Random but Relevant

By Matthew Lewis

Thoughts, questions and insights from a homeschool grad, father of littles and the all-around “tech guy” here at HSE! Topics may be random at times, but will be relevant to the homeschool lifestyle!

What is “Margin Time?”

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on February 24, 2018
Our last email newsletter focused on "margin time." After it went out, we received some email informing us we'd assumed too much; it seems we should have taken time to explain what exactly "margin time" is before we got into why it's so…Read

The Spice of Life

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on November 01, 2017
Some of my fondest memories of being homeschooled, unsurprisingly, came not from textbooks, but from "normal," day-to-day happenings. Things like getting up at I-didn't-know-there-was-such-an-O'clock in the morning to go watch meteor…Read

Storytelling

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on September 21, 2017
Most parents tell stories to their kids. But have you ever thought of turning it around and asking them to tell you a story instead? We’ve found that getting our kids to tell us stories can be just as much fun for them as it is for us to…Read

“They won’t be young forever.”

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on May 04, 2017
"They won't be young forever." Sometimes that saying is a helpful reminder to "live in the moment" with one's children. But honestly, on days like today, it ceases to be a cheerful platitude and almost becomes a precious promise! Our…Read

Always Together

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 19, 2017
While doing some research earlier today, I noticed something interesting: Wilbur and Orville Wright share a Wikipedia page. Predictably, it's called "The Wright Brothers," and searching for their names individually simply redirects us…Read

Nothing Wrong with Repetition

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on March 11, 2017
"Abigail, what is our address?" I asked. With a grin, Abby repeated it back to me, exactly right. Then, at my further request, she repeated my cell phone number. She learned both of these essential bits of information simply through…Read

Why knives have to be sharp

Talk about a big difference from a little change!
Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on December 27, 2016
I was given a wonderful hunting knife for Christmas - by far the best knife I've ever owned. It was sharp enough to shave with, right out of the box. Compared to the knives I've been used to, that's almost scary! But why exactly does a…Read

Does homeschooling grow by 5% per year?

Interesting new data from the Department of Education
Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on November 16, 2016
I was interested to read a news release from HSLDA this morning, showing that homeschooling doubled between the years 1999 and 2012. Applying the "Rule of 72," it would seem that homeschooling has about a 5.5% interest rate! I'll link to…Read

Teaching kids about elections

It's easy to forget their feelings are tender.
Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on November 07, 2016
I was 11 years old when Bill Clinton was elected to the Presidency. At the time, I was sure he was going bring ruin and destruction on our country and all we hold dear. And yes, I was scared about that. Even so, I wasn't as afraid as a…Read

My Version of “You Might be a Homeschooler If…”

Don't we all have to write a list like this sometime? smile
Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on November 05, 2016
I was asked to give a short, entertaining presentation at a local homeschool event recently. Entertainment isn't exactly my forte, but I decided to give it a try with one of these "You might be" lists. As far as I know, these are all…Read