I am a reader. I grew up imagining myself as a teacher and what my classroom would look and feel like, and reading was always a part of that perfect imaginary classroom. Pillows and books and children all around...
When I was attending Columbia International University, I remember the Dean of Women addressing us in chapel one day, asking how many of us had ventured out into Columbia in the past couple of weeks. Beyond the Harbison Wal-Mart, that...
When I found out our family was moving to Columbia, the very first thing I did was look for local moms groups. I wanted to know the good neighborhoods and schools, which areas to stay away from, the activities,...
Nestled on St. Andrews Road in Irmo is a building my family and I have come to adore. It is a place where the young and young at heart mix and mingle with one common goal: to escape into...
It is that time of year again ... time for the TEST! Students all across South Carolina are preparing to take the SCPASS, our state’s standardized assessment. They have worked hard all year, and now it is time for...
Back in February, Kristi P. shared some information about the classical approach to homeschooling. This is now the approach our family uses to homeschool our daughter in kindergarten, but we came to it somewhat backwards. This time last spring, I was looking...
“One more, mama,” Nora says as I turn the final page and lay the well-worn book beside her. “One more” is her favorite catch phrase these days and while “one more” is used from cookies to episodes of Bubble...
When our family began making plans to homeschool, my first concern was how to do it legally. I had taught in the public school system for more than a decade and had no desire to inadvertently break any truancy...
This is Part 2 in the "Homeschool...How?" Series There are so many educational philosophies and homeschool methods and curriculum out there it is easy to become overwhelmed when deciding how to homeschool your children. I am researching several methods and...
So you're thinking about homeschooling, but a few thoughts about it are making you hesitant to take the plunge. Look at the list below and see if any of these homeschooling myths are holding you back. My child will...
In my home, we love Valentine's Day! It's the perfect excuse to eat candy, bake heart shaped cookies, and work on holiday inspired crafts with the kids. But gifts? That's a whole different story. If your husband is anything...
If you made the decision to take on the responsibility of educating your child at home, no doubt you have been inundated with a ton of information. While researching homeschooling, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer...
The sign on the nearby elementary school reads, "Kindergarten Registration", reminding parents of four-going-on-five-year-olds that "big school" days are a mere eight months away.  As I drove past it the other day, I remembered seeing the same sign a...
Reading is a huge past time for me and all avid readers know when you find a good book you MUST share! If you haven't heard of "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer, it is imperative you give it...
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