I mentioned in How Do You Do That, I taught my children to be
independent learners, even autodidacts. This was my key to teaching so
many different ages at the same time.
can start teaching your children to work independently at a very young
age. Sometimes the work will really be play, but the children need to be
able to focus on an activity independently or with a sibling.
Let's look at what this might have looked like for me for the 1998-99 school year. That year I was teaching 7th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st
grades, plus Kindergarten, with a 2-year-old and a baby. How did I get
through a day like that, much less a week, month, or year?
I found this video clip on my computer and it is too funny not to share. My son is 13 or 14 in this video. Maybe it was his way to study Chemistry. Watch all the way to the end of the 44 second video. If you like it, leave a comment and I will post the other two Hillbilly Froyd videos he made.
My contribution to the Creative Cookie Exchange challenge for freezer cookies is Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies. This is a favorite cookie of my daughter. I added the fresh cranberries and it turned this cake-like cookie into a delightful sweet/tart cookie.
This is the story of a young man with dreams of travel and adventure and of the mother who loves him.
upon a time a young man, only 17 years old, came to his parents and
said, "Mom, Dad, I want to graduate a couple months early (for he was
homeschooled) and I want to take a train to Chicago (from Dallas) and I
want to stay for two weeks."
Recently, while looking through my recipe cards to find recipes to make and freeze, I ran across a recipe for Cranberry Bread. It reminded me of one of our favorite books, Cranberry Christmas. I thought the recipe came from the book, but further research revealed that it probably came from a different book by the same author (Wende Devlin), Cranberry Thanksgiving.
my oldest girls were in college, I belonged to a county mom's group for
that university. Every spring and fall they would offer a finals kit
that we could purchase to be delivered to our students during finals
week. This was always a fun time for the moms group to get together and
assemble the kit with items one of the club members purchased in bulk. A
creative container was always part of the finals kit, too.
I loved the idea of a finals kit, I was never very crazy about the
contents: candy and junk food. This made absolutely no sense to me.
During a time when the students would be having more stress, less sleep,
and erratic meals, we were going to provide more sugar and processed
food to their already weakened immune systems?
solution was to create a personalized finals kit
this a ‘real’ recipe? As many times as my family has asked me this, I
still wonder what they mean. What makes a recipe ‘real’ versus ‘fake’?
Does a ‘fake’ recipe even exist? Is being real defined as in The Velveteen Rabbit, being loved so much that it hurts? I don’t think so.
students know by seventh grade the path they want to pursue. Others
have no idea the career path that interests them. Many students enter
their first year of college as an Undeclared major. They intend to get
their basic subjects out of the way while they explore and contemplate
their career options.
my five children who have gone to college, only one entered freshman
year as an undeclared major and then I never allowed that again. It
seemed like a logical choice for that student since she wasn’t sure what
she wanted to do and she was a little bit afraid to declare a major for
fear she would be ‘stuck’ with that choice forever.