Illuminating

I wish I could adequately describe the level of chaos that is usual during “school.” Okay, it’s really not that bad but Gemma is just on the cusp of hanging with the big kids (an aside: she is trying so very, very hard to figure out what it means to...

And We’re Off!

Aaaaaand we’re back. Back to school, that is.  Yes, we tell ourselves that we never really stop schooling and that we’re unschoolers so what’s the big deal and we’re in the school of life, baby!, we’re learnin’ all the time! But...

Olympiads

Sochi 2014 and all that it was is over and done. You’d think we’d be moving on to other things.  At least that’s what I assumed would happen. Silly me! On Sunday afternoon we watched the very end of the bobsledding finals and then about 20 minutes of...

The Power and the Glory

Tess is reading. She was reading well before this summer, but sometime during the sunny months everything just clicked and she was off.  She is independent, stretching her literary legs, sampling chapter books and things that take more than 15 minutes to read.  This...

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Did you send your children to bed with stories of freedom marches, Emmett Till and the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech dancing in their heads? Hey!  Us too! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  It was also a day for a...

Perspective

Everyone makes fun of home schoolers. It was a huge stumbling block to me while we were discerning what we should do.  That and “socialization,” but that’s a different story for a different day. Anyway, what if you are home schooled? Tonight Tess...