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When Gilmore Girls Makes Your First Day of School Look Not So Bad

We did it. Lined ’em all up on the front stoop (it’s not a porch though Joshua says he’ll build me one someday) and took the obligatory First Day picture and took them all to new schools. Yeah, I’m a homeschool quitter. I love a lot of things about homeschool. I love the freedom to… Continue reading When Gilmore Girls Makes Your First Day of School Look Not So Bad

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Dear First Time Teacher {who wants to change the world}

Dear First Time Teacher, I know you’re excited.  I know you’ve spent days (maybe weeks) assembling bulletin boards and organizing shelves and color coding plans and reciting your “welcome to my class!” speech while driving across town to chase the best office supplies sales. I know you think you’re prepared to change the world one… Continue reading Dear First Time Teacher {who wants to change the world}

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Yes, We Are Homeschooling This Year

I’ve been skirting around the proclamation for over a month. Dancing around the possibility for a few years. Making peace with the decision since we decided to jump the county line. Yes, we are homeschooling this year. Never thought I’d really say those words. Much less about having all three of my girls home a… Continue reading Yes, We Are Homeschooling This Year

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We Want Unique Kids, But We Teach Them Standard

This post originally appeared in The Northeast Georgian on April 24, 2015. It’s spring. Farmers turn soil into bounty. Thunderstorms rush us inside. Fresh cut grass permeates the air. Teachers find their brave face. Because it’s test week. This week The Georgia Milestones replaced the CRCT as the public school’s assessment and accountability tool for… Continue reading We Want Unique Kids, But We Teach Them Standard

reflections · school · thankful Thursday

How A Teacher Keeps Her Optimism

  When I left my classroom two years ago to stay home and raise babies and blog stats, I didn’t expect to miss teaching much.  I didn’t expect that this time every year, I would get a little wistful for new pencils and Expo markers and highlighters.  I didn’t expect that this time every year,… Continue reading How A Teacher Keeps Her Optimism

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More than Flowers (What May Brought)

So it’s occurring to me while I’m working on a (hopefully) profound post about how I need to slow my life down, that I haven’t done a lot of casual blogging lately about what’s been keeping us so busy.  May is marching on by with its cold snaps and thunderstorms and heartaches too big for… Continue reading More than Flowers (What May Brought)