Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Take Heart

My heartfelt condolences go out to the civilian and law enforcement families who lost their loved ones this past week.

Monday, July 4, 2016

African-American School-Aged Children Development of Identity Survey

Trudy Crossbourne, a doctoral student from Western Kentucky,contacted me through this blog about a research project she is conducting involving African-American homeschoolers. She and her co-researcher are seeking survey participants. If you want more information about the researchers please see and

Please read the following letter provided by the researchers and follow the enclosed link if you're willing to participate.

Dear Art of Homeschoolery Readers,

You are being invited to participate in a research project conducted through Western Kentucky University. The project focuses on the development of identity among African American school-aged children. As parents of school-aged children, we will ask that you respond to questions regarding identity development in your child. This project has received approval from the Institutional Review Board (REF # IRB 16-513).

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you may opt not to complete the survey. If you decide to share your child’s experiences with us, your information will be kept confidential at all times and you will not be identified as a participant in any way. Filling out the survey should not take more than 20 minutes of your time. There are no risks to you for participating in this study.

We greatly appreciate the time you will devote to participating in the study.


Kimberlee Everson & Trudy Crossbourne

My co-researcher and I have completed the survey. Here is the link to survey:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bluebirds and Protecting Childhood

Did you know bluebirds are a symbol of hope and happiness? September 24th is the National Bluebird of Happiness Day. Seriously, I felt all Thoreau-like watching the activities of the bluebirds unfold. In just a few minutes, my ideas coalesced into this reaffirming belief in the necessity of consciously protecting my children's childhood. My daughter captured a video of our resident bluebird protecting its territory from an invader.

There are so many things trying to steal our children's childhood. The push for earlier and earlier academics. This push to prepare for college earlier and earlier. Who really expects a 14-year-old to determine his/her career path in ninth grade? Kudos to those teens who have it all figured out. But, are we pushing so much that teens are not being given the opportunity to explore who they want to become? Is it just a race to mindlessly accumulate AP classes, extracurricular activities, and honors? It's mindboggling to consider this race to college, and the difficulty of even finding employment after graduation. High school and college should be a time of healthy risk-taking and adventure. Are we allowing our children to discover passions or are we pushing achievement at any cost? There are already too many working adults plodding along in a life that no longer satisfies. It's our job to protect our children from this attack on childhood.

We watched the male and female bluebirds build another nest. The nest has been completed, and two eggs are comfortably ensconced. We're looking forward to watching the eggs hatch and seeing the young birds take flight. I'm keeping an eye out for the black snake.

               Male Bluebird

       Female Bluebird