Multiple Intelligences

Children learn in many different ways. Some students are active while others are reflective. Some are sensing while others are intuitive. And of course, there are visual learners and verbal learners. While traditional education is biased towards reflective, sensing and verbal learners, Avatar Storytellers is much better at adapting to different learning styles....more

Is Homeschooling Right for My Child?

Many parents are certain that they want to homeschool their child, but are worried that their child would not enjoy homeschooling. The main concerns I hear from parents are about social isolation, and about discipline. Would their child feel isolated if she doesn’t attend a physical school every day? And would their child have the discipline needed to learn in an environment that is much more independent than traditional schooling?...more

From Homeschool to Public School

Our family started homeschooling in the Fall of '99 when we moved here and decided that the PS was not a great fit for Boy. Girl came into homeschooling after second grade two years later because she felt "we were having too much fun." ...more

This was a very interesting post about the differences from someone who has had those ...more

Onward Homeschool Soldiers

This morning when I woke to work, a war was raging across the homeschool table. Nearly every plastic color block shape and cubed math manipulative we own was at attention; formed into tanks, constructed into walled fortresses, standing as tall guards, or traversing the seas. ...more

Gah. I am surfing around all these homeschool blogs that have photos of tidy, sparkling school ...more

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie....

It all started with.... Invictus Out of the night that covers me,  Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud, Under the bludgeonings of chance, my head is bloody but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears, Looms but the Horror of the shade,  And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find me, unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate; I am...more

Summer Homeschooling

Has your child announced the dreaded “I’m bored!” yet? With most of summer break behind us, I won’t be surprised if they had. Most children – and parents – find that ten weeks of summer break is simply too much.If your child is bored, or if you feel that they could benefit from reviewing last year’s material before they start the next school year, you should definitely encourage them to use at least part of their day for learning during the summer....more

My Early Homeschool Journey: From Doing School to the Power of Play

  When I first started homeschooling, I thought that it wasn't school unless it looked like school, felt like school and sounded like school. I sat the littles down (only four and two at the time) and pointed to the white board where we drew letters and pictures, said our Pledge of Allegiance and I marked my teacher assignment planner with attendance, checking off each hand-written preschool lesson. I even gave the kids a sticker for a well-done day and set up little school desks for them. We were by all appearances "doing school." ...more
I do realize this post was written in July 2010... but I have to say I loved reading it. Its ...more

Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs..

In autumn of 2009, I began homeschooling my "special needs" son. I had always considered the possibility of homeschooling but I was not certain it was an endeavor that I could undertake....more

What Happens When I Say Yes

I have spent the past several months mired in a place I wouldn't necessarily term "unhappy" so much as "joyless." I do what I need to do when it needs to be done. I take care of my family. I pet my dog. I do my job. And I feel... tired. Stressed. Like I'm enduring rather than living. Like I'm always waiting for the other shoe to drop. And also like I spend every minute of my life saying no. ...more

Yay, Mir for finally figuring it all out for you and your family. Way to go girl, I am proud of ...more