Creative Teaching Methods without Using Textbooks

Are you tired of spending all day with books, trying to push more information into your child’s overstuffed brain? Do you want to keep your child’s love for learning alive, or revive that love? Are you tired of textbooks and looking for some creative teaching methods? Let’s talk about creative teaching! What does creative teaching mean? Simply put, it means finding creative, alternative, fun ways to teach your children. This kind of learning reignites the natural love for learning that kids are born with and that too many textbooks tend to kill.   Consider this scenario: As…

How to Teach Using Incidental Learning

There are two ways to learn new things – deliberately or incidentally. Studying a specific topic is deliberate learning. Memorising times tables, historical dates, or scientific formulas are also deliberate learning. Deliberate learning is important for memorising important facts and information but it is not the only way to learn. Often, things can be learned incidentally – by chance, in connection with something else, or as a result of natural curiosity. Incidental learning is fun, stress free, and creative. What is incidental learning? Incidental learning is learning that happens as a result of naturally occurring “incidents” or situations…

4 Steps to Teaching Kids to Read

How am I ever going to teach my kids to read? I worried over this question a lot. I didn’t know where to start and I wondered whether I’d be able to do it. Looking back, it’s way easier than I thought.  I should have stressed less. Are you qualified to teach your child to read? Yes. Any parent who can read can teach their child to read. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that you are not educated in this area. By the end of this post you’ll know how to do it…

How to Deal with Learning Gaps

A common fear homeschoolers have is that they are not teaching their kids enough, that they’re going to create huge gaps in their learning. The fear of learning gaps can keep you enslaved to a school model, scope-and-sequence curriculum that satisfies national standards instead of being free to pursue free, delightful, God-led learning for your children. The reality is, following a school model curriculum doesn’t guarantee there will be no gaps in your child’s education. You are never going to be able to cover everything there is to know about every subject all of…

How to Homeschool Multiple Kids at Once

Let’s be honest, homeschooling multiple kids can make you feel like you’re losing your mind. At least, that’s how I felt a lot of the time – and I suspect I’m not alone! It’s challenging – you’re juggling multiple personalities, learning styles, subjects, and grades, and it seems that everyone always wants your attention at the same time. (Reliving some deeply buried stress from my homeschool days here…) If you relate to this, take heart. With a little planning and a few helpful tips you can homeschool all your kids with a lot less…

4 Steps to Stress-free Homeschool Planning

Homeschool planning can be a huge source of anxiety. Some people are great planners and get their lives organized down to the last minute detail. I was never like that. I struggled to think one day ahead, never mind a whole month or year! (I did get better with time though!) I had a general plan of what we would do in a year, but planned more specifically for only about a month ahead – and then it was a fairly loose plan that kept changing all the time. Sometimes I wrote what we did into my planner after we did…

How Many Hours a Day Should I Homeschool My Child?

Do you wonder how many hours you should be homeschooling your child per day? If you attended public school yourself, and unless you’ve consciously thought about it, you probably have the idea that school needs to take up most of the day. Changing this thinking is part of breaking free of the traditional school mindset The truth is, learning can happen during a teachable moment at the grocery store, during family worship, or around the dinner table. Related: When should I start homeschooling my child? What is a good homeschool schedule? Realising that homeschool can happen anywhere, anytime, is…

When Should I Start Homeschooling my Child?

There are many questions facing a homeschooling parent. One of the biggest is when to start homeschooling. Before I answer that question, let’s get something out of the way. Homeschooling is life. Life is homeschooling. And it’s an adventure. True homeschooling is not “School-at-home”, where your child sits at a desk for five hours a day working from textbooks. Some people homeschool this way and it works for them. I couldn’t. There were too many exciting things to look at, read about, experiment with. We never spent more than 3 hours max…

How to Identify your Child’s Learning Style (and help them learn better)

All kids are different. If you have more than one child, you already know that. You celebrate their differences and love them for who they are, but how can you teach each one in a way that will make learning a positive experience for them? Figuring out your child’s learning style will make learning easier and help them remember what they learn (we all want that, right?). So, how do you know what your child’s learning style is? Great news: Identifying your child’s learning style is pretty easy and costs no money. We’re going to look…