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The Best of Blog, She Wrote 2016 is chance to see how readers (that’s you guys!) have responded to my writing goals over the last year. I had two main content goals in 2016:
To bring you more science activities and posts.
And to talk more about homeschooling high school.
It’s pretty exciting to see that those goals are reflected in 2016’s top ten list.
Best Blog, She Wrote Posts of 2016
Homeschooling Students Who Have a Chronic Illness– Our high school senior has had Lyme disease for coming up on three years this spring. This post shares some of the things I’ve learned as a parent and homeschool teacher over the past two and a half years since his diagnosis. Working with children and teens who are sick takes some different strategies and I’m happy to share what has worked in our home.
Strategies for Scheduling High School– One of the most common questions I hear during discussions of teaching high school at home is how to know if your expectations of your student are appropriate. Parents wonder if the schedule is too difficult or too light. This year I’ve added a third high schooler to our routine and this posts shares how we come up with the right amount of work for each course. We take an over all look at your student’s activities and help both of you determine a weekly schedule. Keep in mind, a high schooler’s schedule is not set in stone, but this post focuses on how much time needs to be put in and not when. Included is a downloadable schedule form.
Science Quest Measuring Lung Capacity– This year I made it a goal to share more science labs with you all. Measuring Lung Capacity was a popular addition. You’ll find procedures on how to perform this investigation and how to calculate lung capacity. You might also enjoy the lab packet to download.
Math Journaling in Homeschool Math– Math journals are a fun addition to your math studies and help kids to cement their mathematical thinking. At our house we like to do math journaling with games, activities, and applied math. Find out how you can use math journals in your homeschool.
Homeschool Planning with a Blank Notebook– I’ve been planning with a plain spiral notebook for many years. I started 12 years ago with a spiral notebook and after a few years of searching for the perfect fancy planner, I returned to the spiral in 2010. 7 years and three kids in high school later, I’m still using this tried and true method. No more blank square anxiety! I keep all the planning for all four kids at all levels in one spiral notebook that I make and put together.
More Reader Favorites from 2016
I love to look things over and see what’s resonated most with readers.
Sometimes when I write something, I fall in love with it and I know it will be a hit. And sometimes something I love doesn’t seem to have hit the target.
And still other times, something that didn’t get much traction at first will take off and be read over and over later on and keep showing up to remind me that it struck a chord.
Writing a blog is fun like that.
How to Make a Plant Journal– My daughter put together this plant journal to study for the 4-H horticulture contest at the New York State Fair. Not only was it a great way to study, but the end result is a beautiful journal of horticulture. This post shares how she put together the journal and includes a list of materials. You can apply this to any biology or nature journal.
Art & Nature Study with Beatrix Potter– I’m so excited this post is a reader favorite! It’s one of mine too. We studied Ms. Potter because she has so much in common with my daughter who is a self-taught artist and nature enthusiast. I take credit for sparking the interest and helping to supply her cache of materials, but Rebecca loves to learn and study nature and art. This post includes everything you need to start your own study of Beatrix Potter.
Earning Credits with a Project Based High School– Another question I get a lot is how to quantify and “count” all the project work high schoolers are doing. This post answers that question and gives you ideas and resources to record and count the hours and skills put in to a project based high school course. It can be done!
The Problem of Over Scheduling– I’ve written this post a number of times and decided to put it all together in one place. So many families suffer from doing too much and homeschooling families are not immune. In fact, many homeschool families feel the pressure to join and do even more because they are worried their kids aren’t doing enough. Protecting your calendar requires resolve, but the benefits of doing so are innumerable.
How to Create Your Own Learning Experiences with Adventure Boxes– This was one of my favorite posts to update this year. Adventure boxes have a long history in our family and go hand in hand with our pursuit of what interests our kids. These learning experiences are wonderful for mini-units, summer learning, transition times, or any time.
Looking ahead to 2017
The other thing about seeing what was important to all of you, is that it helps me to plan my goals for a new blogging year.
For sure, I will be bringing more science activities and more high school. I’m ready to start talking about college now and teaching gifted kids too. It’s going to be a great year!
2017 is a special year for Blog, She Wrote. April marks my 10th year of blogging and I have some fun things planned for that month.
10 Years of blogging here at Blog, She Wrote.
Thanks for reading!
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