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Educating “Gifted” Children

Five years ago, we took our older kids for an intellectual evaluation (WISC-V for David, who was 6, and WPPSI-IV for Elizabeth, who was 4). They both tested in the 98th/99th percentiles on all the indices, right in that “moderately gifted” range. We’re not talking Little Man Tate here, by […]

Learning Styles Aren’t Real

I keep seeing and hearing veteran homeschoolers talking about “learning styles.” At first, these conversations worried me — I didn’t know my kids’ learning styles! Cue Mommy Guilt, in force. Then my social science training kicked into gear, and I started researching learning styles. This led me to my new favorite […]

Homeschooling without Educational Credentials

In our state, homeschooling parents are not required to have any specific educational credentials — they simply have to be “of competent ability and good morals.” This is lucky, because neither Adam nor I have any educational credentials. We’ve picked up academic credentials aplenty, with 5 graduate degrees between us […]

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 […]

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 […]