Quarantine Homeschool Tip #1: Deschool (This is different than unschooling.) Take a week to “deschool,” which means to wrap your head around all the mess and feel your feelings. It’s too early to make a plan, or a schedule, or buy curriculum, or order ALL THE THINGS. Figure out what will be normal in the…Continue reading Quarantine Homeschool Tip #1: Deschool
Transitioning from public school to homeschool was a challenge for my family, which is why I’ve been really thankful we found the 8th-12th grade classes at Shanan Tutorials. Our experience has been SO positive that I’ll be teaching three English classes there next year. Here are 5 reasons why I chose Shanan Tutorials for my family.…Continue reading Why I Chose Shanan Tutorials
I’m happy to share my course descriptions for this summer and fall. I will be offering two summer writing workshops and three yearlong courses. Registration for courses will open on March 16th. All families who have taken any course with me in the past will be given a 10% discount off of tuition. Five Paragraph…Continue reading Homeschool Course Offerings Summer and Fall 2020
For the purpose of my own reflection and planning, I thought it would be helpful to write some reflections about this first year of homeschool. Those who are curious, can feel free to peruse this post, which will likely be pretty long, to see if any of these thoughts are helpful for you. If you…Continue reading Reflections on Starting in the Middle: 1st Year of Homeschool: Part I
During the last year and a half, several people close to me have died. My friend Sam died in motorcycle accident. My Uncle Ron died from complications from stroke. My friend Patty died from ALS. And last week, my friend and former student, Libby, the daughter of one of my closest friends, Kay and Andy…Continue reading On Grief and Love
I am excited to be offering a wonderful opportunity for your middle schoolers to learn about America. This course will provide a weekly classroom discussion, activities, and projects designed to cover American literature and history chronologically with some art history and music history. Here is a link to my working outline for the course. This…Continue reading Middle Grade American Humanities Wednesday AM 2018-2019
We are going to homeschool next year. There, I said it. I’m sharing this post a friend wrote years ago and hopefully laying some groundwork because the unthinkable has happened. I am preparing to homeschool two of my children for 6th and 8th grade in the fall. Since I have talked about our unswerving public…Continue reading We Are Going to Homeschool
Part of the problem about me getting going with writing is that I have this need to talk about the process just to “warm up.” I mean, writing warm-ups is generally encouraged anyway, but I also feel this inner pull to explain my characters and ideas and settings and TALK about my writing to my…Continue reading Thoughts About Writing Warm-Ups: GAHHH!
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(This story is unedited and includes notes to myself for future changes.) At Sam’s Memorial Service, his friends took all his old T-shirts and laid them out over the edges of the table. There were old school soccer T-shirts, Jerseys from different national soccer teams, The Haircuts of Mao Ze Tzung, camoflauge T-shirts worn so…Continue reading Sam’s T-shirts