What If . . .

“What if I told you that slow pace of life you crave is achievable?

What if I told you you don’t need to be a teacher, or have all the answers?

What if I told you that your children could follow their own interests instead of a standardised curriculum?

What if I told you that you could spend your days in whatever way YOU wanted? You could travel whenever you liked, and take holidays any time.

What if I told you you could do ALL of this while still giving your child a fabulous education. Could you justify sending them to school? For me, the answer was no.”

When I was trying to decide if we should homeschool, I read everything I could. I wanted to know how hard it would be, how much time it would take, what I needed to teach them, what the reporting requirements … Continue reading →   Source:I Can’t Justify School | Happiness is here

It’s Summer Break. Where Have All the Children Gone? 

It’s summer vacation, but you might not know it from the absence of children on streets and sidewalks, in parks and public spaces.

What happened to those long summer days outside with friends, roaming in the woods or water?

They’re trapped inside, doing structured, adult-led activities.

Source: It’s Summer Break. Where Have All the Children Gone? – Foundation for Economic Education

What Causes More Anxiety in Children: School or a Smartphone? — John Holt GWS

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Our children attend school at earlier ages and graduate at older ages than they did in previous generations; we make going to college a modern, tribal ritual that socially shames those who can’t afford it or who don’t thrive there; we focus on degrees awarded but not on competencies earned outside of degree programs; we increase standardized testing and the pressure on teachers and students to produce better grades; we reduce play and private time for children outside of school; we eliminate recess and after-school programs inside school and turn them into instruction and homework time.

This is considered to be the norm we want to make children adjust to.

Is it any wonder they are anxious?

Read more: What Causes More Anxiety in Children: School or a Smartphone? — John Holt GWS

Gross Motor Math Games

The Counting-Action Dice game is a big hit  at our house: grandparent-parent tested, child approved and low tech (easy for this grandma to make).

The Counting-Action Dice game is a gross motor math game perfect for preschoolers.  Kids can practice counting and one-to-one correspondence while doing fun body movements like clapping, jumping and spinning.

This math game is so simple to make and loads of fun for the kids! And because it gets them moving, it’s perfect if you’re stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day.

Source: Gross Motor Math Game: Counting Action Dice – Buggy and Buddy

Our new favorite game: Counting-Action Dice
Using her books, brought math alive for our kids.

Also, check out Peggy Kaye‘s time-tested book Games For Math. The book addresses some basic math concepts for kindergartners through third grade.  I found her book to be easily incorporated into our home school.  The games are tangible ways to enjoy math.  (Yes, the word “math” and “enjoy” in one sentence!)

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Why Kids Need Real Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Mr. Rogers

Play is such an integral and natural part of childhood. It is how all children learn. Play was one of the main reasons we decided to home school our children.

Sara wrote an excellent blog post on why kids need messy, free, unstructured, REAL play time. And some tips for making it more manageable.   Check it out at Happiness Is Here: Why Kids Need Real Play 

Real play making a big splash!

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