Archive for the 'Homeschooling Boys' Category

Convention Season – Should You Go?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

When our eldest was just one, we went to our first homeschool convention – in a picnic shelter (really!) in Modesto, California. It was so exciting to talk to homeschoolers and to look through all the books. We knew we wanted to homeschool and this little taste of it just whet our appetites. We’ve only…
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Days Are Short and Shadows Are Long!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Observing the Shadows of the Passing Seasons Guest post by artist/astronomer Jay Ryan   At Classical Astronomy, we simply try to point out the easily-observable aspects of sky observing that are usually overlooked in our modern generation. One of those aspects is the varying length of shadows over the span of the year. As the…
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The Scary Question, “What Grade Are You In?”

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

It’s funny the things that throw you for a loop when you’re homeschooling. Teach four grade levels? No problem. Volunteer at the local food pantry with kids in tow? Got it. Lead a field trip with a dozen parents and a hundred children of all ages? No problem. “What grades are your kids in?”  <runs…
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The Write Time for A Novel Idea

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

We’ve always found boys like a challenge and some competition — who’s fastest, strongest, and scores the most points. Here’s a program which plays right into that trait: See how much you can write in a month. Several years ago I ran across a peculiar little project. The National Novel Writing Month is a tongue-in-cheek…
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Q&A: My 16yo Won’t Grow Up! How Can I Get Him to be Responsible?

Friday, October 9th, 2015

A mom asks, “My 16yo is driving me crazy! He won’t do his schoolwork. He argues with everything we say. He blames someone else for everything that happens. He’s not obeying and he’s disrespectful. If we say he can’t use the internet, he does anyway and says we don’t trust him. He just won’t grow…
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Homeschooling High School? Sure, Why Not?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Can I Homeschool High School? Do you ever ask yourself that? And maybe doubt how you’ll answer? Many years ago, we started homeschooling our first child, thinking we’d do it till he hit high school. Once we started, though, we found so many benefits to homeschooling we didn’t want to give it up! Now we’ve…
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Planning Your New Homeschool Year

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Planning … it doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? When we look back at our more than two decades of homeschooling, though, we see that the years we planned well were much more productive than the years we flew by the seat of our pants. It’s not that hard, really. The most important thing is…
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Tips for Learning Online

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

  Years ago when we were newlyweds (and dinosaurs ruled the earth), we both took graduate classes by a extension program. A box of video tapes and textbooks arrived in the mail, and we arranged for some one to proctor our exams. It was a great improvement over the old “correspondence courses” we used to…
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Why You Ought To Persevere

Monday, January 5th, 2015

  Are you homeschooling? If so, you’ve discovered that things are seldom as easy as you supposed. All of us at one time or another have looked at the yellow buses going by and thought, “Well, there’s always that …” But here are some things which help us keep on course when the headwinds pick…
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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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