Day 5: Homeschooling Tip – Let Your Words Edify

Keep your students challenged in the areas of their strength, identify their weaknesses, but don’t demoralize your children. There is a tricky balance between working at improving areas of weakness and focusing so much on them that your student feels like a failure. I found my responses had a very profound impact on my children’s…

Overcoming the Dragon of Defeat

When I was a college student,  I struggled with writing. Back in those days – not exactly prehistoric – there were no word processing programs, no personal computers, no touch screens. My state-of-the-art electric typewriter could backspace one space to make a correction with a double tape ribbon. That meant, if I caught a spelling…

Beware of the Ides of March

The warning of the soothsayer in Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, might not seem applicable to homeschooling. But beware, it does seem that every year the middle of March brings with it a sort of malaise that saps the life out of homeschoolers and their parents alike. Unless you are a first year homeschool mom,…