Welcome back to 10 Days of Lasagna Learning: Teaching Multiple Ages. For over a dozen years we’ve turned to our habits as the ‘bones’ of our day. Our habits help us accomplish a basic school day and get food on the table. We leaned on one or two more heavily when all were age 10 and under. We’ve tweaked habits to meet our needs with
A dear reader, Kimberly, asked: “Any advice on starting the homeschool routine for the first time? For us, it’s kindergarten so our first “school” day routine ever! I’m wondering how to make the transition from six years of all day, all play!” She gave me permission to share her question with you, along with my answer. So I am sharing some favorite tips and resources
We have been slow and steady and somewhat reluctant to get back to school. Through the holidays we stayed up late, slept in a little, watched movies and enjoyed no schedule. How about you? We simply enjoyed each other. Speaking of enjoying each other… A long time ago in a childhood far, far away, our Mama came to our elementary school and got me and
The last two weeks I have noticed several intertwined homeschool themes at Hodgepodge. The themes are different because of our multiple ages – from elementary up to high school. But, of course, those themes are complementary and supportive of one another. I’ll share them with you today. Let me know what you think. ~ Affiliate links are included in this post. So a portion of
Oh I am such a rule follower! So, in writing this and sharing about our week of taking advantage of a homeschool schedule, I am speaking to myself too. See, I have to remind myself that there is a wonderful balance that can happen when we keep our diligence in homeschool, yet take advantage of those wonderful opportunities that the Lord puts in our path.
We are expanding our weekly homeschool planning meeting. Why? Things are always changing at Hodgepodge: our children’s needs, moving into older grades, more accountability needed. This year our eldest three children simply needed to SEE all their subjects and practice scheduling their time. How We Expanded Weekly Homeschool Planning I typed up all the subjects, assignments and household jobs. Then each of our older three
Now and then I have tried a new curriculum because of a review I read or because it was the latest, greatest thing homeschoolers were raving about. Sometimes that worked, sometimes not. Today I am sharing those things we’ve made a habit of sticking with. As I mentioned last week, there are curriculum talks and end of the year conversations swirling all around me. I
There are some weeks that just click along in our homeschool. And there are other weeks we couldn’t possibly plan or predict the sidetracks. Yet, in keeping with the comforts and the flexibility of homeschool, today I want to encourage you in the sidetracks. Because sometimes the sidetracks are the best places to learn. Monday we had a regular sort of day staying home and