It's October, and our year is well on its way. (Even if it does feel like August outside.) This year I'm putting in the effort to plan our week's lessons on the weekend, and this has been helpful for me. Writing, grammar, cursive, math, history, science, Spanish, Chinese and more -- not necessarily in that … Continue reading October
Here it is -- the end of April -- and while our homeschool year won't officially end until July or August, I begin now to start thinking about what I want to finish, what I'll carry over to next year, what to work on over the summer, and we start to shift to other meaningful … Continue reading A year of meaningful work
Life may not be boring, but I can write about it only so much, or I'm going to bore you. I mean, how many times do you want to read that the eight-year-old beat me at Star Wars Monopoly? (And I swear I'm not letting him win.) Or that the eleven-year-old played Mozart's Fantasia for the thousandth time, or that I am still a failure at cooking, and you couldn't eat off my floors, but all the laundry gets done, and the dishes are washed three times a day.
As I always say, summer has a mind of its own, and this year has been no exception. August, especially, has been full, mostly of good things. The boys' birthdays are both in August, so this keeps me busy most of the month, and we usually take time off around their birthdays so that I … Continue reading August
Being is the great explainer. ~ Henry David Thoreau When I tell people that I'm a homeschool mom, I'm sure most people think that I teach my boys everyday. But the truth is, they have been teaching me. They are the teachers, and I'm the pupil. They have taught me that you can be happy, … Continue reading What My Kids Have Taught Me
Due to several reasons, we had not been getting out for regular day hikes as much as we used to, and this made me sad. But last week we woke up, the weather was good, the time was right, and we decided at the last minute to go to the mountains for the day. (We never … Continue reading Thoughts on Photographs and the Last Ten Years
Days are passing fast and furious, and I'm watching my boys grow up at a tremendous speed. My youngest son's baby cheeks have completely vanished in the last few months. He's so tall that he's wearing the shirts his brother (who is three years older) wore last year. My eldest is becoming a young man … Continue reading A Slow, Different Kind of Education
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and this autumn has certainly been full of interesting happenings both in my home and in the world at large. I have gotten a little exhausted at following the news and social media, so I'm limiting my time on that. While I'm disappointed with the election … Continue reading Autumn Musings
There are times I get super busy such as when family visits or all our play dates and appointments get clumped into one week. No matter how much I try to spread out our activities, I go through periods of non-stop excitement and then the welcome reprieve of being at home for a few days … Continue reading Homeschooling Is My Compass
I sometimes ask myself this question. There is no reward in blogging except for the infrequent but kind remarks left in the comments. There is even less reward in writing a newspaper column. (I will comment no further on that.) Sometimes I get tired of writing about myself because I wonder who really cares? There are … Continue reading Why Do I Blog?