I'm a part-time clinical psychology researcher and full-time mother to Alex (4/05) and Colin (2/09). We are secular homeschoolers following a modified neoclassical curriculum.
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Category Archives: social studies
Story of the World, Volume 2: Medieval Times has not been working for us as well as Volume 1 did. I’m not sure if the problem is with the curriculum, or with our failure to really put our hearts into … Continue reading
Susan Wise Bauer is a notable educator and the author of several well-regarded curricula, not to mention the Bible of rigorous academic homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind. When she says in her books that a project has educational value, I have … Continue reading
“Men die, cattle die, you yourself must die one day. There is only one thing that will not die – the name, good or bad, that you have made for yourself.” – quoted in D’Aulaire’s Norse Gods and Giants. Michael … Continue reading
Alex is going through a huge coloring phase right now. I am thrilled – I can’t think of a better way to improve pencil control and build up stamina for writing than coloring elaborate pictures with colored pencil. Her control … Continue reading
Shortly after we started kindergarten, Alex became obsessed with the United States, largely because of Laurie Keller’s Scrambled States books and game. Her intense interest in U.S. geography faded after a while, but over the last several months Colin has … Continue reading
We made a big change at the New Year. Instead of using Five in a Row as the core of our curriculum, we’ll be doing a FIAR book once every five weeks. I’m still trying to figure out how the … Continue reading