The past two weeks have been somewhat crazy. I could say that they are abnormal, and perhaps in substance they are, but in reality every year of homeschooling has been in the middle of some crazy life circumstance. When our oldest was in 1st grade we experienced all of the following in one school year:… Read More Life is what happens while you’re busy homeschooling
When I went to college, I quickly found that the high school English classes I took were not normal. My professors in college were never content with my writing (nor should they have been; I was–and still am–paying them to help me improve!) but were consistently surprised at some of the material my high school… Read More High School English
During my homeschool research 11-odd years ago, I read the second edition of The Well-Trained Mind. To say I fell in love with the mother-daughter duo who authored the book, Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, would be an understatement. Though I do not always agree with them, I have yet to find a school… Read More The Four-Year History Cycle
When I first started researching homeschool curricula, I encountered Charlotte Mason. I remembered hearing about her philosophy from a friend a year or two before, so I read a book about her concept (though admittedly I’ve learned since that many CM adherents prefer her own writings, which makes sense) and later found a site for… Read More Living Books vs. Twaddle
There is a certain kind of independence among homeschoolers, and I have found that to be so especially among homeschoolers in Southern California. Maybe it’s the Wild West mentality, maybe it’s the fact that if you move here from somewhere else you are looking for new and different, maybe it’s the salt air. If you’re… Read More That one year we tried a school
As a college student on my way to becoming a teacher, I sure wasn’t going to homeschool my own kids. In fact, not only did I think most homeschooling parents were probably crazy, I knew they weren’t qualified to do their jobs. Fast-forward to having a couple years of teaching experience behind me, plenty of… Read More Why Homeschool?