I homeschooled my girls, and one of my favorite memories is spending time outside having picnics together. We spent many afternoons out on our grassy lawn. One summer day, we read Alice in Wonderland and let our imaginations run wild with what it would have been like to fall into that imaginary world with Alice.... Continue Reading →
What can I do with those Darned Leftovers?
We recently had a party and several friends brought veggie trays with dip. The leftovers remained at my house and I wondered what could I do with so many leftover vegetables? My regular plan for leftover ANYTHING is soup…and if I start making that in September, no one will want to eat it during the... Continue Reading →
Homeschooling with Others Makes the Journey Fun!
Families new to homeschooling often worry that they will be isolated from other people during the day, and that their kids will not be "properly socialized." There are various ways to provide good education to your children, and many of them involve other people! One thing we tried a couple of times early on in... Continue Reading →
Our Day at LeMay: America’s Car Museum
One of the things I love most about homeschooling is the fun adventures my kids and I get to participate in. Today was no exception. My girls and I headed to LeMay: America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington and we got to see hundreds of cars from Model T’s and Mini Coopers, to the rare... Continue Reading →
Character Building is Good for Everyone!
When I started homeschooling eight years ago, another homeschooling friend told me that she spent some days working solely on character building. When families have young kids, it’s pretty common for parents to focus on things like encouraging kids to be nice to each other, to show respect to others—you know, being kind. And as... Continue Reading →
What are my kids learning anyway? A homeschooler’s journey at test time.
In Washington State, where I live, homeschooled students are required to be tested or assessed once a year. Sometimes this event makes me nervous. What have we done all year? Will it be on the test? Did my kids learn anything that day when we went to the art museum? theatre? Capitol building? Oh shoot,... Continue Reading →