A Different Season of Thanks

We have a lot to be thankful for this year.  Though we have had to deal with familial illnesses, financial stretching, and the occasional hiccup of life that throws us all out of kilter, 2016 will end as yet another year on the freeway.   We have grown spiritually and emotionally, and we continue to […]

5 Steps Back from Burnout

I actually penned this blog post 4 years ago, being very much aware of where I was emotionally by the time the year’s end, and its associated holidays, came around.    Whenever you experience the “should I quit” moment in this season, may it encourage you. I read an article recently regarding burnout, its symptoms and possible steps […]

Firebird (our son’s college dance debut)

When your then 5-year-old son tinkers with the idea of dance classes, you never know where it might go.   You wrestle with your own stereotypes of what should interest a little boy, you do your best to protect him from the girls’ taunting that, unfortunately, is the sinful nature of children, and you hope […]

What to do with “Misfit” Curriculum

I wrote a post months ago entitled, “Should You Change Your Curriculum?”  with the idea that part 2 of that post would be about what to do when you decide you bought the wrong thing.   Somehow, in blogging real-time about our homeschool life and its progress, I never got back around to sharing ideas about […]

What Your Child’s Passions Can Do for YOU

I have written previously about teaching with passion , and I speak frequently about igniting our children’s passions.  After a recent experience, however, it occurred to me that I should perhaps look at this concept of passion from a different angle. This year as a part of our homeschool we deliberately close her planner for a […]

How to be an Octopus (or rather, how to school multiple kids at one time)

It almost seems counter-intuitive that I would write a post about schooling children of multiple ages and grades when I now have one child to educate, yes?   But for many years, our table looked more like this: By homeschooling standards, this is a small group.  Yet, I might be helpful to someone when it […]

From the Eyes of My Student

So, when the youngest volunteered to write a blog post for this week’s iHomeschool Network Blog Hop theme, “From the Eyes of the Student,” I was reminded of the parts of myself that continue to need work.   I learned–again–about the danger of being prideful, and I learned–again–about showing others grace.   After all, my passions, […]

What Exactly is a “Discovery Day?”

As many of us wind down to begin a homeschool year that coincides with the traditional school calendar, I cannot help but notice the scores of visitors that frequent my Curriculum Choice and Daily Schedule  page.   Since this week is the first of the 4-week iHomeschool Network Blog Hop, I thought it might be the […]

How Home Education Equalizes Educational Opportunities

For the second year in a row, we have begun school on the road.   This year’s trip didn’t leave us soaked, but it is a watershed in American history: Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School. This majestic institution, built for $1.5 million in the late 1920’s (the “separate-but-equal” Paul Laurence Dunbar High had to […]

Should You Change Your Curriculum?

Like most of us who educate our kids at home, I often have a bookmark in several books at one time. I am currently reading My American Journey, the autobiography of four-star General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.   As he shares the story of his life—his family’s West Indian heritage, surviving the South during the 60’s, and […]

It Might Not Be the Perfect Start, But…(it will still be good)

My mind began to drift on yesterday as I listened to Pastor—not the normal sundry thoughts from what’s for lunch to why is it always so cold in here, but purposeful drifting.   I would almost call it life application thoughts.   You see, our pastor has been speaking for months now from Psalms 1, about the […]

Marrying Traditional Education with Modern-Day Relevance

This will almost sound like an apologetic regarding a few of our curriculum choices, though that is far from my intent.   To be truthful, these are simply my latest ramblings about education as I pull together lesson plans for our middle schooler. As a home educator, I think alot about my own educational process […]

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