learning at home, Uncategorized

Learning About Mythology

When I think about mythology, the first thing that comes to mind is Greek mythology. My kids and the children I work with enjoy reading Greek myths and learning about the various creatures. Recent popular movies, like Marvel's Thor, peaked my teen son's interest in Norse Mythology which led him to read Neil Gaiman's Norse… Continue reading Learning About Mythology

learning at home, Uncategorized

Enchanted Learning

"If parents and teachers take a child's interests seriously, opportunities to create meaningful connections to all kinds of subjects erupt into view" - Julie Bogart The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life I recently began reading Julie Bogart's, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life. The book… Continue reading Enchanted Learning

gifted education

Making Decisions about High School

A few weeks ago the parents of middle school students began receiving information about high school information nights and enrollment dates. We found ourselves listening to information about academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and college requirements. Yet, it feels like just a couple years ago, I was making friends with the other kindergarten parents and scheduling… Continue reading Making Decisions about High School

reading, tutoring

Learning to Read: Word Study

Learning to read often occurs around the age of six and continues to develop through childhood and into adolescence. Some young children learn to read before they are six-years-old and some children learn closer to eight-years-old. Learning to read is a lot like learning to walk, some children are early walkers and some walk closer… Continue reading Learning to Read: Word Study

mathematical thinking

Learning about Place Value

Children begin to learn about place value from the time they are very young and they continue to make sense of our base ten number system through middle school. They use what they understand about numbers and place value to solve math problems. Young children will count by 1's to solve simple addition and subtraction… Continue reading Learning about Place Value

Creative Space, Learning Studio

The Guided Learning Studio

Happy 2019!  I am excited to start the new year with ideas about the kinds of learning and teaching happening in my home. I started this blog just about a year ago as a way to share the ways I encourage my kids' interests. At the time, I was also supporting the learning needs of… Continue reading The Guided Learning Studio

Child Friendly Home

Six Steps for Decorating Your Home

Happy New Year! In January, I will celebrate my blog's first anniversary. I am very thankful for having this space to write and share my ideas about our learning environment and interest-based learning. I often share photos of my home and the ways we use our space for learning, homework, and making. It is important… Continue reading Six Steps for Decorating Your Home

gifted education

Acceleration and Enrichment for Advanced Learners

Areas of study should be based on  the learner's interests.      Over the last several years, I have been interested in learning about the instructional and schooling needs of advanced learners.  In my coursework in gifted education, the idea that most stood out for me is that learning should be based on a child's… Continue reading Acceleration and Enrichment for Advanced Learners

handicrafts

A Season for Handicrafts

     During the holiday season I like to invite the kids to make and create.  Sometimes we make cookies or a cake after school while we talk about our day.  Then they are off to complete homework or play for awhile.  On weekends and when the kids are out of school during winter break… Continue reading A Season for Handicrafts