The Yellowwood School Blog

How to go to the library and come home with books you actually want to read

When I had just one child, I used to go to the library without a plan. We would go to storytime, then leisurely pick out books to take home. She would do puzzles or look at books while I scanned the shelves for classics and particular authors in the literature section and interest-based finds in the non-fiction section. I would sit and read her anything she brought to me, and we would take home just the good stuff. Fast forward a few years and add two more kids to the mix and a trip to the library can become embarrassing...

Our second grade homeschool plans

While I’m inspired by certain aspects of a few methods (Charlotte Mason, project-based homeschooling, and unschooling, mainly), we don’t stick religiously to any one method. I worry less about being true to a method than about being true to my kids. Sometimes it doesn’t look like we are doing anything (and sometimes we aren’t). But I like to have a plan, even if we don’t always (or often) stick to it…

63 Sneaky Ways to Work Writing Muscles

If we can work on a skill set without getting into obvious school mode, I’m thrilled. Handwriting practice can be painful for some children, so I try to offer some of these activities at least a few times weekly to help work on my kids’ finger grip strength, coordination, shoulder strength and stamina in a way that is fun and does not feel like work. Over time, I’ve gathered numerous occupational therapy ideas to help with writing muscles, so I decided to share my list here. I have kept this in simple list format as most of the activities don’t require explanation. This post contains...

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Party

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

-Laura Ingalls

My daughter wanted an old-fashioned Laura Ingalls birthday party this year. Actually, she has been brainstorming for such a party for years, since we first read the entire series when she was five to six…

In the garden

We are in full-on garden planning mode here these days. Our yard will be featured on a local garden tour late this spring and we have a lot of work to do to try to get things presentable to the general public. While they might be impressed with the kids’ large digging pit and multiple stick forts, we are hoping…

Spangler Science Club

For Christmas this year, Grandma got my science-loving seven-year-old a subscription to the Spangler Science Club. Like many of the monthly activity subscriptions, each month a box arrives with everything needed to complete an activity, with a different theme each month.

This month, my daughter learned about petri dishes and bacteria as we…

How to not ruin a beach vacation

Do not look up how to homeschool at the beach. Do not look up “educational beach activities” or “beach unit studies.” Give yourself and the kids permission to just be. Even if you are usually a formal homeschooler…

7 Ways to Encourage a Reluctant Writer

Writing involves a couple different tasks, the mechanical process of creating letters and the process of learning to express one’s thoughts clearly.  We don’t expect them to master everything at once and instead our focus is on fostering enthusiasm for writing. Here are seven ways we inspire the development of writing skills: