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