Femininity Biblically Defined

I was out in the gardens the other day and noticed my red raspberry leaves were not lush and verdant as I expected them to be. Upon closer investigation I noticed that the neighbors had their side of the fenceline sprayed...and mine. And MY side got the worst of it. The raspberry hedge I'd been … Continue reading Femininity Biblically Defined

Homeschool in the Summer

This will be our 3rd- wait, 2nd? No... 3rd- official summer doing homeschool. I decided after our first year which included teaching a preK pre reader curriculum and taking care of a 1 year old while pregnant with babe #3- yeah... That was a LOT- I decided to take a break from teaching lessons. Which … Continue reading Homeschool in the Summer

Distance Learning Isn’t Homeschooling

I read an article in the paper that really just made me sad. Mostly because I could empathize with the parents being written about. I worked as a 1:1 Teacher Assistant for high school students with autism for 2 years in North Carolina. Prior to that I had subbed for grades k-12 and the kids … Continue reading Distance Learning Isn’t Homeschooling

Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

I don't ever wanna hear another complaint from public school teachers about a "problem student" Having worked in public high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and pre-K, the challenges there just don't even stack up to the challenges of home educating your own children. 1) I bet public school teachers have never had their entire … Continue reading Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

Disappointment on the Homestead

Well, today was a bust. Not only was it rainy and dreary, but no one came to our workshop today. Which is just as well because my daughter ran a fever (likely due to seasonal allergies) and wasn't feeling well. And the garden needed the rain, so I guess all is not totally lost. It … Continue reading Disappointment on the Homestead

Keeping the Kids Engaged

I realized today what a challenge I have ahead of me in keeping each of my children engaged throughout the day. What do I mean by "engaged"? Actively listening, learning, and responding in obedience through structured and unstructured play and instruction. I've noticed that when the majority of my son's day is dedicated to "free" … Continue reading Keeping the Kids Engaged

Teaching Your Toddler

My son is a great kid.  I don't mean he's perfectly behaved or never throws tantrums. Quite the opposite actually. He's just really great at being a kid; really loud, curious, smiley, goofy, weird, sticky, tactless, sticky, and did I mention curious? When I was working in North Carolina as a substitute teacher and subsequently … Continue reading Teaching Your Toddler

Why I Prefer Child-led Learning

Today we learned about thunderstorms and tractors. Two relatively unrelated topics, but apparently, they intersected somewhere in my two-year-old son's brain. I really love the child-led model of learning. Children have a natural curiosity and desire for knowledge and understanding that is remarkably lacking in many adults. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, many of us … Continue reading Why I Prefer Child-led Learning