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Welcome to the start of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour where we’re going to be stopping in on the authors of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. 55 homeschool moms contributed 103 chapters of homeschool awesome. My contributions were a chapter on mentoring, one on geography, and the last on teaching sewing. Read on to find out why I wrote these chapters and a glimpse at their content.
The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour
Everyday in the month of October, we’ll meet a new author of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. You’ll find out why they contributed their chapter or chapters to the book and why they feel passionate about that particular topic.
How it works:
- Visit each author on the blog tour and participate in the giveaway they may be hosting. You can see the giveaways in red in this post. Tomorrow’s giveaway is listed below at Harrington Harmonies.
- Enter the giveaway for The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas & iHomeschool Studio Bundle below.
- Purchase the bundle! Don’t worry. If you win the giveaway, you’ll get your money back. Buy now while you can!
- October 2 – Stephanie Harrington from Harrington Harmonies. Author of the chapters Everything You Need to Know About Gardening and You CAN Teach Art. Stephanie will be giving away a Teaching Art Basketful of Goodies.
- Click the calendar to see the other authors on the tour and to see their giveaways.
When you are homeschooling young children, much of your time is spent in direct instruction with your students whether it be basic skills in reading, math, or writing. As your children get older, your teaching role begins to transition to more of a mentoring role. This chapter discusses the details involved in being a mentor.
- Why does your role as a teacher change as your students get older?
- The benefits of a strong mentoring relationship with your older student
- How to transition from direct instruction to being a mentor who consults
- What does mentoring look like for mom in a homeschool?
- What role does your student take on as they grow and how does that affect your homeschool?
- Tips on how to be a good mentor to your student.
Taking ownership of their learning is very important for students as they approach high school. This chapter is full of concrete advice on how to foster this growth for you and your student.
Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool
Regular readers know that our high school freshman is an aspiring fashion & costume designer. She leads the way on her learning and gains new skills all the time. How did we get to this point? If you have a student interested in learning to sew, what is the next step?
- What if mom doesn’t sew? Many moms today never learned to sew and aren’t sure where to turn if their children want to learn. I offer ideas and resources for families.
- Finding resources- There are many ways to start and you’ll find ideas and resources which will help you begin.
- Materials- What are the essentials? What about machines? Other supplies? What do you really need and what can you wait on?
- Advice on allowing time for students to learn
- How to go from small projects to longer projects- building sewing endurance
- The Learning Curve- How to add skills so that eventually your student can design and draft patterns if that is a goal.
Teaching Geography with Geography Quests
Here at Blog, She Wrote, I offer Geography Quests which allow families to explore the world together. They are offered according to season, headlines, and the calendar. You’ll find topics of all kinds. In this chapter, I explain some details and advice regarding the Geography Quest such as:
- What is a Geography Quest?
- Why did I choose this format for them?
- How to engage your students with a Geography Quest
- How to implement the Geography Quest
- Benefits of studying Geography with a Geography Quest
Geography Quests are a regular feature on my blog. Find out how to use them with confidence in your homeschool.
Chance to win the Bundle with The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas & the iHomeschool Studio
We are giving away 10 bundles as part of the blog tour! Don’t let the giveaway deter you from purchasing the bundle right away though. If you win a bundle, we’ll get your money back. It’s a win/win!
Purchase The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas & iHomeschool Studio Bundle
For a limited time you can buy The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas with iHomeschool Studio for $15. That’s less than half price! The sale will run from October 1, 2014- November 10, 2014.
The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas contains 103 chapters, 560+ pages, from 55 authors. The digital ebook comes in three formats for Kindle and other mobile devices. The iHomeschool Studio files come in the mp3 format and can be played on any device which plays mp3s.
I love The Big Book and Studio because it’s helpful to moms on a practical level. There is something for every age and stage of homeschooling inside both inspirational and practical. These resources reach out to where you are as a homeschool mom- veteran or beginner.