I want to Homeschool, But I Don’t Want to Teach

I want to Homeschool, But I Don’t Want to Teach

I want to be the kind of homeschool mom who can wedge herself in between Webster’s Dictionary and a selection of Usborne Encyclopedia’s …and I’d just hop down from my shelf to run out and buy pre-sharpened Ticonderogas, arrange field trips, keep the WiFi running, and set out tea for the college recruiters. Anything’s possible….

The First Day of School is a Phantom Holiday

The First Day of School is a Phantom Holiday

Do homeschooled kids feel the same spirit of the season? This time of year….the $1 bins are brimming with glue sticks and useless shaped erasers, I can’t help but feel the excitement in the air. Like Christmas. Seriously. It’s nostalgic and filled with possibilities! Or a phantom holiday…. like we had busted open a piñata and all that came out were pencil shavings and spelling words.

In a Moment of Weakness We Joined a Co-op

In a Moment of Weakness We Joined a Co-op

Hi, my name is Jennifer and I’m a super control freak. This is where they’ll say, “Welcome, Jennifer! Join us. Here is our schedule of events and the required reading list. Everyone is required to yadda yadda yadda…”  And then I’ll...
Yes, My Kids Have Asked to go to School

Yes, My Kids Have Asked to go to School

And it was like being stabbed in the heart with the pretty blue math compass I bought him for 5th grade math! “… I just wanted to see what middle school is like and meet some new friends.” …I’m not protecting him. I’m providing him with an alternate route with which to emerge having lost none of himself.

Handwriting and Other Homeschool Torture Devices

Handwriting and Other Homeschool Torture Devices

Sometimes I just sit around thinking up ways I can provoke my kid’s groans and hissy fits, so I can make my day especially obnoxious, long and unbearable. A day filled with carefully calculated ways to be griped at and made to feel mean and overbearing. Because that is what it’s all about. Me making their lives miserable.

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