Homeschool Advice: Don’t Expect What You Don’t Inspect

Some education principles are broad and deep with numerous applications. Intelligent people write volumes on them and we, the average homeschool mom, read and reread, slowly coming to a better understanding. Other education principles are simple, straightforward, and common sense. Yet, that doesn’t seem to make them easier to apply. It just makes me stupid when I don’t. Today’s piece of homeschool advice is one such principle, told to me multiple times by multiple older moms and confirmed by my … Read More

The Humility to Homeschool

Years ago when my oldest started getting into “real school” and I was adding students both in the phonics-stage and in the pregnancy-stage, I looked at the goals I had written out, I looked at the books I was collecting, and I looked at my pillows (with longing). I realized I was going to have to up my game every year if I was going to keep up – and keep up, I was determined to do. Ironically, the method … Read More

Simply Contemplate: Parenting is Teaching

Here is a pair of quotes from The Art of Teaching that, though they are 22 pages apart, together speak more to our roles as mothers than as school teachers. The Art of Teaching: Teaching happens, whether you intend it or not, and it is the how more than the what that instructs. Yet it is impossible to have children without teaching them. Beat them, coddle them, ignore them, force-feed them, shun them or worry about them, love them or … Read More