Education is an Atmosphere

There are some places or events where the atmosphere is so focused and palpable that mental immersion in the situation is almost inescapable: the starting line of a marathon, a solemn religious service, a college classroom during a final exam. Whether it was your intention to be involved or not, when someone puts an extensive … Continue reading Education is an Atmosphere

What We Learn When We Learn Computer Programming

Nobody can deny the importance of computers in everyday life.  However, many think that computer programming is a highly specialized subject that should only be taught as an elective.  However, I will make the case that computer programming has a place in the core curriculum, whether or not your student plans on pursuing a technology … Continue reading What We Learn When We Learn Computer Programming

Authors are our Teachers

A word fitly spokenIs like apples of gold in pictures of silver. – Prov. 25:11 Great authors are wordsmiths.  Through vivid imagery and careful syntax, their words ferry our minds to mythical lands with unexpected characters or turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.  This is artistry in ink; a picture painted in intelligible letters placed, … Continue reading Authors are our Teachers

What We Learn When We Learn Chemistry

Introduction “But why do I need to learn this?” is a common refrain from students of all ages.  It is frequently a struggle to answer.  Other people design standard curriculums, and we follow along.  This is disheartening for both the teacher and the student.   “What we learn when we learn…” is a series of … Continue reading What We Learn When We Learn Chemistry

Dear Homeschooling,

As we start the last First Day of our semester I am overcome with emotion. I am watching our firstborn diligently work, and I cannot believe we are here. As we near the end of our homeschool journey with our oldest I wanted to take a moment and write a letter to you. First, you … Continue reading Dear Homeschooling,

Managing a Home in a State of Flux

How do you get it all done?  Dishes, laundry, meals (both prepping and planning), vacuuming the incessant dog hair, keeping surfaces clean and dust-free, making the beds, chauffeuring kids to activities, AND homeschooling?  The truth is, it CAN’T all be done.  Unfortunately, things that get done are quickly undone by other persons residing with you.  … Continue reading Managing a Home in a State of Flux

Is Your Curriculum working for your family?

Mid-year breaks are a great time to evaluate whether that shiny product you bought in August is still working in your homeschool.  Remember when you bought it?  You were sure that this was the thing that was going to help your kid get it.  But now it’s not proving the test of time (or the … Continue reading Is Your Curriculum working for your family?

Teaching Driver’s Education

Before Taking the Learner Permit Test  Step 1: Purchase and/or enroll in a Parent-Taught Driver’s Education course.  You need this info to fill out the Affidavit in the next step. Step 2: Fill out the Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Affidavit at the bottom of this link. Send it to the address listed on the form.  They … Continue reading Teaching Driver’s Education

Mapping a Plan for High School

The number one question I hear over and over again is: “How can you homeschool through high school?” The answer is a resounding, “yes, you can!” The first step in conquering this task is to make a four year plan. When my oldest approached high school age, he was interested in going to college. So, … Continue reading Mapping a Plan for High School