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… Continue reading Summer School That Isn’t School
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… Continue reading Summer Break For The Child Who Needs Structure
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… Continue reading Nature Study For The Not So “Outdoorsy” Mom
“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… Continue reading Independent Learning And The Struggling Reader
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… Continue reading The Truth About Homeschooling Children With Special Needs
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… Continue reading Homeschooling An Explosive Child
“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… Continue reading How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?