Tag Archives: Note to Self

Optimal Illusions

Don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good. While this aphorism represents some good advice for those seeking balance in their lives, it hasn’t ever really been a challenge for me to heed, because I’m not naturally inclined to perfectionism. I like things to be nice and tidy, of course, but I’m fond […]

Excuses, Excuses!

My children never cease to amaze and amuse me with the reasons they come up with for why something can’t be done. Actual excuses proffered me include: “I can’t make my bed until the dryer is done.” (Not because we were waiting on clean sheets, but because the wool dryer balls “sounded like Jumanji.”) “I’m […]

Hand in Hand

One of the beauties of homeschooling is the ability to custom craft a training program to meet the specific needs of each individual student. What I like about the tutoring environment is the flexibility and freedom. I love the notion of teaching the basic parameters and setting my students loose on the world to put […]

Directions and Detours | HSLDA Blog

Directions and Detours

Even though a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, it seems we very seldom take the direct route. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error before we figure out where we are going, and sometimes it turns out we’re right back where we started. When we moved into our current […]

Companion Planting

After a late snowstorm unleashed its final attack at the end of an unseasonably warm winter, we decided to risk the elements and start our garden. Usually it seems that bringing out the summer clothes is the trigger for a final frost or snowfall, but in this case, when we swapped out the seasonal wardrobes, […]

Regressing Toward the Mean | HSLDA Blog

Regressing Toward the Mean

I remember being fascinated by the concept in statistics called “Regression toward the mean,” which involves the idea that extreme cases (of either exceptionally excellent or exceptionally dismal results) are usually mere outliers and will typically be followed up with more average and expected results. This means that a truly stellar performance does not necessarily […]

A Friend In Need

One of my standard jokes about the Book of Job is that they just don’t do pity parties like that anymore. In Biblical times, it was apparently fairly standard practice to tear one’s clothes, sprinkle ashes in one’s hair, and even literally tear one’s hair out in times of profound grief; but if you read […]

Be It Resolved | HSLDA Blog

Be It Resolved

New Year’s resolutions are so trendy that I seldom make them; I save the major overhauls for my birthday, if ever. After reading a host of fascinating and quasi-scientific books the year before last (that would be 2015, as those clever people who have already adjusted to writing the correct new year on their checks […]