Learning Plan: Age 6

Well, the new year has started!  This is our first official year, paperwork included, as a private school here in California.  California doesn’t have homeschoolers.  Those who are homeschooling without the support of a public school system (like a charter school), file paperwork just like any private school here in the state.  So, we decided…

Mentoring Goals: Age 5

This is my first year being a bit more formal and organized.  I’ve started with a bare bones outline for my 5 year old, and will add as we go. In looking at what I did when I first started, I can see elements of the school system still with me.  I thought I was…

Learning Plan: Age 5

And so it begins!  For reals! Well, kinda. My homeschooling, in a legal sense, will start for real next year, but I’m going to use this year as a sounding board for the best way to keep records for the state.  You can find my own goals and ways of doing things on my mentoring…

What A Four Year Old Can Learn

Last year I realized that it was a bit of a misnomer to call this list “goals,” as I wasn’t really focused on trying to get her to accomplish them.  It was more just keeping track of what she was learning. Moving forward to get something done is a pretty inherent aspect of the word…

Teen and Adult Book Club

I took a homeschooling test, which said one of the areas of homeschooling that I leaned toward was Thomas Jefferson Education. I’d never heard of it, but looked into it.  I liked a lot of what I read.  But, like any of the homeschooling philosophies, I pick and choose what I think will work for…

Kids’ Classics Book Club

I started a classics book club for myself and my kids. For those who are like me and would like to start one up, but don’t have enough friends who are interested, I joined a few meetup.com groups in my area and posted each book club meeting and started a secret private Facebook group for…

Letter of the Week

So, there is a lot of controversy over whether to do letter of the week or not. Really, there is. I can see the validity of both sides and have tried to take out the repetitiveness and implement more meaningful activities.  But, ultimately those who oppose the letter of the week idea, would rather the…

What a Three Year Old Can Learn

I really liked having goals for my two-year-old and myself last year.  So, I figured I’d try and do it every year.  Then as I wrote this article and titled it “Plans and Goals,” I realized that there are goals for me, but most of what I called “goals” are really just what I see her learning….

Learning: Ages 3-4

Cutting basil she picked for pasta  I’m still dipping my feet into this whole “homeschooling” thing.  I really don’t like the term “homeschooling,” since I don’t like what comes to mind when I think of “school.”  As a ten year veteran elementary and middle school teacher, I have seen lots of flaws and learned a…

Plans and Goals for My Two Year Old

I like to plan. But, I also like to lay in bed.  I figured if I tried to have at least a simple list of things I need to keep in mind each day, then I would not spend all day finding ways to keep my 2 year old busy at home, just so I…

Tot School

“Tot school” is a term someone coined for doing activities with a toddler. I’d never heard it before having a toddler, but it’s real.  My favorite site — and inspiration for a lot of what I do — is 1+1+1=1.  They have a fantastic amount of information about this kind of thing. Many parents will…

Historical Fiction K-12 Book Lists

When I started teaching fifth grade U.S. History, one of my goals was to have the kids read historical fiction about the time period we were studying.  And so 16 years later, I’m still adding to my list (included some non-fiction works).  My list grew and grew as I added World and Ancient History to…