I gotta admit a hard truth, folks. We've kinda sorta misplaced our homeschool rhythm... Or possibly it was thrown from a speeding Mustang, ridden by feral farm animals, into the jaws of an outlaw coyote...Maybe I've been reading too much Adventures of Hank the Cowdog to the children. I'm not sure. All I know is our rhythm has gone missing and I'm struggling to find it. Homeschooling … [Read more...] about When You’ve Lost Your Homeschool Rhythm
The warm sun is shining and the fireflies have emerged. It's summer and the smell of bbq's and lilies fill the air. My new flower bed is filled with poppies and a morning dove greets me with her mournful sound from a nearby tree. I love stepping outside with my morning coffee and enjoying the sights and sounds of summer. Our daily rhythm throughout most of the year is best described as controlled … [Read more...] about The Importance of Imaginative Play in Early Childhood
Perfectionism has reared its ugly head again. Not that it has ever completely left. Oh, no...but some days...weeks...months are easier than others. Helping Our Perfectionist Child Our son has been a perfectionist since he was a small child. Of all the things I could have passed on to my offspring...blue eyes, long legs, cunning wit...perfectionism and anxiety wouldn't have been on my list. As … [Read more...] about Helping Our Perfectionist Child
A Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat Fortune Teller (also known as a cutie catcher) was exactly what we needed as we finished "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" for the umpteenth time! It's always bittersweet when we finish one of these wonderful books by J. K. Rowling. She is an expert at drawing you into a story and making you feel as though you are in the characters shoes, so to … [Read more...] about Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat Fortune Teller
This past homeschool year has been fraught with ups and downs for our family. We have had other homeschoolers join us daily for adventures. We have taken college courses. We have had fun with experiments. We have read some wonderful books. We have struggled with asychronisity. We have dealt with sickness and loss of family and friends. We moved from our community to a farm, and we have … [Read more...] about Are We Still Unschooling?
I never thought someone would come to me and ask, "How do you homeschool? How do you make it all work." But that is exactly what has happened. Several moms new to homeschooling have asked, "How do I get started?" I'm no expert. I am however, an expert on my own children. We've only been doing this homeschool gig since our children were preschool age. So in that time frame, I've learned a … [Read more...] about 10 Things You Need to Know to Homeschool