How to Raise a Book Lover

JMJ10  *Remember to be an example.  If you are never found on the couch reading literature of some sort, how can you expect your kids to do so?  Rediscover the joy of a good book yourself. Ring the School Bell 10/180 Days A pleasant flow dominated the day, an absolute contrast to yesterday.  A nice…

Help your little one to build literacy skills part 1

         JMJ8  *When I first contemplated homeschooling my own children, I often wondered about my ability to teach them how to read, even with my own classroom experience as a teacher.  It made me nervous.  I seriously thought to wait after the third grade or so, after someone else had taught them…

Writing the personal essay for college applications

JMJ5  *Unknowingly at the time, our camping trip to the rocky shores of Malibu, provided inspiration that would provide bountiful material for one of Sabrina’s college application essays a few months later. Creative thought was awakened in the solitude of the ocean waves lapping against the cliffs… Ring the School Bell 5/180- The Rocky Shores…

Making Homeschool Friends

JMJ  *Homeshooling is much more mainstream than it used to be, and it is not as difficult to find friends, unless, of course, you are completely isolated from civilization, and even then, there are hopefully neighbors with kids.  Ring the School Bell 4/180 days       Understandably, after the misadventures of yesterday I was…

A Strategy for when your Day is a Series of Unfortunate Events

JMJ 3  *Today was a reminder that I can not foresee or prepare for everything in my school day.  Even when we have all our “ducks in a row”, they may all fall down like lined-up dominoes.  But hey, tomorrow is a new day.  Thank God for that!  Besides, it all makes for a great…

The Cast of Characters

JMJ 2  *Who are the cast of characters in your family?  Let me introduce you to mine, as they will be reappearing in my school year narrative every day!  A reason homeschooling works for us, as well as many others, is the fact that no one knows their cast of characters better than you, the…

Lesson Planner as a GPS

JMJ 1  *What heartprints will be left on the hearts of your family members this year?  What will they remember?  Academic memories constitute a partial imprint; the rest is all heart.  Academics are just a slice of the school year pizza pie. Ring the School Bell 1/180 days I try to keep this in mind…

My Road to Homeschooling

          As a newly emigrated young child, emigrating with my mother and father all the way from the Belleville, Ontario, to sunny southern California, I learned English from my schoolmates and teachers.  My father was bilingual, and my mother spoke only French.  From the very start, it was determined by my…