introducing Hannah
family life

introducing Hannah

The nine endless months before she was born, I spent every waking moment, and some sleeping ones, dreaming of what he would look like. Yes, he. (All the old wives tales were wrong.) Then she was born. Though I had to switch names, she was Hannah, not Caleb, and she was the most beautiful baby … Continue reading

homeschool

curriculum we use

I’ve always been resistant to answering the question, what curriculum do you use? because though I do use it, I don’t think there is one right book, one right way of tackling any subject. I don’t think in grades, so I am not familiar with the provincial expectations. What would it matter anyway? If I … Continue reading

homeschool

altruistic socialization

“Positive or altruistic and principled sociability is firmly linked with the family, and with the quantity and quality of self-worth. This is, in turn, dependant largely on the track of values and experience provided by the family at least until the child can reason consistently. In other words, the child who works and eats and … Continue reading

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the “S” word and other social unpleasantries I learned by grade 6

She passed me a note at her Art class: “you’re embarassing me”. When did I get to the age of embarassing my kids? What had I done anyway? I introduced myself to the new and uncomfortable¬†seven year old girl sitting next to my daughter. I was trying to put her at ease. Curiously, just before … Continue reading