This is your Gateway to the Online Articles on many topics and subjects for your homeschool:
Note: A – S need updating. T- Z have been updated with dead links gone.
Meet An Archaeologist About one man’s route to becoming staff archaeologist for the Somerset County Park Commission in New Jersey
Art, Creativity, and Invention by Sharon Jeffus The more I research, experience and study in the field of education, the more I believe art education, when taught correctly is the most important catalyst for creative thinking and problem solving. Many of our greatest thinkers of all time were artists. http://eho.org/features/art_creativity.htm
Classical art curriculum in the Grammar Stage http://www.classicalhomeschooling.org/grammar/art.html *
Excellent article on art approaches to art and the different curricula available at
Teaching the Creatively Gifted Child by Sharon Jeffus. From Visual Manna’s art lessons and articles archive. http://www.rollanet.org/~arthis/switch.htm
Teaching Art Through history As a Right-brained Activity http://www.rollanet.org/~arthis/rightb.htm
Tips on how to teach colours, drawing, painting, all the famous artists at
As Natural As Breathing – Visual Arts By Marty Layne There is something so soothing about drawing, doodling, coloring, and just messing about with paint and paper. Even toddlers under two seem to enjoy making marks on a piece of paper.
Art lesson plans at http://artforkids.about.com/kids/artforkids/msublessonplansart.htm
Learn how to do “Picture Studies” (tips on how to study art prints)***
Perception-Based vs. Invention-Based Art Instruction at http://www.newmasters.com/4c.html.
Paula’s archives on ways to help your child appreciate art http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/art-appreciation.htm
Picture Study Art appreciation the Charlotte Mason way http://www.home-school.com/Articles/AndreolaArtAppre.html
Growing Up on Holiday: On the Need for Significant Work #new_window(‘articles/holiday.htm’)
A Successful Field Trip is Just Four “P’s” Away – Beth Ann Erickson As I stood behind the group of children it became painfully evident that the majority of the people attending this event were as ill-prepared as my son and I. www.home-ed-magazine.com/HEM/HEM162.99/162.99_art_ftrp.html
The People Behind the Books: Visiting Author Historic Sites Plan a trip to a museum or historic landmark devoted to your favorite American author. http://eho.org/features/authors.htm
Field Trip Guidelines Hints on planning a successful field trip. Appropriate field trip behavior.
Field trip ideas. From the Gaston County Homeschool Network, NC. www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/3634/gchnfieldtrip.html
Ethics, Morals and Religion
Early Childhood:Where Learning Begins – Geography Good article on what to do to instil in your children a love for Geography at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Geography
Matt Rosenberg’s geography article archive has more than 200 articles categorized into headings http://www.geography.about.com/science/geography/library/weekly/topicmenu.htm
Internet Links to Essays or Tips on Homeschooling History:
For Classical Homeschooling Newsletter tips by Lene M.Jaqua on “Teaching History Chronologically” see http://home.att.net/~mikejaqua/news/March-April.html and “Creating Your Own History Unit Studies http://home.att.net/~mikejaqua/news/Jan-Feb_00.html
Tips on “Art, Writing, Science and Timelines” by Shirley Minster can be read at www.homeeducator.com/FamilyTimes/articles/8-2article16.htm ; “Timeline Books. History At A Glance” by Beth Parker shows you how to make a timeline and how to make history learning fun for your kids at http://home.att.net/~bandparker/timelines.html and “Timelines: How, What, Why” http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/timeline.htm; Family Heritage and Timelines www.geomatters.com/articles/heritage.shtml
The Well Trained Mind’s website offers its approach in “A Classical Approach to History” www.welltrainedmind.com/classicalapproach.htm and in “History Resources: Starting Places” www.welltrainedmind.com/historyres.htm
Christine Miller has compiled a series of articles on “Using Literature to Teach History” at www.classicalhomeschooling.org/nnp/nnp/literature.html and on “Teaching History Chronologically” at www.classicalhomeschooling.rog/nnp/teaching.html
Rob and Cyndy Shearer tell us how to make history exciting in “Put the Story Back into History” http://home-school.com/Articles/StoryInHistory.html and “How to Handle Mythology” by Rob and Cyndy Shearer http://greenleafpress.com/articles/a_myths.html
