The Freedom in Not Knowing

I didn’t get into unschooling for the freedom of it, though many people do. I probably hadn’t thought that much about freedom anyway, having taken for granted a whole range of cultural beliefs about how people need structure and order. I was drawn to unschooling because research supported it and I was persuaded from both a logical and intuitive stance that it was a good, probably the best, way for children to learn....more
At 15, I was sent to a school that practiced "self-directed learning", pretty much as a last ...more

Toddler Workboxes

     One of the things I always wonder about large families is how they handle their youngest children while homeschooling. As my kids get older, we dedicate more time to school. However, I still have an almost two year old and a three year old that need something to do during our school time. Here is how I handle it:      The workbox. ...more

Helping Your Kids Memorize

When your kids start school they have to memorize a variety of things.  They need to know their home address, home telephone number, spelling words and so much more. I am going to share what I do to help my children remember their weekly memory verse.  You can use this technique for anything. My children currently attend private school and every Monday in their homework packet is a memory verse from the Bible, they need memorized by Friday. Don’t get too excited it’s nothing fancy, I’m no Martha Stewart but it...more

Early Readers - 8 Favorite Barn Books

So much to share, so little time to write! Or think! The beginning of the school year is always very busy, so you can probably relate. Finding a new groove is never easy and sometimes takes a little longer than you expect.  Even though we've been reading a lot more lately, we've had little time to share some of our favorites! Slowly, we're getting back on track! ...more

Thirty Days Have September, ...

A well known verse - au...more

Edible Weeds... new children's book in the making by Margaret Aycock

I don't know why I remember this.  Maybe it is because I was the new girl in class and was pretty shy in the 6th grade.  I remember our teacher asking the question, " what is a weed?"  Being in a farming community, hands went up all over the room.  Mine stayed in my lap.  "Dandelion," one shouted.  Another suggested another common weed.  The teacher kept saying, "No.  No.  No."  Until I raised my hand and was called upon to answer.  I said tentatively, with a question at the end of my statement, "Any plant that you don't want to be ther...more

HER JEDI KNIGHT Original Oil on Canvas, Painting of Mother & Son Margaret Aycock

I was on facebook the other day and saw this adorable photo of my neighbor and her little boy.  I loved the way she is looking at her brave knight and the way t...more

Why Your Kid's Grades Wont Matter: Part Two

A few weeks back I shared with the education world the provocative statement: Grades are Dead.  If you haven't had a chance to read Why Your Kids Grades Won't Matter: Part One, I highly encourage you to check it out.  Read on for part 2....more

Science Wrangling: Go Suck An Egg

I really didn’t think this would work…but by golly, it did!For the most part. We should have used a bigger bottle, but I just didn’t have any around. This is a really fun experiment to do with the kids, and to teach them about the properties of fire and vacuums.What’chu Need:...more