Hate history?

  Do you hate History? Did you watch the clock tick off each minute as your teacher droned on? Did you suffer through dry readings, memorize meaningless dates, and answer pointless review questions? Do you dread subjecting your child to the same boring process? If so, I’m sorry. Believe me, it doesn’t have to be […] Read More

Get Your Museum On…

Summer, beaches, baseball, museums…yes, museums. It is a great time to take the family to the museum. We have made two museum trips so far this July. The first trip was to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Next to the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA is a complex of museums that is […] Read More

Why We Need to Rethink Rewards

Do you have some sort of reward system in place for chores?  Do you reward yourself when you lose a certain amount of weight or work out every day for a week? Do you pay your kids for good grades, or take them for ice cream if they read a certain number of books? When […] Read More

Elementary Curriculum Recommendations

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These are many wonderful curriculums out there, so this list just shows the tip of the iceberg. While the variety of choices is great, it is also OVERWHELMING. If you just need a place to start, I’d recommend these. Then as you get more comfortable with homeschooling you can branch out. To start with, cover […] Read More

The Conversation That Is Art

Art is an exchange of ideas that expands our understanding of what it means to be human. Across time, geography, and social constructs, artist reveal the world we live in and challenge us to think deeply about our place in it.  Art extends an open invitation to all, to join the conversation that is art, […] Read More

The Habit of Thought

Whether parents with kids in school or homeschoolers, this area of the thought life of a child is central to life. I wrote the article for homeschoolers, but I find this area of life is something I still need to work at in my 50’s. We never outgrow the need to get better at managing […] Read More

The Horrors of War by Peter Paul Reubens

I’m converting several of my blog post into videos, and here is one of the first.  Peter Paul Rubens’, The Consequences of War, or the Horrors of War is a fascinating study.  Today I was listening to a book about the Italian Renaissance and found it interesting that for centuries there was seldom a period […] Read More