It’s not just books that I strew, or leave out for them to find. I’ve left games, puzzles, clothes, and even snacks out for them to find. Strewing is an excellent way of creating a learning rich environment by taking advantage of your child’s natural curiosity. I strew anything that I want to create a little excitement about and surround with curiosity. This episode of the Triumphant Minute is about the value of strewing for all ages.
I’ve tried to be a paper planner. I see all of the cute planners out there for personal and homeschool planning and want to use one. And yet, I keep going back to my electronic planners. I have found though that I am not a purist in either camp. Here’s my experience with electronic and paper planners and how I found that a combination of the two works best for us.
I grabbed my pen, lesson plan book, and a cup of tea and went to sit in the sun on a beautiful spring afternoon. We just finished our second term of the school year and I was about to complete the end-of-term reflections. This is not an activity I have always done, but has become an invaluable part of our homeschool routine.
It is important to have regular fellowship with like minded homeschool families. This homeschool journey is more enjoyable, fruitful, and sustainable when we support one another. A Charlotte Mason Discussion Group has been an incredible encouragement for me. If there is not a Charlotte Mason Discussion Group in your area, I encourage you to consider starting one. Here are some tips for starting your own.
I tried a new method of planning our next homeschool year and it made the planning process so much easier! I had been reading about how other people use mind maps or sticky notes to organize their thoughts so I wanted to try it when planning our homeschool curriculum. I loved how mind maps allowed me to see the big picture and how different subjects are related. It also allowed me to think outside the box and remember that not all learning is academic. Sticky notes really opened up the possibilities and allowed me to rearrange our weekly schedule until I found just the right solution. Learn how to use these tools in your planning process.