homeschool

trying to capture the charmed life

I’d found a folded paper on the floor of the school desk ahead of me. It was a poem written in calligraphic script. “If I had to raise my child all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting … Continue reading

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the not so big house concept: doing double duty

“Our homes have grown larger in part to accommodate all the activities we engage in (along with their related furnishings). Rather than building a room for each function, the Not So Big House proposes that we think about ways spaces can be shared. Allowing areas in a house to “moonlight”–making one space serve more than one … Continue reading

family life

easy birthday planning in THREE steps

I’m an earnest birthday party planning mom. Nowadays, are you allowed not to be? It’s not been my kiddos that have expected me to outdo myself each year. And it’s certainly not been my husband. He’d keep it super simple and just give a gift, a smile and let them choose supper. I’m the ying to … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House: variety of ceiling heights

“High ceilings are often considered more desirable than low ones, but high ceilings are often more impressive than comfortable. What’s important is not the overall ceiling height; it’s the proportion of the ceiling height to the other dimensions of the room that makes it comfortable or not. By varying the ceiling height, spaces are enlivened … Continue reading

how to teach our children solitude: words from maya angelou
family life

how to teach our children solitude: words from maya angelou

We rarely experience solitude and hardly know its benefit. We certainly don’t think to teach it to our children. Our western culture teaches us to love public attention, and naturally, our ego appreciates that, until it doesn’t get it. Our western culture teaches us extroversion is favourable, even necessary, healthy, and normal. Our western culture … Continue reading

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Creating the Not So Big House

    Sarah Susanka, in her book, Creating the Not So Big House, writes that she’ll delve deep into the task of identifying the spatial qualities and concepts that affect us. How do we want to live in our home space? How do we want to feel? When building our first home eleven years ago, I … Continue reading