Homeschooling for Dummies

Homeschooling for Dummies

Catchy title, huh?  Seriously, though, I just don’t think homeschooling is as hard as many people seem to think it is.  Or at least it doesn’t have to be. Let me tell you how I approached it.  When I decided to keep Jake home for fourth grade, I registered...

Facebook Friends . . . and Foes?

It’s still Education Week, but I’m taking a short detour to ask what you think about discussing controversial topics with your friends on Facebook.  Specifically, since it’s a social site, is Facebook kind of like a virtual living room, where...

Let's Talk Amongst Ourselves . . .

I see I have an enormous uptick in visitors today thanks to the mention by my friend Katie Allison Granju in her awesome blog.  So let’s introduce ourselves in the comments below–I’ll start!  Let me know who you are, how you got here, what you look...
Math: How Much Is Too Much?

Math: How Much Is Too Much?

The accepted wisdom these days seems to be that our kids need more math in order to be “competitive.”  The requirements at my teenagers’ school just changed from three years of math to four–regardless of what level a student has reached upon...
I Hate Homework

I Hate Homework

Since this is the week that public school students are taking the TCAPs, I’ve decided to make it Education Week on my blog.  I have enough opinions on this subject for an Education Month, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. I’ve got a busy day...
She'll Be Gone

She'll Be Gone

It’s late, and I haven’t had time to post anything today, so I thought I’d share something I wrote a long–VERY LONG–time ago (about 15 years ago). [edit: this happened in 1993] The incident I recount below touched me so much at the time...
The Feast of St. Bernadette

The Feast of St. Bernadette

When I was a little girl, I received The Song of Bernadette as a Christmas gift.  The story of Bernadette and the apparitions at Lourdes captivated me, and I immediately decided that Bernadette would be my Confirmation saint years down the road. I recently re-read...
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