Mothers of America, So Nice To Meet You

As a college graduate who many years ago left an ivy-covered liberal arts institution with a philosophy degree in hand, I thought I knew everything. Throughout my twenties and thirties I worked for media companies that targeted the mom market; TV networks, websites and print publishers with products and content focused on parenting. In those days I thought I knew everything about moms. ...more

Happy National Agriculture Day!

Today is National Agriculture Day and in honor of it,  I will be planting some roses and a bunch of bulbs.  I'll also be doing some horticulture and ag lessons with daughter that is taking ag classes. To read more about National Ag Day, please visit Girlfriend's Guide 2 Homeschooling for the link and more resources for fitting horticulture and ag into your school! ...more

How Does Your Child Measure Their Worth?

 ***The essay Emma wrote is the one she sent in with her college applications.   Today, as usual, I stopped by the Bloggess and read her post.  Carol and I love her.  She's funny.  She's real.  She's honest.  She's compassionate.  Of course she doesn't need my lowly accolades, she has plenty from more important people than I but she does deserve them anyway. ...more

Light Table Art

Discovering the amazing fun with light tables.  Today we played with water beads and colored epson salt.http://watchmeplaynlearn.blogspot.com/2012/01/water-beads.html    ...more

Budding Polar Bear members.

What would any homeschooler do if you lived by the beach,  it has been 50 degrees and all of sudden it was 80degress for the day? The beach of course! Well, I got to admit, we were the only ones out there besides a couple of men fishing. It was pretty pleasant. The boys swimming and chasing Winston....more

Letters: a progression

Almost a year ago I wrote about my son (then 3.5) starting to write letters. But just as soon as he started he also suddenly stopped. For some reason his curiosity about writing faded, and we just let it be. I have no concerns over this boy's ability to learn what he needs to know. He's deeply motivated to explore and discover and always has been. So, I'm happy just going with the flow....more

The Afterschool Squad

I was chatting with a friend tonight about the difference between twos and threes.  When my six-man crew was mostly two, they hung on my every word, were so excited about every proposed project, and anxiously undertook the kinds of messy experiments that wore the finish off my table and left us all paint-stained and grinning.  Yay!And, now?Well, they still like to experiment, and they really like to mess up my house.  But preferably without my input.(*sniff*)...more
lol I think the brain stretching is mutual, and I'm not sure I always agree, either! Thanks ...more

The Many Adventures of Homeschool Rookie year#2

Yesterday, In the many adventures of Homeschool Rookie: My 3year old colored an entire United States map alone.....and each state had it's own color! Makes a mama proud! My 8month old daughter puked and spewed milk out of her nose.  As I began to pump her nose to get excess milk, it seemed that she was having trouble breathing! Oh no! Was she drowning in her own spit up?...more

After this homeschool year, I'm officially dropping the "Rookie" .......

What's new this year in the life of a Homeschool Rookie?  Well, I feel more confident in being a model/teacher for my children.  I'm reading a lot of Charlotte Mason and am loving her philosophy in education.  I'm also finishing up "A Well Trained Mind" by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.  I have two crawling 8month olds too! I'm excited this year to be taking a heavy literature approach to homeschooling and working this method in with our current guide from "Classical Conversations". Guess what?!...more