Category Archives: Self-Esteem

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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Child Labor? Try Entrepreneurship!

I’ve been reading Joel Salatin’s new book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World and thinking about all of the restrictions on child labor in the United States. Actually, it’s their … Continue reading

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Best Friends – You Can Have More Than One

At the very core of homeschool is the challenging of assumptions. We challenge such beliefs as: “real” learning only happens in schools children need to learn social skills from their peers parents can’t be teachers And a few weeks ago, … Continue reading

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Just Imagine What We Can Do

I was browsing through Facebook the other day when someone linked to this article – Top Five Regrets of the Dying. In case you don’t particularly want to read the article, here are the top five regrets… 1. I wish … Continue reading

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NurtureShock – The Inverse Power of Praise

Just a quick note for today. I’ve got to get back to reading! After delaying for way too long I am finally getting to read NurtureShock and am currently on the first chapter “The Inverse Power of Praise.” How often … Continue reading

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Perchance to Dream

I had a dream last night. In it, I was attending some kind of outdoor concert with a ton of my high school classmates. We were all young, wearing the mod clothes of the mid 80’s, or the leather, metal … Continue reading

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Giving Choices, Creating a Connection, Making Time

While I’m working on that whole ‘patience’ angle (translated: waiting for the books to arrive so I can read them) I’ve been taking some notes on changes I feel need to be made. Basically, I’ve still felt rather…lost…on the whole … Continue reading

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Wow…Just…Wow

I received an amazing email yesterday morning. I think it made my week. It was from a woman who has an eight-year-old son. She has been considering homeschooling for years. She began by saying, I don’t even know where to … Continue reading

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Memorization? Or Real Understanding?

I was visiting with my neighbor the other day and she said proudly, “Can you believe my son has memorized the Preamble to the Constitution? I couldn’t believe it when he rattled it off!” This stuck with me for a … Continue reading

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