moving & May spring cleaning
homestead

moving & May spring cleaning

I’m hardly interested in spending my spare moments cleaning. And I’m definitely not interested in spending my writing time writing about it. As I sit beside my husband weeding through his single tote of memorabilia, handing papers and old cards to our son to go throw on the simmering firepit outside, I am reminded that the only … Continue reading

homeschool

out of the mouth of babes: 8 year old reading lists…

Prescribed reading lists for kids…Yep, I do them. I require them to read particular books that I deem valuable, that I hope they will remember as part of their childhood memories, and begin to introduce good literature to their little minds. I’ve gone back and forth on this idea, because when left to their own … Continue reading

homeschool

you know you’re a homeschooler…

…when you’re learning geometry and volume with grapes, marshmallows and toothpicks …when you consider extracurricular activities like soccer, baseball or swim lessons PE class …when your four year old thinks he’s going to the same extracurricular activities as the twelve year old …your kiddos are sledding on the first snow of the year at 9 … Continue reading

homeschool

Conquering Fractions

“If my tooth falls out first, you give me fifty bucks. If your tooth falls out first, I give you fifty bucks”. Four year old Zach is beginning to think like a statistician. He doesn’t know WHY the probability is in his favour though, but his instincts are likely correct. Giggles surrounded us on a … Continue reading

family life

maternal ‘never-do-enough’ syndrome

  I would like to know why moms are hard-wired to feel guilty toward their littles. We never do enough. No matter the healthy meals we prepare, no matter the oodles of bedtime stories we read, or the time we spend planning their educations, we know we haven’t done it right enough, long enough, well … Continue reading

homeschool

if you hear a voice within…

If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh Thank you Van Gogh. I had heard the same emphasis last weekend at a writer’s conference. How can I declare that I’m a writer? People want books, published … Continue reading