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Amazing Opposites

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

My son Jack gave the title to this blog. This is how it came about:
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The Homeschoolers' Conference

Saturday, August 21, 2010

One of the first pieces of advice I received from fellow homeschoolers was: Don’t miss the conference! One far-sighted mom made me make my reservation right on the spot, sitting at the kitchen table of another homeschooling mom, on my i-Phone. I’m sure glad I did. More

Are homeschoolers entitled to summer vacation?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

This is our first summer as homeschoolers. My son left school in February and I did some official “teaching” from March through May. Come June, however, Jack started rebelling against our “lessons.”
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Am I trying too hard?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A comment by a reader to my previous blog really hit home with me. The comment was: “This is a little crazy to change your entire life for school. You are a very concerned mom and maybe you try too hard.” Since I read that comment I keep asking myself, Am I trying too hard?

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Time for some major changes, 2&3

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

Change Number 2: Less Work
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Time for some major changes, 1

Friday, July 02, 2010

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

Change Number 1: No Screens
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Help! We're regressing

Friday, June 25, 2010

Make no mistake. Taking your kid out of school is a big decision. It’s going on six months that I took Jack out of fifth grade and I’m just beginning to get an idea of what it really means. More

Uncertainty, Improvisation, Approximation

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

While going through emotional breakdowns and making life changes I don’t expect myself to be “teaching” or my son “studying” an awful lot. Math has completely slipped but we do keep on plodding through my version of a liberal arts “curriculum.”  As I pick books and read and discuss them with Jack I give education more thought than I probably ever did. I am determined to give my son an excellent education. (Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon… and for the rest of his life.)
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After the honeymoon, the crash

Sunday, June 06, 2010

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

Well, it was bound to happen, wasn't it?!
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I see you, child, and you are good (A different kind of city encounter)

Friday, May 28, 2010

After I wrote a previous blog about the creeps one meets on city streets, I started taking mental notes about the different kinds of people one meets day to day. This is certainly part of a kid’s education. Exactly a week after my encounter with the neighbor who tried to intimidate my son and I not to play in the park we had an exactly opposite encounter.  More


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