MathArt student, Josh, showing his tasty tessellation cookies.Do you get all worked up about math?I believe that no other school subject gets parents worked up in a fevered sweat like math does. Our modern public education systems insists on students completing a rigorous no goshbegone nonsense math curriculum. Unless you have a natural talent for … Read more 10 Tips for Gloriously Relaxed Homeschool Math
“What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” George Bernard ShawWhat are you doing now that fosters the pursuit of knowledge rather than forcing knowledge on your child? Your child was born a learning machine. Have school or schoolish ways at home knocked the … Read more How Can We Help Children Pursue Knowledge Rather than Force Knowledge on Them?
Let’s do some educational myth busting. Mainstream thought around child education sounds like this: Children need to be forced, prodded and made to learn.Children will not learn on their own most of the time.They must have an adult over them instructing them at all times. What if children can truly be trusted to take on the full … Read more Does Online Unschool Mentorship Work?
Many of you in the homeschool community are familiar with the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Did you know it’s been airing every July since 1988? It’s pretty sensational. I have created a real goodie for you either before, during, after Shark Week or whenever, whether you watch Shark Week or not.Let’s dive into this topic … Read more How to Use the Sharks Online Unit Study in Your Homeschool
NatureGlo at Wild Roots Intentional Community in North Carolina, summer 2010.Yes, that’s my mug. It was the summer of 2010. I was feeling wild, free, and very close to nature. I had spent a week living off-grid with a small group of amazing people at Wild Roots intentional community in North Carolina. What’s an intentional … Read more How to Regain Better Stewardship of the Earth with Math and Science eLearning
Creating a homeschool marine biology unit study isn’t for the lackadaisical researcher. One needs to LOVE research and study when going the unit study route of education. Which style type of unit studier are you?The Done for You (DFY) – no fault of you’re own, you just don’t have the time to create in-depth studies … Read more Create the Best Marine Biology Unit Study for Homeschool
Have you ever considered the wonder and beauty of the honeybee’s honeycomb structure? Just look at the beautiful honeycomb below.My professor in college used to say, “busier than bees and wax.” Can anyone be truly as busy as drones building their community’s honeycomb? Yes! Homeschool parents! They’re all made up of, you guessed it from the … Read more How to Create Rich and Engaging Math Unit Studies – Hexagons
Looking for circular patterns in nature is an easy yet intriguing activity. They can be found just about everywhere you could look in your backyard. Why start in your backyard first, or wherever you are? It’s for simple convenience sake. In this post, I invite you and your children to do a treasure hunt of … Read more How to Create Rich and Engaging Math Unit Studies – Circular Patterns
Creating rich, engaging math-led unit studies can be incredibly gratifying to you as a homeschool curriculum creator and inspiring for your learner’s experience across the curriculum. In part I of this series, I introduced you to the famed yet mysterious Golden ratio and Fibonacci numbers found in art, architecture, and nature. I’m not going to … Read more How to Create Rich and Engaging Homeschool Math Unit Studies – Part II
Teaching math as a unit study can be a daunting task. Much of modern mathematics curriculum treats math as a separate subject from the rest of academics. I don’t kid you when I say that math can become a most exciting, hands-on, integrative subject in your homeschool.I teach a course called MathArt where my students … Read more How to Create Rich and Engaging Homeschool Math Unit Studies – Part I