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This year’s Charlotte Mason-inspired Bundle contains some of the most exciting “living” history books and resources for art and music appreciation. With this bundle, you and your children will:

  • Learn about the Baroque and Classical composers
  • Enjoy nature with notebooking pages and a science curriculum based on nature study.
  • Develop a love of hymns with the Hymn Study Set.

The bundle includes:

  • The Mystery of History Volume II audiobook and companion folder books from Bright Ideas Press (a Cathy Duffy Top Pick publisher!)
  • Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way
  • A popular full curriculum guide for grades K-12 from Wayfarers.
  • A Charlotte-Mason inspired Spanish curriculum.

PLUS many more beautiful and character-building copywork and notebooking resources!

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Here is what is included for only $49.95

Wayfarers Medieval History$75.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering

Wayfarers is a full curriculum guide. Each volume contains a schedule with all the assignments listed for preschool through graduation, so your entire family can study the same time period together while you only have one guide to keep your studies organized. Each sample includes the reading lists and the first three weeks of lessons. Each day has a two-page spread, and those two pages show all the assignments for all age groups. Wayfarers is classical. By following the four-year history rotation, the entire household can study the same time period, paving the way for shared extracurricular activities and discussions. Wayfarers is Charlotte Mason inspired. With a focus on living books, copywork, and narrations instead of textbooks and busywork, Wayfarers provides a rich learning environment to feed the imagination.

Quark Chronicles: Anatomy$15.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering
Quark Chronicles is a literature-based science spine. Children learn the basics of the various branches of science in the context of an exciting adventure story. Tom, Sally, and the twins–Joe and Mike–have some serious problems. After being kidnapped by space pirates, the children managed to escape with the help of a living spaceship that they nicknamed Auntie. But during their escape, they traveled through a wormhole and now have no idea where they are. They’re working to find their way back to planet Earth, having adventures along the way. When Auntie becomes ill, the children are in danger of losing their home, their transportation, and their friend. As they search for a cure, they learn all about anatomy. Each Quark Chronicles book has an optional set of Notebooking Pages which focus on copywork and narration instead of comprehension questions. The Notebooking Pages also include optional additional reading as well as pages for vocabulary and science experiments. Quark Chronicles is worldview neutral, meaning that you can use it regardless of how you feel about creationism, intelligent design, and evolution. Some science facts are just…facts. We don’t believe that science always has to be a divisive subject.

The Mystery of History Volume II Audio MP3 (Quarter 1 and 2)$22.00

Author/Publisher: The Mystery of History
The Mystery of History is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick! Bring The Mystery of History to life! Through this downloadable audiobook, you can listen to The Mystery of History Volume II (Second Edition*) through the voice of the author, Linda Lacour Hobar. The set in the Build Your Bundle Sale includes Quarters 1 & 2. When you purchase this product you will get a coupon to purchase Quarters 3 & 4 at a discount.  With the addition of soft thematic music, you’ll feel as if you’re traveling through time. In the car, over lunch, before bed, or as an integral part of your school day – there are endless ways for all ages to benefit from this listening library of world history. CHRONOLOGICAL, CHRISTIAN, and COMPLETE - A World History Curriculum for All Ages The Mystery of History Volume II picks up where Volume I leaves off with exciting stories of the Early Church and the complex history of Medieval times. Spanning AD 30-1460, this volume includes Vikings and villains, castles and crusades, samurai and shoguns, Dante and Chaucer, and much more. “Chronological, and Complete” – this book can be used by all ages.

