Homeschool blog

First Things First

To modify a phrase by the acclaimed Russian author, Leo Tolstoy: All happy families are alike; each homeschooling family is homeschooling in its own way. It’s true, right? No two homeschools are exactly alike. Some families thrive with routines and structure; other families are free-spirited and casual. Regardless of how one arranges the day, each homeschooling family should be alike in this: all of us must follow Missouri home education statutes.  

Farewell Summer

I am going to miss the dog days of summer: relaxed mornings, impromptu trips to the pool, old movies, and good books. Our family has enjoyed the Mid-Continent Summer Reading Program and checked out several old movies. We had forgotten how much we enjoyed TinTin. I’m not longing to return to the routine of school. Alas, it is time to get back to business. After all, routine is a good thing, right? Fortunately, as a homeschool family, we enjoy flexibility. We are going to ease into school. Schedules are great, but routines work best for our family.

Summer Staycation

For Mother’s Day, my family gave me National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks by Erin McHugh. It included a nice cardboard display portfolio for the “America the Beautiful Quarter Collection”. The US mint started a new quarter collection series in 2010 highlighting National Parks in each state. The first quarter in the series features the Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and will conclude with the Alabama Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in 2021.

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