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The Bridge from Summer to Fall

August 29, 2013

So we’re all home from Maine now, and catching our breath. It’s the last gasp of summer, with a foot already into fall. School starts next week for the little one, Parts & Crafts starts a week later for the older. I’m going back to my temp gig at Harvard next week, too. We’ll all [...]

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Homeschooling: More thoughts on theory & practice

March 11, 2013

So it’s like this, today: Rio is lying in bed in a patch of sunshine, reading a graphic novel and listening to music. The baby I care for is napping. I’m stealing a moment to myself to write a blog post before tidying up in preparation for this afternoon’s crafty gathering. This is how I [...]

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Sneaking Up On A Theory of Homeschooling

March 10, 2013

We’ve been homeschooling for about six weeks now. Long enough to settle into a routine and tweak it a few times. Long enough to make a few false starts on project and approaches. Long enough to have a decent sense of a few things that don’t work and a few things that appear to work [...]

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So We’re Homeschooling Now

January 27, 2013

We’re air people now.  Here’s what happened. We were on the see-saw about whether or not to do this for *months*, and had pretty much decided to keep Rio in school. She was doing great academically, starting to make friends, and settling into a routine. She had a part in the school play and won [...]

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Taking the Fool’s Leap into Homeschooling

October 3, 2012

We’ve decided to homeschool Rio. School is no longer a crisis but it’s not good either, and we kind of want the main thing Rio does with her time to be actively awesome as opposed to just tolerable. She’ll probably have to go to school for a few more weeks while we get all our [...]

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The 3rd Grade Situation

September 17, 2012

So Serena is having a blissful start to her public school career, going to the progressive neighborhood school several of her friends attend. It’s a little over a mile from our house, and we’ve been biking there which all the kids love. We decided on this school over the charter school because of the social [...]

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Choosing A School

April 10, 2012

Ah, school decision making. How I don’t love you. Deciding where to send my kids for school feels like one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made as a parent, especially this year. Here’s the sitch, for readers just tuning in: a few years ago I set out to homeschool my kids. Rio put a [...]

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Being Nibbled By The Homeschooling Bug

June 24, 2011

I keep starting blog posts and then not writing them because OMFG you would not believe how much writing I do all day. I mean, you would, because I post it all to the Internets and share it with you on the Twitter and like that. But it turns out that even I can become [...]

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The Queen of Cups Quits Her Day Job

May 12, 2010

A few weeks ago, I sat down with a friend. A Tarot deck lay between us. “Lay out two paths,” I said. “I want to see how my life goes, who I am, on either side of this decision.” She laid out the paths. On one side, I continued teaching preschool and writing as a [...]

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More on the Wonders of Quitting

March 26, 2010

My post on ‘Why I Quit Everything’ is featured on BlogHer today. I love BlogHer. I’m proud to be part of their publishing network, and thrilled that they’re sharing my writing with their readers. If you haven’t seen the new BlogHer site, go there right now. It’s a thing of beauty. If you came here [...]

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