“Preparing Your Child for a Great Books Education by Fritz Hinrichs at www.gbt.org/preparing.html
“What constitutes a world-view?” and “What are the different aspects of a world-view?” URL: http://capo.org/kmsc/Mercury.htm
Ancient History 101 The Shearers think it’s time to study Greece, Rome, and Israel. www.home-school.com/Articles/CaseAncientHistory.html Old Testament History 101 The Shearers make it simple. www.home-school.com/Articles/ShearersOTHistory.html
Helping Your Child Learn History Activities for children aged 4 through 11. We hope to encourage children to love history and to enjoy learning about it. This booklet is a tool you can use to stimulate your children’s active involvement in the history that surrounds them every day. By Elaine Wrisley Reed. http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/history.html
History Highlights – 11th Century – Two struggles came to a head during this period of the Middle Ages. The Church in the East vs. the Church in the West. Religious vs. secular rule. http://eho.org/history/highlights.htm
Holidays and Festive Seasons(Social Studies):
Delicious Math “Finish eating your math and you can go out to play,” AJ Schmidts tell her kids so they chew up the last of their manipulatives before racing outside to enjoy the rest of the sunny day. www.home-ed-magazine.com/HEM/172.00/ma_art_dmth.html
From Boring To Board Games Math Really Can Be Fun! – Elise Griffith www.home-ed-magazine.com/HEM/HEM151.98/151.98_art_math.html
Making Math Classical http://home.att.net/~mikejaqua/news/Jan_99.html
Research on the Teaching of Math. Classically, math was taught to older students. www.triviumpursuit.com/articles/research_on_teaching_math.htm
Biography Fair – Nancy Winningham. Real people, true stories http://www.home-ed-magazine.com//HEM/HEM155.98/155.98_art_bio.html (Note: www.biography.com is a great online resource if you don’t already know)
Narration by Beth Parker http://home.att.net/~bandcparker/narration.html
Spelling by Lene Jaqua http://home.att.net/~MikeJaqua/news/news/Sept-Oct_99.html
Literacy and Reading:
Discerning as You Read by Beverly Krueger the mechanics of reading and comprehension skills, we need to arm our children with another tool of reading, discernment or critical reading, reading that focuses on determining the bias of the author and whether the piece is based on fact or opinion http://eho.org/features/discerning_as_you_read.htm
Ongoing Debate in Reading Instruction: Finding a Balance – Mark Thogmartin http://www.home-ed-magazine.com/HEM/HEM146.97/146.97_art_rdbt.html
Reading Lessons, Valerie Bonham Moon http://www.home-ed-magazine.com/HEM/HEM142.97/142.97_art_rlssns.html
Learning to Read, Sue Smith Heavenrich http://www.home-ed-magazine.com/HEM/HEM142.97/142.97_art_rlssns.html
Reading With Your Children by Lene Jaqua http://home.att.net/~mikejaqua/news/Nov-Dec_99WIP.html
The Whole-Language Boondoggle Sam Blumenfeld explains why “look-say” reading never works. http://www.home-school.com/Articles/WholeLanguage.html
THE GOOD READER: TEACHING READING FROM BIRTH ON by Jessie Wise excerpted from her book “The Well Trained Mind”at http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readedit.html
For more tips on how to reading instruction for parents and teachers from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, see these articles at http://ericec.org/ptips.htm and http://ericec.org/ttips.htm
For a huge resource list of Phonics Products for Home Use Prepared by The National Right to Read Foundation. Prices are indicated. Not comprehensive. Go to URL: http://www.nrrf.org/prodhome.html
“Teaching Reading: Phonics Programs that Work” . Pathway Phonics is recommended as a cheap and effective program by Jessie Wise in see at
Tips from “Reading: The First Chapter In Education” from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (http://ericec.org/frstchap.htm): Once beginning readers have acquired the skill of “mapping of print to speech” (phonological awareness and decoding ability) and strong word recognition ability, reading comprehension and other higher-order reading activities can then follow. To become skilful readers the child must learn to do this through practice that reading becomes so automatically and rapidly that it looks like the natural reading of whole words and not the sequential translation of letters into sounds and sounds into words.”
