More Writing, Less Blogging

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It occurs to me that it is almost the end of September and I have not finished the two books I told myself I would publish before the end of the year. So I will slow down the blog posts and focus on writing. One book is the second volume in the Izzy Adventures Series (bilingual books) and the other one is the fourth volume in my How To Homeschool Series, i.e. 101 Tips for Second Grade Homeschooling.

English-Russian cover of Kitten in the Storm

English-Russian cover of Kitten in the Storm

At this point, just in case you are wondering, I should probably mention that, through it all, I am not motivated by money. Here’s a financial tip: if you want to get rich quick, do not take up blogging or writing. I am doing both simply because I enjoy myself in the process. I have the publishing bug, what can I say? Continue reading »

Pushing the Publish button after typing my heart out gives me more thrills than a chocolate eclair. OK, so many not as many, but it’s right up there with vegan banana split topped with locally produced honey or watching the sunrise over the ocean or strolling through the Champs-Élysées. You get the picture.

The second volume of the language series is pretty much written, I just have to review it. The other book is just a little past the planning phase. Nevertheless, I have great hopes to be finished with both by the end of this week, which is our first fall break of the school year. What else am I going to do with my newly acquired vast chasms of time? (Sorry, Thomas Jefferson!)

One of these days I will plop myself on my therapist’s armchair and ask her why I cannot just walk outside my front door and smell the roses. Well, besides living in the mosquito capital of the American South East. Until then, I will be here typing while my children play, still bewildered that they got a whole week off from school.

Expect two blog posts a week for the next foreseeable future until I place the books into the capable hands of my designer. And thanks for reading.

101 Tips for First Grade Homeschooling

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A couple of weeks ago I published 101 Tips for First Grade Homeschooling. For one day only, on December 30, this book will be available for FREE on Kindle. If you do not own a Kindle device, you can download the free Kindle app on and read the book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

After December 30, the book will be $3.99 for the Kindle format and $5.99 for the paperback format.

This represents the third volume in my “How to Homeschool” series and it deals with a lot of issues you might run into when your homeschooler is in first grade. The first two volumes cover preschool and kindergarten.

101 Tips for First Grade Homeschooling

The third volume in my How to Homeschool series

When I decided to publish a series by that title, I knew I wanted to keep the books short and sweet, perfect for busy homeschool parents. In the spirit of “just do this,” I have written 10 chapters with 10 tips each. Chapter 11 focuses on Tip 101 – in this volume, it deals with sex education. Continue reading »

Here are some of the topics I cover: how to teach reading, writing and arithmetic; what to do when you have two minutes or ten minutes; and how to socialize your first grader. The homeschooling advice in my books falls in the category of “meta-teaching” advice. What do I mean by that?

Homeschooling has so much to do with things other than teaching. I would venture to say that homeschooling is 70% organization, 20% attitude and 10% teaching, +/- a few percentage points in each category. If you don’t stay organized, you will always feel out of control. If your attitude is not right, your will feel out of control. Teaching per se is a small part of homeschooling because of its sheer efficiency.

So there you have it, my latest book is out there in the jungle of Amazon. Tomorrow, December 30, it is FREE. You can support this site by downloading 101 Tips for First Grade Homeschooling for free, reading it, and leaving me a review on the book’s page on Amazon. Also, please tell others about the free promotion.

I read all the reviews and pay attention to feedback. Reviews help others decide if this book is worth their time, so you are also helping others by taking five minutes to post a review. Thank you!