September 7th, 2010

My Annual Homeschool Freak Out

Tomorrow morning we start our homeschool year. I often choose the Nativity of Mary as a starting date because leaning on Our Lady a bit helps me fight off that choking feeling of panic that rises in my throat every year at the beginning of September.

So, here we go.

I have written before about my ambivalence about homeschooling (Darn that new Inside Catholic site — it’s very cool and

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July 6th, 2010

See You in Denver?

I’ll be in Denver this weekend, speaking at the Rocky Mountain Home Educators Conference.

I will also be signing and selling copies of Small Steps for Catholic Moms and its companion journal and meeting many of the very cool people I have gotten to know online through the years … and that means YOU.

Will you be there? I would love the opportunity to meet you!

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April 13th, 2010

Heading to Houston

I am really looking forward to meeting up with a fabulous bunch of Texan homeschoolers in Houston at the ARCH Conference this coming weekend. I will be speaking there on Saturday, April 17:

What Happy Homeschoolers Know: 8 Ways to Thrive in Home Education

Hope I’ll see you there!

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February 15th, 2010

Lest Anyone Think Actual School Work is Going on in the Classroom

UPDATE: I have been reprimanded for not sharing the artist’s name. And here I thought Ambrose wouldn’t want the world to know what he’s doing instead of his school work.

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November 13th, 2009

Not Sure How to Grade This One

(click to enlarge)

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November 12th, 2009

Love and Hate and Homeschooling

Inside Catholic is re-running a column of mine today … about my complicated relationship with homeschooling:

I Love Homeschooling … I Hate Homeschooling

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October 5th, 2009

A Good Option for Kids Online

I just set up a second computer for kids’ schoolwork in an upstairs bedroom.

More and more of the kids’ schoolwork is requiring the use of a computer — we definitely needed this. But an internet-connected computer in a private room makes this mom of growing kids worry.

So I decided to set up this computer with a wireless USB adapter. Now this school computer can only access the internet

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September 14th, 2009

In Due Time

The sweet young mom who laminated my school schedules for me at Staples handed them to me with a shy smile.

“This looks intimidating to me,” she admitted. “I am a homeschooler too, but I find it so hard.”

“Really?” I asked, “How old are your kids?”

“Three and one.”

Three and one.

What I wanted to say was, “Oh don’t do that! Don’t even try to do that!

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