Remedial Organizational Skills with Jennifer: Dry Erase Boards

 Up at The true story of how I fell in love with dry erase boards.90% of you will read and shake your heads with pity.  I am not here for you.  Go alphabetize your sock drawer or something.You the 10%, you are my people.  Distracted Mothers of the World, Unite! We can schedule an appointment just as soon as we figure out where the baby hid the calendar.  … [Read more...]

3 Ways Homeschoolers Socialize Differently than School Kids

I've been in the depths of back-to-school preparation on multiple fronts, and I'm continually astonished that people still bring up the old "socialization" thing with respect to homeschooling.  So let's be blunt: Homeschoolers do not socialize the way school kids do.  It's a spectrum, of course.  There are many school families that don't get sucked into the assembly-line socialization rut, and thus teach their kids to cultivate a mature social life long before graduation.  There are likewise … [Read more...]

No School – Earthquake Day

The boy logged in to find out what time his first orientation class was this morning, only to see, "Class cancelled, earthquake."We figured that's what children pray for in places that don't snow. *** FYI if you're in an earthquake-relieving state of mind, you can skip the bucket of ice water and go straight to donating.  Kolbe Academy reports they'd be grateful for some generous souls willing to fund the feeding of the volunteers coming to clean up their offices. Please feel free to post … [Read more...]

The Nerd Boy Silver Lining

On the one hand, a certain child of mine spends way too much time on the computer.  (Where does he get it from?) On the other hand: Boy: Mom, we really have to get that webcam for school.  Class is going to start.  You have to get this.Mom: Yes, that's fine.  Research webcams and have a proposal* ready for your father tonight.Boy: What's the budget?Mom: Make us a set of best choices at each price point, with a discussion of the technical features for each. Not only will he do it, bu … [Read more...]

Homeschooling High School The Less Scary Way

 It's the time of year when mothers start to get excited about school.  Before you actually start the work is the ideal to time to share school plans, because once you're underway the enthusiasm can wear off a bit.  So here are my plans for the coming school year, starting with Mr. Boy.  I'll cover the girls' plans in two or three subsequent posts. High School. Oh My. The boy starts 9th grade, which means the college-prep clock is ticking and the transcript is officially turned on.  We … [Read more...]

Conference Update: Saturdays Specials, Catholic Success & a Full House for Distracted Parenting 101

A little update from the Midlands Homeschool Convention, where I'm making my home-away-from-home this week:1. Saturday Specials: Free Exhibit Hall Admission for everyone, and $20 family day passes for the workshops.  Worth a look.  Lots of vendors of interest to any parent -- educational toys, books, colleges . . . good stuff.2. The Catholic Exhibit just plain rocks.  Why yes, we are the coolest thing there, though admittedly the Kapla blocks people are a pretty close second. And it's no … [Read more...]

“Experimenting on Your Children”

One of the arguments against homeschooling is, "You're experimenting on your children."Every now and again, it's helpful to remember that if you send your child to school, you are doing the same: "What's Lost as Handwriting Fades".H/T to Brandon @Siris for the link. *** Funny story: If you've ever received a bit of handwritten text from me, you know that I have horrendous handwriting.  In my un-scientific survey, I identified exactly one blood relative across five generations who wrote … [Read more...]