Category Archives: Self-Esteem

Homeschool/Unschool During the Summer

You might have thought, due to my long silence, that I was not homeschooling during the summer. I am, I’ve just been distracted by other parts of my life, like my eldest returning to our home after nine years away … Continue reading

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Metrics vs. Reality

I despise metrics. No, I’m not talking about centimeters and meters, or kilos and that lot. I’m talking about our nation’s apparent obsession with measuring anything and everything – from length of time a rep is on the phone and … Continue reading

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Red Rocket Readers

Our local library has Red Rocket Readers and these seem to be a hit with Emily. I’m noticing she likes plenty of what I call “gimmes” – learning is fine as long as it is fun, entertaining, with plenty of … Continue reading

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“Look Mama, I’m Knitting!”

On Tuesday morning, Emily asked, “Mama, can I watch a movie?” I was busy cleaning up the kitchen as she ate breakfast. “No baby, not this morning. We will go to the library later this morning, a cleaning afterwards, and … Continue reading

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A Sea Change

sea change noun 1.a striking change, as in appearance, often for the better. 2.any major transformation or alteration. I can’t help but be in awe of what has happened in the last ten days. I can’t help but feel that … Continue reading

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Self-Serving? Perhaps, But Here are Several Benefits That I Get From Homeschooling

There were so many things I wanted to teach you. And that’s how I always thought it was supposed to be. That was what being a father was. Me teaching you. And now it turns out it’s you teaching me. … Continue reading

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An Accidental Parent?…A Purposeful Parent

I have never been the perfect parent. I never WILL be the perfect parent. I vacillate wildly in mood. I am impatient. I expect far too much of myself and others. I am critical. I am sharp-tongued. And a host … Continue reading

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I’m Reading Ken Robinson’s “The Element”

This is not a full review of the book, mainly because I’m only 1/3 of the way through it. That said, I felt compelled to post on what I have read so far. As Robinson describes in his book, finding … Continue reading

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The Lessons We Learn

  “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis   Don’t hit. Chew with your mouth closed. Be polite. Share with others. These are mantras we say to our children, ones … Continue reading

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Ken Robinson Has It Right…Which Leads to the Question…

How do I, as a parent and home educator, get it right for my child? I was recently listening to a TED talk featuring Ken Robinson Bring On the Learning Revolution! in which he says, “Education in a way dislocates … Continue reading

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