A Perspective on Autism

Autism Awareness Month officially began on April 1st, with April 2nd marked as Autism Awareness Day. On that Monday, in the “real world”, many wore blue clothing or used blue light bulbs in honor of the “Light it up Blue” Autism Awareness campaign. In the virtual world of social media, people posted photos, memes and [...]

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Things I Wish I Had Known

I wish I had a dollar for every time I see this question on a homeschooling, "What is something you wish you had known, starting out?" It's a good question, because let's face it, when you make the decision to homeschool you are driving blind, and the road stretched before you is filled with potholes [...]

The Good Ol’ Days?

It often happens among homeschoolers, and even among the general population, that we tend to idealize the 'days of 'yore' when it comes to education. We look at the relatively impressive academic outcomes of the 1800s and early 1900s, and see a time when students had stronger arithmetic and grammar skills, as well as a [...]

The Homeschool Identity Issue

Gender identity, cultural identity, religious identity, personal identity... they are all sub-types of the (one of ) the "big" cultural topics du jour. Your identity supposedly defines who you are as a person. While I don't typically buy into these newfangled pop-culture ideas, I admit that identity is often just as much an issue among [...]

New Year, New Plans, New Blog

As I sat down to write, I found myself shocked that I had not written since last April. I started this blog four years ago, with the intention of it featuring an eclectic mix of topics such as general life and homesteading (which we participate in lightly) to homeschooling and life with special needs. I [...]