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First Day of School Interviews

Today was supposed to be the first day of school. Instead, our local schools won’t open to students for 2+ weeks, in order to give the teachers time to prepare for “hybrid” instruction. At the same time, the school committee and teachers union still haven’t completed contract negotiations, and the […]

Obedience Isn’t a Virtue

When I was 5, my mom started reading Little House in the Big Woods aloud to me. We slowly worked our way through all 8 of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Once Elizabeth turned 5, I read the entire series aloud to her. Now that Abigail is 5, I’m reading […]

Ancient Mesopotamia

This week in History and Literature, we studied the first civilizations: Sumer and Akkad (5000-1600 BCE). After reading the appropriate page in our Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, David and Elizabeth created the timeline that they will fill in with important people, events, and civilizations over the course of the year. It’s […]

Botticelli Picture Study

I love art. I’m not particularly talented or knowledgeable, but I’m enthusiastic. Last May, I did a week of learning with my kids focused on art as emotional expression, using a Getty Museum curriculum as a jumping-off point. We looked at 4 paintings that show a person with an object […]

What Should a 6th Grader Be Writing?

David learned to read quickly, easily, and early. He has been a voracious reader since he discovered The Magic Tree House series in kindergarten, and over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s been blowing through at least a dozen novels a week. At the same time, he’s never liked […]

Articulating Values and Virtues

If the goal of a classical education is to teach values and inculcate virtues, well then — I guess we have to be able to articulate our values. Adam and I had never really tried this in a comprehensive way until we started thinking about homeschooling, when we figured something […]

Teaching the Gregorian and Hebrew Calendars

Homeschooling is driving home how much my family lives in the tension “between Athens and Jerusalem.” My kids’ preschool and early elementary classrooms have always talked about the calendar at the beginning of the school day. Calendar is complicated in our house, because our family lives according to 2 calendars: […]

My Brief Love Affair with The Well-Trained Mind

Out in virtual space, homeschoolers seem to group themselves by their approach to education. I’ve learned all these new terms: Traditional/School-at-Home, Classical, Charlotte Mason, Eclectic/Relaxed, Waldorf, Montessori, Unschooling. I’m not convinced that all the homeschoolers who use these terms mean the same thing by them, nor am I convinced that […]