For twenty years, I homeschooled with my three kids. Before that, I was an elementary school teacher. My teaching experience did not exactly prepare me to be a homeschooling parent; more often than not it got in the way, let me tell you!
Over time I learned to loosen my teaching expectations and came to trust the kids, letting them guide their learning more and more, while still embracing the structure of a regular time working together. I share my struggle to find a homeschooling style in this post.
lots and lots of posts
on helping kids
guide their own learning
read the post that’s been viewed
more than 27,000 times,
with lots of thought-provoking comments!
my favorite topic!
there are oodles of posts here on
making writing fun for kids
The “kids” are all now young adults. H homeschooled until he was 16, when he decided to go to high school as a junior. He started making films as a teenager, studied film in college and is now pursuing life as a freelance cinematographer in Los Angeles. L homeschooled until high school. The girl was born knowing her own mind; she wrote her own major in college and is now in grad school in NYC studying Urban Policy and Leadership, focusing her research on urban food policy, education policy, and community sovereignty movements. Mr. T also homeschooled until high school, and is currently an undergrad in Chicago, double-majoring in History and Comedy Filmmaking (with Second City!) —no surprise if you’ve read about him here over the years.
a series on
one of the best ways to encourage
a resistant writer of any age
a series on mentoring
rather than teaching
(and why it’s more effective
in the long run)
instagram series on what childhood homeschooling fun
can lead to in adult life
There are a lot of posts here, going all the way back to 2008, with a particular focus on helping kids love writing. I’ve tried to organize the highlights for you. Thanks for poking around! And please consider joining my free webinar series for parents.
dig through archives of posts
and so on…
all the way back to
a time long ago and far away