Standardized Tests: The Scourge of School

"Holbrook agues that asking students to dissect poems isn't an effective way to teach them about the joys of literature." I remember as a teacher, seeing more than a few questions on standardized tests that were biased regarding culture and those that had no answer, or multiple answers. It is so common that during testing... Continue Reading →

A Year of Homeschool

It's been almost a year since we started with the BookShark curriculum and I just want to say, if you're looking for a boxed curriculum and you want a flexible schedule and you want to emphasize a love of reading and adventure, then you should seriously consider BookShark. It's been nearly a year for us,... Continue Reading →

Making Time

When I first started homeschooling my daughter, I used to think about the things I could be doing if she had gone to school. I thought of yoga, peaceful visits to coffee shops, or the bookstore, lunch with a friend, long runs or walks with my dog, sitting down to read without interruption, shopping alone... Continue Reading →

String Painting

Happy first day of Spring to you! The sun is shining and it's to be nearly sixty degrees today. My daughter and I celebrated by reading springtime poems, and going outside to paint. My daughter has been artistic from birth, I'm telling you. I remember letting her go crazy with finger-paints before she could even... Continue Reading →

Dear Public School

You can always tell when an animal is threatened. They lash out at everyone and everything. The same could be said of you, Public School, as you lash out at homeschooling families in Kentucky and attempts to accuse them of hiding truancy, rather than educating their children. I think what you fail to realize is... Continue Reading →

“Unschooling” No More

Lately I've been thinking about the term Unschooling. Every time I use it as a hashtag, I cringe a little inside. I guess because I prefer to think of our lives as not requiring school at all. My daughter learns at home and learns what she wants to learn. I guide her, provide resources and... Continue Reading →

Where Do The Children Play?

If I were to mention a challenge to homeschooling, it would be finding other children for Kat to play with. Unlike many home educated kids, Kat has no siblings with whom to play. She plays with children when we're in public places, of course and she's very social and open to play with children of... Continue Reading →

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