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

Summer Break For The Child Who Needs Structure

I have been feeling it for a while now. The nagging worry. A tiny flicker of fear. The desire to head to Mexico and have a drink by the pool. Summer is coming. When you have a child who requires a consistent routine and struggles with change, summer break is not something you look forward to. Summer break is not really a break at...Read More

Nature Study For The Not So “Outdoorsy” Mom

Before I had children, I spent most of my time working in big cities. New York. Boston. San Francisco. Seattle. Los Angeles. If I walked, it was a few blocks to the office, to the coffee shop, or to the nail salon. I enjoyed that life. It suited me. I haven't gone camping since I was 15 years old. I like air conditioning, a lot....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

The Truth About Homeschooling Children With Special Needs

We have been homeschooling my fourteen-year-old son since he was eight years old. Last week he went back to school. He is enrolled in a Medieval History class at a private school, as part of a homeschool hybrid program. He wants to go. He wants to get away from his little brother. He wants to learn from someone other than me. He wants to...Read More