summer reading

51fGhOk4bLLSummer is winding down. This is always a bittersweet time of year. Sad because the busyness of the school year will soon begin again, but happy because I love teaching! Sad because our youngest goes back to college in three weeks, but happy because we get to visit Gainesville! I think fall has always been my favorite time of year, but one great thing about summer is a lot more time to read. Continue reading


homeschool convention time


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A highlight of myhomeschooling year was always the FPEA Convention in Orlando, Florida. It was a weekend of books and more books, friends old and new, a great hotel, and eating out. What’s not to love!! I almost always went with three or four friends and we made it a moms’ time away. We looked at what each person bought, stayed up late talking, ate together, shared teaching ideas, ate chocolate, talked, painted our nails, talked, and had a lot of fun. Sometimes we would go with our families, but most years it was just the “girls.”

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Welcome to my blog! After homeschooling for 20 or so years, I have decided to write about it. My other interests, such as cooking and tutoring, will also show up. I enjoy books, cooking, the beach, organizing, and spending time with my family. Mostly, I love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hopefully these posts will inspire someone else to not only continue in their journey, but to thrive.



My name is Leslie D’Onofrio. I have teaching experience in the classroom, doing private tutoring, and home educating my own three children, who are now in college.

At the present time I am doing private tutoring in reading, writing, and math. This enables me to provide the skills needed for students to succeed, whether in the classroom or home educated.