Old Betsy & The Infernos

Old Betsy & The Infernos | Our Weekly WrapUp & Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails Linkup Party Our week was full of fixings and endings, but through it all we homeschooled… Old Betsy sprung a leak this week. Well first she dripped and then she leaked and after my husband tried tightening a hose clamp, she decided to gush and overheat. So Old Betsy got a trip to the auto mechanic to get a brand spanking new radiator and my husband got an unplanned vacation day and and unplanned car rental. Life can be tricky with just one car, but in general Old Betsy isRead More →

This Week Was About Getting Out Of Their Way… Our Weekly WrapUp & the Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails Linkup This Week I Realized I Had Become THAT Homeschooling Mom This week was a monumental, clouds parting above, music playing from the heavens, kind of a week for me. I realized that I was well on my way to becoming that overbearing homeschool mom character you see in cartoon strips. My Kids Were So Ready For Me To Back Off I think for my kids, this week was more of a relief than anything else. Mom was no longer chasing about behind them with pilesRead More →

Our Weekly WrapUp & Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails It was a good week This was a good homeschooling week. Not one of those prize-winning performances fit for a Pinterest post, but a solid week where everyone made forward progress in spite of twisted ankles and the obligatory fall colds. My kids are really good at making the most of every situation they find themselves in, and so we progressed through our week in a happy lopsided fashion, with plenty of liquids, pain reliever, and the go-to activity of all under-the-weather homeschoolers: documentaries. We mostly focused on Geography We are reviewing Let’s Go Geography! rightRead More →

This is one of those weeks when I think back on our homeschooling efforts and cannot for the life of me come up with a single flop… or a funny… or even a minor fail… at least not any that relate to homeschooling. I have one funny, but it is about our pair of young chickens. These two girls are slowly joining the flock of the other four, year-old chickens we have. It has been a very, very slow process. We let our chickens roam free in the backyard and so recently I started letting the young ones out to roam with the older pack.Read More →

I think that the first person who ever called me a neighbor was Mr. Rogers when I was but a tot. There was a man wholey focused on children and the nurture of their souls. I have only ever met one other human being as focused on children and their well-being as Mr. Rogers, and that is a karate instructor I know who is focused on saving children from neglect, pressure, and even abuse at the hands of their parents. But back to Mr. Rogers. He was my first neighbor. He was also the person who explained to me, very patiently in his books, whyRead More →

Well, I took a summer break from Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails. I needed to have a little more time for things and our homeschooling days were not structured enough for me to have that many stories to share. But we are back now and I have a doozie of a fail this week to share with you… You know how nearly everyone has THAT dream where you are late to work even though you thought you were on time? Well, this week we very nearly lived it. My daughter interns at a Karate Studio a couple of times each week. She is the personRead More →

​The Cat and The Green Army Men – A Homeschooling Parable The Parable We had a birthday recently in our house, which is always a cause for decorations and chocolate cake. This time I decorated the table with little plastic green army men and plastic chickens, for reasons that could only make sense if you knew my kids. Strangely, my kids never got to play with the green army men. Our little orange cat decided that in fact those green army men were for him. God only knows what goes through the mind of our cat and why molded green plastic toys are on hisRead More →

What Kind Of World Do You Want

​Learning to Lead in the World Today Isn’t that why we homeschool our children? My husband and I know what we want for our family. We have a deep and abiding conviction that our children need what we only can give them. I know they will not get it unless we get up early and plan and prepare and spend our days raising strong sons and daughters and teaching them our morals and the basics. We teach them to tell right from wrong and to resist deception in all its forms. And most importantly we teach them to teach themselves. Helping our children to understandRead More →

Raise Them Up – How Can You Find The Best Way? How can your best “raise them up”? That is a question that all homeschooling parents struggle with daily. We have been homeschooling for a long time. Our journey is a bit unique because even though we have two children, they are twins and mostly travel through schooling adventures at the same time. And so every course and each activity I plan or create is only used once. I need to be learning and growing at the same pace as my kids to prepare new materials and fill in the gaps in my own educationRead More →

No-Rise Yeast Bread for Busy Moms

I am always looking for ways to cut the time in my kitchen down so I can spend more of that precious time I have with my children. I love the time we spend together homeschooling. So much, in fact, that I often forget about dinner. Many days I get carried away with lessons or projects, discover that it is almost dinner time, and realize that I did not plan ahead with dinner. Now, dinner can be cobbled together pretty easily if you have bread or rolls. But we prefer the taste of homemade bread, so we don’t buy it in the store. And thatRead More →