Monday, February 27, 2017
Today I chose to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme because my 5 year old happens to be really interested in all things Alice in Wonderland. She wanted me to read her the book and we have watched many movie versions of it as well.
When coming up with ideas I go with the ones that will be the easiest (in my opinion) and that will have the biggest impact. So, the "eat me" and "Drink me" and letting them come up with a costume if they wanted was basically the full plan, but a I will talk about a few other details as well for people to see how this rolls out in real life.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
|This picture is still hanging up!|
Too often, people think that academic learning and school should be hard. Like if it isn't hard and tedious then they aren't actually learning. Yet, in reality we should work to the level of success!
We should find every day life and interests to enjoy together.
Tie books to movies to games to art to field trips.
Be curious with your child about things they find in nature.
If they have a question you can say the truth that you don't know and google it to find the answer together!
Grab a huge stack of books from the library on a subject and don't worry about reading through them all. Flip through or skip parts or read as much as they wish for.
I so often focus my research and homeschooling efforts into my oldest (because she is the one in the front to usher in each new stage!) that I got to thinking how I don't write as often about what I have been doing or have planned for my youngest. She will be 6 in a few months and mostly has been benefiting from what I do with my older two. I have done so much research over the past 7 years because of homeschooling my oldest, and we have tried several different curriculum choices. Only now I feel like I've finally found our sweet spot and after all that testing and research (and research again!) and testing some more. I feel like I can recommend my favorite choices! BUT, the point isn't to do what works for other people, but to find what works for you and your family. So, just know this is what works for us! I hope it helps other people as well, but you are on your own journey and it will look different from mine.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Next year I will likely forget the ideas I tried this year so I'll blog about it just for my own records. :)
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!I have made several coloring pages for my girls and wanted to share them!CHRISTMAS COLORING!
|My coloring buddy and me. After seeing me make some coloring pages she started making her own and giving them out! First we worked together and now she is making them alone. :)|
Posted by Lynne' at Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
The full list of stories read aloud with pictures is linked here and below (everyone had the same pictures to choose from and base their story off of.) Listen and watch and like your favorites!
Lily's story is called "Our Adventure in Photos, by Me, Cliff Pony"
The whole list is here - Thinking Tree Writing Contest 2016: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh7XJcQPXiiUdFj_aLrmIemjetm8qEjYN
Posted by Lynne' at Friday, December 02, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Enjoy! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Lynne' at Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
My 8 year old thought it looked amazing and she wanted to use it right away, but I personally think it would work best for possibly 6th grade and higher or for a child who loves to read a lot and isn't as into the coloring and drawing and much. The small size makes it feel more doable and less intimidating for children who don't enjoy writing as much, or for adults who want a book to guide their own studies but don't have a ton of time to put towards them.
This post will give you a peek inside this journal and how it can look to use it, but since I was the one using it, I will also share how it can be used for a mom book. Or some people say "awesome adulting" or other people call it being an example, or modeling how to learn for our kids. Whatever you want to call enjoying being an adult and learning what YOU want to learn is what I am going to talk about.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
We have loved using the Thinking Tree books for over a year now (and longer if you include the Dyslexia Games books that we have used on and off for about 3 years too! Which started back when I was learning about Right Brain dominant learners.)
There are SO many books by them and they are a different style than we are used to seeing (great for the right brain dominant learners!) But that can make it confusing to know which to pick. I thought it would be helpful to share some ideas about the types of books (in categories) and a few ideas on how someone could plan to use them.
Many people have wondered how these books work and how they can use them. I've broken the books down into a rough 8 categories to make it easier for people to see what types of books are available.