Pride and Prejudice by 7 year old Rachel

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen        Elizabeth is the most important character in the story. Elizabeth assumed Darcy was not good for her. Then she found out he was great for her. If you like romance, this is the perfect book for you. I loved the book. I would give it a nine out … Continue reading


self-diagnosed unschooling schizophrenic

“Unschooling” has become a term of endearment for me. Not a word to be feared. Not a statement word. Just a letting go of all previous expectations of what and how my children are to be educated. John Holt wooed me easily into his quiet freedom-thinking approach. Why wouldn’t I want to find a way … Continue reading

personal story

to be or not to be…what other people want you to be

It’s Spring Break for the school kids in our part of the world. So when the flooring guy came to fix a tile yesterday, he couldn’t resist expressing concern that the kids were doing work on their holiday. His intention seemed kind-hearted. He wasn’t the curmudgeonly sort in the grocery store yelping, you should put … Continue reading

family life

an Irish blessing

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, we five took our celebrating to the local museum. We must celebrate our Irish heritage somehow (I think we have some Irish in there somewhere—might explain my love of mashed potatoes and Baileys). The girls volunteered to help with the party for the three to five year old attendees. … Continue reading

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Great Expectations: My Life in Fairy Tales

The fairytale of the little girls in the white dresses, living happily ever after, well, I’m still searching for that. I’ve learned that little girls in lacy white dresses get dirty. And that mom does a lot of laundry. It’s been my experience that parenting is like that: at times, the fantasy fades. In the … Continue reading


Off the Beaten Path

I picked up a book on our spring vacation. I had a free afternoon to wander my new surroundings while my husband cared for the kiddos. I ventured into a chic bookstore on main street. Thumbing my way through the parenting section, I came upon a book titled The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When … Continue reading