Research by the National Reading Panel (http://www.nrrf.org/essay_return_to_sci_rdg_instr.htm) shows, to be able to read proficiently, children must acquire four essential skills
According to the National Reading Panel “the teaching of beginning reading is of supreme importance and must be purposeful, strategic, and grounded in the methods proven effective by research.” (http://www.nrrf.org/essay_return_to_sci_rdg_instr.htm)
To understand the mechanics of phonological reading instruction from see the Riggs’ Institute “Phonetics – Spelling – Whole Language: How We Put Them Together for the Best of Both Worlds” See http://www.riggsinst.org/phonet.htm
Reading Instruction: Finding a Balance by Mark B. Thogmartin, HEM, on the origins of the phonics vs. literature-based reading instruction debate, which shows no signs of ending. www.home-ed-magazine/HEM/HEM146.97/146.97_art_rdbt.html
Helping Your Child Learn to Read Teaching and learning are not mysteries that can only happen in school. They also happen when parents and children do simple things together. By Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert. www.ifg-inc.com/Consumer_Reports/LearnToRead.html
Here are some must-read online articles on choosing books and building your library below for your inspiration:
See article “Selecting Materials for the Very Young; the Preschooler and the School Library” by Jim Thomas http://www.sagebrushcorp.com/support/preschooler.cfm
“Preparing Children for A Great Books Education” Wesley Callihan
In “Preparing Children for A Great Books Education” Wesley Callihan says “The first important principle is that a child should learn to read well, since reading is the fundamental tool of all subsequent education. It is not critical that he learn to read extremely early; on the other hand, if he shows aptitude for reading early on, he should be encouraged heartily. Even if he doesn’t show a readiness to read at an early age, familiarize him with the look and sound of words by reading aloud, and with the look and sound of the alphabet with play blocks and songs. It is very important that he learn to read phonetically, as this ingrains a fundamental paradigm of thinking and reasoning and affects much more than the decoding of words.” See
The article “Reading: The First Chapter In Education” (by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education website http://ericec.org/frstchap.htm) suggests that in the formal school context, learning to read late can put your kid at a disadvantage (excerpt below):
“Unlocking the Doors The Preschool Years Preparation for Reading, Writing and Math, Birth-Age 5”
See Terrie Lynn Bittner’s Language Arts page on PREREADING SKILLS
Lene Mahla Jaqua’s ClassEd Newsletter’s ClassEd Newsletter’s tips on boosting reading skills at
Narration The Art of Storytelling (excellent tips from the Parker Family)
Narration Beats Tests by Karen Andreola (Part of a series of homeschool tips on Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling)
Narration by Catherine Levison (one of the key authors on Charlotte Mason method)
Dictation with Ben (An Actual Session)
Beginning Reading by Mary K. Fitzsimmons ERIC/OSEP Digest #E565
Language Notes – Word Play – Skilled writers play with words. Writing however is not word play. It’s hard work to produce a good story or essay. Still a great deal of learning and growing as a writer can come from word play.
