"How old is she, again?” I asked. "She just turned 3.” I watched as she kept climbing until she neared the thinner branches toward the top of the tree. Her mother was standing beside me, looking only a little concerned, so I tried to make my face look as calm as hers. What was … Continue reading Free-range kids: Do they still exist?
In 2020, we faced the reality that bias and discrimination still exist in our society, but thankfully it was also a year of calling out injustices. Hopefully, it will be a practice that continues for generations to come. The irony is that, in an age where we know the harm that is caused by treating … Continue reading “Gifted”, “behind”, or “just average”: Which one were you?
What if there was a way for your children to be more motivated in their learning AND to take on more responsibility in achieving their learning goals? In our home, we have found a simple way to do just that. It may look like a page out of a typical school diary, but this … Continue reading What happens when kids take ownership of their learning?
This year, the arts industry has taken one of the biggest financial hits of any industry. And yet, we have arguably never needed it as much as we did this year. In a year filled with stress, longing, grief, frustration, confusion, sickness, loss, and more, my family has come to appreciate and depend on … Continue reading What art did for us in 2020
Have you ever been so into a project that you forgot to eat (or pee)? Perhaps it was a book you couldn't put down, a Sudoku you needed to finish, a room that you were renovating, a rabbit trail of websites you were absorbing on a specific topic. Hours later you look up and are … Continue reading 7 components of a great learning space
One of the first questions families tend to ask themselves after deciding to home educate is, “Which curriculum should we use?” We whip out Cathy Duffy’s guide, ask around on Facebook, download countless samples and then pull the trigger, spending a small fortune on what promises to be a fabulous year wrapped in cling film. … Continue reading 4 assumptions we make when following a curriculum
"He has so much potential…" "If only he’d apply himself…" "She doesn’t take her work seriously…” “She has no motivation…” “He has no direction…” “If he would only show some commitment…" James Scott, Unsplash We’ve all heard statements like these. Perhaps you’ve even made them yourself. Or maybe you have been on the receiving end … Continue reading Stop asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I'm just finishing a book by Blake Boles called, Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School? If you are on the fence about home educating or know someone who is, this is your book. In addition to reading Boles' book, I invite you to listen to a webinar that I presented as part … Continue reading Are you still on the fence?
This year we are celebrating Independence Day by watching Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical, recently released on Disney+. Before lockdown due to Covid-19, I daily entered the lottery for a chance to win tickets to see Hamilton on stage. Me, and probably like 3 million others. So, for now, I'm thrilled to get this … Continue reading “Hamilton” Brings a Unique Hope to America
Last week, millions of Americans celebrated Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of slavery. For so many, it is their true Liberation Day. Back when I was in the classroom, I taught in a year that was responsible for covering US History. The school was made up of 100% students of color. I am ashamed to say … Continue reading The Liberated Learner