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“New” Learning Goals for a New Era

"New" Learning Goals for a New Era

The world has been changing exponentially over the last decade: tech is taking over everything; American values are despised; ethics of every kind are shouted down and rewritten; attention spans are fading; logical thinking and courtesy are disappearing. Old enemies such as intolerance, censorship, and tyranny are becoming the preferred modes of operation. Some entire … more

Curriculum for 2023/2024

Curriculum for 2023/2024

I struggled more than usual this year to get my head wrapped around school planning. (Am I getting old?) A lot of it was last-minute and thus I never did my usual planning post. But for curious minds, here is what we ended up doing. Duncan/11th Grade Math – Mr. D’s Consumer Math. After geometry … more

What Skills? What Content?

What Skills? What Content?

This is a follow-up on my last post The Most Helpful Thing I’ve Learned About Education. (Only a year ago!) It is some thoughts on what skills and what content should be covered when, during the grade school years. As a natural planner, having a bird’s-eye view on the journey is very helpful for peace … more

The Most Helpful Thing I’ve Learned About Education

The Most Helpful Thing I've Learned About Education

I still remember those early days of homeschooling; the piles of curriculum catalogs (pre-internet), the books on various philosophies, the feelings of intimidation on the huge task I was taking on, the confusion on what to buy and teach and how. Several years into my journey, I learned something about education that really helped clarify … more

Curriculum Plans for 2022/2023

Curriculum Plans for 2022/2023

Those dates are looking really crazy and futuristic. A lot of changes have happened in our family over the last couple years and I just haven’t been able to stay on top of the blog. We built a house, moved twice, and married off our firstborn! The Man has been settling into a new position … more

Curriculum Plans for 2021/2022

Curriculum Plans for 2021/2022

A little late, but what can I say. We moved! Now 21, Dusty has graduated flight school and is working as a flight instructor at the local airport here near home. He will be racking up flight hours until he has enough to be hired as a commercial pilot. I’m only going to list out … more

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

We moved last year, and will be moving again when our new house is finished. I can’t wait until we finally get settled. So here is a post on moving. I have been married 25 years and have parented for 20. I have observed a lot of other families. And one thing I have noticed … more

One Little Bathroom

One Little Bathroom

I’m still here; still building, still renting, and still homeschooling to the best of our ability. The year is still an unusual one for other reasons you know of. I was hoping we could be in our new home before the holidays, but that won’t be happening. Construction is going well, but slowly. Our rental … more

Curriculum Plans for 2020/2021

Curriculum Plans for 2020/2021

This is looking like another interesting year, isn’t it? It’s great if we can keep things as consistent and upbeat as possible for our kids. Dusty Now 19, Dusty is attending the flight school mentioned in last year’s planning post. L3 Harris is set up more like a trade school for pilots, which allows them … more

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