Making the choice to homeschool is probably the most important step in fostering a creative child. You are already doing something out of the norm. So if you are doing that, then well done! I think in today’s society and tomorrow’s, the world is going to need creative thinkers, not kids who learned common core national standards. Academics and being ‘smart’ matter less and less. In a room full of smart people, smart doesn’t matter anymore: interesting does. Ideas matters. Free spirits who can think outside the box. [Read more…]
People assume that because my wife and I have decided to homeschool/unschool our kids that we must have disliked school or had bad experiences.
That is just not true though. [Read more…]
“We’re totally the weird family with all our friends, aren’t we?” [Read more…]
It is the big misconception, isn’t it? What about socialization? I hear it all the time and try not to scoff. Come on people! We need to shatter this once and for all… [Read more…]
A friend of mine recently asked me that great question: “When will I feel like a dad?” I thought about it, too, back in the early days of being a father and having no clue what I was doing. I didn’t really feel like a dad. I was just making sure this baby didn’t die. Oh, but I certainly feel like a dad now and I can answer the question: When will I feel like a dad? [Read more…]
Having a son of my own often makes me reflect back on my own boyhood. It is odd to think that so many of the experiences we had as boys have faded into the sands of time. [Read more…]
Part of my job is to teach kids to read. I use curriculum and textbooks designed by experts in education. I assess kids to find their exact reading level so I can pick books for them to read, so I can test them in the future to pick more books for them to read. I do read alouds with a purpose, and I stop and ask very intentional questions, both inferential and factual. I am basically shoving it down their throats, whether they want it or not. Some kids thrive in this, but most don’t. Sometimes I feel like I am crushing their potential for a love of reading and books.
At home, with my kids, it’s a different story (get it?). [Read more…]
Would your child like a mountain of cocaine? [Read more…]
It’s pretty sweet, but do they have the letter people? [Read more…]
It is one of the scariest things a man will see: watching his wife push a baby out. There is just no way to prepare for it. It was the only time I ever almost fainted. [Read more…]