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Oct 14 2013

Nine things I love about homeschooling my 2e son…and four things I despise

GHF blog hop homeschooling a 2e kid

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with homeschooling since the moment we pulled A from school. Hell, even before we pulled him. It’s a mental tug-o-war, a high-speed cha-cha, played out daily in my head. I love you I hate you get out never leave. At least the I love you never leave list seems to be …

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Sep 16 2013

{GHF Blog Hop} Self-care while homeschooling

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The irony is not lost on me, that I am breaking my self-imposed self-care hiatus from my blog to write about self-care. (That is irony, Alanis!) (And if it’s not irony, hush, I’m tired.) Fall has fallen with a resounding thud here in Chicago, and with it comes Operation I Will Not Be As Unreasonably Cold As …

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Aug 19 2013

How to homeschool JUST LIKE ME

how to homeschool just like me

Forty-eight hours from now our schooling year begins. I will have one young son hopping on the big yellow cracker box, headed to a year of fourth grade, and another that will need to be dynamited out of bed to begin grade seven-or-whatever-it-is-when-you’re-a-Stealth-Schooler. This school year arrived on the doorstep far too quickly for my …

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Aug 02 2013

Start with compassion

start with compassion

Us and them. That’s actually the title of a back to school article in Chicago Parent, about “talking to your kids about special needs.” There are so many things wrong with that title I don’t even know where to start. Given that the article was written by a special needs mom, I have to believe …

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Jul 31 2013

Parenting without a net

parenting without a net

I hate being patronized. Treated with a gentle smile and empty eyes and insincere words. It happens in only one area of my life, because as a flutist and teacher and writer and volunteer I am treated with more respect. Parenting. Or rather, a female parent. As a female parent I am patted on the …

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Jul 30 2013

Book review: How to Work and Homeschool

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In the last year or so, I’ve become an unofficial mentor of sorts to parents of gifted kids. I have a couple-three computer or phone conversation a month, talking to parents, passing along resources, commiserating, gently suggesting that maybe homeschooling should be considered. Inevitably I get one of two answers: “Oh, I could never homeschool, …

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Jul 24 2013

Just a little SENG-over

You know how when, if you go out of town, you come back further behind than you thought possible? Like you’re gone four days and suddenly you’re four weeks behind? It’s some kind of screwed up time-space continuum, as though you’re being punished for leaving in the first place. It also seems to happen when …

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Jul 08 2013

{GHF Blog Hop} Homeschooling With My Other Half

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Today’s post is part of the July 2013 Gifted Homeschoolers Forum blog hop. This month’s topic is Homeschooling With/Without a Partner. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This past Saturday Tom and I celebrated seventeen years of happily ever after perfectly imperfect wedded bliss marriage. Seventeen years of good and bad, richer and poorer, up and down. Seventeen years of standing shoulder …

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Jul 03 2013

8 Activities to Enjoy This Summer With Your Gifted Kid

8 summer activities

Have you been enjoying summer? You realize it’s practically over now, yes? Summer over, Jen? Are you insane? Summer just started! Yes friends, I said practically over. Let’s face it. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July here in the States, the Hump Day of the summer. You know it, I know it, it’s the dirty …

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Jun 14 2013

Summer camp, rubrics, and tall poppies

summer camp rubrics and tall poppies

So I’m really struggling with something. The boys are in summer camp with a local school district. They call it summer school, but let’s face it, unless you’re in one of the remedial classes offered, it’s summer camp. Neither boy is taking anything academic, just fun and games and some running around. I send them …

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