As part of our summer plans, we wanted to have some actual academic time amidst all the running through the sprinkler and playing in the pool. I have had my eye on Ron Paul's home school curriculum for a while, and summer seemed an ideal time to give it a test run. For those unfamiliar … Continue reading Ron Paul Curriculum Trial
Good. Maybe when he grows up, he'll have a job instead of sitting in your basement eating bonbons and playing Xbox. Keep up the good work!! In all seriousness, I have taught for twelve years and had countless conversations with parents about how their kids are doing socially. Far too often, they are concerned about … Continue reading Is Your Home Schooled Kid a Nerd?
In our discussions of home schooling, my husband and I come back around to one question over and over: How will they become “socialized”? Of course, the typical home schooling argument is that children learn how to live and work with others in their families, in their churches, and through clubs, co-ops, and other activities. … Continue reading Making Friends in Home School
"Behold how pleasant and how good it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." Psalm 133:1 One of my biggest draws to home schooling is these two besties getting to spend more of their time together. How has home schooling impacted your children's friendships with each other?
Today my grandma, my boys' only living great-grandparent, turns ninety. From building domino castles and hand-churning ice cream to her official turkey stuffing recipe (which bids the reader to "find a cat" to deal with the liver), this woman is legend. She tromped all around tarnation with us collecting leaves and flowers to press and … Continue reading Legacy
I grew up in a small town, but fate has seen fit to have me raise my boys in a big city. I hate the traffic. My best friend is Charlotte Masoning her children in rural Indiana with chickens and barn kittens and a duck pond and a whole litany of natural wonders that give me … Continue reading Urban Outdoors
Working with dice enhances number sense in young children by training them to look at a group of objects (the dots on the dice) and recognize how many are there without counting. As children grow familiar with these common arrangements, they increase their awareness of how numbers are composed -- two columns of three makes six, … Continue reading Snake Eyes!
Currently, my boys and I drive forty minutes to and from school each day. Most of that is highway driving, so accidents and bad weather can add up to an hour. To get the most out of that time, we read books, listen to music, sing songs, and talk about our day. On the drive … Continue reading Reclaim Your Commute
Our family piano, a recent acquisition, has become a symbol of the culture we are building in our home. Neither my husband nor I really know how to play it. He took lessons for a few years as a kid, and I tinkered a bit on the piano at my grandparents' house growing up. However, … Continue reading The Piano
I am a mom of two very young boys, as well as a mathematics teacher at a small Catholic elementary school. While I have always enjoyed teaching other people's children, my true love is working with my own kids and watching them grow. It is rare for families to home school when both parents work … Continue reading The Beginning