Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Heroes of Homeschooling

Congratulations, you have a homeschool graduate!

Not counting all the work you and your student put into that milestone, have you ever considered what makes that accomplishment possible? 

You are not the first home educator to graduate a student.  Not by a long shot.  Countless others have gone before you to pave the way.

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of voices on the internet giving homeschooling advice, but the real heroes of homeschooling are

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Capture the Moment" book review

I'm a sucker for a beautiful book cover, and Sarah Wilkerson 's Capture the Moment  captivated me


This book bills itself as "the modern photographer's guide to finding beauty in everyday and family life".

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Why Sentence Diagramming is Important

 I use Rod and Staff grammar curriculum and as a result, my students have had many years of sentence diagramming.  

Year after year, they diagrammed increasingly more difficult sentences as part of their English lessons.  Many times wondering, "What is the point of this?"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Regularly Writing Reaps Rewards

stossel in the classroom winner

One or more of the student essays you submitted to our "War on the Little Guy" Essay Contest has been chosen as a WINNER!"

When I received this email notification,  I was very excited to see how my son had placed in this contest. I clicked over to the winners page of the website as I hollered the news to Jesse in the next room!

View list of Finalist Winners.
Scan list.  His name isn't there.

Friday, April 10, 2015

From Homeschool to College, An Expert Opinion

 I recently had the opportunity to be a podcast guest with Lauren Gaggioli at Higher Scores Test Prep.
homeschooling expert
 Lauren introduced the podcast by saying this:
 Karen shares her tips on how to prepare homeschooled children for the college admission process. While Karen’s tips are great advice for the homeschooling families in our audience, she shares great tips that – frankly – all families (even traditionally schooled ones) will benefit from. 
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