The Mystery of History Volume II - Folderbook (Quarter 1 and 2)$16.00

Author/Publisher: Bright Ideas Press
The Mystery of History Volume II Folderbooks contains both the mini-books and the directions needed to fold and use them. The folderbooks accompany the The Mystery of History Volume II audiobooks, also found on the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle. Students who enjoy working with their hands, who are artistic, creative, or visual will thoroughly enjoy a well-designed, meaningful Folderbook. Additionally, the time spent working together on Folderbooks yields meaningful discussion with your students as they further explore and recall what they have learned! Is your family new to the concept of Folderbooks?  Folderbooks typically consist of mini-books, attached by tape or glue, to one or more 8.5 X 11 cardstock file folders. The making of these mini-books can be simple or complicated depending on the age and interest of the student. Folderbooks provide a meaningful and enjoyable way to help visual and kinesthetic learners grasp concepts. Graphic organizers present material in a different way than words alone. They help the brain to sort through and organize facts and concepts and tend to be easier to remember than straight prose. Bright Ideas Press Folderbooks:
  • Enhance the information being taught. We don’t use Folderbooks for exact duplication of a lesson—but rather for a review and for a new and graphic look at the facts presented.
  • Ensure that the information needed for the mini-books can be taken right from The Mystery of History lessons.
  • Often allow flexibility to be turned sideways affording younger students more space for writing.
  • Provide quality artwork; attractive even if a student does not want to color it in.
  • Include—in addition to written directions—photographs of the steps and the finished product in order to fully demonstrate assembly.
  • Offer printed answer keys for younger students or those struggle with writing.
Bright Ideas Press is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Publisher!

Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way$6.99

Author/Publisher: The Charlotte Mason Way
Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way is the vision of the Charlotte Mason way and will give your children the right elements of education to arrive to self education. Implementing these elements of education will naturally lead to self education, which develops life long learners that are motivated to learn beyond their lessons. Understand What Self Education Looks Like This ebook will open your understanding on what self education is and what it looks like, so you can identify it in your own homeschooling journey. Learn How to Implement Key Elements From our own journey with the Charlotte Mason way, I share the key elements of her method that lead our children to developing the skills necessary for self education to form. Prepare Your Child for Life This ebook gives you the tools necessary to unlock the life skills necessary for a child to become a motivated learner and demonstrate self education for life long benefits.

Backyard Science$4.99

Author/Publisher: The Homeschool Scientist
When people think of science, they often think of laboratories, lab coats, and microscopes. The truth is science is everywhere and so much more than chemicals and experiments. In fact, one of the best ways to learn about science is to take the short trip to the backyard. The backyard offers an opportunity to observe and study animals, plants, weather, soil, rocks, and more! Think of it as your family’s private laboratory and observatory where the science comes to you. It is a safe place to explore, observe, and test. Use the Backyard Science ebook as a launching pad into the world of science. Catch bugs, build bird feeders, and keep track of rainfall totals. Let your kids see how much fun science can be. WHAT'S INSIDE?
  • Eight chapters of backyard science lessons and activities
  • Lessons geared toward K-8th grade that could be easily adapted for older students
  • Hands-on backyard activities for all ages
  • Printable worksheets
  • Links to additional resources and information
  • Simple black and white lesson and printable pages to save you printer ink

Nature Study Notebooking Pages$10.95

This e-set of 293 regular and primary-lined notebooking pages includes a variety of notebooking layouts specifically designed for nature studies. Also includes 100 BONUS Fun Frames and Borders designed for both primary and regular-lined styles! This set includes 3D Nature Study Notebooking Pages! Use our 3D mini-book templates with these specially formatted pages. Pages and general topics include:
  • 7 Days of Creation
  • All About Animals
  • Habitats
  • Nature Log & Journaling Pages
  • Plants, Flowers, & Trees,
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • “Suggested Ideas” pages for these notebooking pages.
  • Cover pages also included for each major section.

