Homeschool Ideas Ep. 4

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This is my interview with Dina Wells. She is a fantastic lady who really loves education and has done some incredible things with homeschool and Rise Up Academy.

Among the many important ideas that Dina shared is the change in approach to education that she had to take to avoid power struggles with her children. Her advice: “RELAX and take the pressure off of yourself and your children.”

Another really good idea that I enjoyed hearing Dina describe was how she used classics in literature to help her children with the different challenges they face as they grow up. To teach her children about core values, she mentioned using these classics in literature almost like case studies with her children to help her children learn those values for themselves.

Dina’s favorite subjects are reading and history. As I asked her what her favorite thing to do with her children in these areas, she said that she just loves reading to and with them.

The Wells’ morning starts with a devotional. Although things don’t go as planned every day, typically there is a song, prayer, pledge or family mission statement, memorization, and some reading from a book that they all read together. Then Dina sets up the children’s planner. Click here for an explanation of their planners.

Dina pointed out that homeschool often looks “messy” or unorganized and that other people assume that the messiness suggests that homeschool does not work well.

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The books that Dina mentioned:

Well Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer

A Thomas Jefferson Education, by Oliver DeMille

Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett

The Confidence of a Champion, by Tim Marks

A Wrinkle in Time, by  Madeleine L’Engle 

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by  Simon Sinek


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