Category Archives: homeschooling

The truth about Cheryl

What do Christian pharisees do when their target, a single mother and successful businesswoman, will not shrink in fear of their highly abusive demands and submit to their delusional self-appointed authority? They collude to defame her and deprive her of … Continue reading

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Germ warfare

Hand washing and safe food handling are very important to me. I’m not above bringing food safety brochures to potlucks. This fixation is not without cause, though; as a teenager, I contracted my first obvious food-borne illness, Montezuma’s Revenge, after … Continue reading

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Rejecting the summer reading program

Several years ago my older daughter, Caitlín, was “in 6th grade,” but reading mostly young adult books, as she had outgrown most in the youth section. Since she was reading “teen” books, she felt she should be able to participate … Continue reading

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Making up grades

People like to categorize other people. They can look and (usually) know the classification we seem to feel is most important–gender–and we can sort of guess the age, and, therefore, if we care, a child’s school grade level. As my … Continue reading

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Mother, I’m flying!

Mother, I’m flying Come catch me, Dad The most wonderful feeling That I’ve ever had I’m riding, I’m falling I’m falling, I’m riding I’m falling, I’m riding my bike In the fall of her 16th year, my daughter learned to … Continue reading

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House of tomorrow

“You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even … Continue reading

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Where experts fear to tread

I collect quotes wherever I encounter insightful or amusing phrases. When I find a passage that is both insightful and amusing, I am doubly pleased. Therefore, I felt lucky when this gem came in an email: “Not being an expert … Continue reading

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Anecdotal evidence

“How do you know they are learning?” people would ask, referring to my homeschooled children. Their inquiries are well meaning, and yet, in the box. They have been taught that learning is measured by standardized testing, and that education is … Continue reading

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Love buckets

My new post, “Love Buckets,” is up at TheHomeSchoolMom blog. Excerpt: The most important aspects of family centered education are things not easily measured by standardized testing, and are absent from most ready-made curricula. There were many concepts I wanted … Continue reading

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Tiger Mother… sort of

My post, “Tiger Mother, Sort Of,” is up at TheHomeSchoolMom.com blog. Excerpt: Like children of Tiger Mothers everywhere, my girls were also expected to make all “A’s”. I pushed them, sometimes very hard–out the door in good weather. In the … Continue reading

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