Uncover Exciting History$13.00

Author/Publisher: Golden Prairie Press
History Is Not Boring! What is history anyway? It is the story of real people who did real things. For history to be fun for everyone (even those who think they hate history), it must go beyond hard facts and meaningless dates to the real people who made the significant events happen. People like George Washington, who bravely crossed the partly frozen Delaware River to attack the British at Trenton. Stories like that of the bold Americans who bravely fought against the Barbary pirates during the little-known Barbary War show how interesting history is. True History Is Exciting! Here are some of the stories in this book:
  •     Discover how the U.S. created the Constitution
  •     Experience the miraculous victory at the Battle of New Orleans
  •     Explore America's expansion west
  •     Uncover one of America's best weapons used during World War II
This book is great for:
  •     History Buffs
  •     Those who want the story behind the event
  •     Adults who want a snapshot view of American history
  •     Homeschool families, either as a read aloud or for students 12 and up
In this 184 page book you will meet some of America's most famous people like George Washington and some of her not so famous people like Daniel Webster. Click here to see the table of contents. There are also four bonus chapters! The first bonus chapter is about famous mothers and the next three are about famous explorers. Bonus Chapters:
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: Mothers Who Changed the World Through Their Children
  • Medieval Explorer: Marco Polo
  • Evangelistic Explorer: David Livingstone
  • Daring Explorer of Antarctica: Robert Falcon Scott

Maestro Classics My Name Is Handel: The Story of Water Music$9.97

Author/Publisher: Maestro Classics
The Story: When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king's good graces, he had a brilliant idea... He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I! The music became known as Water Music, one of Handel's best-loved compositions. In this recording The London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Stephen Simon perform music from Handel's Water MusicMessiah, and Rinaldo throughout the story. My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music was the recipient of a National Parenting Center Gold Award and a Parent's Choice Silver Award. Extras: The included 24-page activity booklet contains the history of the harpsichord and organ, words to a sing-along song, information about Handel's life, puzzles, and more! After purchasing the CD/MP3 download free sheet music for "My Name is Handel", an accompanying homeschool curriculum guide with lessons in history, science, geography, language arts, art, music and math and print out a George Frideric Handel crossword puzzle and coloring page.

Maestro Classics My Name is Handel Lapbook$13.00

Author/Publisher: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks
This 3 folder lapbook is especially made to go along with the Maestro Classic's My Name is Handel. This purchase is for the lapbook only. The Maestro Classics Audiobook is also available in the Charlotte Mason Insipred Bundle. When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king's good graces, he had a brilliant idea. He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I. The music became known as "Water Music," one of Handel's best-loved compositions.

A Walk in the Woods - Cursive Copywork$9.80

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications
This copy book of beautiful, picturesque writing set amidst illustrations of natural beauty will delight kids from 4th grade through 12th. Full of word-picture scenes of the beautiful and interesting things a forest holds. Written by a homeschooling mother and daughter with the goal of giving students ample cursive practice of each letter in the alphabet. On its page each letter is repeated up to 42 times, but in sentences that are sensible yet charming enough kids will gladly do any page twice. Delightful text worth reading aloud as examples of alliteration, with breathtakingly beautiful coloring pages and a special section at the end of illustrated nature craft ideas to try.

Hymn Unit Study and Copywork Set$34.95

Author/Publisher: Encouraging Moms At Home
Each of these Hymn Study and Copywork ebooks includes the entire hymn in five line styles for copying, sheet music for the hymn, and an informational summary of the hymn’s history and author. Each product has beautiful line art for coloring if desired. All Creatures of our God and King includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 59 pages. Amazing Grace includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 26 pages. Anywhere with Jesus includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 52 pages. Be Thou My Vision includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 29 pages. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go includes four verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 31 pages. Each verse of each hymn is presented in five line styles, and the lines are ALWAYS the same size in each of our different books. Page number varies due to the length of the actual verse and whether or not we can fit each verse on one page with room to copy.

The Fun Spanish$14.95

Author/Publisher: Brookdale House
The Fun Spanish is a fun, beginning Spanish program which teaches Spanish the Charlotte Mason way, one fun phrase at a time. Elementary children read fun Spanish sentences, write fun Spanish sentences, and draw fun silly pictures to aid in memory retention. With The Fun Spanish children draw pictures of green cats, orange rats, fish in trees, and blue houses with wings. Verb conjugations included are the following: ser (to be) , estar (to be), tener (to have), vivir (to live), comer (to eat), jugar (to play), saltar (to jump), ver (to see), oír (to hear), dormir (to sleep) and querer (to want). Besides verb conjugation, prepositions, and a host of vocabulary, children using The Fun Spanish also learn the fundamental structure of Spanish sentences. At one lesson every two weeks, The Fun Spanish is a yearlong program.

