If there’s one New Year’s resolution I make this year, it will be to remember that my actions have a larger meaning than I usually give them credit for. Without my knowing it, something I said, did or wrote could affect someone miles away, long after I’m gone. I hope you’ll remember that too. You matter. We all matter.
One of my best Christmas presents was a request from my husband that we buy ourselves some new hiking boots and begin to make hiking a priority and a ritual in this family. Yahoo! A mutual love of hiking was part of why I fell for my fella, and we used to go on day hikes … Continue reading Hiking 101: Getting the Family Into Nature
Note: This column appeared in the Barrow Journal on December 22, 2011. Last week we trimmed the tree, or, actually, my five-year-old trimmed the tree. I assembled it and put the lights on, and then he put on every single ornament by himself. He got very irritated with me if I tried to put one on. … Continue reading The Best Christmas Gifts For This Tired Mama
A while back I wrote about my desire to make new family traditions for my family, and December seems like a great time to do that. However, I have to admit, I have kept this December extremely simple and I've done nothing to intentionally start anything new.
Since I have two boys, I cannot help but be interested in information to help me understand the unique needs of boys. Below is a list of books and online resources that I have found, and I plan to add to this list as I find more. I hope you'll contribute to this by leaving … Continue reading Worthy Reads about Raising and Educating Boys
For me, doing “child-led learning” means introducing my boys to a variety of books, places, classes, stories, and people. I am a facilitator and mentor. As we explore the world together, I’m going to observe what they love the most. When they gain interest in a particular subject, I’m going to let them delve into it further, and I’m going to do everything I can to help them learn more about it until they are satisfied. I expect some interests may peter out and others may be life-long passions.
The law only requires a parent to possess a high school diploma or equivalent to homeschool their child, but there are many other qualifications a parent needs to homeschool. I’m not talking about higher education. I’m talking about a commitment to their child and to fostering an environment of learning.