A Return to Scientific Reading Instruction by Dr. Patrick Groff, Professor Emeritus San Diego State University
by the Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children
Phonetics – Spelling – Whole Language: How We Put Them Together for the Best of Both Worlds by the Riggs’ Institute See http://www.riggsinst.org/phonet.htm
Preparing Children for A Great Books Education by Wesley Callihan says “The first important principle is that a child should learn to read well….It is very important that he learn to read phonetically http://www.classicalhomeschooling.org/grammar/preparing.html
Principles For Learning To Read from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education website http://ericec.org/princple.htm
Raising Kids Who Love to Read by Terrie Lynn Bittner http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/4336/booklove.html
Reading: The First Chapter In Education from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education “Once beginning readers have acquired the skill of “mapping of print to speech” (phonological awareness and decoding ability) and strong word recognition ability, reading comprehension and other higher-order reading activities can then follow. The article suggests that in the formal school context, learning to read late can put your kid at a disadvantage http://ericec.org/frstchap.htm
Reading Instruction Series by Karl Bunday on whole language vs phonetics issue http://learninfreedom.org/readingseri.htm
Reading Versus Television by Jim Muncy on why reading is a superior skill to obtaining info from the TV media. http://www.valdosta.peachnet.edu/~muncyj/homeschooling/thoughts.html#Reading%…
Selecting Materials for the Very Young; the Preschooler and the School Library by Jim Thomas
THE GOOD READER: TEACHING READING FROM BIRTH ON by Jessie Wise excerpted from her book “The Well Trained Mind”at http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readedit.html
Tips from the article “Beginning Reading” (The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education) at http://ericec.org/digests/e565.htm
Unlocking the Doors The Preschool Years Preparation for Reading, Writing and Math, Birth-Age 5 http://www.welltrainedmind.com/wtmchap4.html
Why do some children learn to read in whole-language classrooms? By Susan Wise Bauer http://www.welltrainedmind.com/O99reading.html
Literature And Poetry:
Grammar in Poetry: Imitation in Writing by Matt Whitling of Logos School http://home.att.net/~mikejaqua/Poetry-june-2001.html
Poetry in the Classical Homeschool http://home.att.net/~mikejaqua/Poetry-june-2001.html
Conquering the Classics Can Unleash Power By Rob and Cyndy Shearer
Literature in the Grammar Stage by Christine Miller (she addresses these areas: Whole Books and Reading Textbooks, Reading Comprehension, What Whole Books to Read: the 1000 Good Books, Mythology, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy) http://www.classicalhomeschooling.org/grammar/literature.html
Oratory in the Grammar Stage by Christine Miller (addresses enunciation, recitation and reading aloud, oral narrations) http://www.classicalhomeschooling.org/grammar/oratory.html
Reading and Literature at the CE Loop page expounds briefly on mythology, fairy tales and fantasy. http://classicalhomeschooling.org/celoop/reading.html
The 1000 Good Books Michael Platt explains how and why to find them. http://www.home-school.com/Articles/ThousandGreatBooks.html
Classical Music Appreciation Classical Composer Study Worksheets by Imj and Angela Polk http://home.att.net/~mikejaqua/news/march-April-00.html
The “Mozart Effect and prenatal studies: http://musica.cnlm.uci.edu/mrn/acumidx960718.html.
