Help Your Child Learn to Code with Minecraft


Minecraft. They love it. You still aren't sure they should spending so much time in that other world. With a little creativity and thought, you can easily turn their passion for Minecraft into a productive learning opportunity (that they won't whine about). From a very young age, my daughter has loved technology. She's almost 12 now, and when I have a computer problem or can't figure out how to get something to work on our stupid Smart TV, she's the one I call. From computer and video games to photo editing and graphic design, she's explored it all. Her love of Minecraft runs deep, and now she is learning to code. Note: Although I love to … [Continue reading]

Raising Mockingjays

Mockingjay Academy

"You're the Mockingjay!" "Shut up. I am not."  But I was  smiling a little. This conversation between Dave and I happened a while back, when we were discussing a complicated situation in my strange little world of homeschooling. I know I'm being vague here, but work with me. And yes, my world is quite strange at times. I don't think its rebellious to question people and rules. Blindly following is not my style. Anyway, homeschool moms are already rebels, so they don't need much encouragement from me to get worked up. Honestly, I don't understand why more people don't question things. And by things, I mean everything.  As a … [Continue reading]

8 Resources for Learning the Times Tables


Are you a homeschooling mom with a frustrated child who is attempting to memorize the multiplication tables? I've been there too.  Read … [Continue reading]

7 Colleges for Homeschooled, Unschooled and Self-Directed Learners

College of the Atlantic

  I began researching colleges last year, when my daughter began her Freshman year of homeschooling high school. Does that sound a … [Continue reading]

So, Can You Get Me a Cadaver?

Erwin the Little Patient

Like most parents, I love to hear my kids think big. I do whatever I can to help them reach their goals. But sometimes, I can't make their dreams a … [Continue reading]

Little High, Little Low {The Trials of a Sugar Addict}

magnolia cupcakes

The following post is a flashback, written shortly after I was diagnosed with Lyme and put on a restricted diet. Years later,  I'm still on it. I'm … [Continue reading]

The One About Midlife, Mountains, and Becoming an Antique

Cornwall Bridge, CT

 An antique covered bridge delivers you into the tiny center of Cornwall with fanfare, as the booming sound of tires on wood reverberates around you. … [Continue reading]

Do Homeschoolers Think They Are Superior?

homeschool moms

Have you met that homeschool mom with those exquisitely well behaved, neatly groomed, spelling-bee winning, piano playing prodigies for children? Does … [Continue reading]

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 … [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 … [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}


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]