Author Archives: Christine

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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Caretaking as Part of Our Eclectic Curriculum

Long time, no post! Four days after my last post I was getting that fateful call – “Your dad is in a hospital in Panama and he is in bad shape.” Two days later, on December 21st, I was flying … Continue reading

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Do We Have Mastery?

Talking About Mastery I watched a TED talk by Sal Khan a couple of months ago and I have been referring back to it, time and again, ever since. You can watch it here. Much of the homeschooling we do … Continue reading

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Talk to Me

If I have learned anything from the past five years of homeschooling, it is this: There is no set way to homeschool, no perfect curriculum, no exact fit. Change happens, and it sometimes happens on a daily basis. This morning … Continue reading

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Meanderings and Miscellany

Sometimes, seeing a picture, or reading one of my homeschool friends’ posts reminds me that I need to step back and re-assess, yet again, how I am doing things. But first, a funny story… Ode to Phred My friend Bethany, … Continue reading

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The New Order

With work on The Cottage moving along at a sharp clip, and the Homes Tour looming over us in less than two weeks, I have been one distracted homeschooling mama. But I’ve also made a couple of mistakes that need … Continue reading

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