Author Archives: Christine

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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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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