Year 2 Homeschooling Plans: Goals versus Needs, Unschooling, and a Sabbath Rhythm

Six weeks ago we completed our first homeschooling year.  Recently, we’ve hit some significant bumps.  I tried unsuccessfully to address those bumps within our current set-up, to no avail.  If the compost pile is stinky, find out what’s missing and add it, or find out what’s not working and stop putting it in the pile. … Continue reading Year 2 Homeschooling Plans: Goals versus Needs, Unschooling, and a Sabbath Rhythm

Checking In

Oh how excited I am when I think of this coming “school” year with my kids!  I’ve been reading, searching online, sketching out plans on scraps of paper, and purchasing a few things.  At this point I can share what I’ve been reading in preparation as well as a very few “mostly certain” selections for… Continue reading Checking In

Book Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

One of my favorite books of all times, Carol Dweck’s Mindset has changed my thinking in fundamental ways.  If you’re going to read anything before the start of your school year (either as teachers or parents), read this one!  Synopsis At first glance, Dweck’s Mindset appears to be a pop-culture self-help book.  Don’t be fooled. … Continue reading Book Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

From the Compost Pile: Grading & Progress Reporting

One of the richest sources of potential growth as educators can come from our mistakes, struggles, regrets, less-than-satisfactory performance, and failures. According to Carol Dweck hard work can lead to success and failures and setbacks are opportunities for learning and growth.  From the Compost Pile posts chronicle some of these growth potentials from my own… Continue reading From the Compost Pile: Grading & Progress Reporting