Tag Archives: lifelong learning
Thoughts on Many Things
I’ve been thinking a good deal about the Latin word discipulus these last few days. It means student and is where the words disciple and discipline come from. In no particular order: If students are also disciples then they are supposed to imitate the teacher. What … Continue reading
The Gift of Unhurried Days
It is 8 o’clock on a summer morning and only two children are awake! Our summer days have taken on a rhythm that allows the children to sleep and waken slowly, or to bounce from bed to pursue reading, or … Continue reading
Growth: Hard Work, Holding On, Letting Go
‘Tis the season of growth! Everywhere new plants are pushing up through the soil and people are changing what they did before to accommodate a life that is different than what they had planned. Children are growing and changing too … Continue reading
Homeschooling In A Time Of Pandemic
What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been! I closed our co-op on March 12th with four weeks left in the term. At the time I assumed we would be able to open again in late April but I … Continue reading
Short Lessons or Why We Do Almost Everything Twice!
This past summer I did a bunch of reading on various educational approaches. Partly because I find that kind of thing interesting, and partly because I am ALWAYS having to tweak my approach to allow for bigger kids, noisier … Continue reading
I’m Glad Convention Season is Coming!
The last few weeks have been rough! Time change, sick littles, a major reorganization project in order to give the biggest boy his own room (which meant turning the schoolroom into the master bedroom, moving school to the … Continue reading
Free Time or Free For All?
Free time is an enormous benefit if homeschooling. Play and creative endeavor help make children well rounded and are an important part of the “whole child” approach to education. By providing ample free time I am giving my children … Continue reading
Fewer Words, More Slowly
Lately I’ve been noticing a worrisome trend around here. We have a lot going on as is typical for the end of the school year; special events, birthdays, annual doctor visits, and dentist appointments all seem to come within a … Continue reading
Using Homework to Encourage Hard Work (Or Why I Have No Reason to Fuss At My Dawdlers)
This past fall we started participating in a small co-op. It meets once per week and I teach Science and Latin. The three school age children take classes and Jack and Daisy hang out with friends (although Daisy usually … Continue reading
The Realization That Revolutionized My Parenting
My children and I are not at war “Well, duh!” you say, “Of course not!” Of course not? Then why do we talk and act as if we were? Haven’t we all said and heard these kinds of things: “I … Continue reading