This was a week filled with lazy summer days, loud chickens and parades. Our 4th of July Parade Our neighborhood has had a small parade on Independence Day every year for as long as I can remember. It is a chance to catch up with old acquaintances, reminisce with neighbors, and generally enjoy the small town-aspect of our neighborhood smack in the middle of a large city. The parade always starts with the local fire station engine, followed by all the kids in the neighborhood on bikes and skates and some pushed in strollers. Next come the new baby cars: convertibles and old classics showcasingRead More →

New Roads for High School

We are headed into the Fourth Of July next week (a big celebration in our little neighborhood) and things are looking good here in our little homeschool! Sewing & Snagging Snorlax We spent an entire day on a sewing project this week to make a stuffed pocket version of a favorite video game character. Oh yes, and that darling daughter of mine finally captured herself a Snorlax (our continuing Pokemon Go saga) after looking for one for more than a year… and all we had to do was drive through two apartment parking lots and a legal office driveway and run across a couple ofRead More →

Boy has life changed from the days when summer meant trips to the library and the beach and playing in a kiddie pool in the backyard! This week was filled with preparations for one teen to go be a camp councilor and driving another teen back and forth to their summer internship. And so our activities were dominated by lists and driving and sitting and rushing and waiting and some more driving… We also had a heatwave to contend with, so the kids made a truly redneck-style swimming hole for the overheated chickens. I ended up putting a lawn chair in the middle of itRead More →

This week was pretty run-of-the mill. We just continued along our merry homeschooling way. … BUT I found a pile of resources to use for next year as I continued to plan (my absolutely favorite activity, truth be told). So, here is what I have found so far… Books I ran across these wonderful fairy tale books (Fairy Tale Calculus) that teach the basics of calculus in a gentle and understandable way. I started looking through them to see if the kids could benefit and then got hooked! I think I will be reading these aloud in the fall!   We are also reading TheRead More →

The Home Stretch

We are in the home stretch here in our homeschool. Middle school years are almost over. As I look the last 8 years of schooling in the rear-view mirror, I am struck how much things stay the same. When the kids were in their elementary years, I dreaded the planning I would need to homeschool middle school. I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but somehow it happened. I wasn’t sure how we could manage all the materials and curricula we would need, and yet it took care of itself. And now, here we are on the cusp of high school and yet againRead More →