Author Archives: Christine

My Science Loving Wunderkind

So Em has been in public school for four weeks now and they have these assessment tests, the NWEA, also known as MAP tests. Apparently, they are assessed three times in a school year – at the beginning, the middle … Continue reading

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Raising a Strong Woman

I have been thinking about strength and resiliency lately. What it takes to be strong, to bend with life’s misfortunes, to not break. And, raising a daughter, this has been especially important to me. I don’t want her to be … Continue reading

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A Gentle Pattern

There is a gentle pattern to our days now. Em seems very happy, And I’m not stressing over fitting homeschool into a full day of house cleanings, caring for my dad and writing. I’ve even contacted the North Kansas City … Continue reading

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What Did You Learn Today?

Having my dad living with us has continued to provide me with powerful lessons – moments that reveal to me my own shortcomings, mannerisms and attitudes handed down to me by my parents. One of them – the compulsion to … Continue reading

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Good News, Great News

With over two weeks of public school under our belts – I wanted to update everyone on how things have been, and how both Em, Dave and I are adjusting to our new norm. A Seventh Grade Reading Level?! Recently … Continue reading

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Fits and Starts

Today Em will be back at Whittier. I slept poorly for the second night in a row, my thoughts occupied with running through our options… try again with Kauffman return to Whittier augment Whittier with a touch of homeschool during … Continue reading

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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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