There was an essay contest, and I wrote a piece for it. And then, I wrote another piece. And what I couldn’t rectify is that my life isn’t really made up of single decisions. It is a world of decisions each and every day that could have gone differently. Little moments defining and shaping character in the mundane. And in my quandary and my inability … Continue reading What Single Decision Changed Your Life?
I took the kids to another public meeting last night. This time we went to hear the zoning board. Lucky for all involved, first we went to the library, so the boys had something to do. Just to give a little bit of back-story, I was recently asked to join the board for Friends of Historic Brattonsville after volunteering for two years and getting to … Continue reading The Zoning Board
There are some revelations I have had in homeschooling my children. Concepts, that as a public school parent following public school philosophies, I was unaware existed. And today is the day I would like to share them with the world. (They directly relate to the title.) I am more than capable of teaching my own children. Because I am the expert on my child, and … Continue reading Why the Learn Bravely Inclusive Cooperative?
Recently we had the pleasure of seeing some Norman Rockwell artwork up close. A travelling exhibit featured a few of his most famous pieces, and also offered insight into his process. Though I think of Mr. Rockwell as having captured life in action, his pieces were actually planned. Early in his career, he used models that would stand in poses for hours as he sketched. … Continue reading Norman Rockwell Study – Four Lessons
Quick! Let’s play a game. I will write a simple statement and you, the reader, think of the first thing that comes to mind. Here we go…. I HOMESCHOOL MY CHILDREN. Now, if I had to guess, the picture in your head is a dining room or kitchen table with me sitting on one side and the children sitting on the other. We have textbooks. … Continue reading Homeschooling 101: My Dining Room Table Isn’t a Schoolroom and Other Ways to Teach the Kiddos
There is a term used among homeschoolers. It is Unschooling. AKA Unschooler. Unschooled. To Unschool. Depending on who uses it, the word can have many different reactions. For example: I once told somebody I unschooled my children and the response I received was, “Well, that’s fine. But I want my children to be able to survive in the real world if I die.” Or, “Well, … Continue reading Homeschooling 101: What is UN School-ing??
What about socialization? “Homeschoolers are just a bit weird. The one that lives next door to me is odd. I worry he’s not going to be able to make it in the real world.” Please stick with me for a minute….thinking back to the good old days when you, the reader, went to high school – was everybody normal? Can’t think of one single different … Continue reading Homeschooling 101: Socialization