Author Archives: Christine

Engaged Parents, Engaged Teachers

Word of the Day Today’s word of the day comes to us thanks to Merriam-Webster’s automatic email… perfunctory – routine or mechanical in nature It is from the Latin word perfunctorius and the Latin root perfungi (to accomplish) Em liked the … Continue reading

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The Official First Day of School

Overall, Em’s first day of school went well, except for one concern, and it is a big one. At least for me. Em has two Language Arts teachers, Ms. L, who is her homeroom teacher, and Mrs. W. As I … Continue reading

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Changes – Here, There and Everywhere

  You may have read the last entry and thought “end of an era.” And you may have figured there would be no more entries. And perhaps it is. And perhaps there won’t be. But I doubt it. For now, … Continue reading

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And This is Where I Cry “Uncle”

Before 1997, I hadn’t even heard of the word “homeschooling.” I moved back home to Kansas City, Missouri when I was 27, with my almost nine-year-old in tow. Down the street from us was an odd-shaped house full of children. … Continue reading

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First Day of Fifth Grade

First Day of Fifth Grade The “first” day of school is rather a misnomer around here. After all, we school year-round, so I consider the 4th grade school year to officially end on July 31st, followed by the “first” day … Continue reading

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Word Nerds! (and other stories)

Word Nerds! The call went out for class proposals with my local homeschool co-op and I immediately responded with the class I’ve been planning and talking about for several months. Word Nerds is part spelling bee, part etymology, part writing and … Continue reading

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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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