I have been homeschooling my son for a little over three years. Technically, it’s online learning and not considered homeschool, but the concept is the same. My son is enrolled at an online public charter school. He has teachers that instruct him, but I am his learning coach. Every day, I take on the role of a teacher, administrator, lunch lady… You get the idea.
Just like many of you, we started online learning in the midst of a disaster. Soon after my son was enrolled in his new school, we were hit by a hurricane… … More So, You’re New to Online Learning…
It has been an interesting year, to say the least. Looking back, I have a lot to be thankful for. Sure, there were many unpleasant moments, but I’m not the sort to dwell on the negative… not anymore. These days, people’s memories are measured with the photos they take on their cell phone. I have … More Year in Review
My son and I have spent the last three months working hard to finish up our homeschool year. I have had a lot experiences and thoughts to share, but I lacked the motivation to write about them. Sure, I started to write a few blog posts, but I couldn’t bring myself to publish them. I’m … More A Happy Ending and a New Beginning
Most people know that our national anthem originated from the war of 1812, but not many know that the tune the poem Francis Scott Key wrote is set to was normally sung by drunken folks in pubs like an Irish shanty. While teaching my son his history lessons today, I realized how much more there … More And the Rocket’s Red Glare
I used to have a different view on education than I do now. I started out in private school in California in my elementary years. It was a good school. My parents had a difficult time getting my teachers to understand my problems with eating sugary treats, but other than that, my experience was pretty … More I Protest to Your Protest
I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter lately about a modern revamp of the song Baby It’s Cold Outside written by Frank Loesser in 1944. The song was written for the movie Neptune’s Daughter which premiered in 1949. Many artists have covered the song over the decades since it debuted. I must confess, it ranks … More Baby It’s Cold Outside
I don’t like giving up. Quitters never win. Or do they? I seem to be doing a lot of quitting lately. Am I setting the right example for my son? In school, quitting is a bad thing. Dropping out of high school changes your life, and not for the better. It affects your ability to … More That Time I Accepted That I’m a Quitter
Okay, let’s take a time out for a second. This was the strangest election we’ve ever seen. After all, these are strange times. Now, I could give you a run-down of the facts and figures. I could put down a pretty good argument with my viewpoint for your pleasure or discomfort. Frankly, nobody cares what … More Grow Up, America!
The school system is failing our kids in a lot of ways. I’ve seen it firsthand in our local district. After volunteering at the school, I can tell you that a lot of changes have helped our kids, however. Our school fed our kids breakfast at no cost to the parents thanks to Title I … More Broken System
In the last parent/teacher conference with my son’s teacher, I was absolutely flabbergasted at what I was being told. Even if eliminating the bullying in the classroom was possible, we had other issues that needed immediate attention. His teacher betrayed my son’s trust. She called him a liar and frustrated him to the point of doing something … More Form 504 – The Last Straw