Tag Archives: Health

The 2017 Plague of Snack Locusts

Do the right thing. Don’t do the wrong thing. Until recently, I’d have said that these statements were basically the same. Both express an important virtue that homeschooling parents want to pass on to their children. But my perspective changed after the 2017 Plague of Snack Locusts. I imagine a lot of households struggle with […]

Mid-Winter Break | HSLDA Blog

Mid-Winter Break

Winter can be hard. Especially with multiple young ones in the house. Who never leave. The cabin fever is real. I’ve always thought it was a bit unfair of the traditional school calendar to have so many breaks in the first half of the year and so few in the second half. The stretch from […]

Power-Ups for a Struggling Learner | HSLDA Blog

Power-Ups for a Struggling Learner

You know what homeschooling needs? Power-Ups. By “power-ups,” I mean the cool little bonuses you get in video games. If a level is too hard, the power-up smashes through obstacles and gets you to your goal faster. (In my favorite Match-3 game, my preferred power-up is the ice-breaker lightning hammer.) What homeschooling family hasn’t needed […]

No-Pressure New Year | HSLDA Blog

No-Pressure New Year

Don’t you love a brand-new year and brand-new goals? You don’t? Whew. Me neither. I’m not actually one who thrives on beginnings. I like the deep middle part where I can immerse myself in the process. Doesn’t the lure of new goals and accomplishments inspire you? It doesn’t? I know how you feel. Constantly pushing […]

Back to School Vignettes | HSLDA Blog

Back-to-School Vignettes

A vignette is a “brief description, account, or episode.” Otherwise known as “bite-sized blogging as the school year ramps back up.” I’m always reluctant to leave summer behind and get back into the demands of a falltime schedule. Every August, I hold out for the latest start date possible. Darren can’t wait for the new […]