10 Fabulous, Off the Radar Christmas Books

This year I was on a mission to discover some new and unusual Children’s Christmas Books. We have recently moved and I’ve been visiting the Thousand Oaks Library. They have the most AMAZING collection of children’s books. There were shelves and shelves of Christmas Books, hundreds of them. I spent a recent afternoon reading and […] Read More

Molly’s Pilgrim

True confession, when I read this book out loud to students I cry. I cover it well, but every time it gets to me. Part of the pull for me is that Molly is a Russian refugee looking for a new home in America. My in-laws were also Russian refuges who fled Stalin’s Russia. Molly […] Read More

Introducing Children to Art

Art has been a part of our school life from the time my boys were toddlers, both producing art and enjoying works by others. I enjoy art and I think exposing our children to beauty always has rewards. When the boys were young I collected postcards, calendars, posters, and books. I didn’t have a formal […] Read More

Make This a Summer to Remember

Summer is here!!!!  Except it’s not. I was at the library with my 18 month old granddaughter this morning and overheard some conversations between moms and the children’s librarian. They were discussing ‘summer slide.’ That dreaded decline in students abilities over the summer break. On Pinterest, I was deluged with posts about how to keep […] Read More

Reduce Stress In Your Homeschool Day

Homeschooling is stressful. There are time constraints, financial burdens, and parent burnout. However, the big source of  stress is fear that we are not doing enough to provide our children with the education they will need When this fear snuck up on me, I found relief and hope in applying, what I call, the law […] Read More

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

Shakespeare Resources

In a previous article I made the case for teaching Shakespeare to your students. If you haven’t read that article you can find it here. Or if you are interested in background information that is helpful when teaching Shakespeare you can check here.         As promised, here are some resources I recommend […] Read More

Shakespeare’s England

The ability to place Shakespeare, the man, into his historical context can enrich our reading and understanding of his plays. While dealing with universal themes that will resonate with modern audiences, there are portions that will yield richer rewards if we are able to place the plays in their context. Shakespeare was born during the […] Read More

Why Shakespeare?

I admit, I’m one of the nerds who loves Shakespeare. I was introduced to the Bard in Jr. High in a drama class, and was asked to compete in a Shakespeare Festival performing a soliloquy from King Lear. While I’m sure my performance was sadly lacking, I was able to watch performances by some very […] Read More