A Letter to a Former Teacher

Recently, my mom mentioned she was taking a class and one of my former teachers was in her class.  Miss Klemme taught my high school senior religion class in 1995-1996 at the private Catholic high school I attended back in the Midwest.  She was one of my favorite teachers, so I decided to write her … Continue reading A Letter to a Former Teacher

Nature as Teacher: Falling Leaves

Come forth into the light of things.  Let nature be your teacher. - William Wordsworth There's something about autumn.  The crispness of cooler days and the way the sun casts longer shadows.  The red, yellow and orange hues of the trees serve as tangible evidence of passing time and reminders of the cyclical rhythms of … Continue reading Nature as Teacher: Falling Leaves

From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 4

In just over one short year, Baby Ethan had morphed from a 6 lb, 11 oz peanut into a bona fide toddler. He had learned to sit up, crawl, walk, run, do yoga push-ups, feed himself, and speak many words... seemingly all through instinct, observation and osmosis. Jason and I were suspended in the flow of universal amazement that all parents surely experience as their babes … Continue reading From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 4

From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 3

It was August, 1983. Ronald Reagan was president. Total Eclipse of the Heart and Beat It topped the charts. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Flashdance and Risky Business graced the big screen. And I entered kindergarten. Big year. During my first five years, I'd relished being the youngest of four children, enjoying my days at home with my mom while my much … Continue reading From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 3

From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 2

After the late night conversation in which I'd reluctantly agreed to research homeschooling, I promptly moved it to the back of my mind.  ALL the way to the back of my mind...past far more pressing concerns like nursing Baby Ethan every hour or two, scavenging meals from the barren refrigerator, taking a shower, and sleeping. … Continue reading From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 2

From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 1

Once upon a time, boy met girl.  Boy and girl fell in love, married and enjoyed several years of intertwined independence, career success, and world traveling.  And then.... Baby Ethan.  E V E R Y T H I N G   C H A N G E D.  EVERYTHING.   You've heard that kids can have that … Continue reading From Overachievers to Unschoolers: How Our Unschooling Journey Began, Part 1