Tag: homeschooling

Signs of Life Day Fourteen

For the last four years my boys have participated in a volunteer program at our church that provides a hot meal once a week to anyone who’s hungry for food and fellowship. I’ve only mentioned it once before because advertising efforts in this way is unbecoming. They don’t need a spotlight. However, earlier last year, their efforts moved from setting tables to… Read more →

Signs of Life Day Ten

I’m currently working on class descriptions for next year, which means I’m knee-deep in book selections for middle schoolers. Such freedom! Such creativity! This is truly a joyful task and one of the best perks of the job. In my effort to find a free copy of a certain book, I re-stumbled up Project Gutenberg, an online resource for free books.… Read more →

Signs of Life Day Two

Teaching children (other than my own) has been a bigger blessing than I ever imagined it would be, and it all started as a total leap of faith. I’m in the second semester of teaching at our homeschool co-op and each week has been a blessing to me. Sometimes it’s the basic interaction I enjoy, and sometimes it’s seeing students connect the dots… Read more →

Book Review: Wonder

If you recall, I’m teaching a middle school literature and creative writing class at our co-op this year. Wonder is the first book students will read, and I thought I’d share a review here for other parents. Wonder follows the story of August Pullman as he transitions from being a homeschooled fourth grader to a fifth grader at Beecher Prep School. It’s a… Read more →

OMG IS IT SUMMER YET

Oh, if life had a fast forward button. I wouldn’t press it often, but I bet I’d fast forward school every year starting on April 1. Fast forwarding the last month of school sounds like a good plan to me. Why? Because we are emotionally and mentally exhausted. We’re tired of each other. We’re bored of the schedule and routine. We… Read more →

“Sometimes my brain turns sideways.”

For several weeks, maybe even more than a month, Jackson has been asking me the same curious question: “Mom, do you think I’m an alien?” “No,” I reply. “I don’t think you’re alien.” “Are you sure?” The first few times he asked me this I shrugged it off as playful. He’s a unique guy, so he thinks of unique stuff.… Read more →

Field Trip: Marco Rubio Rally

A big part of our homeschooling philosophy is to talk about everything, and that includes politics. My boys are years away from voting, but that doesn’t negate them from the conversation. Chuck and I are honest about our political views and subsequent frustrations, and we try very hard to offer them objective information about what’s going on in the political arena. You will… Read more →

Moving forward with confidence

Our plans for the next school year are coming together and I’ve never been this confident before with homeschooling. I cannot sing higher praises of our new co-op. The people, the classes, the opportunity – they have all filled a big gap in our long-range education plan and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m especially happy with the classes offered… Read more →

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