Salt and Flour Maps

I always had the best salt and flour maps.  So did my sisters.  And not just a little better than the other kids.  Our salt and flour maps were the Harvard of relief maps compared to the community college crap my classmates tried to pass off. Everyone else carried theirs in on little pieces of [Read More...]


One of the best things about sending my kids to school was that I could run errands in peace.  (I could also go back to bed with Jeff, who works from home many mornings, but that’s a whole different post – let’s call it The Effects of Homeschooling on Marital Relations.)  If I want to run [Read More...]


“What did you have for breakfast this morning?  Did you have a bunch of syrup?!!” “What time did you get up?  Were you two up talking all night?!!” I was on the warpath this morning, trying to figure out why the kids were behaving so badly.  Was it sugar?  Lack of sleep? Oh wait.  I [Read More...]

Day of the Dead

Today, November 2, is known as Day of the Dead in Mexico.  It coincides with the Catholic holiday, All Soul’s Day.  It’s a day of celebration in Mexico and is celebrated by many Mexican Americans as well. Last year, our boys went to a Spanish bilingual school.  Each year, they celebrated Day of the Dead, [Read More...]

Art Anxiety

They didn’t touch any of the paintings.  They didn’t hit each other.  They didn’t get ink all over themselves.  And Ezra didn’t swear once all morning. Our first day of the at the Museum of Fine Arts last month was a success.  So were the next two meetings.  And so was the three-day family art [Read More...]


It was suggested by a friend that I take a day off from the blog.  Actually, she suggested that I stay off the computer all together on Saturdays. Well, okay, it was suggested by God first.  Sort of.  I mean who knows if He would have made an exception for Hulu if you could have [Read More...]


Whew. A week of reading the work of Ellen Galinsky and Charlotte Mason.  A week of writing about them and how they connect to what we are trying to pull off at home.  And a week of putting up material for the Curriculum section of this blog. I feel like I just turned in my [Read More...]

Skill 7: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

(Warning: This is a ridiculously long post – made longer by this warning.  But I loved this last skill.  Back to short and sweet tomorrow.) We were at a birthday party last week when one of the girls from Zach’s 1st grade class asked him, “So you have school in your house now?” “Yeah,” he [Read More...]

Day 31

(Note: I took a break today from reviewing the life skills described in Ellen Galinsky’s new book, Mind in the Making.  I will finish up with the final skill tomorrow.) Today was Day 31 of this one-year experiment.   And when you say it that way, it sounds like we’re only one month in on [Read More...]

Day 6 of Mind in the Making – Too Easy!

Zach was talking to his grandmother this weekend on speaker phone, and she asked how homeschool was going. “It’s good.” “It is?  What are you learning?” “Nothing.  It’s easy.” “It’s easy?  Well, aren’t you learning writing and math and history?” “Nope. We don’t do those. Everything is easy. Which would be bad news if it [Read More...]