I am the wife of a man getting his doctorate in education. I am also the mother of three young, very different boys. These two facts mean that I constantly think about learning styles. How do I learn? How do I teach my children? Why does something that worked wonderfully with one of my kids crash and burn with another? I’m what you might call a hyper-verbal learner. My husband … Continue reading When learning styles collide
Today my oldest son graduated from kindergarten. Whew! We made it. I homeschooled him — and even though I’m not a huge homeschooling advocate (no offense to those who are) — I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This school year started on one continent and ended on another. It happened in three houses, six states, on … Continue reading We finished!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I can explain by telling you that about 10 days ago, our family started a new homeschool curriculum for preschool. We wanted to try it out before buying this company’s kindergarten kit next year for our oldest. We also need to get him kindergarten ready. As I pulled each piece out of a suitcase, I envisioned myself posting glowing … Continue reading We’ve been hit by Hurricane Homeschool
I took my kids to a gymnastics, er, tumbling class (they are boys, after all) with some other English-speaking kids today. It was a really special time for all of us, kids and parents, and I started to think about why. I think it has something to do with the fact that things like this are part of what most of us thought we gave … Continue reading Thank you for gymnastics
Although my milk carton cars were not Indy 500 worthy, someone out there may want to try to make one. Here are a few simple steps to get you on your way. Keep in mind that you may have to make adjustments depending on the resources you have available to you. Drink milk (or juice or whatever comes in a carton). I sprayed some bleach … Continue reading How to make a milk carton car.
I stayed up late last night spray painting milk cartons for our preschool project today. It seemed like a fun and simple idea: make cars from milk cartons. I’d seen something similar on Curious George, so I figured it couldn’t be that difficult. It was in fact more difficult than I anticipated as my prototype didn’t work nearly as well as I thought … Continue reading What I learned in preschool today.
Hey moms, this post is for you. It’s been three weeks of university teaching, and I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. Sometimes that’s how I feel about being a mom of young boys. I know I’m getting better at it, and some things are getting easier, but it doesn’t feel easy. And when it does feel easier, look out! The other … Continue reading Pride comes before a reality-check