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Long month, longer year ahead

A challenge I didn’t expect during this school year is the number of students who are absent on any given day, and the students who will be absent for multiple days… We have protocols in place for when a student enters with a fever, a runny/stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing, etc. However, this is also the […]


Twenty years ago, twenty years from now…

At 5:45 am (west coast time) I was jolted out of my sleep, startled by an image in that dream of a plane crashing into a building. It was the first official “homeschooling” day for us, and I was eager and excited to get everything pulled together for the beginning of our grand adventure as […]


Review: Thoughts on Belonging through a Culture of Dignity

I have been participating in a study group over the summer on the text by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple. I’ll update this post when the course is completely over, but here is what I wrote for the final chapter in the online LMS: I LOVED the PSSM (The Psychological Sense of School Membership, Goodenow […]


A weekend excursion

For the first time in a very long time, Tom and I journeyed forth to see if a trail that was indicated as “accessible” really was. Spoiler alert: not really! While I am definitely more comfortable walking, and choose to stand at my computer most of the time, walking more than two or three hundred […]


Best-Laid Plans and All that Rubbish

Well, looks like we’re going to need to purchase a new car for Tom sooner than later, one that I can use to get to and from school in the fall until the car we ordered for me is available. Even when things appear to be running smoothly, so many things can be out of […]


When Giving Up is a GOOD Choice

I spent my own money, close to a “grand” to attend a module for a particular teaching method I have dabbled with but never been officially trained in. The week before it started (5 days before) a dear family member died of covid. The second week of the 2-week course I took ill on Wednesday […]


Cross-post: Musings when illness interferes with Life.

Cross-posting from facebook. It seemed it might be useful to have this up in an easily-retrieved space. Long post, abundant self-absorbed reflection, and minimal editing. Read at your own risk! Took a “sick day” today from the class I have been enjoying. Drinking LOTS of water and resting in my quiet room and it seems […]


A Lap Quilt for Dad

Some time ago, (autumn-winter 2019-20) I realized my third grade students could use a reason to practice measuring skills, and needed to refine their fine-motor skills as well. So we worked on a quilting project – not alone, I had parent helpers (including my own mother – thanks Mom!), and they were able to create […]


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