{SQT} Birthday, Anniversary, and Nature

Teddy turned 10 on the 8th! (Somehow the big event didn’t make it into last week’s Takes.) We celebrated with grandparents, ate cake, and Teddy managed to receive two of the most complicated board games in the history of boardgames. (Axis and Allies and Legends of Andor [which contains HUNDREDS of cardboard pieces to punch Read More

{SQT} Conquering Long Division, Resurrecting The Bull Moose Party, and Costume Planning

It’s been a good week. Nothing too exciting to report, but I’m not complaining. October is usually insane, but right now, things feel less and more And I can live with that. Recently, I attended a homeschool mom’s social for the first time in forever. Last year, the few socials that were held conflicted with Read More

How to Create Self-Motivated Learners

If there’s one question I’m hearing more and more frequently this fall it’s “How do I get my kids to do their school work?”. Parents who are overseeing distance learning are stressing out because their kids need seemingly endless amounts of oversight, and homeschoolers are second guessing every piece of curriculum they’ve purchased. I am Read More

42 Things About Me

After a fabulous early birthday massage last Saturday that included the liberal application of scalding hot stones across my entire back, I’m “back” to normal. Thanks for the prayers! Tomorrow is my 42nd birthday! We’re going to celebrate with my parents, and Tony and I will get to attend an outdoor concert as well. On Read More

{SQT} A Field Trip Picture, an Invalid, and Don’t Skip a Lesson

Contractors came to install our roof last Friday morning so, in order to avoid the noise and music floating down our chimney, we went to the beach, which provided the perfect opportunity for those back to school photos I’m so bad at taking. It was cloudy and cool, but not crowded so we enjoyed salt Read More

What My Special Needs Parents Did Right: An Interview With Emily DeArdo

Being a special needs parent can be overwhelming and frustrating. It’s not that we don’t love our kids, but it’s hard to be a caregiver, parent, and now for many of us, the primary educator and therapist day in and day out. Sometimes we get angry, and yell, or cry and it’s easy to feel Read More

{SQT} School, Saying No, And Saying Yes

1. Yes, we did school on Labor Day, and no I still haven’t taken any “official” first day, or 13th day of school photos. I have taken photos of some of our history themed art crafts, and items at JoAnn’s that I want to go back and snap up once Addie finally gets her employee Read More

Welcome Back to St. Bruno’s: 2020-2021 Curriculum Picks

We’re wrapping up our second week of school so it’s the perfect time to share my annual curriculum post! It’s littered with affiliate links so feel free to click and toss some pennies in my hat. (More links coming as I get time to add them.) After only homeschooling Edie and Bryon for the last Read More

Balancing Full-Time Work While Homeschooling

For someone like me who has always been fortunate enough to homeschool my kids full-time and not worry about needing a full or part-time job to help with bills, the thought of doing what I do PLUS working seems downright impossible, but there are families doing it, and doing it well. I tracked a few Read More

{SQT} A New Drug, Another Hug, And Record Love

Happy Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month! Last Friday the FDA approved a new drug for the treatment of SMA. This is the THIRD drug approved for treating SMA. I was talking with our neuromuscular doctor from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia about whether or not risdiplam (brand name Evrysdi) is a good fit for Fulton Read More

{SQT} Homeschooling and Weekly Adventures

I don’t always write about homeschooling, but when I do, it’s because it’s August and I’m usually thinking about how great the next school year will be. Never mind the challenges of the last school year, this year is going to be different- I’m going to be different! Everything is going to go according to Read More

A Classical Education for Every Child

Cheryl Swope, an educator who has created an entire curriculum designed for children with special needs (available through Memoria Press), used to receive one to two emails a week from families curious to know if providing a classical education for their special needs child was possible. Now, following the upheaval of COVID-19, she’s receiving at Read More

Answers To Your Top Seven Homeschooling Questions

Welcome to the last installment in this weeks homeschooling series! So far we’ve covered: How to Start Homeschooling Your Elementary Student How to Start Homeschooling Your Teenager How to Start Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child How to Homeschool During Difficult Circumstances And now today I answer the seven questions I get the most from people Read More

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