Tag Archives: Relationships

Blessing the Beginning

What do weddings, graduations, and sitting in the back yard the day before Labor Day have in common? For the Jones House, they’re all rituals that give closure to what went before, and get us ready for what’s ahead. Granted, our backyard meeting doesn’t have quite the weight of a wedding or graduation. But it’s […]

Tailor-Made Education

Homeschooling is great because you can tailor your child’s education to his/her interests and needs! But what does that even mean? I might give the impression that Darren and I craft every single lesson to each of our children’s interests and needs: “I noticed Sparkler’s attention wandering during math last week, so I’m writing out […]

Making Micro-Communities

Remember the days when neighbors chatted over the backyard fence, and everybody in town knew everybody else? Well, no. I doubt most of us actually “remember” those days. But we’ve heard so much about this ideal—as much in stories and shows as from older generations—that we believe it’s the way things ought to be. The […]

Discovering Our Styles

One of the great things about homeschooling is that we can conform teaching methods to fit the individual student. I’ve always recognized that my children are unique from one another, but recently I’ve been noticing afresh how their personalities affect their styles of learning, as well as how mine affects my teaching. My oldest, “Daisy,” […]