In my last post, I presented some information about ADHD and discussed how we came to pursue and accept that diagnosis in our son. If you missed that one, you might want to go back and read it first. I don't know about you, but I had a lot of preconceived notions about ADHD that … Continue reading Diagnosis ADHD: Community and Labels (Part 2)
There is a lot of misinformation about ADHD, so I had to dive into scientific research to teach myself what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder actually is.
From a pretty young age, I realized that there was some mysterious list of things a person could know that would allow them to know what the heck was going on around them in the world. Andrew Kern and other classical educators more eloquently call this "Entering the Great Conversation."
Doing all of the things on your AO checklist is admirable, but if you and your child can't stand each other at the end of the day/week/month/year, then was it really worth it?
My life is busy, and I'm told it's only going to get busier as my kids get older. I keep thinking I'm going to catch a break when my kids get more independent, but the trend has gone that the older they get the more they need from me. No amount of potty training, independent reading, … Continue reading What Inspires Me to Scholé
The boys and I are now in AO's Term 2 nature study topic. This year that's mammals. So, yeah, that's basically a HUGE category. I thought I'd share some of our planned resources.
When I began officially homeschooling our oldest child five years ago (I say "officially" because I firmly believe every child is taught at home, intentionally or not), I really thought I was doing it for him. I was making this conscious choice to devote my time and attention to his education. I saw the benefits of … Continue reading Teaching Whom? What Home Education is Doing for the Teachers
The twelve days of Christmas revelry are nearly over. The New Year has arrived, and our Christmas break from school is coming to an end with Epiphany on January 6 (though I must admit that we have been sneaking in a few literature readings with the kids). The transition from Christmas back to an ordinary, … Continue reading Recentering: Remembering What Our Homeschool Is All About
"Caroline" tells the story of Little House on the Prairie from Caroline Ingalls' (Ma's) perspective. It was so fun reading this novel at the same time we were listening to Little House on the Prairie as a family.
I have this son. He's my firstborn, and he's been challenging me since day one to rearrange and rethink my life. First, as an embryo, he told me to quit my full-time job in marketing. Then, as a newborn, he started whispering to me to stay home with him through the preschool years. Next, as … Continue reading Giving Him What He Needs: When the Schedule Needs a Change