My daughters were sitting on the floor playing Coin Change-Up. Normally, they play the game at their own level—one working on addition facts and the other working on multiplication facts. But today was different. My eleven-year-old was in charge of the math lesson. I allowed her to choose the activity. I only had two rules. They had to practice addition facts. She had to be a mentor to her sister. (Translation…she
There is still a stack of books on our school shelf from this past school year. We didn’t finish them. Gasp! I know…how can we have a successful homeschool when we don’t finish reading the books for the year? Want in on a little secret? It’s okay! You don’t have to finish all the books you start. Most schools and colleges don’t finish all the books either. The value is not always in
Reading for pleasure? Because I want to read it, not because I need to preview it for school lessons? I can still do that?It is important for us to be reading and setting the example for our children that we read not only to learn, but for pleasure as well. Here are a couple of ways I find time to add a few extra moments to reading into my week.
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.
“Mom, will you stay with me until I go to sleep?” It was yet another night that fear was taking over our household. Childhood fears are a common problem, especially at bedtime. Whether your child struggles with nighttime fears or anxious thoughts during the day, these three strategies will help him overcome his fears.
“Mom! That was fun!” the girls exclaimed after stepping off the subway platform after we visited the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. There was a time I wouldn’t take both of them at the same time to Chicago. After much time spent on habit training, I finally felt they were ready for this adventure. Today’s episode of the Triumphant Minute is about why setting high expectations for your children is important and what to do when they don’t live up to them.
“I’m sorry.” she said with a voice dripping with attitude and disdain. I could tell she wasn’t really sorry. And my heart broke. I want my children to say they are sorry, but only when they really mean it. In today’s episode of the Triumphant Minute, I’m talking about why you shouldn’t make your child say he is sorry and what you can do instead.
There are just some days you wish you had a reset button for everyone in the house. I’ve found that taking breaks can often be just that button for us. In today’s episode of the Triumphant Minute, I’m talking about the importance of scheduling breaks in your homeschool and how you can make that happen.
Tensions are high. Everyone is grouchy, including mom. “Everyone outside!” I say as calmly as possible Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and some vigorous movement, even if you have to bundle up to make it happen. In today’s episode of the Triumphant Minute, I let you in on my secret for surviving the winter as a homeschool family cooped up inside.