learning on vacation

We just enjoyed a few weeks in another state and a province of Canada. For my kids, vacation means grandparents and grandparents mean story time, playtime, and so much love. I’m glad to have other adults share the load–but mostly, I’m happy to have my kids hear love and truth from older lips, from wiser…

Penelope is smarter than I am (…but I’m right)

I discovered Penelope Trunk this year. I’m slow, I know. I don’t agree with lots of things she says but boy, she says things brilliantly. There is no inhibition in her writing or thinking. I was intrigued to see Penelope Trunk interviewed on The Pioneer Woman earlier this month. She’s brilliant. Have I mentioned that? What…

4 ladybugs munching

  We worked into the dark yesterday. All day, we had studied: grammar, math, history, science, penmanship, spelling. Yet you’re never fully schooled without your art project. Inspired by IEW, we talked about verbs ending with -ing. Each child chose an animal–penguins for J, pigs for H, and ladybugs for D. We counted from 1-10…

I homeschool…but not for these reasons

I’m a lucky mama to be homeschooling my kids in a day when it’s not totally weird-o. Just kinda weird-o. For my first thirty years, I’ve survived living in the “kinda weird-o” box. I can handle it for a few more (not that I’ve found the exit). There are maybe a hundred reasons I homeschool.…