Science Fair with a Preschooler

Often our preschooler gets in the way of the teenagers’ lessons; it tends to be because the little one wants attention, wants to learn, and wants to be a part of the interesting things the older kids are learning. He doesn’t really get that he’s only three–well, he’ll soon turn three; he can tell you his numerical age, but he doesn’t see why he can’t do everything the teenagers are doing.

Sometimes we fight his desire to be included, Continue reading Science Fair with a Preschooler


Creating a Mock Trial

This past week, our homeschool support group held our third annual mock trial at the lovely courthouse pictured here. Well, it used to be a courthouse. Now, it’s mostly a local history museum, with a few lawyers’ offices, and a beautifully restored courtroom. Around three years ago, our group toured the museum on a field trip. When the kids saw the historic courtroom, they pretended to hold a trial, but they didn’t really know what they were doing. As we parents observed and chatted, someone suggested Continue reading Creating a Mock Trial

Our Homeschool Yearbook And How It Came to Be

Just over three years ago, as I was putting together a scrapbook for my kids, I mused about how nice it would be to have a scrapbook put together with a lot of photos of their homeschool activities, field trips, clubs, and classes, that included the names of their friends, so that when they want to reminisce a decade or more down the line and can’t quite remember the name of some child they used to do things with, they could peek into that scrapbook and figure it out. Oh, yeah, that sounds like a school yearbook. I’m lousy at remembering names and didn’t want to have to figure it all out myself, Continue reading Our Homeschool Yearbook And How It Came to Be