What to do when you can’t seem to choose

Anyone who has unloaded a moving van knows decision fatigue. As our daily decision quota skyrockets to critical overload, overwhelm and indecision set in. But when a podcaster exposes the root of my decision fatigue, I am stopped in my tracks. Read more

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Best Places to Learn Science and Math

Sometime around 1900, a ten-year-old girl chased her younger brother and sister up a tree to escape a flash flood. To prevent losing their grip and falling into the water below, she kept them awake all night, reciting times tables. Two things struck me as I read this account of Jeannette Walls’ grandmother: (1) our kids (and I!) are very coddled compared to yesteryear; (2) You don’t need an iPad, or even paper, to learn your sums and multiplication tables.

With that in mind, let’s talk about some hands-on math and science. Read more

Keeping Up with Your English

Many of you kindly shared with me your challenges recently, and educational resources for kids rose to the top. If you missed this, I’d love to hear from you too. I’m asking what topics are most relevant to you and what challenges are most bothering you, so as to better focus my writing to meet the needs of my readers. You can let me know here.

I will post a few times this week in order to share some of the resources we’ve found helpful in these areas: English, Math & Science, Observation & Social Sciences, Travel as an education.

Let’s start with a story, since we’re talking about English today: Read more

How Not to Book Last Minute Travel

When my husband’s grandfather passed away, we were living in Argentina. There was no question whether he would travel home for the funeral. We just had to decide how many of the five of us would make the trip. And we had to decide fast.

We don’t live near an international airport – on either end. With the very best connections, travel time from our home in rural Argentina to our Canadian home is 20 hours. Many routes take closer to 30 hours in transit.

This left us with less than 12 hours to book flights and get on a plane.

Just three hours before takeoff, my husband and girls were in a cab, en route to the airport. I was on the phone, still trying to get their flights confirmed.

This was our first time booking international travel in such a hurry. It was intense. Here are a few things we learned:

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