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  1. Hypo manic mommy

    by , 08-02-2015 at 11:08 PM
    So this is my first post and some back round is needed. I have bipolar, as does my husband. Bipolar is a mood disorder that causes points of depression and mania. Mania for me includes psychosis, irritability, and anger. My hypomania or lesser mania causes rapid speech, sped up motor system, lack of sleep and euphoria. This is where I'm at now. Currently my leg is shaking, like crazy, just so I can sit and type this. I have so much to say. The point of my blog is to show despite my mental health ...
  2. Homeschool: Let Go or Be Dragged

    by , 07-26-2015 at 08:39 AM
    The start of the school year came and went for us without fanfare. Roscoe’s pre-schoolmates and the kids of most of my friends had started kindergarten by September 2nd, but the boys and I remained in Summer mode as we waited for the 9th to roll around. Eager for Fall’s arrival we spent what would have been Roscoe’s first official day of kindergarten picking apples in the humid heat atop a mountain in Charlottesville, and then roaming the promenade downtown for gelato.

    The boys’ first ...
  3. Roscoe's Plan for His Week of Homeschool: Animal Dissection

    by , 07-26-2015 at 08:36 AM
    The latest branch of Roscoe's inquiry into the animal world—his first and enduring passion—comes in the form of dissection. It's something he has expressed interest in for many months now and began with a desire to dissect a snake after he viewed a particular documentary about anacondas. Then, over the summer, after finding several eastern box turtles on various hikes he decided a turtle would be better.

    We went online and looked at the different animals available and while he could ...
  4. Preparing for the School Year

    by , 07-26-2015 at 08:34 AM
    Summer still feels in full swing but the calendar says it's winding down. Our first homeschooling year begins in just a few weeks and some of you have expressed curiosity about what we are doing to prepare and plan for it. My last post on feeling good but protective of our decision to homeschool was written as part of this post but I pulled it apart to publish separately. Along those same lines, however, sharing the specifics of what we are doing this year feels a little uncomfortable. I know that ...
  5. Homeschooling Insecurities

    by , 07-26-2015 at 08:33 AM
    I hear that parents of homeschooled children are often told they should get used to feeling like they aren't doing enough, and that routinely second guessing their effort is normal. I'm already appreciating the ways that homeschooling is going to stretch me and demand that I reach hard for this. I've said it before but this is way outside my comfort zone, and yet it still feels like the clearest choice for us.

    Right now I can't imagine a better way forward.

    While I'm ...
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