Matters of Opinion On the Importance of Being Accurate by Dr Weinberger is an attempt to clear up the misconceptions about the Mozart Effect http://musica.cnlm.uci.edu/mrn/V5I2S98.html#accurate
Dr Weinberger’s The “Mozart Effect”: A Small Part of the Big Picture and The Mozart Effect Doesn’t Increase General Intelligence! Best way to long-term benefits is by music study and music making are enlightening: http://musica.cnlm.uci.edu/mrn/V7I1W00.html#part
Why Is Music Basic. The Value of Music Education offers 21 reasons why music is valuable. Go to: http://elwood.pionet.net/~hub7/value.htm
Music is a Positive Factor In K-8 Student Academic Achievement by Jeane Akin of California State University is a summary of her thesis findings on the positive effects of music education upon pre-learning activities, reading instruction, math achievement and upon academic achievement in general at http://pionet.net/~hub7/pos.html
“The Need For Music” at http://pionet.net/~hub7/but.htm#ROYAL
“Teaching music:for ‘feelingful’ intelligence” by http://pionet.net/~hub7/feel.html
Dr Weinberger concurs with Klester’s view in Creating Creativity With Music:
“Creativity, while highly desirable, is popularly regarded as an elusive, subjective characteristic. Within music, it is reflected largely in compositions. However, creativity can be measured objectively and its involvement of music is not limited to composing. Accumulating findings indicate that musical training enhances intellectual creativity in general.” Citing various studies of the effects of music on preschool, high school and university students he concludes, “In summary, the findings to date provide solid support for the claim that music increases creativity. Moreover, it appears that active music making is more effective than passive music experience.” To read more, go to http://musica.cnlm.uci.edu/mrn/V5I2S98.html#creating
The “General Considerations Concerning Learning To Play To play A Musical Instrument” the most insightful writing you will probably ever read on the subject is by John Krakenberger at http://www.geocities.com/~cmsunday/general.html
Early Childhood, Edwin Gordon. Gordon expounds clearly on the phases of music learning that a child goes through at http://www.unm.edu/~audiate/early.htm
Richard Coff’s articles Teaching Methods: Suzuki Violin Versus Traditional Violin by at http://www.musicstaff.com/lounge/article17.asp; also Teaching Methods: The Suzuki Method by Maxine Komlos http://www.musicstaff.com/lounge/article7.asp: Kansai Time Out writes about a Suzuki concert in Nagano and the Suzuki method http://www.japanfile.com/arts_and_entertainment/music/features/Suzuki-1.shtml Japan file
Teaching Methods: The Kodaly Method – by Deborah Jeter at http://www.musicstaff.com/lounge/article3.aspAn Interview with Sister Lorna Zemke: Master Kodaly Educator –
World renowned master educator Sr. Lorna Zemke discusses her revered achievements in working with the Kodaly method–a system that uses singing as the fundamental teaching medium. September 7, 1999 http://www.musicstaff.com/lounge/article26.asp : see also
Article “Eurythmy in Waldorf Schools” at http://www.awsna.org/publications/renewal_eurythmy.htm and “What is eurythmy?” at http://www.waldorfresources.org/readroom/features/eurythmy.html
“Violin-Viola Pedagogy: Sevcik yes or Sevcik” at http://www.geocities.com/krakenberger/sevcik.html,
Tips on buying a violin http://www.bright.net/~hhelser/sheila.html;
“Buying an instrument” (violin): http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~leonid/buying.htm;
Buying a Stringed Orchestral Instrument by Bronislaw Huberman: http://www.geocities.com/~cmsunday/buyingvl.html#buying
What piano brands should I get? Get Larry Fine’s The Piano Book, which will give you great detail about individual brands and also the piano-building and -buying process.
Should you buy a new or used piano? Mary Beth Lewis answers this question at http://www.serve.com/marbeth/new_or_used.html
Mary Beth Lewis recommends a conventional piano over digital or electronic keyboards http://www.serve.com/marbeth/electronic_keyboard.html These and more questions are answered at Martha Beth Lewis’ Piano Web site http://www.serve.com/marbeth/consumer.html
Help for parents related to beginning music instruction with an instrument and facilitating practice and mastery of the instrument see these articles by Mary Beth Lewis: How to Find a Good Teacher; How Parents Can Help the Teacher Give Their Child the Best Possible Musical Education ; How to Listen to Your Kids Play for You at http://www.serve.com/marbeth/consumer.html
Introducing Your Child to Music – Music Lessons For Children Should Be Short and Fun by Nancy Bazilchuk Introducing Your Child to Music http://family2.go.com/raisingkids/learn/activities/features/family_1998_04/ki…
