One Homeschool Mom’s Ideas to Keep Kids Positively Busy

One Homeschool Mom’s Ideas to Keep Kids Positively Busy

I am a homeschool mom of 5. I have homeschooled all 5 since kindergarten. Two are now in college, two are in high school, and one is in middle school. As Covid-19 hits and public schools get ready to go online, my friends who are public school parents are trying to figure out what do do with their kids all day. I have had several friends ask some variation of the request to share worksheets or something, anything really, to give their kids to occupy them for the next few weeks, while also keeping their own sanity. I mentioned this to my kids, and one of them said, “What are worksheets?” Now, that may not seem funny until I tell…

Now Go Make Some Mistakes!

I remember a lesson I learned when I was playing violin in the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra. I believe I was a senior in high school, and we were rehearsing the William Tell Overture. If I remember correctly, which I may not, our guest conductor that year was the conductor of the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. I remember only two things he taught us, and neither of them had anything to do with the actual music. (By the way, if you’ve never heard the cello solo at the beginning of the William Tell Overture, do yourself a favor and go look it up. The Lone Ranger section isn’t the best part of the piece.) First, always always always have a…

Keep Catching Apes And Silly Elephants: Don’t Forget Those Silly Elephants

My husband is a professor at a seminary, teaching master’s degree students.  He holds a PhD in Religion from Temple University.  We were married the entire time he was getting his PhD, and we have spoken a lot about education since both of us are heavily involved in that field, though at very different levels. I had an epiphany the other day that I’d like to share.  I realized that it’s not my fault.  I didn’t know any better. In high school and college, given a research paper in nursing, history, music, or almost anything else, I could write a paper that would get an A.  However, there were a few professors whom I just couldn’t please.  These tended to be in…