My son wants to go to college. Maybe my high-functioning, Autism Spectrum teenager will go to college eventually. Maybe he will be able to organize and focus himself enough to tackle the course load that college guarantees. But what if he can’t? Talk in education circles always tends toward thoughts of rigorous curriculum and college […]
Homeschooling Blog Posts
The majority of my content is about homeschooling, and this page is where you will find every single post.
Our methods, schedule, and even students have changed over the past 19 years. We've tried almost everything! Learn from our successes and our failures.
Homeschooling is a journey and no one does it perfectly. We ALL learn on the job.
Whether you're homeschooling a child with special needs, trying to find the perfect math curriculum, or homeschooling high school for the very first time, there is help and encouragement here for you!
Growing up, literature was my escape. It was my enjoyment, my time waster, and much of my early writing in middle school was prompted by things that I read. English was my best subject, with literature study being my favorite part (because of the reading, not because I enjoyed dissecting it.) I still love reading, […]
Is your life an endless succession of small things? Do you let the minor things become the majors? Marriage is major. Parenting is major. Faith is major. Homeschooling is major. But each of these major things is comprised of so many smaller parts that it’s easy to get caught up in every. Single. Thing. The […]
Homeschoolers benefit the community in many ways. Parents who home educate have the advantage of passing on their values as they live their lives in front of their children. Family values, community involvement, outreach, and community service are all easily caught, as well as taught because parents and children are together for the majority of each […]
Homeschoolers are perhaps the worst when it comes to stressing about educational gaps. Gaps are inevitable, because it simple isn’t possible to know EVERYTHING about everything. When it comes to the Autism Spectrum though, there are gaps everywhere. The strengths and the gaps of Autism can make me crazy. Far from his original diagnosis of […]
What did you do today? “Nothing,” comes the reply. Nothing? “Well, we did school stuff.” Ah, okay. Dad comes home from work and tries to engage the kids. I know my family is not the only one who has this conversation on a regular basis, and that I’m not the only homeschool mom out there […]
How long has it been since you sat quietly, watched your children as they worked on an assignment, and evaluated how things are going? Note: Originally published in 2012, updated 10/12/16. I frequently just have to pause and ask myself… Is this working? What could we do differently? What do I need to change so […]
Learning comes naturally to kids. It is said that a child learns like a sponge, in a constant state of absorbing knowledge from around them. I believe this to be true, mostly. Kids are constantly learning and absorbing, but mere soaking in knowledge doesn’t produce fruit. Time and practice are what cement knowledge into something […]
Is high school too late to learn to spell well? Absolutely NOT. Spelling is one of those skills that even adults should work on. Spelling doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and when you have a child with learning disabilities it can become an ongoing struggle. My boys have plodded along, correcting the spellings that I […]
Homeschooling isn’t the be-all, end-all of education. Shocking? I hope not. It is not healthy to bow down at the altar of homeschooling. When you do, eventually you will be in for a shock. I know- I’ve been there. I am a homeschool mom. I’ve taught my own kids for 18 years and if there’s […]