The nerd's guide to learning online

I'm a big fan of John Green, and not because I liked The Fault in Our Stars. I mean, I loved the book. But I couldn't stand the movie. But I didn't start with his book....more

Homeschool Review: Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set

For the last 5 weeks, we have been using Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set  by Alpha Omega Publications; today I am going to review it, tell you how it worked for us, and give you a peek into our preschool day....more

Confessions of a home schooling mom

  "Do we really have to do school today?""This is so unfair, it's Saturday!!""This sucks!" One of the first questions parents receive when meeting another sailing family is always, "So how'...more

Day 3

August 5th, 2015 Dear Baby, I have to admit something to you… I’m a little concerned that you’re going to start making me throw up.  I had this problem particularly bad with my last kid, and the memory of it is not so pleasant.  I’m bracing myself, but so far you’ve been pretty good.  Just an occasional hiccup.  Thanks, Baby, I’ll take it… ...more

Day 2

August 4th, 2015 Dear Baby, I wake up feeling a little different, knowing you are there now.  Even though I have done this 4 times previous, it is still such a wonder to think of all the work you’re doing and all the work my body is doing already to grow you and prepare you for the world.  I’ve kept the 3 pregnancy tests and they’re hidden in the cabinet above the toilet.  I pick them up just to look a couple of times today.  They make me smile.  ...more

Dear Baby

August 3, 2015 Dear Baby, ...more

Oh sure, coding is fine. But without a classical education you are nothing but numbers

Or worse, just one number, lost in a crowd of ones and zeroes. I am so pleased to be reading stories like this one (warning, it's looooooong), about how tech's new hottest thing is the "useless" liberal arts degree....more

Colouring our way through history

The youngest, who recently turned five, has remarkable pencil control. She calls herself an artist, you won't be surprised to hear....more

Life Skills with Toddlers: Vacuuming

First off, let me apologize this post did not go out on Monday, as planned.  It also didn't go out Monday evening.  I feel like a bit of a flake and I hate feeling that way.  I've noticed my energy is really starting to wane now that we're entering 3rd trimester with this pregnancy.  Legitimately, my pregnancy induced carpel tunnel has also really been bothering me.  Needless to say, the blog and writing has suffered the last few days and I apologize.  Hopefully, I can get myself back in order as the week progresses.  Now, on to this week's life skills...more

Home Sweet Homeschool

So now there are three. Three homeschooled teens out of five total kiddos. Evan and PJ LOVED traditional high school, and thrived there. Indeed, had they chosen to homeschool I cannot say if they—or I—would have survived the experience. Both boys were wont to procrastinate about assignments until zero hour (or beyond). When Evan was in fifth grade, he completely blew off a book report, a diorama affair involving shoeboxes, construction paper and glue. Not only did he not make his diorama, he didn’t even bother to read the book. To teach him a lesson, I marched him into class, empty-handed....more