Express Myself

I would be lying if I said that homeschooling took away all the frustrations. It is better… SO much better because of the breaks and the reduction of noise and crowds.  He can eat and use the restroom when he needs to and he isn’t bumped by students in a narrow hall or busy lunchroom.  We can … Continue reading

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Roaming School Saturday

As part of our homeschooling experience, we try to use weekend getaways as a way to extend the learning that takes place during the week.  For example, to go with our Washington State unit, we decided to travel East and see how the apples that we tasted earlier in the week (we did a blind taste test) were … Continue reading

September Mondays

Last night, we enjoyed Sunday S’mores. As we sat in our chairs under the white twinkle tree lights, we stared at the flames while also keeping a close eye on our toasting marshmallows. There were fewer words tonight and more thinking. This seemed to be our goodbye to summer. We had beautiful weather over the … Continue reading

Our New Normal

Most of you know that while this was “back to school” time for me professionally, it was also “Thank God We Can Home school” time for our family. As expected, I had mixed feelings. I welcomed many excited students back to school, while my own did not return to his neighborhood school. I saw all … Continue reading

RIP

I think that everyone would agree that parenthood comes with highs and lows.  We talk ourselves into thinking that it will get easier. The new parent thinks,”It will be so much easier when he can sleep through the night” or “It will be so much easier when he’s done teething.” The parent of a toddler … Continue reading

Easy Night Away

Right now, it is 2:45 am. My family, including the two pups, are stretched out across the king-sized bed. The boy has arms and legs that seem to go on forever and even the labradoodle is taking up more space than normal. I am awake. The “idea” of a night away seemed like a good … Continue reading

Where We Are Now

As Labor Day quickly approaches, summer feels as though it is already gone. I return to work (officially) on Tuesday.  I know what back to school feels like, I’ve been a teacher for 20+ years; however, I don’t really know what it feels like to work Fridays and home school the other days. In addition … Continue reading

This Fall

Recently, I wrote the “Top Ten Reasons” why I’m glad that we are a homeschooling family. To date, it was the article that has been shared the most of any of mine. As I saw the numbers climb, I realized that I was not alone. There were others out there like me. They shared my … Continue reading

Top Ten Reasons

I would be lying if I said that I was done thinking about how it could have been, should have been, for my son at school. We fought.  We tried to change things for him, for others; however, things didn’t get any better, they actually got worse. When I start to go there, back to … Continue reading

Can’t This Be A Stay Home Day?

If it was up to my son, we would rarely leave our house.  We might visit our neighborhood Starbucks, stop by the library, or walk around the block before ending up at the mailbox; however, additional destinations require prior planning and convincing. “Can’t this be a stay home day?” To be honest, I understand why he tries … Continue reading