Sailing Through Failure versus Getting Caught in the Eddies of Disappointment This morning I ran across a wonderful short video that a homeschooled girl (Hannah) made demonstrating her rubber-band powered paddle boat. What a wonderful demonstration of how positive a homeschool fail can be! She starts the video by discussing how she made the boat and why she colored the bath water. Then she winds the paddle up on the back of her milk-carton boat, puts it in the water, and…. …. it doesn’t go. So unfazed, she takes it out an talks about how she designed the pencil-struts that hold the paddle so thatRead More →

​I think we had a fail this week… This week we sat down for a group reading and discussion session. It began with reading about the events surrounding the admission of the last of the western united states into the union. All began well, but then it devolved. Somehow my kids turned the history of the United States into a two hour long discussion and research project around the sacrifice that Abraham was prepared to make and would that be something you could do to your own child. Life with teens really is interesting! Well, it was a history lesson fail, but maybe a homeschoolRead More →

So here we are again on the cusp of the end of another week of homeschooling. Our homeschooling week was overpowered by one massive flop: our angel cat died. This cat was special. I know everyone says that their cat is special. But this cat really was different. He did not behave like cats do. He was born under a bush behind a grocery store and my brother-in-law befriended his mother and saved the whole litter as well as momma cat. And that is how our angel cat came to live with us. We knew he was different from the beginning. He had no meow,Read More →

Who Are These Kids? Maybe this happens to all homeschooling parents. This week abounded with opportunities for me to face humility as a homeschooling mom. We can’t always be right about things. We try, as homeschooling moms to work lessons ahead of time, understand the material before teaching it, and find resources to help us in areas we are weak. But… sometimes the best laid plans fail and our weaknesses are exposed. And that is where my fail for this week begins… Poetry Rears Its Ugly Head… My children have been asking for ages and ages for me to start reading Dante’s Inferno to them.Read More →

Ok, Here we are at the end of another week. Has Anyone flopped in their homeschooling efforts this week? (I sure did!) My Homeschool Flop For This Week: I was blessed with a bit a humility this week as I spent the week on jury duty at the courthouse. The Hub works nights so the kids had an adult in the house, but it was up to them to keep to a schedule. At first I thought, “How hard can this be? I read the blog posts of working homeschool moms and get their issues but really, I worked in the great big corporate worldRead More →

What Are Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails? These are the misadventures of a homeschooling week. The bad, the ugly, and the downright funny. Why Are You Sharing Your Homeschool Fails? I am reviewing a class for homeschooling parents from Only Passionate Curiosity. One of the things mentioned in the course is that everyone uses social media to promote the good in their homeschool. Everyone’s house (on Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter) is fully manicured, their children always on best behavior, lessons completed on time with extra wonderful activities showing how extraordinarily creative they all are. But imagine the reaction if you are a mom whoRead More →