Remembering my friend and storyteller, J.J. Reneaux

Note: I wrote this column for the Barrow Journal in 2009 in remembrance of my friend, J.J. Reneaux.  Today, February 29, 2012 is the anniversary of her death.  Since it only comes around every four years, I thought I'd repost it on my blog.  J.J. is the person who first taught me the importance of oral … Continue reading Remembering my friend and storyteller, J.J. Reneaux

Less Than Ideal Memories of My Early Education

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on February 15, 2012. When I was in the first grade, I sat next to a boy named Leo.  Every Monday the teacher would put a list of spelling words on the blackboard, and we were supposed to write them down.  I did it without a problem, but … Continue reading Less Than Ideal Memories of My Early Education

What Labels Are We Placing on Homeschoolers?

Note: This column appeared in the print edition of the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. A number of articles have been circulating lately about the growing diversity in homeschooling families.  Publications such as the Houston Chronicle, USA Today, and Newsweek have each reported on the number of homeschoolers who don’t do it for … Continue reading What Labels Are We Placing on Homeschoolers?

January / February Activities with Small Children

One of my goals this year was to plan a lesson / activity around each of the holidays, and I wanted to try to start some new traditions too.  Unfortunately, I have not started off well in this 2012 New Year.  Though I've done a few projects for New Year's, Valentine's Day, and even Groundhog … Continue reading January / February Activities with Small Children

Hiking at Harris Shoals Park

Harris Shoals Park, Watkinsville, Georgia Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on February 8, 2012. Now that the boys are getting a little older, we’re ready to hit the trails.  My husband initiated a hiking ritual for our family, and at Christmas, he and I got some new boots to make it … Continue reading Hiking at Harris Shoals Park

My Childhood Memories in Nature

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on January 25, 2012. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the importance for children and adults to get out into nature.  If there’s one thing I appreciate about my own childhood, it’s that my parents both enjoyed the outdoors and most of our family vacations … Continue reading My Childhood Memories in Nature

In Response to a Teacher’s Questions About Homeschooling

Yesterday I read Why Are Urban, Professional Parents Choosing Homeschooling? by Judy Molland.  She was writing in response to Linda Perlstein’s recent article in Newsweek, and I think she brought up some good concerns and questions about homeschooling.  These are concerns I’ve heard before, so I thought I would answer them from my perspective in … Continue reading In Response to a Teacher’s Questions About Homeschooling