Kind Kids Care A-Z Manuscript Penmanship$7.25

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications
Delightful illustrations of kind and loving Christian character through copywork about a child's exemplary behavior, plus Bible verses. Teaches young children in the early grades Christian character through examples of the children told about in the copywork. Your children will learn how to behave kindly as they copy these pages in manuscript printing on the lines provided. Relevant Bible verses are included on each page, along with very appealing illustrations of kind and thoughtful children. Pictures are suitable for coloring.

Baroque and Classical Composers Collection$14.95

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies
Our composer study resources make it easy for you to introduce your children to classical music and composers easily, inexpensively, and without spending a ton of time tracking down the information yourself! We’ve combed the internet to find the best available resources, reviewed them for their educational value, and have previewed everything to make sure that any potentially objectionable content is known to parents in advance so you can determine appropriateness for your own children. We have compiled and organized our findings into an easy-to-use single page that includes all links, videos, and information for you, so you can easily get using the materials that best suit your family, without having to do all the legwork to put it together yourself! Your family will love these videos, fun printables, streaming music, and more.  The videos, in particular, are so helpful for pre-readers, dyslexic kids, and others that struggle with reading or shouldn’t read on a screen.  The videos also free up mom for other things while the kids are happily learning! You will love learning about some of the most popular composers of all time in this collection that focuses on the Baroque and Classical eras. This collection includes:
  • Vivaldi
  • Bach
  • Handel
  • Haydn
  • Beethoven
  • Mozart

John James Audubon Fine Art Pages$5.50

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies
You want to introduce your children to fine art, but lack the time and method for follow-through, right?  Fine Art Pages are the answer!  These downloadable, printable collections feature one piece of art per page, plus *just enough* information about the piece and the artist.  The method is organic:  print ’em out, put ’em up.  Let your family observe, absorb, and enjoy!  It works.  And best of all:  it doesn’t run on Mom Power! In John James Audubon Fine Art Pages America’s foremost ornithologist, naturalist, and painter is featured here with 10 printable works of his art. Combine your love of art and nature study with this collection!

Sacagawea $4.99

Author/Publisher: Knowledge Quest Inc.
Sacagawea is an interactive historical novel that challenges readers to dig deeper into the true lives of extraordinary individuals AND stretches the idea of how stories themselves are told. Sacagawea is a riveting account and intimate look into the life of one of America’s most beloved women. Sacagawea makes a great living history book!

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Spirit-Led Homeschooling Tags: Spirit-led Homeschooling

Spirit-led Homeschooling

The Big Ideas of Spirit-led homeschooling

1. Abiding in Christ (Rees Howells)

There is a book called Rees Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb that tells the story of Rees Howells and how God taught him to live as an intercessor.

He first learned to abide in Christ. He never left God's presence. The Holy Spirit was his constant companion. When I read this book, I was challenged in many ways. It has shaped my spiritual life for the last 10 years. I have learned to pray and find out God's will for my life each day. I seek Him to find out my assignment from Him each day. At least, that's my goal. It's what I know I need to do. I try to keep my connection with Him strong and steady at all times.

I think this is very important in my daily life as a wife, mother, teacher, and my many other roles - (which reminds me of the Amy Grant song, "Hats").

