Let’s Talk About Those Back-to-School Memes…

Back-to-school time is upon us! 

Chances are, your social media accounts have already been inundated with gleeful posts and memes by parents everywhere celebrating their kids’ imminent return to school.

If you’re not the social media type, you’ve likely been “blessed” with video clips on the mainstream media outlets showcasing parents jumping up and down with excitement as their children are driven away on that big yellow bus.

I get it; it’s supposed to be funny.

But it’s not.

It’s high time parents today start using some critical thinking when it comes to their children. Enough is enough.

Enjoy the rant. 🙂

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Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!

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Bulletproof Backpacks?? Are You STILL Going to Send Your Kids to School?

Well, it’s happened. Our schools have now reached a point where manufacturers are finding it feasible to offer bulletproof backpacks to parents for their children.

You know what’s even sadder than bulletproof backpacks? The fact that people will still blindly put their kids on that yellow bus despite knowing that schools are no longer safe.

I’m sorry, but it’s time to wake up.

Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’re interested in helping to make this a reality, consider supporting me on Patreon.
Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!

A Homeschool Minute with the Middles IRL (and an update on my YouTube channel!)

For the past several months, I have been contemplating making a few changes to my YouTube channelUp until this point, it has been mainly comprised of homeschooling tips, curriculum reviews, and my famous rants about the public education system. 😉

Recent developments, however, have convinced me that it’s time for something new. Find out what that is, plus, get a one-minute sneak peek into our homeschool in today’s video.

 

 

My Eight Brothers: A Sister’s Memoir – Review

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Have you ever read Little Men by Louisa May Alcott? 

Written as a sequel to Alcott’s critically acclaimed Little WomenLittle Men was a beautifully written book which chronicled the lives of a group of boys who were being “homeschooled” by Jo March. More than once, I was completely inspired by the curiosity, energy, and love of nature that “Jo’s boys” had and wished I could instill in my own children.

So when I was given the chance to read My Eight Brothersby Martha Morton Alexander, I was interested in whether this true story about eight homeschooled brothers (amongst several sisters) would be anything like it.  Continue reading “My Eight Brothers: A Sister’s Memoir – Review”

The Most Dangerous Back-to-School Advice I’ve Ever Seen

A few days ago, I happened to see a screenshot of some back-to-school advice that someone shared. Written specifically for the parents of those registering their kids for kindergarten, I have no reservations about the fact that the author meant well.

However.

I was appalled and astonished to see that this advice proved what I was saying the other week about the schools usurping parental authority This post, on the other hand, is suggesting that you hand it over willingly.

No usurpation required.

 

 

 

Parents, Wake Up! School Is Usurping your Parental Authority

If you’ve been here before, you know that once I get started on my tirades about the public education system, it can take awhile for me to get it out of my system.

That’s where I am right now. 😉

Last week, I shared with you why my husband and I have decided that school isn’t even an option for our kids. Today I am going to tackle one of the reasons for that – the usurpation of parental authority.

While I could come up with dozens of ways schools have stolen the rights of parents across the country, today I’m going to share the five that have hit me the most.  Continue reading “Parents, Wake Up! School Is Usurping your Parental Authority”

Here’s the Real Reason Why Public Education Will Never Get Better….

Have you ever had an issue you were really passionate about but felt like you had to tiptoe around, so as not to upset a bunch of people?

For me, that issue is public education.

To be sure, I’ve certainly tackled the issue more than a few times here on my blog, but I’ve always held back just a bit because I didn’t want to make anyone mad. (Although a few people always seem to get irritated, anyway.)

Well, I’ve decided that I’m not going to hold back any longer.  Continue reading “Here’s the Real Reason Why Public Education Will Never Get Better….”

20 Brain-Boosting Educational Toys to Celebrate Spring

I know there are are ton of people out there who absolutely love the winter. The crisp, clean air. Snow so white you can barely open your eyes. Sipping hot chocolate by the fire.

As for me…I can’t wait until it’s over!

Every year once Valentine’s Day has passed, I find myself getting more and more psyched over the upcoming arrival of spring. Nothing can bring me out of the winter doldrums more than the sight of a freshly bloomed cherry blossom tree.  Continue reading “20 Brain-Boosting Educational Toys to Celebrate Spring”

My Top 10 Most Popular Homeschooling Posts from 2017

Can you believe it’s 2018 already? It seems like only yesterday I was sharing my most popular posts of 2016. In what seems like a blink of an eye, here we are one year later.

Wow.

Anyway, after allowing myself to take a much needed one-week break from the blog, my YouTube channel, and most social media last week, I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get this new year started!

Before I kick off my own countdown here, I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you for reading, commenting, and being such a huge encouragement to me. Believe it or not, I had over a quarter of a million views on my blog in 2017 and my fledgling YouTube channel has almost 2,000 subscribers. Is that crazy, or what?

So, without further ado, here are my:  Continue reading “My Top 10 Most Popular Homeschooling Posts from 2017”

Calm, Cool, and Connected- 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life- Review

I’ve got a bit of a dilemma. As a blogger, vlogger, and writer, technology plays a huge role in my life. Every day I spend hours upon hours on my laptop working, marketing, and interacting with those looking for homeschooling advice.

As a mom of 11, I find this very. very. draining.

You could say I’ve got a bit of an aversion to technology. You’d think that would make it easy for me to limit the time I spend on my phone and computer, but no. I get pulled in just like so many other people.

Did you ever notice that there’s always one more notification to check? One more email to respond to? And one more blog post to read? Before you know it, your “quick check-in on social media” turns into a 3-hour marathon tuning into everything, except for the reason you logged on to begin withContinue reading “Calm, Cool, and Connected- 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life- Review”