I get lots of emails asking about my Book of Centuries so I wanted to share a quick look inside for you curious homeschool mamas.
Have you enjoyed your summer? I have. I love the chance to slow down a little, and live quietly.
This year it was really good timing, because I had a real need to slow down. The Lord has blessed us with another child, and my body and brain put on the brakes! Slow down, Mama! they demanded, and slow down I did.
But August is here, and even though the seasons don't turn in this land of "endless summer," my calendar says it's time to start gathering the troops for a new school year.
I consider myself a Homeschooling Minimalist (the lovely Salty Tribe made that term up, and I'm so glad she did!). As such, I thought I would share just a small, bite-sized piece of what we do for school (rather than blasting you with it all in one over-whelming go!).
What is Minimalist History?
How to Get Started...
History doesn't have to be boring! Record and explore. Follow your guide, but don't be afraid to abandon it if you and your kids want to take a break and study something else. That's the beauty of journaling: if you have a chance to take a history detour, you have the freedom to do so!
One of the things I love about homeschooling is how it breathes and grows with our family. Every year looks a little different from the last, changing just like my kids do.
Summer is sweet. We've finished off our big things, like the year's science (we did this one and loved it), and are ready for a little breathing space, so we take a breather from science and history.
But I've learned something about my kids: if they take a break from the things that they are challenged by, it all slips from their brains like water in your hands! So once a week we still have Math Day, and my youngest reader still has to practice reading three or four days a week (at least!).
I love this pace, and so do they. We go to the library just like always (oh, how the librarians chuckle at our heaps of books!) and we are out in nature as much as possible. We have a little talk about summer being time to explore and be creative and teach the dog tricks and make up games and just be.
This morning they spent a good amount of time outside, laughing as my ten year old figured out how to hang his own hammock from the palms in our yard, and now he is swinging away with his little sisters, still laughing.
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