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Learning in the Autumn

One of the freedoms I cherished most about homeschooling was that my kids could discover the adventure of learning rather than the boredom of school. To actually break through the bonds of boredom and into that learning adventure, however, may require some out-of-the-box thinking and a willingness to try something new.

So, if you are ready, I’d like to start with a bit of a poetic meander through the obstacles of learning outdoors in autumn.

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The Math around You: Helping Young Children Learn to Think Mathematically

Despite popular opinion, math is not a creation of evil masterminds plotting the demise of students and mothers everywhere. I often get the feeling from comments I hear and read that many people think that math isn’t a natural part of our lives, that it’s boring and that it’s something that we just have to make our kids do simply because we’re expected to. None of these things is true—math is all around us! Just as we learn more about God through nature, music and art, we learn about God through math. It’s part of the world that He created!

Why We Love Classical Education

Classical education is distinguished from other models of education in at least three ways. First, classical education recognizes and embraces three stages of learning and seeks to teach in accordance with those stages. Second, it values history, especially the great conversations of the past, and places a priority on helping students benefit from and engage with those great ideas. Third, classical education values education for its own sake and seeks to develop students who are well-rounded with a wide breadth of knowledge across many disciplines.

Why I Am Passionate about Charlotte Mason

Many factors may influence our decisions on educational curriculum, including our own journey through life. As a product of traditional public schooling, where my pursuit of high scores on tests outweighed any personal development, I found that delving into the hows and whys of learning was not intuitive. Furthermore, the concept of homeschooling never entered my mind until our twins were approaching kindergarten. As we looked into options other than a full day of school, God opened doors and windows to the Charlotte Mason philosophy.

Surveying the Sites

Not everyone has the time to scavenge around the Internet to find informative, fun, and educational websites for their family to enjoy. That’s why we offer this column. By dividing it into four sections, we work towards our goal—to provide something for everyone. We hope that you will enjoy what we’ve mined for you this month.

Balancing Act

How important is balance in your life? On a scale of one to ten, I’d have to give it a high ten! We all have a need for balance—we even expect balance in our lives, and why not? We serve a God of balance.

Homeschool Dad—From Principal to Participant

The first benefit of reading aloud is that it promotes family time. “Couch time,” as my wife calls it, is a time when everyone gathers in one room to listen to Daddy read.

Teaching Math at Home

Three of the goals that I had for my homeschool were that my children would love to learn, know how to learn and be allowed to learn at their own pace. I saw many problems that were caused by children being pushed to do something before they were developmentally ready. We often see children pushed in reading, but it also happens with math.

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