Author Archives: Christine

Tackling Spelling – Through a New Approach

Last week, last Thursday to be exact, I was in a lot of pain. My back, which had been threatening to do it for weeks, and finally seized up. It was down low, on the left side, and I felt … Continue reading

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A Trio of Fairies

I mentioned in my last post that I was considering reviving a practice I had with my eldest daughter – that of writing under a supernormal persona. With Dee, it was an elfling. I briefly considered using Iliana again, but she … Continue reading

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Real World Math and…Fairies?

Real-World Math After flipping and flopping over how to teach math, I’ve settled on a plan of attack that seems to work. Real world math. These generally manifest in the form of word problems. Here are two from the other … Continue reading

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Logging Those Hours

In the state of Missouri, there is very little oversight for homeschoolers. IF your child has been registered with the public school system, then you have to send a letter each year informing them that you will be homeschooling your … Continue reading

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Complete the Story

How do you get a reluctant reader and writer to, you know, read and write more? Do it with her. Again. And again. And again. Oh yeah, and make it fun. I was in one of my favorite places – … Continue reading

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Real Life Math

There were plenty of moments as a child and teen when I bemoaned having to learn mathematics. Especially algebra. So I prefer to use real-life examples. This past weekend, I woke up to see in the weak morning light a … Continue reading

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Life Lesson 258: A Trip to the Dentist

It had been several years since Em had seen a dentist. A couple of months ago, she said, “Mom, I’ve got a dark spot on my tooth that doesn’t go away, no matter how much I brush it.” So I … Continue reading

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Our Current Language Arts Curriculum

One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is that your curriculum can be as regimented or eclectic as you want. Additionally, you are able to tailor your approach to your child’s needs and interests. For us, that meant zero worksheets, … Continue reading

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Raising Future Adults

A post by a friend on Facebook got me thinking, and not for the first time, on that inevitable day in the future when my little one flies out of the nest. She wrote… As I think about my sweet … Continue reading

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Cello Practice – Tears and Farts

We are so lucky to have an amazing music program here in Historic Northeast Kansas City. I want to say that first because, in the end, that is the most important part of this little homeschool story. Em was in … Continue reading

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