No More Homeschool?

What if I give up completely on my objectives and curriculum?  What would happen if we un-schooled? If you’re not familiar with un-schooling, it’s a homeschooling philosophy first described in the 1970s. Un-schoolers believe that through normal play, household chores, projects, friendships and family, children will grow, learn, and develop – all at their own [Read More...]

Monday’s Post

I write every day, Monday through Friday.  The discipline of writing every weekday means I don’t have to question whether anything blog-worthy happened.  I just write. Kind of like homeschooling.  Whether I have it all planned out or not, we do something – and then we call it homeschool. Tonight, when I can’t keep my [Read More...]

Charm School

Day 3 of a Series on Social Stories Click here to read Day 1 and one of the Social Stories, “What is a mistake?” When I first read through the list of stories, I was disappointed.  One because they all seemed so simple, and two because so many people thought they would be good for the [Read More...]

Fig Leaves

Day 2 of a Series on Social Stories:  Click here to read Day 1, and the Social Story “What is a mistake?” After reading the social story aloud, Wendy asked us to name some mistakes we had made in the past. The boys didn’t immediately volunteer any.  I mentioned spilling coffee all over the car [Read More...]

Life on Planet Earth

Several people working with the boys over the years suggested that I read “social stories” to them.  I always assumed this meant that I should find books about a boy lying to his father, or a girl left out of a recess game, stories that show how we should react in common social situations. But [Read More...]

Keep Hope Dead

Being socially clueless has its benefits. Like today, when we told the boys that Kathiana would be returning to Costa Rica in September.  Both boys were upset and asked her a lot questions about why she needed to leave and if there wasn’t some way that she could stay.  After it was clear that she [Read More...]

Remembering Mac

Mac died today. Mac is short for Judah Maccabee.  He was the boys’ Hanukkah present in 2008.  A leopard gecko who ate crickets when he was young and mealworms when he could no longer catch the crickets.  He had been declining for quite a while now and it came as no surprise to find him [Read More...]