“School houses do not teach themselves - piles of brick and mortar and machinery do not send out men. It is the trained, living human soul, cultivated and strengthened by long study and thought, that breathes the real breath of life into boys and girls and makes them human, whether they be black or white, Greek, Russian or American.”

W. E. B. Du Bois


August 16, 2020

The military lifestyle is not for the faint of heart, especially around PCS (permanent change of station) season.  Other factors like long deployments, detachments, and long hours further complicate the lives of service members and their families.  One might think it a...

July 19, 2020

A quick note to parents in the age of COVID-19.

Before you attempt to replicate school at home, don’t.

Pause the strict schedules, the disjointed study of neatly compartmentalized subjects, and the anxiety over whether your little ones are falling behind.

Take this opport...

July 21, 2017

You know what I would not trade for the world? 
Table time with my children
Sitting down to a bowl of hot oatmeal
Staring into their puffy (often crusty) morning eyes
Reading with them
Recounting dreams
Forecasting our today

The seemingly endless potential for tangents...

March 2, 2017

I will never forget the look on the doctor's face as she listened to my eight-year-old discuss her skin concerns. Initially, our physician was talking to me, but as she explained that the growths on Elise’s arms were called molluscum contagiosum (a pox virus transmitte...

February 14, 2017

When my husband and I decided to homeschool our girls we listed how it would impact our lives.  We laid our vision for what education would look like in our home.  We assessed our talents to determine what we could bring to the table in the educating of our children. W...

February 11, 2017

“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the...

February 3, 2017

It is preschool selection season ‘round these parts.  Parents of 4-(before September 1st) year olds are signing up for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK).  The program is in such high demand that some schools boast waiting lists or hold lotteries to...

January 15, 2017

So the Hawkins Academy (our official homeschool name) has a course called Film & Lit. We read good books, watch the associated movie, then compare, contrast & critique. This course came about as a compromise between my husband and I.  I am a proud bookworm and he, a mo...

January 15, 2017

I have not reached the end of any conversations about homeschooling without receiving some variation of the socialization question.  It comes in many forms.  Won’t your children be sheltered and socially awkward?  How will they make any friends?  Don’t they need spend...

January 15, 2017

I was playing with my eldest daughter on the day that it happened. My husband, who was deployed at the time, sent me a racy-though-not-explicit message from half way around the world.  I read it, blushed, and quickly typed in my rebuttal.  Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me,...

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