And for help for the student who wants to master learning the piano, see these articles: How to Practice Efficiently ; Some Suggested Practice Techniques ;My Favorite Practice Technique: Rhythms; Exercises for Improving Your Trills ; Four Things to Do at Your Lesson to Make Your Playing Better ; Four Easy Things to Do to Make Your Playing More Musical ; The Basics of Fingering; How to Play Trills in Beethoven ;Preparing for a Recital; Suggestions for How to Memorize Music; Tips for Duet Playing; Hand Relaxation Exercise at http://www.serve.com/marbeth/consumer.html
Teaching tips for the violin: John Krakenburger’s many valuable violin-playing tips: http://www.geocities.com/krakenberger; Sheila’s tips: http://www.bright.net/~hhelser/sheila.html; Westbury Park Violin School’s tips:
Politics and Elections:
Comic Strips and Political Cartoons – Add interest to your study of the election or American political history by incorporating political cartooning into your lessons. http://eho.org/features/politicalcartoons.htm
Turn the Election into a Learning Experience NOVEMBER 29, 2000
FunOFit Playing Field by Heidi H. Sampson on physical fitness for homeschoolers http://www.homeeducator.com/FamilyTimes/articles/8-2article10.htm
What About Summer Camp? By David and Laurie Callihan
Home School Boys and Sports AUGUST 18, 1999
The Quest for Fitness! SEPTEMBER 22, 2000
“A Chain of Reasoning” is a pattern of thought followed by all scientists which involves the following sequence of critical thinking skills: Observing, Comparing, Ordering, Categorizing, Relating, Inferring, Applying. This pattern makes arriving at a correct answer easier, for those who use it. Students in the course of their work, need to think of an idea, research their topic, plan their experiment, do the experiment, collect and record data, and come to a conclusion. They need to develop skills such as observing likenesses and differences, classifying, sequencing, drawing conclusions, making generalizations, making inferences, noting cause and effect, measuring, and making charts and diagrams” – National Science Foundation
An inspiring account of how the Hocraffer Family does nature studies the Charlotte Mason way by Lynn Hocraffer from the Popcorn and Peanuts website:
Art, Creativity and Invention by Sharon Jeffus
Can’t I Put This Off Until College? Dr. Wile warns parents not to put off teaching science until college www.homeschoolchristian.com/Position/WileScience.html
How to “Start a Nature Notebook” Charlotte Mason Style, by Karen Andreola. The Charlotte Mason method of science studies attaches great importance to nature observation the use of the Nature Notebook or Nature Diary is a staple of Charlotte Mason homeschoolers and the children spend lots of time outdoors observing, collecting, drawing or pressing specimens. Charlotte Mason children are also widely exposed to a wide selection of quality literature in the relevant fields.
Helping Your Child Learn Science, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research And Improvement Programs For The Improvement of Practice August 1991, on the need for integrated curriculum, with an emphasis on hands-on exploration, scientific thinking and thematically connected units. The National Center for Improving Science Education recommends that elementary schools design curricula that introduce nine scientific concepts (Organization; Cause and effect; Systems; Scale; Models; Change; Structure and function; Variation; Diversity) which will form a framework into which scientific facts can be placed.
Helping Your Child Learn Science By Nancy Paulu and Margery Martin
Helping Your Child Learn Science, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research And Improvement Programs For The Improvement of Practice August 1991
How to Help Your Child Learn Science Science is not just a collection of facts. Facts are a part of science. We all need to know some basic scientific information: water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (or 0 degrees Celsius), and the earth moves around the sun. But science is much more.
Does Your Garden Grow? How Tips on gardening and resources to incorporate gardening into your homeschooling.
In the Garden and Kitchen by Gale Luby
Its About Time! by Gordon Corbett. Ideas on having kids learn interesting things about time
It’s Only Natural – Barb Theisen Star Light, Star Bright Barbara’s daughters inherit her love of astronomy, to her delight. Bonus: figure out how many stars you can see!
My Word! – David H Albert offers his musings on the nature of science and ways to encourage inquiry and exploration in his debut column for HEM.
Nature Study Ideas:
Science A La Carte – Michele Winkler Michele Winkler describes how she abandoned a lecture approach to offer her homeschoolers “science learning stations” a feast of information and activities which her children gobbled up.
