7th Grade: Real Life Report

This year has been my first spin through homeschooling 7th grade, but it won’t be my last. Lord willing, I will have four others to bring through this stage. Therefore, this evaluation is as much for me as it is for you. Next time around, how will this plan change and how will it stay the same? Best to think through that now while the good, bad, and ugly are fresh in my mind. Also, the lessons I learned from … Read More

What’s your homeschool personality?

Your homeschool needs your personality, and your homeschool has a personality. When we understand homeschool personality, we can be more content and happy in our roles at home. Whether or not you have taken the best personality test or no personality test, you might be able to figure out your type from the brief descriptions below. Myers-Briggs (MBTI) – the personality system that gives you four letters – offers a vocabulary for talking about the different ways that people relate … Read More

2014-2015 Homeschool Blocks: Quiet Time – Simply Convivial

I realized that I hadn’t completely wrapped up the 2014-2015 Homeschool Blocks series. I still want to share what the plan is for quiet time, because of course there is a plan. The blocks in our homeschool week Circle Time (daily) Math (daily) K-1st (3-4 times a week) Writing Class (once per week) 4th & 6th grade Independent Work & Tutoring (daily) Elementary Lessons (2nd-6th grade) (twice per week) Quiet Time (3 times per week) Quiet Time The nearly-2-year-old will … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Cultivate a Growth Mindset – Simply Convivial

With engaging stories and practical advice, Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful habit changes. The authors posit that when change works, it tends to follow a pattern. The people who change have clear direction, ample motivation, and a supportive environment. So let’s look at how to apply those factors to our own home situations, particularly as we begin new routines for the school year. Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool Series Review of the … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Describe the Destination – Simply Convivial

Switch describes the common patterns in successful habit changes through engaging stories, turning them into practical advice. The stories and advice are all based on three observations they made about habit changes, both personal changes and organization-wide changes: What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity. So provide crystal-clear direction. What looks like laziness is often exhaustion. It’s critical to engage people’s emotional side to get cooperation. What looks like a people problem is often a situation problem. … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Practice Specific Scripts – Simply Convivial

Switch examines the patterns in successful habit changes, and communicates them through engaging stories and practical advice. In this post, we’ll be thinking through the implications of the first observation made by the book about change: What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity. So provide crystal-clear direction. I often see resistance in my children to my plans and expectations. After all, it is easier to identify and deal with the resistance of others than my own internal, … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Leverage the Bright Spots – Simply Convivial

It has been a couple months now since I’ve reviewed the book Switch and promised a series about it. I’ve had the outline for said series sitting in my drafts ever since. I didn’t want to let it languish there further, however, because I do think there are some important ideas and strategies to glean as we all think about getting a new year of lessons underway. Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful change, through engaging … Read More

How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards

As I reviewed on Friday, In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink argues that motivation and satisfaction center on having these three operators in our lives: Autonomy: the ability to have at least some self-direction. Mastery: the ability to improve ourselves in a field or skill. Purpose: the ability to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. It turns out that even science is now demonstrating that people are not purely economically motivated, yet as Pink puts … Read More

Attention: Types & Motivations – Simply Convivial

Originally posted in January 2010 So we have established that attention is a necessary prerequisite to learning. How, then, do we secure attention from our students? I made up a summary list from both Home Education and The Seven Laws of Teaching: Hold the student accountable to his work without allowing him to redo it. Expect a very little “perfect” work rather than sheets of sloppy work. Give adequate but not overly much time for the work to be accomplished … Read More

Attention: Its Nature and Importance – Simply Convivial

Originally posted in January 2010 Attention and observation are the primary habits we are going to work on in our upcoming school year. Therefore, I have to gather my wits (fewer than average, since I am sleep deprived) and summarize what this means so I can keep it mind. I was reminded by a passing comment I saw somewhere that John Milton Gregory’s The Seven Laws of Teaching had a chapter on attention, and so I reread that as well … Read More