Interdisciplinary Study for Preschoolers

by Elena McIntosh One of the best advantages to home education is the ability to transcend typical disciplinary study in your lesson planning. This means allowing science, math, literature and social studies to overlap and complement one another. Examples of this might be writing poetry about math or studying a science concept within the context of the time period in which it was discovered. Interdisciplinary study allows for a deeper understanding of content or can provide reinforcement of concepts. The secret to the success of interdisciplinary study is that it provides a deep… Read More

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Tips for Posting to the site

Here are some ideas for how to contribute valuable posts to the site. Title your post with the topic or academic area of study Assign your post a category so it will go to the right place Write a brief summary of the learning question or activity If it is a lesson or activity, enumerate the steps Include pictures if possible! Here is an example: Teaching the Alphabet through Reading I have had success using letter cut outs or magnetic letters during reading to bring my child’s attention to the letters we… Read More

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Started as a project

Here is an excerpt from my project proposal for designing this Community of Practice. It explains the rationale behind creating a community like this. Homeschooling Community of Practice Proposal Homeschooling nationwide is on the rise. While estimates of the number of homeschooled students vary, it is clear that the percentage of school-aged children who are being kept home from public school is increasing. One recent report conducted by the National Home Education Research Institute estimated that there are currently 2.201 million K-12 homeschool students nationwide as of Spring 2010 (Ray, 2011, p…. Read More

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What is important to learn?

What is ESSENTIAL to know and be able to do? What is the goal of education? A rationale for home education. With the freedom allowed by homeschooling comes the great responsibility of choosing what to teach (or if you are an unschooling proponent, how to respond). This leads me to the burning question that we all ask ourselves as human beings interacting in the world: what is important? What should we focus on? Where are we headed and why? The idea of the “Race to Nowhere” has challenged us to rethink our… Read More

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Getting Started

This site is for you all, the home educators of the world. Let’s admit it, being a child’s English, Science, History, Math and LIFE teacher is an outsized responsibility for just one person. Educating and raising up our next generation of young people is and should be a community responsibility. Let’s learn together and teach one another how to share the job. For some of us, it may mean letting go of the idea that you are your child’s main teacher. For others, it may mean finding increasing ways to support families… Read More

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