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Not Finishing the School Year

So, we are not going to be able to finish this school year properly. In fact, we are significantly behind, and that really bothers me. Some of it was unavoidable:  we had a bumper garden harvest and illness.  However, the girls could have been farther along if I had been a bit more organized.  Or […]

Update Your Resume!

A few months ago someone asked me for my resume for a volunteer position.  I had not worried about a resume since leaving the academic scene to become a stay at home mom almost two decades ago!  In fact, I had barely written down my various activities.  Obviously, this was going to be a colossal […]

Is There Life after Homeschooling?

Many years ago I talked to a cashier, a former homeschooling mom, whose life fell apart when her teens unexpectedly went to school.  For a year, she suffered from depression and was unable to do basic tasks around the house.  In fact, it was not until she became a cashier that she began to recover. […]

Reading about Math and Science

Years ago we started the practice of reading books about science and math as an ‘official’ part of our homeschool (i.e. something I make sure happens).  We read not only our carefully chosen textbooks, but also biographies, picture books, explanations of concepts, and deep discussions.  Why?  Because, while science and math textbooks are indispensable, especially […]

Why I Aim to be a Zero in Our Homeschool

Every once in a while I read something that sticks with me for a long time.  One of these concepts is “Aim to be a zero” from An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, and it really illuminates many tasks.  I have thought about this concept so much that I no longer […]