As I sat and listened to each of the children read their short stories, I was amazed. These kids had excellent writing skills. It didn’t take long for my enjoyment and wonder to turn to negativity as my inner critic emerged. “My kids can’t write like that,” I thought, “I must be a failure.” Oh, how quickly the enemy creeps in! Continue reading “Quieting the Inner Critic”
As spring sets in, thoughts about finishing the school year may surface. This is a great time to refocus and look toward the finish. This may be a source of excitement or stress. Are you on track? Are you frustrated with the school year? Continue reading “Planning to Finish Strong”
The new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start. We make goals and write resolutions. We edit lesson plans and evaluate our students’ progress. Then, we forge full-steam ahead into the new year convinced that our efforts will be fruitful. But, what happens before winter’s end? Continue reading “New Year’s Resolution: Rest”
Over the past several weeks, I have experienced a heightened sense of anxiety. As it usually goes with me, whenever my anxiety goes up, so does my compulsion with distractions. Continue reading “Distractions and Anxiety”
It is amazing how often we use the internet in our home. I had not realized just how much time was actually being drained from our family until this week. A temporary disruption in our internet service is common where we live. However, what I thought was just a quick outage turned into a week offline with challenges, blessings, and realizations.
This morning when I stepped out onto my back porch I was met with a disturbing sight. Two barn swallow hatchlings lay motionless on the floor. The parents, one in the nest above and the other nearby, chattered loudly. I immediately knew something was wrong. Continue reading “A Lesson From the Birds”
In 2007, our family began a fascinating journey into the world of homeschooling. Since that time, I have researched and developed many unit studies and lessons. Continue reading “I have lessons to share.”