This is a follow up to “Moving Forward.” So, last week I dished out a bunch of advice about how to help the school year regain its momentum. My first idea was to rearrange the school space to make it fresh and interesting. After writing about it I thought it was such a great idea that… Continue reading I Took My Own Advice
January is nearly done and I can not say that I am not glad. Coming back after Christmas was one of the worst weeks of our year. No one, myself included, wanted to be in the schoolroom all day after two weeks of sweet freedom. It felt like a prison. We have finally gotten our rhythm back and I… Continue reading Moving Forward
O.K., so there really is no such thing as a perfect lesson. Even if you were to create the perfect lesson plan the moment you add children to the equation it will never go as you envision! I have created lessons that I have been so excited about, but when I gave them to my… Continue reading The Perfect Lesson
“We didn’t get much done.” Have you ever said those words following a day, week, or month of school? I certainly have said it as a teacher in a class of 18+ students and I have certainly said it as the teacher of my own preschool age girls. As a matter of fact this repetitive… Continue reading We Didn’t Get Much Done
I comfort myself only with the thought that I knew this day was coming. I anticipated this. It happens every year: Teachers and students start with fresh enthusiasm, every school activity is novel and interesting, behavior is checked and attitudes bright. This is what we call “The Honeymoon Phase”. It is true of public school,… Continue reading A Rough Week
I am sitting here trying not to think about the mountain ahead of me that I am about to climb. It is August tomorrow. Time to think about the upcoming school year. Last year my oldest was my only required student. A first grader. This year she will be in 2nd Grade and my second will… Continue reading Ages and Stages
The schooling challenges category can be about a specific challenge you are having in any area of home schooling, or teaching. It could also be a place to post about a challenge you have overcome. I hope much discussion will happen in the comments for this category.