Category Archives: Community

The Last Day of Fifth Grade

Today is Em’s last day of fifth grade. And I have mixed emotions about it, I really do. Last August, in the throes of self-doubt, fears that I wasn’t doing right by her, feelings of overwhelm, and more – I … Continue reading

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Reading Spikes and the Big Green Light

I’m so stinkin’ excited, folks. I can’t even tell you how excited! Well, I will, right now actually… The Right Way to Start Off the Week Finally, after weeks of delays, and a nearly seven-month-long process, we received our foster … Continue reading

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Kidpreneurship

I’ve been on a book buying spree. Don’t judge me! And a month or so ago, I bought a couple of money and entrepreneurship books for kids. Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas introduces the idea of entrepreneurship, something close … Continue reading

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Hard Lessons

We live in a neighborhood that is in transition. That’s a nice way of saying that we live in an area that is; labeled as blighted is often a dumping ground for the unwanted sometimes called the ‘hood (even by … Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Gross

This morning I was looking up the requirements/restrictions on claiming an elderly parent as your dependent. Em peered over my shoulder, “Gross income? That’s silly.” Homograph This Homographs are words that are spelled the same and sound the same but … Continue reading

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Back to Homeschooling?

Back to Homeschooling? Last fall, still reeling from a particularly harsh assessment of my parenting skills by my eldest, I found myself doubting everything, including homeschooling. And so I enrolled Em in public school, unsure if it would be a … Continue reading

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Learning in Action – Flow Charts!

As we settle into the school year, the weeks have flown by. Em is doing well – happy, well-liked by her teachers and the other students, and applying herself in class. Last week was her first parent-teacher conference… Quarterly Parent/Teacher … Continue reading

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How About a Mental Health Day? (and other stories)

As the weeks and months have marched on, I can see clearly the path that this blog will be taking. I’m sharing that vision, along with an Em update, below… Great Grades “Hey Mama, I almost forgot, here’s my quarterly … 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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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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