summer freebies

July 15, 2015

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Which is all well and glorious, these homeschooling days of wonder. But there are other days wracked with a whole different sort of wonder, particularly if you are a parent. Why can’t he write a paragraph by himself if schoolkids his age can? Should I push her to read instead of listening to audiobooks for hours on end? Do I really need to teach long division if it makes him throw things and his mental estimates come pretty close? Does watching back-to-back episodes of MythBusters count as science? Will he always do the least amount of work necessary to get what he wants? And does that prove that he’s lazy—or incredibly smart?

That’s a snippet from my first column for home/school/life magazine, from last summer. The magazine is featuring the entire column on its blog today, so if you want to find out why I’ve spent the past eighteen years wondering so much, you can find out here.

Even better, through August 1 you can download a free copy of the magazine’s current issue! Whoopie, free beach reading! I’m so proud to be writing for this magazine. It’s the homeschooling magazine I wished for when I was first starting out: professional-looking, full of inspiring ideas, and not preaching to a certain homeschooling style. See for yourself by going here, adding the issue to your shopping basket and putting OUTFORAWALK in as your coupon code.

As I move into what looks like our last year of homeschooling, do I still wonder a lot? All the time, my friends, all the time.

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notes from a writing conference

July 8, 2015
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I fly into Ohio on the redeye. I get to sit in the window seat, since I have no kids with me, and watch Lake Erie come into view, all misty in the dawn. It’s 6:15 a.m. when I land, and I have a morning to fill. I take the Red Line into downtown Cleveland, and drag my carry-on to the […]

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I danced and danced and danced

May 28, 2015
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I turned fifty last week. An old high school acquaintance wrote on my Facebook wall, “It’s just a number.” To make me feel better, I guess. But I don’t feel bad about turning fifty. I feel excited, to be honest. When you’re in your late forties (or thirties or twenties, for that matter), you’re creaking […]

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nine questions about writing for the rare readers who wonder

March 12, 2015
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I fully realize that reflections on the writing process can be fascinating reading for writers–and dull as tax documents for non-writers. I also realize that over the years I’ve acquired a readership made up largely of homeschoolers, and that I’m not necessarily writing much about homeschooling here these days. Which is to say that the post that […]

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game boy

February 19, 2015
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Desire is a powerful engine. As a homeschooling parent I harness it shamelessly. If my boy delighted in turning learning into games, I was game. Through T’s eyes, the Periodic Table was a glorious alternative Pokédex, each element a character with distinctive powers and potential to unleash chaos on other elements. Other areas of science, […]

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loud

January 21, 2015
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Our two New York kids were home for Christmas. H went back a few weeks ago; Lulu is here for a few more days. It was pretty much the best thing ever, having all three kids home at once. It was also loud. My family is loud. Some of the family noise is good, don’t […]

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reasons not to blog

December 16, 2014
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It’s been a month since you last wrote, and two months since you wrote a real post that was more than a link to writing you’ve done elsewhere. How to catch up? Do you need to catch up? What are the blogging rules? It’s December, which makes you feel that you should comment on the […]

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