Homer Says You CAN Homeschool Your Child

Okay, He didn't put it that way exactly. But Homer does encourage his readers that the seemingly impossible task is doable. Doesn't homeschooling seem impossible some days?  I'm supposed to, what?  I have to teach them  everything they need to know to be a successful, content, joyful adult?  For me, teaching writing, literature, philosophy, languages, logic, … Continue reading Homer Says You CAN Homeschool Your Child

Common Core’s Changes to SAT and ACT are No Problem For Homeschoolers

States are busy implementing Common Core State Standards.  According to the Common Core website, “Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.” The Home School Legal Defense Association says this national standardization of English Language Arts and … Continue reading Common Core’s Changes to SAT and ACT are No Problem For Homeschoolers

How to Recover if You Attended a Homeschool Convention

Homeschool Conference Season: A time for parents to network, learn, and generally descend into neurotic behavior. Here's what usually happens: You register early, pay your $30 to get in.  You've got your notebook so you can sit through your six workshops per day like a good student and learn as much as humanly possible in two days. … Continue reading How to Recover if You Attended a Homeschool Convention

Parents in Trouble With Police

A recent flurry of media activity here, here, and here on the subject of parents getting in trouble with police has brought an interesting question to mind: Is it reality, or just stories on the fringes being reported? Let me delve into what I mean. We've all seen those stories on the news of babies … Continue reading Parents in Trouble With Police

Wedding Day Spectacles

If you walk into your local discount store this weekend, you'll likely already be barraged by piles of school supplies and signs shouting "Sale! Sale! Sale!" even though the beach towels and summer fun items lay only an aisle away. It feels like artillery shells pounding your sense of timing, like Christmas shopping at Halloween. … Continue reading Wedding Day Spectacles

Restful Work: How Dirt and Sawdust Can Be Refreshing

Since last week's post I've been thinking more about the idea of rest.  There's a lot of talk going on in classical education circles since Sarah Mackenzie's new book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace came out.  I'm working my way through it, and it's great so far.  By the way, if you've read … Continue reading Restful Work: How Dirt and Sawdust Can Be Refreshing

Stirring the Waters: Refreshment for Your Homeschool

The kids are picking raspberries at our friends' farm. As I sit in the shade watching, I've entered full-on Rest Mode, which has reminded me of how much learning happens when we just let life happen. The change in the seasons is, I think, God's way of nudging us toward experiencing life a little differently: … Continue reading Stirring the Waters: Refreshment for Your Homeschool

A Hard-Fought Win for the Pelletier Family, a Warning for Others

  I was reading recently about Justina Pelletier who, last week, was finally returned to her family after a 16-month legal battle with DCF in Massachusetts. A judge awarded the state custody of Justina due to alleged "medical abuse" by her parents, when, in fact, her parents were following the medical advice and diagnosis of her … Continue reading A Hard-Fought Win for the Pelletier Family, a Warning for Others

Sum, Sum, Summertime…er…Plan, Plan, Planning Time

Now that we've finished first grade, I seriously want to sit back and relax for a few weeks and enjoy the summer.  Okay, who am I kidding?  I want three straight months off like I had when I was a kid.  But now that I'm the teacher, and with the speed at which I read, … Continue reading Sum, Sum, Summertime…er…Plan, Plan, Planning Time

Words, Words, Words

Great post from the Jagged Word, and this is something near and dear to this blog's heart.  There are many times in the Scriptures where God admonishes us to be silent rather than opening our mouths and proving our foolishness to the world.  But the truth cannot be denied that God has chosen words as the vehicle … Continue reading Words, Words, Words