We homeschool moms really need the strength and grace that only God can give. And He is right there for us if we will only reach out to Him all through the day. Just say, "Hello, Lord" and you will know He is hearing you, and then say something profound, like "HELP!" He will help you. But there is more we can do to strengthen that connection and really get the help we need from the Lord. Spend time with Him. Pour out your heart to Him. Tell Him how much you love Him, thank Him, worship Him, and focus on His greatness. I love doing that! Get re-focused on him when things feel like they're falling apart. Sometimes we need to get away from everybody and just spend time with Him alone. With small children, I know how difficult that is, but where there's a will, there's a way. Just make it happen. Just do it. Make it so, Number One! Put worship music on. Listen to a good Bible teacher. Read your Word. Turn on a good Christian radio station. Do whatever it takes to start thinking about Him and get your mind, heart and soul focused on Him. Give your spirit control instead of your mind or flesh, and get in touch with the Holy Spirit, and let Him lead you.

2. Teaching from Rest (Amongst Lovely Things, Read-Aloud Revival)

This is kind of a two-for-one, because this lovely, young lady emphasizes both of these ideas - teaching from rest and reading aloud as a way to build a beautiful family culture.

Sarah Mackenzie has written a book called, Teaching From Rest. You can find her and her book at:
Amongst Lovely Things

I firmly believe that God wants us to be relying on Him, trusting Him to lead us in our homeschooling, and letting Him lead our children along in their studies, especially as they get older. It helps us to be able to teach from rest if we truly turn our homeschooling over to the leading of the Holy Spirit. She addresses the need to find the balance between the two vices that we can fall into - negligence (laziness) or anxiety. We can rest in the Lord without being negligent, not doing anything at all with our children or spending any time with them at all. There is a fine line here. It is very hard not to get so involved with our online stuff to the point that we ignore our kids. This is another area that we need to stay on our knees and keep asking the Lord for help with. I know I need to.

Another important point that she makes is that we need to stop trying to get through so much. We need to take our time and enjoy this time with our children. We all know this time goes so fast when our children are with us. Why rush through it or wish it away? Why do we pile on the work, the activities, the demands so that the days fly by in a blur, and it's not a very pleasant blur. Everybody is worn to a frazzle and frustrated by the work that didn't get done and the feeling that we are behind. I got over that one a long time ago, but I know that many homeschool moms still battle the feeling of being behind. I always ask, "Behind whom or what?" Who said you have to learn a certain skill or concept by a certain time? Who really knows? Who has authority to say that when we know that every child is unique?

Anyway, I do see myself doing something she talks about that I need to re-evaluate. I bring home tons of books at a time and am lucky to read each one even once before they're due back to the library. She says that we should look for books that our children will really love and maybe read them over and over to them. Or take our time getting through them. I have definitely done that many times because life got in the way, and it took quite a while to get through a book. But that has usually worked out for the best because the story and characters had time to marinate and become part of us. I have loved our read-aloud times over the years. But I could probably cut down on how many books I check out. The idea that "less is more" is a really good idea to consider when it comes to homeschooling.

Which leads me to the other part of Sarah's message - Reading aloud!

She also has a podcast called Read-Aloud Revival, which I love. She interviews authors and other homeschoolers who believe in the power of reading aloud to your family.
Reading aloud to your children, no matter how old they are. Even after they can read to themselves, keep on reading to the whole family together, just to keep the family culture based on good books and good stories.

You can find her podcast at her website. Just look at the very top of the page at the different tabs and click on the one that says podcast. It will take you to a page that shows all of the podcasts that she has done so far. I have enjoyed every one of them.

3. Be accountable to God alone

Not other homeschool moms or bloggers, not curriculum, not neighbors, not public school methods, advocates or schedules, not negative relatives.

After all, who will we stand before on the last day to give an account of how we lived our lives?

Who is the one who cares the most about our children, even more than we do?

Enough said.

4. Let God be responsible for the results.

Going along with number 3, who knows your child the best? Who knows what your child's destiny and calling is? And who knows what choices your child is going to make?

Only God knows.

5. Think on good things - control your thoughts - get God's assignment for each day.

We should, ideally, start our day with a quiet time with the Lord. Every day. We should spend time praying, reading His Word and getting our assignment for the day from the Lord. It may not always happen because of circumstances, but we should make it our goal, our target that we shoot for.

