Diana's Homeschool Blog

Welcome to my homeschool blog, which offers insights into loving learning, loving your family, loving history, loving homeschooling, and enjoying your life! With your cup of coffee in hand, take a break to laugh with me, to have your heart refreshed, to be reminded of how cool your kids really are, and to consider the amazing adventure of being a homeschool mom. AND, if you are interested in the History Revealed curriculum, be sure to check out my Teaching Tips!

How to Teach What They Hate

How to Teach What They Hate
In a conversation on FaceBook, one homeschool mom asked me, "How do you tackle subjects that a kid might hate, but they have to take? In our current situation it's Algebra. I feel like we can barely get through it, let alone make it fun."That is SUCH an important question! In order to find a good, workable solution, we first need to do some discove...
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Frustrated with your homeschool schedule?

Children are not predictable, have you noticed?  You have a wonderful schedule all set up (and you worked HARD on it, well done!!), and first thing you know, your kids are not cooperating with the program.  They have questions, they are tired, they don't get it, they don't remember it, they want to go outside, read a book, visit friends, sleep, eat—ANYTHING but what you had scheduled.

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Fostering Creativity and Imagination

Fostering creativity and imagination

A few weeks ago, I saw a man with his two young grandkids walking next to a flowing creek in the woods. The children held their nets in great anticipation as they eagerly scrambled over logs looking for tadpoles. It was such a perfect picture of the delight and joy of childhood, and I drank in the sight. . .until the grandfather barked, “There’s nothing there. Let’s go.”

It’s so common in our hurry-hurry grown-up world to blast right past our children’s curiosity and play, isn’t it? In our greater knowledge of the world, we inform them, “That will never work,” “No such thing exists,” “That’s a waste of time.”

And, in that moment, our kids lose a bit of their curiosity and wide-eyed wonder at the world.

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Too Much, Too Soon

Are you feeling pressured about how much your kids "should" be doing in homeschooling? Has the hunger to learn been replaced by resistance to school? What happens when we see it from their eyes? Another episode in my Homeschool 101 videos.

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Are we teaching our kids or helping them learn?

When it comes to teaching your kids, what model of a "teacher" do you have in your mind? For me, one of the wisest teachers I ever met was the man who taught my daughter violin. His approach to education transformed my understanding of what it means to be a teacher. . . If I were teaching parents Homeschool 101, this would be my first class!

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