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  1. Charlotte Mason and TLP Part One: Candles to be Lit

    Charlotte Mason and TLP Part One:  Candles to be Lit
    When asked about my preferences regarding how to approach learning, I enthusiastically and without hesitation talk about Charlotte Mason. Although she lived in the 1800s, her advice about how children learn is as relevant now as it was then. Much of her philosophy can be summed up in how she viewed children. In her opinion they are "not vessels to...
  2. Reluctant Reader: NOT! Does My Child Read Too Much?

    Reluctant Reader:  NOT! Does My Child Read Too Much?
    Getting a good dose of Vitamin D So you shake your head at all this Reluctant Reader talk and wildly wave your hand in the air. "Can my child read too much?" you ask, then duck your head against the glares shot your direction. You are not showing off. Your concern is real. Can my child read too much? All he wants...
  3. Thinking and the Reluctant Reader: Like Oil and Water

    You fight the battle every day of motivating your reluctant reader to finish his school work. The struggle is wearing you down. Homeschooling shouldn't alienate you from your children, yet you feel battle lines have been drawn. You can't give up, but you're tempted to give in. So you make compromises that you know are not working. Comic books can count...
  4. Reluctant Reader: Importance of Narration

    Embed from Getty Images I am a Charlotte Mason fan. If you know anything about her, you know how much she stresses reading from "living" books and relying on narration. What are living books? We've discussed living books in previous posts. These are nonfiction books written with passion from an expert in his or her field. These are also fiction books written...
  5. Reluctance to Reading: Identify the Issue

    Reluctance to Reading:  Identify the Issue
    We want our children to read. Much of their educational experience will depend on how well they master reading, but there is a huge difference between struggling to learn how to read, and not enjoying it. Don't confuse reluctance to read with struggling to learn how. If your child struggles to learn how to read, of course he is reluctant...
  6. Reluctant Readers: Finding the Right Book Part Two

    Reluctant Readers:  Finding the Right Book Part Two
    It would be easier if we could say, "My children dislikes reading, so he doesn't have to read," in much the same way we can say, "My child doesn't enjoy baseball, so he doesn't have to play." Unfortunately that is not the case. Reading is a life skill. (Some might say baseball is, too, but that's another topic.) Not a...
  7. Reluctant Readers: Finding the Right Book, Part One

    Reluctant Readers: Finding the Right Book, Part One
    This post covers working with the reluctant reader who can read, Reluctance? Not for these two! but doesn't enjoy it. Maybe even stronger than not enjoying, he really firmly dislikes reading. Now what? Do you make him read anyway? It isn't fun for him, so is it a battle you want to fight? My husband never understood how I could get so...
  8. Reluctant Readers: Not Unintelligent, Just Not Ready

    Reluctant Readers:  Not Unintelligent, Just Not Ready
    What is one of the first things homeschooling moms want to teach their children? How to read! Yes! So, Mom is ready, but is Joe? A lot has to happen for a child to be ready to read, and intelligence itself is a minor factor. It's more about development. Development and intelligence are not the same thing. We approached teaching...
  9. What if the Reluctant Reader is Mom?

    You've heard it so many times, it has become easy to block out. All the experts say, "Read to your children." You nod your head in agreement and hold inside your objections. My toddlers are wriggly and don't want to sit still while I read. I don't want to sit still while I read. I can't do the voices. I don't...
  10. To Read Or Not To Read--Never the Question

      Are you back to school now that the holidays are over? Do you feel revived and recommitted to your homeschooling journey? Perhaps you added "read more" to your New Year's resolutions. Reading. I know you've heard the importance of reading stressed over and again, but that's because it is so very important. I mean Really Important. In the next...

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