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Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest


One of our big goals this year is more independence for the boys.  More independence in their learning, and more independence around the house.  So far this school year, the … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Everything Else

Charlotte Mason School:  I wrote a 4 part series about what we are doing and learning in CM School. Family:  My sister’s son visited us in October. The boys loved … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

How We Do CM Part 3

Continuing the series by explaining how we do history, geography, map work, narration and copywork. How We Do CM Part 1 — Poetry, Art, Picture Study How We Do CM … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Reading A-Z

How about some homeschooling posts? ha!  This year we discovered Reading A-Z books.  I bought the one year subscription so we can download or print as many books as we … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Too Soon To Know

I don’t know what I would do without dear friends who actually listen to my concerns and offer feedback.  Parenting and homeschooling is humbling at best and frustrating at worst.  … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Little Boy Test Logic

Hunter took the reading part of the test on Tuesday. He had a good attitude and finished the test.  I am happy that he feels good about it.  Later he … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

School Goes On

My focus has shifted to food instead of *what* the boys are learning.  They are still doing their school work and Hunter will take the standardized OAKS test in a … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

High Five!

On Sunday, we celebrated with Hunter after he reached the goal set by Time4Learning. He read a passage aloud at over 90 words per minute!  This was his first time … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Fluency

From the Paisley assessment on November 14, 2012: His word reading fluency (on 3rd grade level) went from 22cwpm (correct words/minute) to 27cwpm. Making progress for sure. More exciting though … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Update

Six months after testing, Hunter is reading at a third grade level on his assessment and he doubled his reading fluency in two months. We worked on phoneme segmentation and … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Days to Remember

Today we had the best homeschooling day ever.  Hunter likes the cyphers in Singapore Math, so he asked me to make him one for his math pages.  I remembered we … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Reading Samples

Hunter does four lessons for language arts on Time4Learning (T4L) every day.  This is one of the reading lessons.  There were 22 screens with similar passages.  I got teary eyed … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Big Reading Progress!

I am recording Hunter’s final scores on the five Dolch word reading tests that we started using in December 2010.  Today Hunter read all but 9 of the words without … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Language Experience Approach

An example of Language Experience Approach with Time4Learning: Last Day at School Created by: Chandler (6) It was Jamie’s last day at school.  He brought his Dog.  He went to … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Learning to Read

Reading Horizons At Home is letting us review their comprehensive, systematic program.  We will use the direct instruction package with Hunter and his younger brother, Chandler, starting June 2012.  This … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Test Results

Long-time friends and readers know how Hunter has learned to read.  I’ve been patient, for the most part, and let him progress at his own pace.  He is progressing, but … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 6 Comments

How Chandler Learned to Read

Over a year ago, at the dinner table Chandler (4.5 years) announced, “I want to go to school.”  Slightly horrified Hunter (7.5 years) said, “Why would you want to do … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Burden is Light

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Reading Progress

We may have solved the motivation issue with reading for screen time.  This has been a huge success this week!  This is a sample of the books the boys are … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

See Now

Hunter got his new glasses yesterday. You can see his reactions in these photos. Editing:  Hunter does not wear his new glasses.  Now he says he does not need them.  … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Stories for Screen Time

Kelly and I had a good talk about reading progress.  Kelly reads with the boys and he has observed me with them — encouraging and nudging them to read a little more.  … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

Reading Plans and Progress

We had a wonderful weekend here in Oregon.  We went to visit Angie and her boys at Regatta Park on Devil’s Lake. Remember that stack of Abeka Readers as our … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 4 Comments

He’s a Reader!

This school year we have focused on reading, writing and math, and then the boys were free to pursue their own interests.  Our family activities are educational too.  We live … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · 9 Comments

2nd Grade Reading Test

Hunter wants to take more than a week off, so I told him if he passes as a reading test we will take time off in January for an extended … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Exploding the Code

This fall, we mostly worked on reading, spelling, math and our state by state quilt project.  This week we are on break. Hunter finished Headsprout in September but retention from … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last Week of September

I had a revelation last weekend that has helped me let go of my expectations with reading.  I realized I am pushing Hunter so he is not embarrassed at his outside activities.  It did not help … Continue reading

October 2, 2011 · 8 Comments

Homeschooling This Week and Beyond

I have some good news on the homeschooling front.  This week Hunter read “Ten Apples Up On Top” by Theo LeSieg (other books in this reading level) without hesitation or … Continue reading

September 17, 2011 · 6 Comments

He Did It!

