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Challenging High-Stakes Testing in Texas

Challenging High-Stakes Testing in Texas


A few days ago, I wrote a post about the incredible amount of testing for the test that is done in Texas schools. I didn’t post it. I didn’t want it to be mistaken as criticism for any of the local educators my son has and loves. Plus, it’s depressing. Then today I came across this incredibly well-written, in-depth article by Jeffrey Weiss in the Dallas Morning News. Besides affirming the…

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This Public School Principal Decides to Homeschool His Youngest

This Public School Principal Decides to Homeschool His Youngest

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I feel very much like a fence-straddler. There are pluses and minuses about public school and homeschool. I have one boy in each. It would be so much easier if we are all in one place, but doing both meets the needs of both boys. I have blogged recently about how much my younger son loves his school. He loves his teachers. He loves the structure. He loves his friends. He loves…

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Wonky Doors

It’s not writer’s block. It’s not a wall. It’s an identity crisis.

Ever since my youngest son started school while my oldest continued to homeschool, I’ve had trouble figuring out what to do with my blog. Do I continue to call it Homeschool Planet with one son in school? What if, right now, my life is more about the kid in school? Do I write about my vacillation between intense hovering and…

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Snow School

We’ve had a record amount of snow fall in the last few days. To my delight, I got to have both boys home again. East Texans aren’t equipped to handle snow like our northern friends. An inch of snow means no school. Lucky for us, the weatherman says we…

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From Pampered Chef Party to Lamb Slaughter

I’ve had only one Pampered Chef party in my life and it was out of desperation. Relocated from the city to the country, I needed some friends. Fast. After a year, I had met about a handful of women. No, two. One sold Pampered Chef products. I thought I’d…

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Reflections & Resolutions

Reflections & Resolutions #Resolutions #2014

I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I hate setting myself up for failure. Coming off the holidays, I usually feel the need to decompress, be still and seek clarity. This year is no different. Instead I’ve come up with a list of areas I’d like to emphasize.

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Homeschool + Public School = Win-Win

So far, dual schooling is working out! (Yes, that’s a dangling preposition and, boy, do I have the video-response to that!*) My youngest son is finally admitting that he really likes school. So far, he’s hesitated when asked, cautiously optimistic. My…

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First Day of School - in November!

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The last few weeks have been busy preparing for my youngest son to start school while staying on top of his homeschool curriculum and squeezing in a few field trips. In between school shopping and immunizations, we fit in a trip to the Texas Renaissance…

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He Wants To Go To School

He Wants To Go To School #homeschool #publicschool

My youngest wants to go to school.

This is hard for me to write.

Somehow, I’ve failed. I’ve failed at making sure his social needs are met. He plays football. He plays baseball. He takes music lessons. He has friends he sees occasionally. But it’s not…

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