Zen and the Art of Shoveling Snow

snowy driveway

Here where hell has frozen over in New England, we're accustomed to long snowy winters. We have a plan to deal with all the snow that falls. We have our ways of staying warm and (slightly)cheery through the dark winter months, like chili, warm fires and Irish coffee (or so I hear). New England even has it's own official motto that I think is all about surviving winter.  {It says so on Wikipedia, so it's absolutely true.} It's this: An appeal to heaven. It isn't perfectly clear what our forefathers meant, but  I bet the appeal was similar to my winter plea : Please God, make this shitty weather stop. At our house, we have a plan for … [Continue reading]

6 Homeschool Art Projects Your Kids Will Love

Art Lesson

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts As I look ahead at planning our homeschool days for 2015, I have to glance back. Since September, my girls have pushed hard academically. They have made tremendous progress in many areas. I'm so proud of them, but I also see that all of the pushing has made them resistant to learning in some ways. Yet, at the mention of a creative writing or art project, … [Continue reading]

Fresh Eyes on Autumn

Main Street Newtown

I saw the world with fresh eyes this morning. Everywhere my gaze landed glistened with a sprinkle of snow, the first of the season. Instead of … [Continue reading]

Blurred Around the Edges

delaware bay sunset

I'd love to paint you a clear picture of where I've been or what we've been doing these past couple of months.  Can I simply say it's complicated? … [Continue reading]

Learning Math with Minecraft and Base 10 Blocks

Mincraft with Base 10 Blocks

My daughter recently discovered that base 10 blocks are perfect for recreating Minecraft structures, people and animals in real life.  She made this … [Continue reading]

My Tween Needs Yoga {and so do I}

kids yoga pose, camel pose

It's 4:30 on a beautiful summer afternoon. My 10 year-old just had a mini-melt down. She couldn't find the DVD she desperately wanted. You've been … [Continue reading]

Discussing Body Image and Marilyn, On Her Birthday

marilyn 2

If I told you that I've spent a great deal of time thinking about how my daughters feel when they look in the mirror, it would be an understatement. … [Continue reading]

A Walk in the Marshlands

rye new york, marshlands

We hopped in the car early on Mother's Day morning. My oldest daughter and I drove to meet my mom for a morning walk at the Marshland  Sanctuary in … [Continue reading]

How to Earn Dual Credit for High School and College

Dual Credit at Home

Disclosure: I received course materials for free in exchange for a  candid and honest review of this high school home school curriculum. All opinions … [Continue reading]

A Little Love, A Little Change

Love and a Cat

It's a rainy Friday afternoon. My house is trashed from a week of having work done on an upstairs bathroom. I'm amazed at how a little tearing down … [Continue reading]

Learning to Shine

Playing the Queen of Hearts in Alice: A New Musical

I know, I know. You're sick of me writing about my kids performing. You're tired of watching me grapple with the  stage-mother within. Still, I have … [Continue reading]

Following Your Child’s Lead is Essential to Their Happiness {and yours}

Jumping

It trips parents up. Often. We assume that we know what will make our kids happy - and they don't.  Occasionally, when introducing something new, … [Continue reading]

My Top 5 Vendors to Visit at GHC

top5vendors

What part of attending a homeschool convention do you look forward to most? Meeting other homeschooling parents? Gaining inspiration and being … [Continue reading]

How to Support your Child’s Passion for Performing Without Becoming an Obnoxious Stage Mom

Playing Toto

"I will never be a stage mom like that," I swore.  It was 1991, in San Diego, California. I was younger. Newer. Blonder. My roommate, Miss Indiana … [Continue reading]

The Winter Blues {Photo Friday}

winter in newtown

It just won't melt. The snow, the ice, the gloom continues to sit still and hang on, while we are desperate to move on.   This photo was taken at … [Continue reading]

Unit Study Ideas: Exploring a Career in Medicine

Ben-Carson-Spotlight

One of our favorite ways to learn about a new topic in depth (without pressure, worksheets or textbooks) is to read a biography and study the life of … [Continue reading]

Yes, I Miss Summer. And Babies.

Sunset Swim

It snowed again today. It was a mere 5 inches (I'm guessing).  The first 3 or 4 storms of the season are charming. We stay inside, build a fire and … [Continue reading]

Seeing Wicked in a Blizzard

nyc in winter

If you live anywhere in the U.S., you can probably relate to the headache (and backache) caused by recent weather events.  SoCal friends: stop … [Continue reading]

How to Make a Homeschool Convention a Memorable {and educational} Road Trip

hows-whys

In certain parts of the country, homeschool conventions are pretty common. If you miss one, maybe you can find another one easily within the same … [Continue reading]

Smiling Yoga {with Cats}

Yoga makes him smile.

It's been 29 days since we began practicing yoga daily at our house. The girls love it. The cats do too. For me, it has been nothing short of … [Continue reading]