essays in print and audio
“Connecting the Dots”
In which I recognize all my kids have learned in the back seat of the car and while dancing down the cereal aisle
“When We Were Young”
In which I flash back to 1996, when I still wore little black skirts and decided to homeschool
“Listening to Lily”
In which my daughter figures out who she is by hopping up on the counter and talking to her mama
“The Meaty Stuff”
In which my kid turns a serious project into something fun, and I work through my disappointment by washing dishes
In which I struggle with whether to let my kid quit a project, or pushing him to continue
In which I wonder where my kid’s lifelong love of games will lead
“Dear Just-Beginning-to-Homeschool Me”
In which I offer advice to my seventeen-years-ago self
“Wonder a Lot” (links to full column)
In which I admit that seventeen years of homeschooling have provoked more wondering than answers
In which I describe how my kids learned to write from a master, on the way to getting the rabbit spayed
Series of guest posts: Rhythm of the Home blog
“When He’s Here”: In which I get mopey about my oldest going back to college.
“At the Table”: In which I proclaim my love for my kitchen table.
“Talking Books”: In which I argue that kids interrupting during read-alouds is a good thing.
“The Writing Process”: In which I go meta and write about writing.
The Innovative Educator
In which I argue with Seth Godin and invite him over for coffee.
Life Learning Magazine
In which I gather many of my beliefs about kids and writing into a single handy-dandy package.
get born! magazine
In which my daughter longs to sing on stage, and I long to know how to help her.
(originally titled “Homeschooling My MFA”)
Natural Life Magazine
In which I look back on nearly twenty years of trying to teach myself to write–and realize that what I’ve been doing looks a lot like what my kids do as homeschoolers.
“The Never At Home Homeschoolers”–link opens a PDF file
(originally titled “How to Homeschool”)
In which I describe my family’s homeschooling adventures in the guise of a how-to manual. Not that I would ever actually tell anyone how to homeschool–after more than eighteen years, I’m still figuring it out for myself. The essay’s style was shamelessly ripped-off from Lorrie Moore’s brilliant short story “How to Become a Writer.” Do read the original.
In which I allow myself to fall in love with knitting–and worry that my writing will get jealous.