10 Ways Public School May Harm Your Child’s Future

#1: Public Schools Kill Creativity Children are enormously creative. Whether in dance, music, art, science, or any other field, when a child’s individual creativity is fostered, the child flourishes.Public schools slowly drain away a child’s inborn creativity through...

That Incomplete Project

A long time ago, when I was much younger, I decided to build a mortise and tenon, 4-poster bed out of Redwood. All the work would be hand-tooled and I envisioned a beautiful masterpiece when done. Working with the amazing properties of Redwood was a real joy—at least...

It’s Time You Know The Truth About Your Child

I know you’ve been through a lot with your son and continue to struggle to understand. I know you cringe inside every time someone wants to “talk to you about your child”. I know you’ve searched for answers, tried changes with his diet, put controls on his video time,...

5 More Homeschool Quotes!

“It is hard not to feel that there must be something very wrong with much of what we do in school, if we feel the need to worry so much about what many people call ‘motivation’. A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely...

Finding Solid Ground – A Journey Into Homeschooling

Finding solid ground. I have been floating in the clouds so long I forgot it was suspended animation. I attended a traditional Catholic school as a child, grew up to teach in urban, suburban, and rural public schools for almost 25 years, and now I’m homeschooling my...

Kindergarten

Kindergarten: (noun). From the German meaning “a child’s garden”. God plants two seeds into the garden of every child’s life. They are His gifts both to the child and to the world. The flowers these seeds are intended to bear are curiosity and the capacity to be...

Get Lost

Why is it so important to stop and smell the roses? To keep stopping and keep smelling the roses? Because the journey is much more important than the destination. With the advent of GPS, it’s almost impossible to get lost these days. But, not getting lost keeps us...

Creative Showering – Confessions of a Multitasking Teacher-Mom

We are all multitasking maniacs; aren’t we? Geez, it says  it even in the title. I have 2 hyphenated descriptors in my title. I can’t even add words without multi-tasking them. I bet you’re a lot like me. Multi-tasking has become a way of life for most of us. It’s how...

Bump – The Tipping Point In Education

We are rapidly reaching the tipping point in education. Malcolm Gladwell speaks of it in his book. It’s also referred to as the Butterfly Effect. It’s a specific period in time when life as you know it is approaching a change. It’s a change that has been building like...

Did I Accomplish My Goal?

I teach. I guide learners to accomplish goals, learn new skills, be inspired, and most of all, to think. But, who am I to teach? I still consider myself a teacher and more than most that are still out there in schools. I’m keeping my brain, my dignity, my innovation,...

Minecraft Mayhem

I did it. Yes, it’s because he won’t get anything accomplished otherwise. Is that an excuse? Yes. Is it a reason? Sure. But, it’s still my choice and I chose. The computer stays locked until the weekend at my house. Locking out kids is a tool parents use in an effort...

5 More Homeschool Quotes!

“I am always ready to learn but I do not always like to be taught.” – Winston Churchill               “I believe in teaching, but I don’t believe in going to school.” – Robert Frost            ...

Why Ask Why?

Understanding is an integral, yet widely suppressed part of learning. It involves time, lots of effort, probing questions & genuine curiosity to understand. I’ve met few children who really want to understand. I’ve also met many teachers who either didn’t have the...

6 More Homeschool Quotes!

“Far from failing in its intended task, our educational system is in fact succeeding magnificently because its aim is to keep the American people thoughtless enough to go on supporting the system.” – Richard Mitchell            ...

6 Principles For Teaching Your Gifted Child At Home

First of all… are you crazy? Your child comes pre-wired with intensities, learns differently than most kids, and is already more than a handful. Do you really want to give up the extra income and spend even more time with your child? Maybe, yes. I have no...

God’s 7 Greatest Gifts

The older I get, the more I believe that what most people regard as God’s gifts are not really God’s gifts at all. So, I am offering my thoughts as to what I consider God’s 7 greatest gifts: Gift one: Being allowed to experience how readily one says and does awful...