the life of the perpetual mother hen: finding quiet

How to find quiet when you’re the perpetual homeschool mother hen? I’ve got a few tips.

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stop the bus–handicapped home educator

So I was just saying to myself a half hour before, You gotta stop doing so much. It’s no service to you, or your children. It won’t make you happier if you take on one more activity. And then my husband was telling me just fifteen minutes before, You’ve gotta give the kids more time to get…

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a Key Note: a musical education

As I sip this non-fat decaf cappuccino (also known as flavoured water) and attempt eating just HALF of this delectable haystack, I relish in listening to the ukulele sextet playing outside my coffee shop booth. Possibly there is nothing more reminiscent of palm trees and margaritas, hammocks and luaus, than a ukulele strumming Aloha ‘Oe. Yup, right…

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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…

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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…

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not Under the Tuscan Sun

Not Under the Tuscan Sun any more…that thunderstorm last night sounded like it might take our nine year old casa down the mountain. But the final quiet day preceding it in Toscana brought us to an art showing (a group from United States were touring France and Italy), took us on another hike around the…

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