Summer School That Isn’t School

  Like many of you, I am dragging my family over that school year finish line this month. I'm tired. My boys are tired. Our school has slipped into a haze of hurry up and finish just this one thing combined with science projects that I should've supervised a bit better, but instead turned my 11 year old's hands glittery purple for four days....Read More

Independent Learning And The Struggling Reader

"I feel like a baby, all the time. I want to be able to do school like everyone else," my son said a few months ago. Hesitantly, I asked him what he meant. "Everyone gets to do their school on their own and I have to always be with you so you can read to me." He's not wrong. He sees his big brother,...Read More

Homeschooling An Explosive Child

There were scratches up and down my arms and my mascara was smudged. I glanced in the rear view mirror and noted that my hair would also need to be fixed before I went into the office. I looked like I had been in a fight. The truth is, I had. As I drove away from my son's school, I fought back tears. "Just getting him...Read More

How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?

"There…in the…wa…wa…water was a boy.” My youngest son struggled to read the sentence. Again. I tried to encourage him, my heart sinking. “Good. Keep going.” As he worked harder than any eleven-year-old boy should have to just to read The Story Of Ping, I thought to myself, “Surely by this time next year he will be able to do this.” ‘This time next year’...Read More

Movement and Learning For The Older Child

"I can think of better ideas, Momma, if you just let me walk around." My eleven-year-old son was narrating a story, as part of our writing lesson for the day. I was typing his words as he spoke them and had asked him to stay close to me so I could hear him spin his tale. As soon as he sat down, he began to...Read More