In recent years, many parents have reached out to me concerned that their 8th grade children are not ready to move on or succeed in high school.

“My middle son is very young for his grade. He’s always struggled to hold his own in school and could really use a year to ca...

Looking for activities that weave problem-solving and creativity into your summer schedule? Engineering games and projects that involve coding and electronics can get your kids started with some basic skills to build on well into the future. Your family can join togeth...

Last month's tragic discovery of horrible child abuse at the hands of David and Louise Turpin has led the California Legislator to launch a general assault against all homeschoolers in the state. AB 2756 would require all homeschool families to open their doors to "Fir...

Recently published articles in the New York Times, New York Daily News, and Cambridge University Press have garnered much attention for their reports on the dramatic rise of teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide across all socioeconomic levels. Causes cited for this...

September 1, 2016

Politics and high stakes testing have created a lot controversy and frustration for families when "Back to School" time rolls around, mostly because that time comes in the middle of summer for so many students these days.  While most of us remember our school years run...

August 13, 2016

Those lazy days of summer may be coming to an end for your non-homeschooling friends, but for us, summer doesn’t end until the autumnal equinox on September 22nd. 

That doesn’t mean we aren’t busy learning, though.  For one, we’re definitely clear that summer is still o...

July 19, 2016

Freedom’s Journey is an awesome two-semester US History class that is being offered by my friend, and veteran homeschool mom, Teri House. Teri has been teaching this course for four years as part of a Thomas Jefferson Education co-op, but now that her own children are...

August 2, 2015

On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB-277 which removes the Personal Beliefs Exemption and requires that virtually all children in California public AND private schools be vaccinated. The bill, which goes into effect January 2016, reads that it exempts, “pupils in...

May 5, 2015

A Facebook friend linked to this post, and I thought is share it here. (My only addition to this article would be how exposure to rich, creative literature nurtures this kind of play.)

The Value of Play

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