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Too Tight, Too Loose, Just Right

I’m still figuring out what exactly I want this blog to be.  I think it’s primarily a place to share what excites me and my family, and enjoy the process of sharing, whether anyone out there is really listening or not.  Of course, I’d love to encourage others the way that I’m encouraged by great blogs I read!  But I’m a thinker, a planner, an infinite tweaker, and having a safe space to track and process what’s working, what’s challenging, the “strong moments” of victory, the big picture that inspires me – I really need it.  So by blogging, I can let people self-select and opt in if they’re interested, versus cornering family and friends and talking their ears off!

That said, this is what I’m tweaking these days… Read more…


That Third R

‘Rithmetic, check. Reading, going well – well enough I feel like we should start tiptoeing into spelling and some phonics reinforcement for D, who tends to rely primarily on her whole-word recognition skills. Writing – well, she likes to, so that’s good. Letter formation – probably a little behind her peers.

I’d prefer to spend more of our time on her strong areas, so we’re spending just a little time on this weak one first thing every morning, right after our circle-time-ish stuff. Read more…

Banning Myself from the Boards

I love so much about the internet – all that information right at my fingertips! But I’m going to have to ban myself from homeschooling sites for a while so they don’t drive me crazy. We started kindergarten this week with Miss D, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun! With 5 years worth of experience parenting this kid, I generally feel confident that our plans are a great fit for us – lots of launch pads into creative play and learning! But if I look at one particular site, I’m going to end up feeling frustrated and a little discouraged that so many people there would think I’m too structured, would consistently imply that parents like myself are overeager, pushing and damaging their kids by doing things like working on learning how to read. If I look at another site, I’m going to constantly wonder if I’m not doing enough, if there isn’t a better curriculum or game or routine or…

Nope, not going to do it. If it works for us, it works. Everyone else, do your thing. Here was our structured-yet-relaxed day yesterday. Read more…

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