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Cultivating a Love for Reading

When I look back on my daughter’s progress in reading this past year, I am rather dumbfounded. In March, she was reading Dr. Suess books with help from me. Today, she’s reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap independently, only occasionally asking me for help in pronouncing some words. When I […]

Have Kid- Will Travel

While most families are finally settling back into a school-dictated schedule, our family took a much-needed vacation. We were planning to go to Myrtle Beach with my mom to see family there, but Hurricane Dorian changed our plans. The funny thing is, the hotel canceled our reservations when they called […]

Children – the ignored population

Crossing the Border Is A Misdemeanor A misdemeanor is a crime that is more severe than a petty infraction (ie speeding), and less severe than a felony. Crossing the border in America is a misdemeanor. Based on all the hoopla regarding the undocumented immigrants and the “need for a wall,” […]

Forced Learning Isn’t Learning

I’m often asked for advice regarding homeschooling and I cannot tell you how happy I am when a parent messages me and says they’ve decided to jump into homeschooling! While I’m not going to say that homeschooling is for all families or all children, I’d be a liar if I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]