November 30th, 2015

One Little Thing at a Time

(This is an old column of mine that originally appeared at Inside Catholic. Just like yours, my life is still ridiculous, but some of the details are different from what is described here. The message still applies, though.)

My life is ridiculous. Do I need to tell you this, or can you reach that conclusion all on your own when I tell you that I am a homeschooling mother of

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October 16th, 2013

We’re all blind

Well, I’ve been reading homeschooling articles again. Homeschool Blindspots by Reb Bradley was a recent one that made me think, and bookmark, and then go back and read again. Mostly because it made me uncomfortable. Which could be a good thing. We all need to be challenged sometimes.

But then, I am not sure I can take any more challenging right now. I’m pretty tired.

I’m tired of being second-guessed

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April 22nd, 2012

You Might Be a Homeschooler

Kateri sent this to me today and I laughed out loud watching it. Only because it was so very inaccurate, of course. Ahem!

April 18th, 2012

New England Catholic Homeschool Conference

Will you be there? I will! I will be sharing “What Happy Homeschoolers Know” and there will be other terrific speakers as well. There are also vendors and hundreds of amazing families just like yours. Come! Spend the day! Bring a friend or meet some new ones!

Here are the details:

New England Catholic Homeschool Conference

Date: May 19, 2012 Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Location: St. Monica

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October 5th, 2011

Love & Phonics

Danny had a three-letter word before him this morning. We are practicing sounding out.

“H-O-G … H-O-G … H-O-G …” he repeated, over and over again.

“Now put the sounds together,” I told him.

“HO-G … HO-G … HUG!” he shouted with delight. And then he turned to give me a great big one.

I’m not worried. We’ll get there. Right now, I’m just enjoying the process.

August 31st, 2011

And Back Again

You would think this would get old, but it doesn’t. Because it keeps changing.

At the start of each new school year, I worry, in varying degrees, about curricula, schedules, chores, time management, reading skills, math facts, socialization, sports, faith formation, state requirements, and educational philosophies.

But my biggest challenge this year is none of those.

Today, I dropped off my oldest daughter at the local public high school. Where

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March 31st, 2011

Learning and Love Notes

Here is something I will show to the next person who asks “how I do it” with homeschooling.

It’s a love note. From my 4-year-old boyfriend. The child whom I have not gotten around to teaching to read or write yet.

Some things get easier. When you’re the eighth child in a brood of homeschoolers, you pick up some things by osmosis.

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November 13th, 2010

It only takes two minutes and I’ll be your best friend.

My husband and a colleague of his are designing a multi-media middle school science course for homeschooling families. They are in the beginning stages and would like your input in order to create a product that meets homeschooling families’ real needs.

If you are a homeschooling parent of a middle school student, can you spare two minutes to take a brief survey and share your opinion?

Thank you!