What I’ve Been Up To

Lots of knit­ting. Lots and lots of knit­ting. (If you’re on Rav­el­ry, you can see my fin­ished projects.) My hands ache from the knit­ting, par­tic­u­lar­ly the left, because I knit Con­ti­nen­tal. I think I may have to learn to knit Eng­lish just to swap off on occa­sion. We’ve been going out to hear more live […]

Break the Cycle of Failed New Year’s Resolutions with New Book, Achieve Anything in Just One Year

This is a spon­sored guest post writ­ten by Jason Har­vey on behalf of Achieve Any­thing In Just One Year. Post pow­ered by Spon­zai. On Jan­u­ary 1, more than 100 mil­lion Amer­i­cans will make a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, accord­ing to a Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton sur­vey. By March, how­ev­er, most res­o­lu­­tion-mak­ers will already have bro­ken their newly […]

Online Job Hunt — Heard of this place?

Yes, yes–I promise this is the last post for now. Prob­a­bly for the week­end, but at least for a few hours! I con­tin­ue to hope to find some kind of work that I can do from home despite my unco­op­er­a­tive body. Of course, most list­ings for “work at home” and “telecom­mute” jobs are com­plete rip-offs. I […]

Learning by Doing

An awe­some arti­cle by Seed mag­a­zine (my cur­rent favorite mag­a­zine!) about learn­ing by doing. Appar­ent­ly that’s how we learn best. When we learn by doing, we retain the infor­ma­tion we’ve learned much bet­ter than if it’s pre­sent­ed to us in an abstract way. How We Know: What do an alge­bra teacher, Toy­ota and a classical […]

The Myth About Homework

As the days go by, Katie’s time gets more and more pre­cious. I’m not the only one who is miss­ing lazy days of cud­dling up to do our lessons togeth­er at our own pace, doing as much as is need­ed and no more, then going on to Girl Scouts or dance or friends. Every night, […]

Quote of the day, happy half hour

“We wor­ry about what a child will be tomor­row, yet we for­get that he is some­one today.” — Sta­cia Tausch­er, quot­ed in The Change Your Life Chal­lenge by Brooke Noel. One of Noel’s sug­ges­tions is to have a reg­u­lar “hap­py half hour” with your fam­i­ly. Set up fresh fruit or oth­er health snacks, pour cups […]

In transition

Katie is going to high school in a few weeks, a 10th grad­er. The school is much larg­er than the one she attend­ed last fall — approx­i­mate­ly the same pop­u­la­tion as my own alma mater when I was there. I, at least, will con­tin­ue to write here, as I’ve been inter­est­ed in home­school­ing and edu­ca­tion much […]

Separation anxiety

And I don’t even know for sure if there’ll be a sep­a­ra­tion! Katie may go to high school this year. We’ll know for sure very soon. I’ve done a tran­script for her, all offi­cial and every­thing. Just the thought makes me jeal­ous of the time I have with her now, though. I’ve enjoyed these years […]

Driving Lessons

So, for the past week or so, I’ve been tak­ing dri­ving lessons. First I had 30 hours (spread out over a week, of course) of in-class study, most of which was about the law. Then, yes­ter­day I start­ed on my 10 hours of behind-the-wheel lessons. Both of my teach­ers (one in class­room, one in the […]

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