Book: Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was always on my bucket list, so my husband bought me the new translation by husband/wife team Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. They are translators of many Russian novels, and their work is critically acclaimed. This translation of Anna Karenina was published in 2000 and was the winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation … Continue reading Book: Anna Karenina

Digital Games and the Learning They Have Inspired

More than anything else in the world -- and yes, I think that includes piano and birds -- my boys love their digital games. Nothing depresses them more than not being able to play. If I needed to punish them, this would be the only way to punish them -- to take away their games. … Continue reading Digital Games and the Learning They Have Inspired

Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade

I'm very happy to announce that I've finally finished a project I've been working on for a long time. It's a new e-book, The Everyday Homeschooler's Guide to Teaching First Grade. I recommend this book for anyone contemplating or currently homeschooling a child between the ages of 4-8. ("First grade" is only a guideline!) This book … Continue reading Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade

Our 4th Grade Piano Adventures

At the end of May, my 10-year-old marked a full two years of taking piano lessons. In less than two years, he advanced to playing late intermediate/early advanced repertoire. This is quite remarkable, and for me, it finally sunk in just how remarkable this is over the past year. Of course, my husband recognized it … Continue reading Our 4th Grade Piano Adventures

My 1st Grader’s Ongoing Projects

As I look back over our school 2016-2017 school year, it's been fun to think about what my boys' major projects were this year. For my eldest, it was pretty much piano and gaming. But for my seven-year-old, he pursued many endeavors, and I had fun pursuing some of them with him. Yet it was … Continue reading My 1st Grader’s Ongoing Projects