As a writer and photographer, I’m all about creativity. Whether it’s writing, taking photos, drawing, painting, carving, sculpting, or writing code to make a video game, I think it’s all wonderful. I have one child who has an artistic side, like me – sort of. He draws – I can’t draw a straight line if … Continue reading Encouraging your child’s strengths
One of my biggest frustrations, at the beginning and toward the end of any school year, is the way people don’t respect our school hours. It’s a bit of a problem all school year, but especially bad at the start and end. Now, before I go further, let me be clear that we don’t have … Continue reading School is in session…please disturb us
In my last post, I told you about five of our family’s favorite games that are also educational. Today, I thought I’d tell you about another five favorites. 1. Twenty Questions – You can play this game the old fashioned way where someone is the answerer and decides who/what/where they are and everyone else asks … Continue reading 5 More Educational Games to Buy For Christmas
One of the biggest concerns that new homeschoolers address is socialization. This is addressed in many ways: coming up with ways to prove to others that it’s not a concern; finding groups to ensure that we have access to field trips, classes, and other activities; finding groups to ensure that our kids have other friends … Continue reading Time for a breather
When you homeschool as a single parent, it can be hard to find time for yourself. It can be hard when your kids are in public school, too, but it is different. As a homeschooling parent, we have to focus on preparation for homeschooling: figuring out what to teach, when to teach it, how to teach … Continue reading Finding time for yourself
In a way, this is kind of related to my post from last week, about broadening your world rather than narrowing it when you homeschool. One of the big things that we do as homeschoolers is to try to find a group that we can be a part of: to participate in field trips, be … Continue reading Finding a good fit in a homeschooling group
It has been a really long time since I posted anything, and for that, I truly apologize. I’ve been so busy that the blog ended up getting shoved aside, but I intend to change that now. I want to talk to you today about something that happened this week. As homeschoolers, we joined a group … Continue reading Does homeschooling broaden or narrow your world?
Between homework, after school activities and events, work, cooking, and everything else that goes along with public school, I had little time for adult interaction when my kids were there. But once I started homeschooling, I found more time for everything, including developing friendships with other homeschooling parents. And those friendships have provided more than … Continue reading Homeschooling can even teach adults!
I came across this homeschooling post by Heather Sanders over on The Pioneer Woman this morning, about measuring success. The timing of coming across this post was interesting, because I’d just been discussing success and how to define and measure it when homeschooling with a friend that doesn’t homeschool. Her confusion comes from the fact … Continue reading Defining success