This is a blog about two of the things I’m most passionate about: homeschooling and children’s books. I occasionally drift into a few other things. If you’re interested in reading some more of my blogging, especially about homeschool tips and help, you can also find me at the Simplify Blog.
If you’re interested in reading my thoughts about middle school in particular, you can buy my book, Tweens, Tough Times, and Triumphs: Homeschooling the Middle Grades. It’s available here.
I’m a writer and a teacher. I’ve taught a variety of subjects, in both public and private schools, at a variety of grade levels from late elementary to high school. Now, I teach my twin sons at home.
Mushroom and BalletBoy are my twin middle schoolers. Mushroom is my passionate, expressive worrywart. BalletBoy is my cheerful, anything goes child. Sometimes I blog about how they’re in different places with schoolwork. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve become more different in their needs and focus for school and more concerned about their privacy. I think it’s important for us parents of older kids to share support though, so I do share a little.
The blog title is a reference to Dodie Smith’s beautiful coming-of-age classic I Capture the Castle. When I was a kid growing up in the middle of nowhere and then in the suburbs, a rowhouse and a castle were probably equally exotic. I ended up in a majestic rowhouse instead of a castle though.
Now that I’ve been homeschooling for nearly a decade, I also sometimes help people with their homeschooling journey. If you’re interested in having me be your homeschool muse and getting one on one guidance, visit me at Simplify.