The success of our homeschools is primarily a result of what habits we, as homeschooling moms, have formed for ourselves. Of course, it's our responsibility to help our kids form good habits, but it starts with us. After some false starts and a whole lot of practice, some habits, like reading more, have taken hold… Continue reading Three Tips for Better Habits
We've hit springtime homeschool restlessness hard. All we want is play outside. The weather's great, the backyard is calling. Even the dog is vying for our attention: "Just one, maybe two races across the yard? Pretty, pretty please?" How can we sit here at the kitchen table and focus on book work when there is so much more fun to… Continue reading Springtime Homeschool Restlessness: 1 Great Trick, 5 Things I’ve Learned
You know, the kind full of battle scenes. The good guys face hopeless odds. The women and children are crying. Only a wizard and group of mystical Ents can rescue the halflings from despair. "What can men do against such reckless evil?" "Ride out and meet them." Let's just say I did not ride out… Continue reading A Two Towers Kind of School Day
The nitty-gritty details on how to do Morning Time in a classical, Charlotte-Mason homeschool.
Much of parenting is down and dirty, in the poo kind of “work,” but then you come up for air and all of a sudden, it’s five or ten years down the road and your diaper disaster child has become self-sufficient in all new ways
Sometimes you have to take a break from the online world to make things happen in the real world. A balanced life moves in seasons like that...
After a long holiday break, I'm back and tracking the most important issues in homeschooling. Here are my top picks for the week: Upcoming news and issues for Catholic education Dr. Brian Ray from the National Home Education Research Institute ponders whether homeschooling is unfair to other children. Some ideas to get you back on… Continue reading News Over The New Year: Homeschooling Is Unfair To Others, 96% Of Social Psychologists Lean Liberal
Common Core Co-Author to Give Keynote at National Catholic Educational Association Convention David Coleman, president of The College Board, and Common Core co-author has an unexpected message for Catholic schools that applies just as well to homeschoolers: keep doing what makes you great, despite the coming changes to the AP and SAT tests. I've written… Continue reading News Dec. 13-19 Catholic Schools and Common Core and A Cool Idea for Homeschool PE
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.
Every Student Succeeds Act Succeeds President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on Thursday. This comes after the Senate advanced the bill a day before by a vote of 84-12. Notably, presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz voted against the bill, while Marco Rubio didn't vote. The more I read about… Continue reading News Dec. 6-12 Obama signs ESSA and Swedish Family Loses Son for Good