Teaching Ideas

Creative ideas for teaching your children!

Teach Your Child to Think Like a Writer

Teach Your Child to Think Like a Writer By Karen Lange

Many parents feel intimidated when it comes to teaching writing. One easy way to help the process along is to teach children to think like writers. Why? A writer’s mental processes and habits teach us to think about the way others will…Read
A Picture Book is Worth a Thousand Lessons

A Picture Book is Worth a Thousand Lessons By Jenny Herman

45 creative ideas to get the most out of your picture books.
You’ve heard the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Did you realize a good picture book is worth a thousand lessons? Okay. Maybe not one thousand, but definitely more than you realize. If you have picture books in your home, a…Read
STEM For Your Early Learner

STEM For Your Early Learner By Gail Heaton

At national levels of education, we are currently seeing a push to educate and graduate students with a strong core knowledge in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. Some experts in the field of education claim that without a…Read
Hands-On History

Hands-On History By Amy Puetz Fox

Feeling stuck in all the boring names and dates? Here are five ways to bring some life back to history!
“Girls, we are going to see the wagon-train ruts made by the pioneers on the Oregon Trail,” my mother said one bright summer day a number of years ago. My two sisters and I decided that a trip would be fun, but I had a few questions.…Read
Mountaintop Moments

Mountaintop Moments By Lindsey Moser

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to push Bible study aside in favor of more urgent tasks. Here are some simple strategies for keeping Bible time fresh and real.
I spent the better part of my childhood in homes surrounded by mountains. Early in the morning, the sun would catch the dew on the grass just enough to make the front yard look like it was bathed in peach syrup, the gentle bumps of quiet…Read
Hey, Mom! I’m Bored!

Hey, Mom! I’m Bored! By Gail Heaton

A better idea than an "I'm Bored" chore list!
Oh, those sweet words every parent longs to hear. Not. “Hey Mom! I’m bored. What can I do?” Lucky for you, you probably don’t hear this from your early learner yet, but ask a parent who hears that over and over again and they will tell…Read
5 Ways to Adapt for Your Kinesthetic Student

5 Ways to Adapt for Your Kinesthetic Student By Melanie Hexter

Teaching the "Do It" Learners.
A son who “wiggles too much” to finish a worksheet. A daughter who asks to dress up in historical costumes to show others what she’s learning. A student who can’t sit still through a chapter of a book but can confidently deconstruct and…Read
5 Ways to Make Your High School Curriculum College-Ready

5 Ways to Make Your High School Curriculum College-Ready By Sapphire Heien

Strategies for getting your kids set for college success.
One of the most surprising lessons I’ve learned in college is that my parents’ unorthodox homeschooling methods made me better prepared for higher education than my public-schooled friends. While the transition from homeschool to college…Read
Bringing Literature to Life: Motivating Preteens to Study Literature

Bringing Literature to Life: Motivating Preteens to Study Literature By Anne Campbell

Six tips for engaging your reluctant reader in the world of great books.
Soon after college, I taught English in a public middle school where English was a second language to many of my students. After spending several years immersed in literary adventures as an undergrad, I had a ton of enthusiasm—and some…Read
Learning Through Volunteering

Learning Through Volunteering By Karen Doll

Want a hands-on education? Here's a good way to get it!
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) Volunteering is a wonderful way to get a hands-on education. Volunteering as a family is even better. Fortunately, there are many…Read