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The Top 10 Things to Have Done by the End of High School

The Top 10 Things to Have Done by the End of High School

I’ve been asked: “If you had to boil it down to a Top Ten List, what would you say every child should have studied before they leave home?”

I accepted the challenge and compiled a list that will help you pull back from the panic of trying to teach every single classical work of literature while covering the entire scope of Western Civilization from the dawn of time until present, as you consider each scientific breakthrough, three languages (one dead), and all composition formats.

Stop the madness! It’s possible to have a sense of satisfaction and completion even if you leave a few dangling metaphors and several centuries of war and peace un-explored.

The list:

  1. Share the joy of reading with your kids.
  2. Help them be critical thinkers.
  3. Teach them math and science (and history!)
  4. Nurture their writing skills.
  5. Introduce them to a foreign language.
  6. Give them the opportunity to chase at least one affinity.
  7. Make sure they encounter different people and places.
  8. Encourage them to perform in some way for an audience.
  9. Help them find friends.
  10. Most importantly, be their advocate.

Watch the broadcast below to learn more and see that the Top Ten are within your reach!

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Having a bad day?

Homeschool Hacks for a Day Gone Wrong

In the broadcast below we talk about how to plan ahead for the next time your homeschool day needs a reset. We discuss ideas like:

  1. Clear the coffee table and put out something the kids can discover.
  2. Use real tools like crochet needles or hammer and nails and create something (with supervision).
  3. Give your kids an audio recording device and let them go.
  4. Have a backyard (or indoor!) picnic.
  5. Do a treasure hunt.
  6. Have a Poetry Teatime.

Need more help?

6 Ways to Start Your Day Over
Reboot Your Homeschool

Exploring Learning Differences: ADD, ADHD, Dysgrahia, Autism, Dyslexia

Exploring Learning Differences

In the recorded broadcast below we talk about learning differences, and I hope that our family’s journey gives you some food for thought.

I know how much it helps me to read other parents’ stories. In our case, I want to say: go with your gut. You are your child’s parent. If you suspect that there is something to look at, try out different learning contexts to discover it. And never feel badly about tailoring your child’s learning to his or her needs.

Also here’s the resource guide mentioned in the broadcast, Working Memory and Copywork.

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The Brave Writer Lifestyle: How It Worked with My Kids

The Brave Writer Lifestyle: How It Worked with My Kids

Walk down memory lane with me and see how we practiced the Brave Writer Lifestyle in my home!

My best memories are from all the times I went off-script in home education. I followed the rabbit trails, I followed my children’s leads, and I stayed alert to great ideas from unconventional sources. I used Family Fun magazine, for instance, as a resource for educational ideas far more frequently than any traditional curriculum. Immersive experiences created the kind of education I always wanted my children to have.

In the broadcast below, I share how I did what I did with my kids and I even showcase some of their writing!

Practices Covered

  • Poetry Teatimes
  • Read Alouds
  • Copywork/Dictation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Shakespeare
  • Movies/TV
  • Nature Journaling
  • Language Games
  • Friday Freewrite
  • One on One Time
  • Writing Projects
  • Putting Your Child in the Driver’s Seat
  • Literary Elements

BONUS TIP: Party School!

Find out more about Party School here!

Stuff Every Parent Needs to Know about Reading

Reading: Stuff Every Parent Needs to Know

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.
It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
—Kate DiCamillo

In the recorded broadcast below we look at reading in all its facets:

  • Learning to read
  • Reading aloud
  • Reading poetry
  • How reading translates to good writing
  • Motivating reluctant readers
  • High school reading
  • Reading for pleasure and reading for academics

Want more? Enjoy these Brave Writer blog posts:

Reading Aloud Matters

When Kids have Trouble Reading

5 Ways to Encourage Reading