Helping Boys Love to Read

Friday, August 8th, 2014

“How do I get my son to read???” is a common question when we speak about homeschooling boys. Here’s what we’ve done: Be patient when you are teaching them to read. Earlier is not better when it comes to boys. The average boy five years old has the same developmental reading readiness as a girl…
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Boy Secrets: School – What to Do About the Wiggles?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

  This is one of the hardest lessons for a mother of boys to learn. We just think, Buckle down for a little while and we’ll be done. Why can’t you just concentrate for a few more minutes? What we’ve got to remember is that after a certain point, it’s taking all his energy and…
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Teaching Languages

Friday, July 19th, 2013

This weekend we were at the HINTS Conference in Charlotte and I happened to have the most interesting conversation with Caryn Hommel of Excelerate Language. I thought I’d come back over and interview her so you guys could hear from her, too. Hi Caryn, tell me again why you believe the way most language programs work…
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What Curriculum Do You Use? Preschool Plus Thirty-Three Classic Picture Books

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

This series of articles is in response to the question, “What curriculum do you use?” which we’re freqently asked. Read the first in the series here. Preschool is a time when you can really hardly fail. You have years and years and years to make up for what you don’t teach. Unfortunately, though, we find it…
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So, What Curriculum Do You Use?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Folks ask us all the time, “So, what curriculum do you use?” Let me begin to answer by telling you a story. Many years ago, one of my dear friends asked me the same thing as she began homeschooling her children. I was happy to tell her because I believed I’d found the very best…
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ADHD: Maybe–But Maybe Not

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Guest post by parenting columnist and psychologist John Rosemond     A mother asks why I don’t believe in ADHD. Her son has ADHD. After administering a battery of tests, a psychologist said so. According to the mother, the psychologist also said the boy probably inherited the disorder—a biochemical imbalance—from his father, who admitted to having…
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Baby, You Can Drive My Doll

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Several years ago, a friend of ours decided to eliminate gender stereotypes from her children’s upbringing. When her daughter was born, Mom bought trucks and construction toys for the child to play with. When a son came along, she bought him a baby doll. As it turned out, her kids weren’t buying it—neither one of…
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Carnival of Homeschooling

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The longer we homeschool, the more we realize that homeschooling isn’t merely about spelling, math and history. It’s really about Life, the Universe and Everything, but not quite the way Douglas Adams meant it!

Review: Moonfinder by Jay Ryan

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

We cherish children’s books in our family. When you have eight children, the books that you’ve read to every single child enter the family lore, with phrases from them bringing a smile years later. “Good night to the old lady whispering ‘Hush!’”

Boys! Don’t Settle for Stupid!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The problem of books and boys has been in the news lately.  It’s a known fact that boys generally read less than girls and seem to enjoy it less when they do read.  Teachers and librarians have worried about it for years, and some of their suggestions border on desperation.  Should we embrace comic books and…
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