Author Archives: Christine

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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Buzz, Buzz, Sez the Bee

Last week I took Em and her friend Emma (the two Em’s!) to see a free showing of Akeelah and the Bee at the Westport Presbyterian Church. They have movie night every 2nd Friday and this was the first time … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Homeschooling

I sometimes struggle with what to call our approach to homeschooling. Calling it laid-back homeschooling somehow implies at least some small degree of laziness. Calling it eclectic homeschooling seems negated by regimented aspects such as flash cards for math and … Continue reading

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History With Gramps

Years ago I picked up a stack of Time for Kids books on a variety of historical subjects. They have sat on my homeschool shelf and been mainly ignored. I pulled them out the other day, some 20, perhaps more, … Continue reading

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A Life Well-Lived

Last night we fixed steaks, shrimp and sauteed mushrooms for dinner and enjoyed a movie and family time. Because that’s how we celebrate Valentine’s Day around here apparently! I had wanted to see The Arrival since before it hit the … Continue reading

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