Two Words: Slice of Life 30/31 #sol16

Bad news I knew He didn’t Dr’s recommendation Two words No contact Concussion risk It means No football He’s done He hears Dream destroyed He hears Life over To me Thin dream Thinking small To him The world His future Fame, fortune Making it Being somebody Now quiet So quiet Too quiet No words For…

Reason #551 to Love South Dakota: Slice of Life 28/31 #sol16

Unschooling means we’re becoming tourists in our own region, and what a place it is to be a tourist. There are a handful of world-class attractions in Western South Dakota— the Badlands, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore. And there are dozens of true gems—the Mammoth Site, the Wild Horse Sanctuary, The Black Hills Institute, Wind…

Easter Eggs: A Photo-Slice of Life 27/31 #sol16

We checked out magazines from the library. For me, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful. For him, Car & Driver, Sports Illustrated. This is what he chose to read first: “We have to do this, Mom,” he said. A Martha Stewart crafts project? I anticipate pages of instructions in tiny print I won’t be able to…

Here, I Write: Slice of Life 26/31 #sol16

Here, I write. In the dining room, the heart of the house. The walls are the richest chocolate brown, but I’m thinking of repainting this summer. Maybe red. I love a red room. My office, the space I created for writing, is red. It’s upstairs on the very edge of the house. You get there…

The Books That Made Me: Slice of Life 25/31 #sol16

In a recent post for the Nerdy Book Club blog, Donalyn Miller wrote about revisiting our reading histories to identify the books that have been touchstones in our lives: More than listing favorites, creating a reading autobiography encourages readers to revisit their reading experiences and identify books signifying turning points or touchstones in their reading…

Unschooling: Before and After Slice of Life 23/31 #sol16

  The week before we started homeschooling, my son was curious about: Basketball Dirt bikes Dodge Challengers Air Jordans In the week since we started homeschooling, my son has been curious about: Basketball Dirt bikes Dodge Challengers Air Jordans And: Wild mustangs Alcatraz Al Capone Autism The Presidential elections Domino structures The tallest building in…

Silence: Slice of Life 22/31 #sol16

It feels like we are the only people in the valley. It feels like we are the only people in the world. It’s the quality of sound that surprises me most. Just stand here and be quiet for a moment, our guide tells us. Listen. What do you hear? Nothing, my son says. But the…