Posts for Laid-Back Parent Wanna-bes

With summer approaching, I’m frantically trying to piece together a summer “curriculum” for my kids, as well as researching what we’ll study next fall.  Exciting times, but also a little stressful.  Janie’s post, Laid-Back Homeschooling, couldn’t have come at a better time, reminding me to enjoy my kids, and teach them through everyday life–not just worksheets and year-long curriculum.

Before I get into our vacation posts next week, I thought I’d take a look back at other curriculum related posts that might be helpful by giving you tools or spelling out a little more of our laid-back homeschooling philosophy:

  • Raising Readers: An Interview with Alan Jacobs: Dr. Jacobs shares his ideas about raising good readers.
  • Ted Tripp and the Heart of Reading: What is the purpose of education, and in particular, reading?
  • Ginger Plowman and Talking about Books: How to help your kids think Biblically about what they read.
  • Are You a Book Whisperer? reviews a book written by a public school teacher who, without realizing it, recreated our home reading environment for kids.  She found it wildly successful at raising kids who love to read.
  • Raising Writers in Four Simple Steps:  Janie’s commonsense approach to teaching kids to move from reading to writing.
  • Ereaders and ebooks:  Ereaders aren’t evil.  But they do pose hazards.  Here’s a professor at Pepperdine University’s opinion on why you should limit your kids’ exposure to them.
  • Interview with Brian Selznick: We borrowed this interview from Readingrockets.org of the Hugo author, and it’s an inspiring story of how a young boy came to love reading and making books.  A little encouragement that one day, your kids will look back and thank you for all the hard work you’re putting into their childhood.

Hope you enjoy!

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