebrate Independence Day

 

What are your plans for July 4th? A back-yard cook-out or picnic? Fireworks? Well, whatever your family does this Independence Day, I encourage you to talk to your kids about what this holiday is really all about.   

 

The Pilot & The Passengers, Part 1

I grew up in the sprawling Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., and as a pilot's daughter, we spent many Saturdays flying. I still think that my dad wanted to give my mom a much needed break on Saturday mornings, and that's why he faithfully loaded all five of us kids into the endlessly long Dodge station wagon for an entire morning of flying and hanging out at the airport...

Teaching Takes Time

 

There are no trivial things in mothering. Whether it's being there to bandage our toddler's skinned knee, to hear our children read for the first time, or to watch our kids swing and skip with reckless abandon — these are priceless memories which are here only for a moment, then fade as fast as a morning dream...

 

Summer Fun and Learning

 

Are you already thinking about what you will do with your children over the summer to keep them engaged in learning and challenged? Do you want to create some fun memories along the way? Here are a few tips that will hopefully inspire you and get you geared up for your summer, homeschool "vacation".

 

 

CLOSED | GIVEAWAY - Welcoming Summer!

 

Want some great ideas to help your kids stay active and learn more about our wonderful world this Summer?

Look no further! The HSLDA Blog is giving away an entire set of Forces and Motion that is jam-packed with fun activities to keep your kids learning this Summer!

 

Congratulations As You Wrap Up Another Year

 

 

To all of you who are finished (or almost finished) homeschooling for the year − congratulations! Way to go for homeschooling your kids! Way to go for teaching, managing, coordinating, and nurturing! You've made it through May. 

 

A Reward For Hard Work

Today, I sit in our old school room (a spare bedroom that we converted twelve years ago) which is now my office. Office? Do offices have old rock collections, all levels of textbooks, and NASA pictures all around? Okay, I'm in the process of changing it.

Meanwhile, I reach into the depths of the closet to retrieve my day-planner from our first year homeschooling − 2001. I open it and see Friday 3/8  

Build Your Child's Creativity

It was a great brainstorming session for young elementary kids. After lunch, we opened a few cans of Play-Doh, and began to twirl and knead a few colors as we discussed some ideas on how to best reach out to our new neighbors. After that interchange, we challenged ourselves to name as many varieties of birds that we could think of in forty seconds. And after that, we settled in for a history lesson and our own made-up "globe game" for geography... 

Options for Curriculum for the Next School Year

 

When I was homeschooling my two teens many years ago, there were not nearly the number and variety of curriculum choices as there are now. Making curriculum decisions can be overwhelming! Here are some fantastic resources for you...

 

Today Is The National Day of Prayer

Have you ever considered that prayer is one of the most beautiful blessings of homeschooling? I can't think of anything more precious than hearing our own children talk to God in prayer―to have the opportunity to pray throughout the day about all the issues of life, however big or small―well, that is a wonderful thing...

Take A Field Trip This Spring

When I was in elementary school, I dreaded field trips. The lines. The buddy-system. The crowded, rowdy bus ride. I preferred to go into the city with my family. For one thing, my dad knew just the right place to park, just the sights to see, and exactly what to highlight and what to skip. Plus, we took our time to linger in front of that perfectly preserved elephant at the Natural History museum's entrance, instead of immediately being whisked around the entire museum, worksheets in hand!

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

 

Don't you just love spring time? The colors, fragrances, and beautiful blossoms? With new life awakening all around us, it's the perfect time to celebrate Christ's resurrection, and to impart key spiritual truths to our kids as we go through the breezy days of spring...

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