Keeping Up & Keeping Our Focus Ah, September...usually the first month of homeschooling in a school year. We begin September with clear lists, blossoming ideas and intentions, and the enthusiasm to carry us through. And while the excitement and creative lists are still fresh, we ... Read More about What’s Keeping You Focused?
Step-by-step In June of 1997, I was sitting in a classroom, lights dimmed against the blazing summer sun, one link in a circle of fellow English teachers studying for our master’s degrees. The professor was condemning the use of the formulaic essay. It stifled creativity, he claimed. We weren’t ... Read More about How I Became an IEW Devotee
Messes and Motherhood Messes and motherhood. That is what my summer has consisted of. We’ve had some exciting trips, play dates, and activities. My daughter, Elizabeth (4) has had the most fun this summer. To her, summer has been weeks full of swim lessons, extra love from grandparents, visits ... Read More about Summertime Blues
The Winter Blues, sometimes referred to simply as the blues, has an alarmingly high incidence within the homeschool community. Typical onset occurs in late January, when a few dry pine needles wedged into the carpet are all that remain of Christmas joy and New Year’s resolutions have already been ... Read More about How to Homeschool Through the Winter Blues
With a few weeks left of summer, there’s still lots of time for summer reading! In the age of cinematography, there are many movies, both current and from years past, based on books. In our home, our kids aren’t allowed to see a movie based on a book until they’ve read the original. This helps ... Read More about Compare reading a book with watching the movie [plus a free printable]