Creating a Year-End Portfolio

Whether you are required to by law or choose to organize memories of your homeschool journey, creating a year-end portfolio is an excellent habit for homeschool families. In one binder you can see at a glance what books your student used, what subjects they studied, and samples of their work. A year-end portfolio provides value both now and in the future and can quickly be put together at the end of the year when you clean out your school shelves. Continue reading “Creating a Year-End Portfolio”

Abbreviated School Days When Life Gets Crazy

Have you planned abbreviated school days to fall back on when life takes a left turn toward crazy? Life does get crazy. Sometimes it’s genuine emergencies like car accidents or trips to the hospital. Sometimes you just have a day when you have to grocery shop, get 3 kids to the dentist, and have invited company for dinner. These are the days when schooling takes a back seat to life. I guarantee these days are coming. By planning ahead and writing down three simple learning activities your kids can do by themselves, you can fit in an abbreviated school day even when life gets crazy. Continue reading “Abbreviated School Days When Life Gets Crazy”

Memorize Poetry: Toward the Love and Mastery of Language

In just a few minutes a day, and for almost no money, you can do one simple thing to provide your kids with an extraordinary home education: memorize poetry. Memory is a muscle that you strengthen with use, and there are so many possibilities for memory work that you may feel overwhelmed. We focus most of our memory efforts on learning Scripture and poetry by heart. Every Scripture verse your kids memorize bears within it, by the power of God, the possibility of a lifetime of fruit. I think memorizing poetry is one of the next best choices you can make. Poetry will form your kids into deep thinkers and excellent communicators.  It promises multiple benefits: developing powers of language, expression, and aesthetic appreciation in your kids. Poetry promises hours of enjoyment as well. Continue reading “Memorize Poetry: Toward the Love and Mastery of Language”