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

That’s What Break Week Is For

Have you had too many weeks in a row in which you couldn’t get everything done? I don’t mean you didn’t finish all the school work; I mean, you are way behind in the stuff one would think would be easy. Like when it’s time to pay the bills, but you realize you haven’t filed … Continue reading That’s What Break Week Is For

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

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?

Entertaining the Littles while Schooling the Bigs

I think this question has been the most often asked of me through the years by homeschooling mamas striving to teach younger and older students.  It was MY number one question during that season as well.  The quick answer: “You ARE teaching them!”  It is amazing what those little ears pick up and what those … Continue reading Entertaining the Littles while Schooling the Bigs

Homeschooling… for now

“So…where do your kids go to school?” “Oh! We are homeschooling for now.” For now. Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton was committing to another four years in office, the Hale-Bopp comet was doing a fly-by, and The Lion King opened on Broadway, our little family of four embarked on the adventure of home education. … Continue reading Homeschooling… for now

The Homeschool Meltdown

“What just happened?  School was going really well and suddenly my child is in a puddle on the floor.” If you have been homeschooling for a bit, you’ve probably experienced this drastic turnaround. Your child is frustrated, you are frustrated.  What can you do now? Find the Source of the Frustration Frustration over a behavior … Continue reading The Homeschool Meltdown

Why Read Aloud?

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk in the homeschool community about the importance of reading aloud. Reading is fast becoming a lost art in our video-based society. But it still remains the most efficient means of gaining information as well as a very pleasant way to slow down and enjoy a story. Today we’re … Continue reading Why Read Aloud?