Science Taken Seriously. The Language of Science is Mathematics by Dr Arthur Robinson
Science on the Internet — An essay on teaching Elementary school Science the Charlotte Mason way, part of which appeared in the CHEC Connection.
Shooting Hoops, Riding Bikes: Science and Math in a Kid’s World by Sue Smith Heavenrich Sue Smith-Heavenrich invites her readers to join her and her younger son as they discover fascinating aspects of science and math, through sports like basketball and bicycling.
Enhance Your Science Program by Kathleen Julicher
The Naturalist Intelligence (the Eighth Intelligence) by Howard Gardner added the Naturalist Intelligence to his list in 1996. It is the first addition to the original seven. This intelligence has to do with observing, understanding and organizing patterns in the natural environment.
The job of both scientist and student is the same: learn, and then communicate the new knowledge to someone else. Ignoring the fact that hands-on science is inherently exciting, teaching the student how to be a “scientist” should be the first task of every elementary school. The National Foundation For Science Standards advocates that teaching the student how to be a “scientist” should be the first task of every elementary school.
The Scientist’s Notebook Even very young children can be given notebooks and taught how to make entries in the following form: What We Used / What We Did / What Happened / What We Learned. Print out these worksheets for use in your child’s Scientific Notebook.
Start a Nature Notebook Karen Andreola shows us how to start a Nature notebook – Charlotte Mason Style
Hand Bound Travel Journals – Easy to make journals to write about your journey to Yosemite or any locale.- Record your vacation highlights in these easy to make travel journals.
Passport to the World – Sue Smith Heavenrich My son is off exploring the world this year. Last month it was Asia; this month it’s Africa.
Writing and Journalling
A Suggestion For Teaching Elementary Writing by Susan Wise Bauer
Adding the Creative to Creative Writing by Dave Marks
Application of the Classical Greek Progymnasta A Suggestion for Grammar Stage Writing
Barbara Smith’s Building Writers Column
Copywork The Art of Writing by Beth Parker
Creating Journals, Notebooks and Scrapbooks by Joan LaCelle
Essay Writing Advice from University of California
Getting It Down (Ways to Encourage a Reluctant Writer)
Imitation A Common Sense Approach by Andrew Pudewa
Improving Writing, Creativity, and Critical Thinking by John Jenkins
Let’s Write (Understanding Ideas) by Dave Marks
No More Writer’s Block Using multiple intelligences to help young writers, By Laurel
Preparing for the First Day at School (Help Your Child to Write Well)
Preparing for College Writing by Dave Marks
Strategies for Writing Reports by Dave Marks
Suggestions for Simple Writing Exercises for the Grammar Stage (in the Ancient Greek Progymnasta tradition) from the Class Ed Newsletter May-June, 2000
Suggestions for Elementary Writing by Susan Wise Bauer author of the Well Trained Mind
The Elements of Style A staple for writers, based on William Strunk Jr.’s The Elements of Style, there’s an on-line FREE course intended to teach young students everything they need to know to write clearly and simply.
Ways to Encourage Reluctant Writers – Sue Smith Heavenrich
What about Journalling? (Or, My Child Hates His Journal)by Susan Wise Bauer. Although no child should be forced to do creative writing, every child should learn to form sentences properly, to construct paragraphs logically, and to build a convincing written argument
Writing Activities at Enchanted Learning website
Write Now Cathy Duffy gives quick tips that can add power to your kid’s writing.
VALUES (including Religious values):
Raising Your Children As World Christians by Elizabeth Adleta
Values, Character-building, Community Spirit:
4-H and the Homeschooler by Isabel Lyman (about how homeschoolers can benefit from 4-H programs in the US) (4-H Head/Heart/Hands/Health)
How Are Values Learnt? by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser
Understanding Good and Evil by Dr. Renee Fuller
Virtual Field Trips and Travel:
Virtual Expeditions by Judy Aron