From the Timberdoodle archives: Deb wrote this article in the early ’90s when she was still in the thick of homeschooling her children. What could your child possibly miss by not being in school? Well, obviously not the dark and shady side that is depressing to anyone who cares about children. But for years, attendance at school has yielded a hidden benefit for countless children. It is an advantage that most homeschool settings lack. No, I’m not thinking of band or gymnastics. Instead, what I am most concerned about is the lack of time management skills taught. It is easy […]
Reposted from a 2006 (?) article. In our search for information on autism, (see Krissy’s Story) we have discovered a few websites that have been very helpful for us and we are eager to share them with you. While we do not agree with everything said on any one of these sites, we hope that some of these will be as helpful for you as they have been for us. www.firstsigns.org First Signs is a good place to find basic information about autism, diagnosis information, and links to numerous other sites, ranging from helpful to useless. The two we think […]
Reprinted from a 1990 Timberdoodle Catalog That very word can strike terror into the hearts of both children and moms! Children would rather play than work, and moms sometimes find it easier to do the job themselves, than to plead with a child to undertake that responsibility. Here are some ideas that have worked in our family. 1. Inherent in the assigning of each job, is the need to be explicit in your desires. In our family, when a child assumes a new chore, she is instructed on how to execute it. This often means Dan or I must take […]
Originally posted in a 1992 Timberdoodle Catalog. If you have been home teaching for any length of time, friends, relatives, and strangers have undoubtedly asked you, “how do you do it all?” Oftentimes, the implication is not only why would you do it all, but can you possibly do it all properly. What is “all”? When we get this question it is referring to housework, schoolwork, and our business. If you are new to home education, let me share some ideas that have worked for us. In the area of housework, let me share my basic rule of thumb: if […]
(Originally published in a 1992 Timberdoodle catalog.) How do you teach your children and maintain the rest of your responsibilities? It is not as hard as some might think. First of all, we are very content with being homebodies, so we do not spend huge amounts of time on field trips or on other activities that pull us in too many directions. Second of all, as soon as our children can read, they assume a large measure of the responsibility of getting their school work done. So our first priority is to develop adequate reading skills in each of our […]
(Originally printed in a 1991 catalog) Many moms have called and written asking for a schedule of what a typical day is like at the Timberdoodle. I hope they haven’t been too disappointed to discover that there are few average days here at the Timberdoodle. None-the-less, here is a thumb-nail sketch of what we try to accomplish every day. 6:00 AM Rise and shine! Well, better make that just rise. As in all families, there are morning people and there are those who don’t do mornings. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for the majority of the rest of the family, […]
Timberdoodle has often heard the question, “how do you schedule homeschooling?” and while many families do it differently we thought we would share what worked well for our family. Our philosophy has been that the sooner a child can learn how to learn the easier homeschooling becomes. (For more on this see Why Timberdoodle Encourages Independent Learning) So in our family growing up, as soon as we were able to read we became responsible for completing our own assignments. Mom started each school year by figuring out how much we needed to accomplish each week in order to finish that […]
1) Keep it fun! Your goal is productive learning and that can be accomplished through many fun methods. But if your child is not easily making the transition into being required to accomplish something, don’t hesitate to bring out some motivators. A couple of ideas we’ve used are: A) Make a chore board of all the different tasks you would like to accomplish in a week with your child then let your child choose which one he would like to do next. Flip over the finished task card once it is done and this way you will move through all […]
Here is a great post (and comments) by blogger MckMama called, Activities To The 4th Degree. If you have little ones in your family, you must surely like the rest of us be looking for creative and educational ways to keep them busy and yourself peaceful. Check out MckMama’s ideas and take a look in the comments to see what her readers also recommend. Lots of helpful ideas!!
Here is another relevant example, from the Fallacy Detective authors, of the Avoiding the Question fallacy. Great refresher for your students, follow this link and watch the examples with your children and help them decipher where the fallacies occur and how these fallacies impact the decisions that we make and our culture.