Day 16: High School Tip – Encourage Literary Devices

My hair is a nightmare!  Metaphors   Encourage the use of literary devices. Surely students survive the stress of statistics.  Alliteration Childhood disappears like the morning dew on a mountain lake.  Similes The drama followed her like a Jane Austin novel.  Literary references The waves appeared to be guided by the hand of God.  Thematic…

Day 3: Homeschooling Tip – Read Aloud

Read aloud regularly. The benefits of reading aloud are numerous. I was able to access whether my children were reading word-for-word or if they were reading phrases, how much they understood what they were reading (reading comprehension), and how confident they were just by listening to them read aloud. It also afforded an opportunity to…

Overcoming the Dragon of Defeat

When I was a college student,  I struggled with writing. Back in those days – not exactly prehistoric – there were no word processing programs, no personal computers, no touch screens. My state-of-the-art electric typewriter could backspace one space to make a correction with a double tape ribbon. That meant, if I caught a spelling…

Beware of the Ides of March

The warning of the soothsayer in Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, might not seem applicable to homeschooling. But beware, it does seem that every year the middle of March brings with it a sort of malaise that saps the life out of homeschoolers and their parents alike. Unless you are a first year homeschool mom,…

Reading your way through the Holidays

So many of my favorite home school memories involve reading good books aloud. For many years we began our days with me reading both devotional books and historical fiction to the children and ending the days with Daddy reading classics to all of us. When the books were riveting, the children often persuaded me to…

Home School Mom or Frazzled Chauffeur

When the kids were young, learning at home often included outings that made our weeks go more smoothly and enjoyably. I felt that these extra-curricular activities were educational and necessary for our children to be well-rounded and ‘socialized’. I must admit that I also felt the need to make sure that my children didn’t miss…

Summertime: Sinkhole or Summit

  Memorial Day was traditionally the first day of summer vacation in the Schrader homeschool household. We often found ourselves cramming in tests and math lessons that final week of school and then we all collapsed in exhaustion. Many of our friends took time off during the regular school year and continued schooling during the…

Loneliness and the Un-socialized Homeschool Mom

Signs of an un-socialized homeschool mom: You only wear make-up once a week to church You wear the same clothes days at a time  You have a dazed expression on your face by 3pm  You stare blankly in response to “What was the highlight of your day?” You don’t even try to keep children out…