We are a homeschooling family. Our son will be 7 years old in April and, aside from a few months at the beginning of kindergarten, he's been homeschooled exclusively so far. It was a decision that my husband and I made very naturally and oddly enough, the decision to put him in kindergarten was the hard one. But we're often asked why, why have we chosen to homeschool and what's more, when do we plan to stop and put him in 'real school'....more
Last spring, our family made the decision to homeschool our two boys for this academic year. I haven’t written much about homeschooling for a couple of reasons. First of all, I don't feel entirely qualified to write about the topic. Our boys are dual-enrolled, spending a day at a program through the public school and the rest of the week educated at home, so we are both homeschoolers and public school advocates. It's our first year, we are still getting our feet wet, and I don't feel ready to offer advice on the subject. However, my lack of credentials doesn't ...more
Seven years ago, I had a baby and a toddler to care for. With diapers and wipes and highchairs and cribs and strollers to push and carseats to buckle, it was a very different season. A younger, sweet friend of mine has two little boys, almost identical in the age difference between them (and in their all boy craziness), but seven years behind us. She told me one morning, as we sipped coffee and talked about how sleep deprived she is, that she wanted a blog post from me about her stage in life, with babies and toddlers....more
#HolocaustMemorialDay No doubt, it is critical to teach our children about history; but it is so hard to teach them about the realities of history. As a teacher, it is difficult to find the lessons that will build the stories and voices who have been silenced; as a mother, it is difficult to teach the lessons without holding my children with my arms, close to me as I read the words. ...more
I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have.
I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking about children, and I've chosen five quotes that I love which best define my own personal philosophy about teaching and raising children.
My oldest child will be 16 and driving in a couple of months. I started looking into homeschooling when she was just 3, and hopefully I have learned a few things over those 13 yrs! Here are 5 of them!...more
The new school year is about to start and mums (and some dads I am sure!) are running around getting those last things sorted out: backpacks, stationary, lunch boxes and juice bottles. Clothes have to be marked, timetables readied and lift-clubs sorted....more
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