altruistic socialization

“Positive or altruistic and principled sociability is firmly linked with the family, and with the quantity and quality of self-worth. This is, in turn, dependant largely on the track of values and experience provided by the family at least until the child can reason consistently. In other words, the child who works and eats and … Continue reading


overwhelming the senses–curriculum fairs and ‘the right curriculums’

Curriculum fairs. The mere mention of these two words makes my heart skip a beat. Good or bad heartbeat skipping, you ask? Both. Thousands of square feet of books, books, books. The only thing the upcoming weeks’ curriculum fair is missing is a Starbucks kiosk. I’ve noticed the expectant, yet chiropractic-resistance parents with their empty, … Continue reading


beauty is in the eye of the beholder

HorseshoeSunsetRainbow It was the girls’ first gallery exhibition. They each received judges’ feedback, had VIP passes that allowed them to bypass the end of the line, and gave them a reason to dress up. Since I’ve only begun a drawing class myself, I wouldn’t know about pallettes and backgrounds and colour mixing. But the girls … Continue reading


things no one told you would cost you money when beginning home educating

You knew it would cost to clothe your baby in the cutest fashions. Every truly loved baby must be dressed in Gap right? Every child in the latest colour, latest fad, I mean fashion? Then there’s the cradle, the mommy wrap, the reusable floral diapers, the Fisher Price Little People, the Lego, the Barbies, the…. … Continue reading

mama self care

“the bird a nest, the spider a web, (wo)man friendship” William Blake

Tis so for girls too. There might not be a more cheesy metaphor for friendship than a bouquet of flowers…individual friendships add to the fragrance and overall appearance of that bouquet. We gain different things from different people in our lives, just as we mean different things to different people.    Hannah 12, Madelyn 10, … Continue reading


home educating: a privilege of a developed country

Yesterday, the homeschool co-op kids and I were discussing what a developing country means, what poverty looks like in the developing world, and all things Africa. Our two month adventure to Kenya last May provided me much mental fodder: am I really thankful for all that I have and do I live fully and enjoy … Continue reading