You Go, Girl!

Is Spring a good time to talk about equal rights for girls? One can argue it is always a good time to talk about equal rights. But spring is hopeful, energetic and fresh in a ‘new beginnings’ sort of way. “The standard of courage and intellect and kindness and heart.” – Gloria Steinem, on Ruth…

Brave, Strong, Smart.

“Motherhood is not meant to be done alone,” she said. As I read this in an Instagram post, it hit me like a punch. Though I do have Tony’s help and support always, the homeschool role in our family is largely my responsibility. Where we live, there is not a real homeschool mom group where I can…

What is ‘Normal’ Anyway?

“Your kids will never be normal,” a friend said to me with a smile, as we snacked on fresh guacamole and homemade chips. It was unusually windy that day. We had to stand in a wide stance so each leg could alternate absorbing our weight as the boat swayed from one side to the other; our…

Favorite Books of 2021

Narrowing my annual reading list to just five or six favorites is an enjoyable self-directed task. Oddly, I love that I do this nerdly thing each year because the time spent in reflection is a gift I give myself. So much of what we read serves a purpose: to entertain, inform, learn or improve ourselves….

Sharing the Love: Curriculum Ideas for High School

‘Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.’ –W.B. Yeats Some traditional schoolers think that a homeschool teacher teaches every upper-class subject from Calculus to Physics to World History. This is not how homeschooling high school works. A homeschool teacher at this stage is more like a counselor/advisor/course coordinator….

When Poetry Unites

Embracing current events in real-time is a hallmark of homeschools everywhere. When something happens, we can watch, research, discuss and learn from it as it develops. Today, the Inauguration of our 46th President of the United States is a prime example of just this type of learning. January 20, 2021: We began this slightly snowy…

A Little Christmas Library

Our Victorian-era house has a library, so collecting gorgeous and favorite books is not a new thing for us. Our library is ‘artfully curated’ – which means it is interesting, but not exactly organized. I have it laid out in sections by genre and again by the author but fall short of actual cataloging, and…

Home for the Holidays

Well, this is different! For the first time in seven years, we are spending the holidays at our house in Newport. All the traditions of Christmas’ past that we had set aside in lieu of travel, have found a home in our hearts easily this year as if we never left. The recent days we…

Halloween Week Hoopla

When big things are happening in our world – holidays, elections, major sporting events – that are out of the ordinary, we like to embrace these, as opposed to assuming our regular-school calendar is more important. There is no use drowning out the buzz and hum of what is exciting for kids and teens, and…

Poetry, the Easy Way

“Without poetry, we lose our way.”   —Joy Harjo, current U.S. Poet Laureate & Academy of American Poets Chancellor A favorite children’s book with beautiful illustrations by Jean Pierre Siméon; paintings by Oliver Tallec. … Want to add in some easy poetry to your homeschool world? Start by checking out poets.org.  Housing the works of over 3,000…