21 04, 2011

My Favorite Play Dough

Who doesn't love play dough? It's the epitome of learning through play! It feels wonderful in your hands; it awakens your creativity, and allows everyone in the family to experience it at their own level. Is there a better medium for whole-family Core Phase fun? [...]

22 03, 2011

Core Phase Crochet

It’s hard being little. I remember keenly wanting to fit in with all the older people around me. I was the youngest of six kids—and quite a bit younger, at that. The closest in age was four years older, and they went up from there [...]

14 03, 2011

Nurturing the Foundation

by Kelli Poll It was the early 1960s. In Grosse Point, Michigan a bold experiment was carried out. Applicants were tested to find those who had intellectual and leadership potential. The parents whose children were turned away became bitter and resentful, while those of accepted [...]

20 01, 2011

Homeschooling in Core Phase

  by Shanalei Anderson For those of you who love and embrace the educational philosophy taught in Oliver DeMille's A Thomas Jefferson Education, here are some ideas for homeschooling children in the "Core Phase" (up to around age 8 or so)--the years in which children [...]

9 12, 2010

Homeschooling a Large Family, 2

Rachel, I do have one little question, if you don't mind: which age of children do you spend the most time on/with (I know the balance thing—and I know what I do—but I want to hear from another mother with very special demands and a [...]

8 12, 2010

What Homeschoolers Want Most

What American Homeschoolers Say They Want The biggest educational trend in the United States is the growth of alternative schools. The Supreme Court decision on vouchers, along with numerous state-level efforts to empower non-traditional education, is indicative of this trend. But the big changes are [...]

7 12, 2010

Leaving the Kids’ Calendar Blank

By Ana Veciana-Suarez Last fall was a first-of-its-kind season. For better or worse—I did not register my children in after-school activities. No swimming. No music lessons. No play dates. Nada. Once they finished their homework, they were free to do what they pleased, with a [...]

6 12, 2010

When I’m Big As….

Yesterday I was having a nice little moment with my four-year-old, Abigail. I had a plate of raw vegetables I was noshing on, and she came to join me. I had to chuckle as she went straight for the cucumber. I've written elsewhere about how [...]

17 11, 2010

Homeschool Insights: Core Phase Playgroups

Do you have any thoughts on a structuring a Core Phase playgroup for homeschoolers? ~AH Hi, A----. This is such a great question! The families most inclined to be attracted to a playgroup are often particularly vulnerable to “conveyor belt hangover”; and while informal "play [...]

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