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Need to Phase Needs to End!

One of the things I do not want to forget as we go through the next few years is how many awesome adventures we had in our first few years of homeschooling.  Math, history and science are super important, but as I look back through this blog’s five year history, and read about our travels to New York City, our kitchen table science experiments, our nature walks, our time with friends, I realize we cannot for one minute forget that these moments are what makes homeschooling magical.  
Recently I heard an analogy about life using tiny grains of rice.  A bowl full of rice is your life.  Those little grains are each day that you walk this earth.  If you can only pick out 5 or 10 that are associated with great moments, such as vacation, births, marriages, etc and the rest of the grains are filled with drudgery then you are living an unhappy life.  What percent of our grains represent great days?  Not enough.  I want to live a happy fulfilled life.  A life bursting with love for my family an…

Opportunity for growth ahead

Sometimes there are moments when you are faced with an opportunity but also an opportunity cost.  For teens, this is scary and unsettling.  Do I stay where I am comfortable, where I know what to expect and I can be good, but not great?  How important is greatness?  Do I go and unlock my potential even if it is scary, even if it is hard to say goodbye, even if I miss what I had and am unsure of what I am being offered?




These are questions my girls are being faced with right now, again.  My girls do not have the option of picking classes, with no control as to who the teacher is. They are the creators of their educational destiny.  They get to evaluate their outside teachers and determine if what they are learning is adequate, if it is appropriate, and if it will get them where they want to be.  Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know until you are asked and you can’t answer.  Then you know if where you are is adequate, or if you want to make a change and rise to the potential that …

Considering Homeschooling? Don't believe everything you read....

I was sent a copy of a viral blog post from bluntmoms.com.   I am not familiar with that site and after poking around a bit I found I am not of the same mindset as their readers.  It should have come as no surprise that I would not be a fan of the article that was posted and has since been removed: Let’s Talk About Homeschooling.  Let’s just say it was very inflammatory and insulting to a large number of families who have chosen this educational path and family structure.
I could tackle the post point by point offering counter points, demonstrating the inconsistencies and fallacies in her arguments, but there are plenty of rebuttals floating around already.  What bothers me is that there is a growing push back against homeschooling using arguments that seem to come from the 1800s.  
Do you really think I teach my kids all subjects?  Heck no!  I would not want to do this.  I want my children to be exposed to other adults, teachers, and professionals.  My girls have taken classes at Sound…