Category Archives: Family Life

Washington’s Homeschool Law Gives Parents a Choice

Washington’s strong homeschool law has been part of a national trend toward parents’ rejecting public schools and taking over their children’s education.

My husband Steve and I began homeschooling our three youngest children in 1992.

Nettie. Katy and me at the homeschool international fair in 1995
Nettie. Katy and me at the homeschool international fair in 1995

Although currently only 4 percent of children are home-schooled in the U.S., the number of primary school kids whose parents are choosing to forgo a “traditional” education is growing seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 every year.

According to Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, the home education growth rate is 7 percent to 15 percent per year.

Washington’s homeschool law allows a parent to home-school if (s)he has either completed a full year of college, completed a course in home-based education, is supervised by a certified educator, or has approval from the local school district.  Parents are required to sign an annual declaration and file it with the local school district. Continue reading Washington’s Homeschool Law Gives Parents a Choice

Garden Seeds Part 1 – Old-Time Prices, Classic Varieties, Old-Fashioned Companies

Part One of TwoClick here to read Part 2, “Heirloom, Organic, Specialty and Market Varieties”

It’s that time of year!  Colorful catalogs full of gardens seeds are filling mailboxes, and seed packet displays are cropping up in stores.   Where to begin?

Get ready to grow your own in 2016!
Get ready to grow your own in 2016!

Continue reading Garden Seeds Part 1 – Old-Time Prices, Classic Varieties, Old-Fashioned Companies

Winter Driving Advice from the Washington State Patrol

From the Washington State Patrol – Safe winter driving takes planning and caution, especially for roadside safety.

Olympia – On December 4, a Good Samaritan was struck and injured while exiting his SUV to check on the driver of a  rolled over semi-truck along Eastbound I-90 at mile post 81.

This is the second person hit along a state highway in the past three days. Both pedestrians were hit while checking on the occupants of rolled vehicles. Continue reading Winter Driving Advice from the Washington State Patrol

Cold Weather Tips for Pets

We all think about the temperature and what we need to keep our pets and ourselves warm, but there are a few things we also need to be aware of to keep our pets safe.other dog in snow

Don’t let pets drink water in driveways and roadways.  It might have antifreeze which can be deadly, even in small amounts.

If it’s icy outside, wipe your dog’s feet after walks to remove chemicals or salt that might they might have walked through which can irritate footpads. Continue reading Cold Weather Tips for Pets