Homeschooling

We have always homeschooled our children.  We have many reasons for homeschooling, some of which include:  its efficiency (the entire day's work can be done in a matter of hours), the relationships it nurtures (I know my children and my children know each other far better than if they were separated at school each day), the freedom to learn in the way that works best (for instance, one of my daughters announced that she only likes to do school work standing up), the lack of age-segregation (my children are comfortable with socializing with a wide group of ages and do not feel as though playing with someone younger is beneath them), and positive socialization.

Currently, we have 9 children at home, with abilities ranging from toddlerhood to high school and everything in between. We are pretty eclectic in the methods we utilize and are probably best summed up by saying we use the Classical Un-unit Chardorfisorri Method. A more educationese version can be found by reading our School Philosophy.

One of the best things about homeschooling is getting to learn with my children about things we are interested in. And we've done a lot of different subjects and topics over the years. Here are links to some of what we've done. Obviously, we did more for each of these subjects than what is listed.

US Presidents
     Developing an Appreciation of Pencils

The Civil War
     The Battle of Antietam
     Duct Tape and Ironclads
     Hard Tack for Lunch, Anyone?

The Enlightenment
     Preparing for the Enlightenment
     History at the Art Institute
     Tableaux

Earthquakes and Volcanoes
     Playing with Lava
     Lap Books

The Wheel on the School
     Land Form Pans

Butterflies
     Nearly Missed It!

Mississippi River (Using Minn of the Mississippi)
     Salt Dough Maps
     Mississippi Shanty Boat
     Bowdlerizing

Kon-Tiki
     Kon-Tiki Rafts
     Kon-Tiki Unit Study

Australia
     Art Lesson by Way of Australia
     How I Create an Unit Study

Lighthouses
     Grosse Point Lighthouse

Ancient Egypt
     Pyramids
     The Ancient Egyptian Game Senet
     Ancient Egypt History Feast

The California Gold Rush
     The California Gold Rush

Deserts
     Society for the Promotion of Under-Appreciated Deserts
      Camel Crafts

Revolutionary War
     Hopscotching through the Colonies
     The Boston Tea Party

Ancient Rome
     Roman Mosaic Craft
     History Crafts
   
Sea Creatures
     Ocean Boxes
     Books... Some Little and Some to Give Away

Human Body
     Studying the Human Body
     Learning Through Dissection
     Bones

Middle Ages
     The Day of the Overly Ambitious Craft

Silk Road

Lewis and Clark

Klondike Gold Rush

Alaska and the Arctic

Birds

Electricity

Plants
     Miss Rumphius

Here are posts to ideas about teaching preschoolers:
     AWOL

And posts about other methods and subjects:

Five in a Row Style

Work boxes

Multi-age Teaching

Teaching reading
     Reading

Teaching with babies and toddlers

High School

Good Books and Reading Out Loud
     Tea Time

Art Projects
     Pi Day Craft

Hands-on Activities
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