Little Green Thumb: Gardening with a Preschooler

One of our big summer goals for this year has been keeping a vegetable garden.  We tried last year but without much success (weeds, squash bugs, some kind of hex on our peppers...), so we are being more deliberate and conscientious stewards of our garden this year.  In order to make it easier (and safer) … Continue reading Little Green Thumb: Gardening with a Preschooler


A Fierce Independence

A bit of wisdom from Maria Montessori today: "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." For our older son, that's basically every task now. Last month he hit three and dove headfirst into the world of "I can do it all by myself!" He is putting on shoes, … Continue reading A Fierce Independence

Reclaim Your Commute

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



When kids are taught in rooms of twenty or thirty, a lot gets glossed over.  Teacher doesn't often notice whether Bobby makes his O's clockwise or Susie adds the tens place before the ones.  These seemingly harmless oversights not only set children up for failure -- Regrouping is coming for you, Susie! -- but they … Continue reading Detail-Oriented


The Beginning

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