This week my seven year old learned numbers. At least, numbers into the hundreds. She can identify any number up to 999 and say it correctly. I don't know how or when my three older kids learned to do this, but I do know how my seven year old did it: through a stupid video... Continue Reading →
Education happens anywhere and everywhere, and in our family it happens on the couch. We have a huge blue velvet sectional sofa that seats everyone and the dog comfortably with room to spare, and it's always a mess of books, drawing supplies, discarded socks, and cushions mashed into the shape of children's bodies. The couch... Continue Reading →
The best way to learn is participating in life. We were invited to collect trash with friends, so we did it!
Leave kids to their own devices and they’ll come up with some great stuff—like a trip to the local police station!
I remember watching a video of Chinese entrepreneur, Jack Ma, speaking a couple of years ago and the message has stuck with me. He was criticizing the education systems of the world for being too focused on teaching kids to do tasks that a computer could do much better. He said that if we want... Continue Reading →
How long does it take a ten year old who’s done almost no curriculum to “catch up” with her schooled peers? Turns out: not long.
As an administrator of the local homeschooling group I often talk to people who are trying to decide whether to take their kids out of school. Many of these parents enrolled their kids in public school expecting that their child would make new friends, gain an education, and learn how to function in larger society... Continue Reading →