When You Hear Noise From the Trunk

Recently, I came across a post consisting of an image by Gottman Institute that spoke volumes to me, especially since I have been feeling overwhelmed for the past few weeks. It says, “It’s ok to not do it all.” I felt like someone said what I needed to hear, and what I needed to read at that moment in time. Women, in general, might be predisposed (and this is a generalization from my limited experience and observation, not data) to be a Jack-of-all-trades, doing everything that needs to be done,…

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Homeschool Planning: Skipping Middle School

If your child is starting middle school, it is recommended that you incorporate ‘skipping middle school’ in your homeschool planning with your child. I did this recently with my 11-year old. He knows his weak areas and he knows his strong areas. I had told him that we would have a meeting and discuss his homeschool plan for the upcoming year together. So as I sat with two small whiteboards, he brought up ‘skipping middle school’. It was a term that has been permeating and infusing our home for a…

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Homeschool Planning: Involve Your Child

I have had this task on my mental to-do list for the longest time. Alhamdulillah I finally was able to execute it a few days ago; discuss my 11-year old son’s homeschool plan for the upcoming school year with him. I strongly believe in having the child involved in homeschool planning. Of course, it’s obviously the parent’s judgment call to decide how and to what extent the child should be involved, but because of the flexibility homeschooling affords, this can be feasibly done. Ownership When we hand over the reins…

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Once Upon a Time: The Magical Power of Reading-Aloud

I remember the sun beating down upon our moist heads as we were ushered in from another scorching recess. We walked into the  chilled portables as we slogged in lazily  and melted upon our desks. Mrs. Schwemer, without any deliberation would soothingly begin reading from our read-aloud. With our eyes closed, heads rested upon the desks, we were transported. Some days we were transported to a barn among talking animals and an intelligent, sympathetic spider trying to spare a young runt pig’s life from his eventual slaughter. Other days we…

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