“I hate school!” Only a couple months into our first year of homeschooling and the negative comments had started. These weren’t really much different than what I heard when my kids were in a tradition school. We struggled through that first year, dragging ourselves to summer break. I don’t tell you this to discourage you,
Summertime is here. Yet many of us still want our children to continue learning. What better way to learn than getting our hands dirty? Dirty in the garden. A garden is full of many lessons from how a plant grows to cooking the harvest. Like so many good things, gardening can sound like one more thing
The other day my cat was stuck in a tree. He had no idea how to get out. How does that happen? He didn’t get to play in trees when he was a kitten. We lived in coyote country. Not just a few howls at night, I mean where coyotes wandered through the property during
Someone once said, “If you’re not sure where you’re going, any train will get you there.” Recently I took a train trip to New York City. I knew where I was going and what train to use to get there. I had a specific destination. I even had a specific destination, my hotel, once I
(This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosures for more information.) It amazes me that preschool has come to dominate much of the education conversation. The media has become a PR outlet for those who advocate formal, away-from-home preschool experiences. Based on vague notions and buzzword, such as “ready to learn,” parents are clamoring for
Too often “the classics” of literature are considered too old and too difficult for our children to tackle. As our kids’ teachers, we try to put on a happy face and tell them they’ll love it. If we’re honest with ourselves and our children, we have to admit we used Cliff Notes when during our
Our family traveled a lot when I was growing up. My dad’s job moved us around the country and Dad made sure we visited important sites in each area. Now I often say I learned more on the road than in the classroom. Not all families are blessed to move or travel around the country.
Like the socialization question, some doubts about homeschooling continue in spite of the evidence that they are false fears. One such doubt is high school at home. Four decades of homeschooled students graduating from high school and succeeding in college, business, and other areas has not changed the view. To help parents overcome doubts, 7