"Back to school" can have a very different meaning for homeschool families. Some have been schooling all year long while others might be traveling or starting a major project that will be the focus on their learning. Here are some stories about homeschooling and what this time of year might look like for families who teach their own.
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Butterfly Gifts (from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)
When Martin learns that the children who attend the town school often give ‘teacher gifts’ on the first day, he suggests that Sylvia and he do the same for their teachers: Momma and Daddy. In secret, they make “butterfly gifts” that transform their entire home.
Map of the Year (from the At Home with Martin & Sylvia Series)
It is the first week of school and in Martin and Sylvia's house, that means transforming the dining room table into the homeschool work table. Everybody is excited about new books, new materials and indeed, new subjects to learn. This year, Martin is nervous that he will not learn the same things as his friend Sasha who attends the neighborhood school. Momma and Daddy suggest they make lists of all the things each family member wants to learn this year. They compile all of the lists into something like a map. A Map of the Year!
Read Lessons (from the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now Series)
Tandy mouse wants to learn how to read, but she has never heard of a mouse reading. She asks Mr. Flinch to teach her, but also asks that he keep it a secret. The old possum honors her request but believes her new skill would be a benefit to the mice. Finally a fateful accident brings her lessons out in the open, and she is delightfully surprised by the response.
School (from the At Home with Martin & Sylvia Series)
What is that sound? Martin and Sylvia hear children's voices next door at the Brown's farm! When they investigate further, they find that a 'field trip' from the local school has come to help with farm chores. Mr. Brown welcomes brother and sister as his helpers, and the two enjoy conversations with the other children about school-at-home and school-at-school
Puppy School (from the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now Series)
Everyone loves little Winnie, Sergeant's puppy assistant, but she does have some important lessons to learn. The Junkyard friends do their best to guide her: Mr. Flinch tries to teach her manners and Spiro tries to teach her how to walk in a straight line. But it's Sally the chipmunk who knows exactly how to teach a puppy.
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About the Author
David Sewell McCann
David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.