Never Enough

I thought that when we started to homeschool, the boys would finally feel like they got enough time with their parents.  Instead, it seems to have increased their desire to spend every waking moment with us – especially for Zach. When my parents asked the boys this week what they liked most about homeschool, Zach [Read More...]

Creative Self-Esteem

I spent some time yesterday looking over my list of objectives for the year, and it’s clear that if I’m going to meet even half of them, I’m going to have to add objectives to the list -things I can cross off more easily. I use this technique all of the time: To my list of things to [Read More...]

No Rest for the Weary

What’s the difference between homeschool and “real school,” as the kids like to call it? Real school has school vacation.  Not so our homeschool. Since we now only manage to get in about an hour of school a day, we are never going to meet the list of objectives I have for the year unless [Read More...]

Jurassic Confessions

Jenny told me not to tell anyone. “Seriously,” my sister chastised me tonight.  “I know you like to write about what a bad education you got, but you can’t tell anyone that.  There’s no excuse for not knowing that.” The that in question was the fact that I didn’t know until last year that there were [Read More...]

Impressive – Featuring guest blogger, Jeff Barneson

We left Cambridge yesterday and drove to DC to celebrate Christmas with my family. As of this afternoon (Christmas eve), Jeff is officially not working so I invited him to be a guest blogger.  Go easy on him, he’s not had coffee this afternoon. It’s tempting to take this opportunity to suck up.  Right?  Here [Read More...]


Why hasn’t every school teacher and principal and child psychologist read Spark?  Why hasn’t every parent?  Why didn’t the president get on TV and tell us about it? Okay, I know that we have all known for a long time that exercise is critical for, well, for almost everything.  But I never saw it all [Read More...]

Dozing Off

Was planning to write a long post on the effects of exercise on ADHD, anxiety, depression, and aging.  But I’m pooped.  And it’s not just me.  The boys put themselves to sleep while I was still downstairs with dinner guests tonight. They didn’t get a whole lot of school done with dad while I was [Read More...]

The New P.E.

So here’s the deal with PE.  It was all wrong for the last hundred years.  It focused on sports.  And if you didn’t like sports, or were bad at sports, or didn’t look like you might have an athlete in you, you sat on the sides and waited for it to be over.  Almost no [Read More...]


What’s so special about Naperville, Illinois? Is it that their 8th graders scored sixth in the world in science and first in math on the famous Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study?  That same year, the US as a whole ranked 18th and 19th respectively.  That fact made national news in 2000 and would [Read More...]

Tales from the Hive

Sometimes I feel tired.  Work, homeschool, family life, friends, church, neighbors.  It can be a lot. But today I realized that I’ve got nothing but time.  And peace.  And quiet.  At least compared to bees.  A beehive makes our house look like a retirement home – for monks. You might think you know how amazing [Read More...]