Absent with Leave

| September 30, 2009

(or at least an excuse.) I’m sorry, gentle reader, for my neglect. You see, we have recently undergone a certain life change in our home. To be more accurate, I’m the one who has changed status, from SAHM to student. I’ve gone back to school to study for a Master-In-Teaching degree. It’s all rather exciting, […]

A Fun Homeschool Video

| April 6, 2009

Phonics Resources

| November 24, 2008

As some of you know, we are teaching our four year old to read. Now, he’s a very bright child, but he is also hyperactive, and sometimes has a hard time sitting still long enough to really learn. He also has an extremely literal language style, so sometimes we need to approach a subject from […]

Whiteboard Idea

| October 31, 2008

I get these bees in my bonnet. When we’re lucky, they’re inexpensive or they pass. Today, it’s a moneysaving idea, and I’m looking forward to implementing it as soon as I get a chance to get out of the house. It’s a personal whiteboard for each kid old enough to read. If you homeschool, you […]

More on History Odyssey

| June 21, 2008

I’m posting again on History Odyssey, because two people left questions about it it the comments. Now that I’ve had a little experience it’s time for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Well, the bad isn’t terribly bad. So I’ll start there. Basically, it does require preparation in the sense that you kind of […]

History Odyssey

| March 1, 2008

One of the fastest ways to get me excited is with a new homeschooling book. I just received History Odyssey in the mail, after having ordered it by the slowest mail some time ago. And I have to say, it doesn’t disappoint. It looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to start with it. What I […]

Classical Education Theory and The Well-Trained Mind

| September 10, 2007

Robin at Heart of Wisdom made a good point. In the comments, she referred to her post on the subject of classical education, which discusses some criticisms that I believe are worthy of consideration. Chiefly, she criticizes an emphasis on the Greek and Roman classics, which tend to focus on mythology, philosophy, and a very […]

Dear Old Golden Rule Days

| August 9, 2007

Well, that time is upon us again, mid-August: back to school sales, curriculum planning, trying to get kids back into the habit of sleeping at night and waking up during the day. And with it comes my latest Short Stack recommendation: The Well-Trained Mind, by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. I started reading it […]

What about Socialization?

| July 26, 2007

I was just reading, again, about Obama’s idea of proactive early sexualization sex education for kindergarteners. A few moments later I stumbled upon an article about reasons for homeschooling, and suddenly the obviousness of the connection between the two subjects stood out sharply. I don’t just mean the usual connection (homeschooling to prevent exposure to […]