teaching boys

Sweet Rewards
The other day, a college president called our boy. That boy. The one I wondered if I'd ever be able to teach him enough to fill out an application to work in fast food. It all started when he was small. I was pretty confident when we started teaching him. His older brothers all learned…
Helping Boys Love to Read
"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…
Boy Secrets: School – What to Do About the Wiggles?
  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…
Teaching Languages
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…
What Curriculum Do You Use? Preschool Plus Thirty-Three Classic Picture Books
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…
So, What Curriculum Do You Use?
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…
ADHD: Maybe–But Maybe Not
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…
Progressive Girl's Toy
Baby, You Can Drive My Doll
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…
Carnival of Homeschooling
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! (more…)
Review: Moonfinder by Jay Ryan
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!'" (more…)