If we think that by controlling all the possible variables, we'll make sure our kids turn out in such-and-such a way, or that our family will be like the picture we hold in our mind's eye, we're fooling ourselves.
This is part of the series: Classical Homeschooling Those of you who have read any of these great books about classical homeschooling have, if you're anything like me, shut the book and said something like, "Yeah right." All of this sounds fabulous, but real people like me can't possibly accomplish all that these books lay out. … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Classical Homeschool
If I classically homeschool my kids, will they end up in my basement when they're 30? Read on to find out why a classical education is practical for today's students...
This is part of the series Classical Homeschooling Yesterday, I discussed one of the biggest challenges to a classical education: practicality. We're going to take this on in two parts. First: Defining Terms. The traditional liberal arts are grammar, logic, and rhetoric. These three represent what's called the Trivium, or the "three paths," Then there … Continue reading A Classical Education is Practical
If you're considering giving your children a classical educaction at home, you might as well be aware of the challenges you'll face. This may be depressing, but read on homeschooling mama:
My kids are selfish, cranky, and mean sometimes. Also, they yell. I wonder where they learned that.
That's about all that makes modern motherhood easier; we still have toddlers who throw fits, teenagers who test the limits, and loads of worldly dangers to help our kids face. Anything that can make our days easier is a welcome relief. That's why I devour Mystie's blogs and why I wanted to share one of her … Continue reading Mom’s Everything Bag: Organizing & Saving Time
We recently had our fourth child. After three other kids, you'd think we'd have this birth thing down-pat, but that's a big fat "Nope." In four kids we've had every birth experience possible. Our first was an oh-crap-we-just-got-married-and-pregnant-and-don't-know-anything-about-birth-type of experience. We took the classes offered by the hospital, hoped for a natural childbirth, and ended … Continue reading How Homeschooling is Like Birth
There are some striking similarities between being a homeschooling mom and being the CEO of a major corporation. Okay, I've never actually been the CEO of a major corporation. Out of the yearly boatload of books published on leadership in the corporate world, I've only read a handful, but I'm finding some leadership qualities apply to … Continue reading Mom, CEO. (Leadership Principles for Homeschooling Moms)
My living room looks like some disorganized, second-rate library. I haven't counted, but I'm sure there are no less than 1,136 half-read books stacked on the end tables, bookshelf, bench, and usually one or two on an armrest. My kids are usually each reading four at a time and have tossed them everywhere. A friend … Continue reading When Homeschooling Focus is Hard