There are many good teachings by Dr. Caroline Leaf that you can watch on You Tube or on her website at that will help you get your own thinking right so that you can have a good attitude while teaching your children.

Here's a good one to watch for a brief explanation of emotions and thoughts and how they affect your brain:

And here's one about controlling your thoughts:

6. Teach your kids the big spiritual ideas.

Our kids need to know the plan of Salvation! That is the central theme of our faith and the whole Bible. So that is something we need to definitely make sure they understand.

We also need to demonstrate the virtues that God wants us to have, such as the most important virtue of love. The 10 Commandments and the fruits of the Spirit are very important for our children to learn.

Make sure to keep in mind that the most important things we teach our kids are the spiritual things. Academics are important, too, but spiritual things and character issues are more important. Building relationships and learning how to be a person that can be trusted and that does everything out of love are more important skills than reading, writing or arithmetic.

Put the Bible first in your homeschooling and live its principles in your daily life. Speak it to them throughout the day in the normal course of daily life.

And remember that values are caught more than they are taught.

7. Find mentors that are Spirit-led (for yourself and for your children). I have had to look online for mentors in my homeschooling. The Spirit led me to Cindy Rushton many years ago. Cindy helped me to understand that I could use notebooking to make homeschooling easy and interesting, that I could have a routine instead of a schedule, and that we should make memories together as a family. She also helped me to realize that Jesus was there for me, and I could take my cares to Him and all of my homeschool concerns. And Robin Sampson (Heart of Wisdom) came into my life around the same time. She helped me realize how important it was to put the Bible first in our homeschooling and the importance of learning about our Hebrew Roots.
In recent years, Diana Waring has been a wonderful inspiration and Sally Clarkson has been a special mentor who challenges me in areas of motherhood and reaching out to other moms.

Most of these women were a few years ahead of me in the homeschool journey, so I felt that I could trust what they were teaching since their fruit was good.

8. Teach your children how to focus on lovely, good, virtuous things.

Teach them that they can control their thoughts. Have them watch some videos by Dr. Caroline Leaf with you! When conflict arises with siblings or other children, help them to work through conflict in a biblical, loving way.

Teach them the importance of taking thoughts captive and casting down imaginations that go against what they know about God and His ways.

Teach them to walk in love.

9. Prepare your children for what God is calling them to do in the future.

Don't get stuck in a curriculum that follows a school model. Remember that you can do pretty much whatever you want as a homeschooler. And remember that, ultimately, you are responsible to God for the way you raise and educate your children more than you are responsible to the state or anyone else. Ask the Lord to take over the education of your children. Ask Him what He wants you to do with each one of your children. It may involve very little curriculum. Or some children may do very well with workbooks and such and be well prepared for their future career or vocation that the Lord has called them to.

For some help with this line of thinking, you may want to check out Rhea Perry's website:

Rhea Perry - Educating for Success

She is very excited about teaching and equipping homeschool students and their families to support themselves and possibly a family in the future.

10. Balance between negligence and anxiety.

Sarah Mackenzie from Amongst Lovely Things and Read-Aloud Revival from point #2 above has some good teaching about making sure that you keep a balance between negligence or possibly laziness and anxiety (trying to do too much and stressing about it).

She is correct in her assessment. I agree with her, and I know it is something I have to constantly reassess in my own life. Each day I need to look at this and make adjustments where necessary. I tend to have an ebb and flow in my life. I will do nothing for a while. Then I will wake up and try to do everything under the sun all at one time. Sometimes it is not very balanced, and I know that can be extra hard on certain ones of my children.

So we need to check with the Lord each day for our daily assignment, ask for His help to complete it, and stay in touch with Him all day long so that we are doing it His way.


For more information on these topics you may be interested in reading
books by Sally Clarkson or by Charlotte Mason (or books about her methods) and books by Diana Waring.

Adjusting Your Teaching Style to Match Their Learning Style

As we've all noticed, all of us have different personalities. It sure makes life interesting, doesn't it? And it makes relationships - umm - challenging at times.

