Homeschool Pie!

If our school was a delicious home-made pie, literature-based learning would be one half of that pie, one-quarter pie would be hands-on learning (labs, art, music, travel), and the remaining one-quarter pie would be workbooks, textbooks, lectures, essays, tests and quizzes. “Homeschooling is a superpower, when it comes to your child’s reading life and learning…

2019 Reading List & Lynne’s Top 5

Give the gift of books this holiday season! So many titles, so little time! I love the modern fiction I read this year, like Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Both are well-written and full of literary magic. I could read them over again and each…

Saying No to the Dreaded Scroll

Phones are like air and comfort food. We need them and they make us feel good. Have a question about anything at all? The answer is at our finger-tips in seconds. Need to call home? The phone is already dialing. We are all, every one of us, connected and addicted to this new way of…

Risk-taking, Relationships, and Trust

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. –Paulo Coelho in the  Alchemist Recently, I had the good fortune to sit down with long-time friends Bj and Jess Gumkowski (world renowned athletes, teachers, coaches, nutritionists and generally higher level humans) to chat about life a bit. As she gestures, open hands to the…

Calling all Cool 5th Graders (a reading list)

My 5th grade nephew goes to a great school in Brooklyn, NY.  He called Tony and I last night (Hi Nicholas!), because he is raising money for a school camping trip via a class-wide “Read-a-Thon.” I love-love-love Read-a-Thons and any other “a-thon” that gets kids excited about reading enough to call their aunt and uncle…

Feed the Beasts

Are your kids always hungry? My kids are ALWAYS. HUNGRY. . I will fill the pantry and fridge to the brim and just because we are out of bananas, they complain to me there is ‘no food in the house.’  We need to buy stock in Dole Organic Bananas. I’m not sure we could exist…

Slow it Down: A “How-to” Guide

Living simply is hard to do in today’s rush-everywhere communities. We all talk about it and try to simplify, but the pace of our days is out of our control; ingrained our modern-world DNA… Or is it? I think it is possible to alter that pace. Travel School is the basis for how our family…

My Multiverse

Are you familiar with the word “multiverse?” According to the dictionary, it refers to a hypothetical collection of identical (or diverse) universes, including our own. I wonder what my alternate universe life might look like? When homeschooling teens, your world changes lightning fast.  The coursework is increasingly hard; the questions and discussions: intense.  The emotions…

And, That’s a Wrap.

As I pinch myself, we made it through.  With our oldest in HIGH SCHOOL now (audible gasp), this past school year was a real experiment. I honestly never thought I would homeschool high school – it just seemed to be a natural point of exit, as if what we were doing was not “real school.”…

Movies that Inspire: MATH

Encouraging a love of math is tricky.  Many times I have heard people say, “I’m not a math person.”  Impossible. Everyone is a math person. Math is in everything! It’s like saying, “I am not a water person.”  Um. Yes you are. I have found that movies are a great way to get around a…