While I love the philosophical reasons for Memoria’s approach, I’ve also found it to be highly practical. It means our ability to learn isn’t dependent on whether I remembered to buy experiment supplies. We can add hands-on science activities when we want to, but they’re a support to our learning rather than the means of learning.
It’s the best of both worlds.
But how do you add hands-on science activities without losing your mind? Here are some of the things we’ve done over the years — and a few from my “maybe someday” list!
As I’ve shared before, I’m on a mission to make beautiful spaces in our home — even in the midst of cracked plaster, peeling paint, and spackled walls. Those repairs are coming along slowly, but we don’t need to wait on them to make changes in our home.
This past week, I started working on a cozy play area, making the furniture brighter, cleaning the area rug, and adding some nature-inspired beauty!
We’ve used Traditional Spelling for almost three years and it’s been a perfect fit for both my natural speller and my struggling speller! I’ll admit I was tempted to switch my struggling speller to another popular program, but I decided to stick with Traditional Spelling from Memoria Press and I’m so glad I did!
Here’s how we use this phonics-based spelling program in our homeschool.
Everyone says it’s easy to kill our children’s love of learning. It can happen if we expect them to do things they don’t enjoy. It will never return if we “do school at home” instead of homeschool. Our children could have life-long scars if we fail to make all our learning as sensory and relaxed as a nature walk.
Besides all this, we’ll become stressed, demanding mothers who lack any sense of joy or beauty.
These beliefs ruled our homeschool for five years. Here’s what happened when I finally dared to push back.
Over the past ten years, we’ve homeschooled just about everywhere except the bathroom: our living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom-turned-office, fifth wheel camper, and even the laundry room! Needless to say, I don’t believe a school room is necessary for homeschooling. But my kids do better in a separate space, so we converted the front room of our house into a minimalist homeschool room a few years ago.
I hoped that would be the last stop in our game of “musical school spaces”. I should have known better!
Our third teenager will be homeschooling high school soon and it has me doing a lot of soul-searching! His older brothers will be rising seniors and I don’t want to repeat the mistakes I made with them. While our approach to high school hasn’t changed, I’ve learned some things that will make the journey smoother this time.
Here’s the then and now of how we planned — and our four-year plan for teen #3!