In the same way, we all have different learning styles. Which makes it difficult to teach our children until we figure out what their learning style is.

Below is a chart that shows some of the different learning styles and how each style learns best.

As teachers and homeschool moms we need to identify our child's learning style and find materials that are geared toward that learning style.

If you see that your child retains information better after listening to something, then he is probably an auditory learner.

If you find that your child prefers to read about a topic and then remembers what he read, then he may be a visual or verbal learner.

You must observe the child and try different methods and see what works best for him.

Then once you have identified his learning style, you need to provide materials that are geared to that learning style.

If your child learns best by listening, then you should use audio books, read aloud to your child, and include videos in your curriculum.

If your child learns well by reading and seeing pictures, then the curriculum you provide could be comprised of workbooks, library books, lots of books to read - basically a lot of reading to obtain information.

If your child needs to move around in order to really learn, then you need to put aside the traditional classroom model of a child sitting at a desk to learn and instead let your child move while listening or memorizing or telling what he knows, so that he can enjoy the learning process and get it down deep. He is most likely a kinesthetic learner. He may need to do things with his hands, actually touch and do activities instead of just reading about it, listening to someone talk about it, or even watch a video about it. If you try to make this kind of child hold still, he will be frustrated and will have a harder time learning the information. Don't fight against your child's learning style - work with it!

When you find that your child is strong in a different learning style from your own, you need to adjust the way you think of "school" and find the kind of materials that match your child's learning style.

One thing you must guard against is setting up an adversarial situation with your child. Try to make learning a win-win situation. When the child learns the skill or information, everybody's happy. Focus on the things that are done correctly, not the things that are done incorrectly. Try to use positive reinforcement as much as possible.

Another thing you must be careful about is giving your child too much work to do. As homeschoolers, our children don't need to do busy work. Once they have mastered the skill or learned the information, they can move onto something else or take a break or whatever. They are not limited by other students' progress or time needed to complete a task.

Many of my children are self-directed. I get their materials right at their level or even a little below so that they can do most things on their own without much help from me. Then I can concentrate on the younger ones who need lots of one-on-one attention from me.

I find that narration works well for most of my children. I ask them what they just read or what they know about something, or I ask a few questions, and they can usually tell me a lot, and they get enthusiastic about sharing what they know. No matter what their learning style, they usually like to talk! And telling about what they've learned makes the knowledge their own. They process the information more completely when they have to think about it enough to actually put it in their own words and express it to someone else. Then the information is saved at a deeper level in their memory.

Make sure that the stories you read to them or the information that you have your child learn is interesting and exciting to them so that they automatically narrate and share with others around them and have an incentive to mull over and talk about it with others so that the learning is very thorough and causes them to apply it and add on to it throughout their lives.

Pay attention to what their interests are at the moment. Their learning style may actually change from one season to another. They may really like to read fiction at one time, and then they may go through a phase where they prefer non-fiction. They may even have different learning styles for one type of learning task than another. One of my sons is not really a kinesthetic learner, but when he was trying to memorize math facts, he had to walk around the table the whole time he was reciting them. He could not sit still and do it. He was very frustrated and upset until we discovered that he needed to get up and move in order to memorize them. He has also discovered that he is about equally as strong at auditory and visual learning. As they get older, your children will probably start to figure out what works best for them. But when they are younger, you need to observe them and watch for signs to figure it out for them.

As teachers, we should try to make learning as pleasant, enjoyable, and effective as possible for each child. We can individualize the curriculum for each child since we are in more of a tutoring situation than a classroom situation.

In all of your homeschooling efforts, remember that the goals and expectations you have for your child should be realistic for your child. Not all children develop at the same rate. If they're not ready for a certain skill or to understand a certain concept, then you should not push them. If you do push, then they will develop a negative association and will resist learning. What we want to engender in our children is a love for learning. When you do this during their early years, it will become a lifelong attitude.

And they will be constantly learning and becoming the person that God meant for them to be and able to accomplish the things that He put them here to do.

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