We finished on a high note, and he feels good about it.

September 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Night and Day

Yesterday was so much better!  Hunter was a willing student and I helped him in ways that didn’t change what he learned.  He does not like to sound words out, … Continue reading

September 8, 2011 · 4 Comments

Relaxed Reading

The other night I sent the boys upstairs to get ready for bed and when I got up there they were in my bed, as usual, but this night they were enjoying … Continue reading

June 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Headsprout Update

Both boys are using Headsprout now.  Chandler begged to start in February 2011, yes begged, but I hesitated because of his age then let him start.  He is now on … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · 7 Comments

Hammock Time

The weather is getting nicer.  Sunny, blue skies and it is warm enough to lie in the hammock.  Did I mention that I love the Kindle?  Yesterday, I was able to … Continue reading

May 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

ABC Memory Game

Chandler really loves this ABC Memory game by Dr. Seuss and asks to play it every day, several times a day.  It got me thinking that if a child loves a card … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · 6 Comments

Language Experience Approach

Here is an example of the Language Experience Approach.  Today Hunter told me this short story and I typed as he spoke.  He asked me to read it to him a … Continue reading

April 26, 2011 · 7 Comments

Handle with Care

Adding in some formal lessons this week is going better than I expected.  All week after breakfast Hunter worked on memorizing Dolch words and he read to me from the Meet the Sight … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · 5 Comments

Serpentine Path

This is Hunter’s favorite reading game.  We played today and it circled and criss-crossed the main living areas. Serpentine Game from “The Charlotte Mason Companion” by Karen Andreola. She wrote,  “The … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

Oregon Coast & Reading

We spent the day at the coast.  This evening we went out for my favorite clam chowder at historic Mo’s.  We celebrated Valentine’s day early since Kelly will be working this … Continue reading

February 10, 2011 · 3 Comments

Game Marathon Weekend

We had a nice weekend playing games.   The boys learned to play Farkel.  Chandler needed help but Hunter can see the combinations faster than me.  He amazes me.  He can … Continue reading

January 10, 2011 · 1 Comment

Everyday Literacy

In 2011, I will work *with* Hunter’s learning style instead of trying to change him.  Of course we have limits to screen time, but I’m starting to appreciate media as a real … Continue reading

January 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

New Favorite Books

We found a new book set that Hunter loves and can read (some) — Mo Willems books.  Last night I read the title of “Today I will Fly” and Hunter started … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · 6 Comments

Explode the Code

I feel better about our decision to have Hunter work in the Explode the Code book every day.  Thank you for the encouraging comments!  This will be a good short assignment for him and I think he … Continue reading

October 26, 2010 · Leave a comment

Making Connections

We are playing with reading and it’s going well.  Hunter is mostly memorizing sight words, so yesterday I pulled out our Explode the Code Book One and suggested he do three … Continue reading

October 14, 2010 · 4 Comments

Bean Bag Word Game

Yesterday we had a successful homeschool day with a Bean Bag Word Game which Hunter made up himself.  At breakfast I suggested he learn one or two sight words a day … Continue reading

September 9, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Daily 5 — Part 2

I finished The Daily 5 book yesterday.  Their “Read to Someone and Listen to Reading” chapter contained tips on partnering up with another young person to read.  The sisters suggest that the more … Continue reading

August 31, 2010 · 8 Comments

The Daily 5

I’m reading “The Daily 5” by “The 2 Sisters” Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.   This review by Angela at “The Cornerstone for Teachers” is informative and helpful.  I do believe The Daily 5 will work for homeschooling, especially if children have not reached … Continue reading

August 29, 2010 · 12 Comments

Tailoring an Education or Two

I see now that trying to entice my eldest child to learn by focusing on his younger brother is not such a good idea.  Hunter must be thinking, “Hey!  Mom is supposed to be trying … Continue reading

July 28, 2010 · 11 Comments


I am neglecting this blog or taking a break depending on how you look at it — tidal blogging.  We got back from Echoes in Time last Saturday.  We had … Continue reading

July 27, 2010 · 29 Comments

School Day

Organizing our craft supplies had a surprising result.  The kids *asked* to do school!  Chandler wanted to play marshmallow bingo and he noticed the Alphabet Book kit that I got … Continue reading

May 15, 2010 · 5 Comments

Random Educational Moments

Hunter (6) surprised me by writing “bord scors” and making a score board for his olympic obstacle course.  I was so surprised and delighted that he sounded it out on his own. He asked … Continue reading

April 9, 2010 · 4 Comments



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