Patty Sprenger is a parent taking the plunge and joining the wave! Follow her journey over the next year and see where it leads.  She has two kids ages 11 and 13 and lives north of Chicago. If you live in the area and would like to connect with Patty, contact us here at Light Way Schools. 

Five Star Reviews

December 20, 2015

Blog #17  five star reviews

October 24, 2014



Matthew holds few interests in life. At the age of 12.5 he enjoys martial arts, video games, YouTube sensations, friends, filmmaking, watching football, making weapons out of sticks, and eating. He is awed by powerful people, good or bad, and their influences on the masses. He is into good vs. evil. He would love to create a YouTube channel that can speak out to the greater world. Not a lot to draw from when you want to encourage a new educational skills based on interests. He, however, found a new path. A loophole, if you will, in the parents plan to not allow random comments to go up online. He brought me an idea. His proposal:  To watch kid videos on YouTube and write reviews about them. He will give his reviews with the following criteria: age it is most appropriate for, if it has accurate information, how artistic the graphics are, the length of time and whether it’s too long or short for certain age groups. He wanted to start with the Civil War (I guess our little field trip a couple weeks ago really did spark some lasting impressions). His needs of being connected to a social media site, and technology based learning desires are met. My desire to encourage articulate and complete writing skills are met. Not to mention the bigger lesson of seeing things thoroughly from both sides of an issue or video will be new skills. We collaborated ideas, and agreed his reviews need to be precise in both compliments and criticism, backing them with supporting evidence. He has to review it from the eyes of a child, and the eyes of a parent or teacher. He has to be fair. He has to review facts. He has to work, but he loves the idea. The perfect blend of learning within interests, and acquiring new skills. I investigated a bit into how I was going to get these reviews out, and found a facebook page--Unschoolers YouTube Learners. An entire page dedicated to uploading YouTube videos that may be interesting to unschoolers/homeschoolers of all ages. What a great resource. This is where will be posting videos and Matthew’s reviews.  



 

Deutsch Lehren

December 20, 2015

Blog #16 Deutsch lehren

October 21, 2014


Arianna wants to learn many languages, but she picked German first.  I speak one (unless you count the little phrases I still remember from high school Spanish class). You know the language class where you memorize a bunch of vocabulary words, but never actually speak conversationally. That is my background. How am I suppose to teach her this? She did not wait for me to figure out the answer. She decided to check out a book from the library Beginners Ger...


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Homeschool So Far....

May 4, 2015
It has been the most amazing journey with unlimited opportunities flying at us.....
This year my kids choose to do nature science. We will be keeping nature journals, filming nature, and collecting data about our observations. 
My kids just got jobs working on a tree farm and they are thrilled! They start next week, and will be planting, pruning, mowing, weeding, tending to the veggie gardens and learning how to use tools and drive tractors. So fun, and they make $5.50 an hour.
Arianna and I are...

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Interview with Light Way Founder

March 31, 2015
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Going Deeper

November 26, 2014

October 14, 2014

Today I learned just how important it is for young learners to have the time and freedom to go deeper into information in which they have been introduced. Our day started with Matthew and Arianna writing with quills and ink. They loved it. We had picked this lovely set of parchment with the Gettysburg address written on it in Abes hand, the ink, and the feather quill on our trip to Springfield this past weekend. Arianna sat in front of me in dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder fr...


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Columbus Day no more

November 26, 2014

October 13, 2014

Well today was interesting. Columbus day. I started the day reading the kids and article about Seattle banning the celebration of Columbus to honor Indigenous people. Yes, they have dumped Columbus Day to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead. They are amongst several cities around the USA, and the entire state of South Dakota has never honored the day denoted as Columbus Day. The kids were quite fascinated by this article, and the accusations thrown out about the man they...


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Family Field Trip

November 26, 2014

October 12, 2014

We took a family field trip this weekend to Springfield, IL. The home of Abraham Lincoln. My kids think they hate history. What they really hate is filling in blanks, and memorizing names to match with dates about events they don’t understand. So it was a trick on my part to teach history differently. It worked!  The kids LOVED every minute of learning this way, and so did the parents. We went to Lincoln’s house--the only national park in all of Illinois. We watched a sho...


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Boys Play Different (and so do girls if you let them)

November 26, 2014

October 9, 2014

I had an informal meeting today with a friend, who brought her son along. The boys asked if they could use their bebe guns to shoot at targets. We agreed, and off they went. As we talked and occasionally peeked out the window, we realized how happy they seemed. They were setting up elaborate targets with boxes and cans and paper circles. The planning that went into the intended bulls-eye platforms was truly a work of art. Annie Oakley would be so proud. We watched as they disc...


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Happy Birthday Games

November 26, 2014

October 7, 2014

Yesterday my daughter turned 11 years old. She asked for a walking globe to perfect her circus arts training. She also wanted a venus fly trap plant and her ears pierced. She is getting so big, but she requested something else for her special day: to play a game with “the whole family.” She wanted to play a board game with us. She let her brother help pick a game from our abundance choices in the game closet. They came back with Harry Potter Clue. None of us had played thi...


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Dr. Dolittle Final Curtain Call

November 26, 2014

October 5, 2014

Final show of Dr. Dolittle happened this afternoon, fifth performance. We spent almost everyday of our last month at this theater. The John Lumber Center for the Performing arts at the College of Lake County are home away from home. It became an incredible adventure for Arianna. As I reflect on her journey from auditioning to showtime, I am in awe of how much learning happened just by being a part of life. For one, Arianna read the book Dr. Dolittle, a known classic that would...


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