the ABCs: my favourite things for homeschooling
homeschooling

the ABCs: my favourite things for homeschooling

A –  Alone Time, and yes I get it, but I must eke it out. It is a requirement. And it keeps me balanced. B –  Blog, a creative outlet and helps me think through parenting, homeschooling and life. C—  Change, especially in February, or whenever we get bored, or Chess club  for mental stimulation … Continue reading

homeschool philosophies and why you don’t need to care
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning / what is an education

homeschool philosophies and why you don’t need to care

Let’s get to why I’m writing about homeschool philosophies before a haze falls across your eyes as opaquely as the haze of smoke settling into my mountain valley homestead. I am not going to write a blog that details the homeschool philosophies in education. If you haven’t heard that there’s more than one way to … Continue reading

homestead plans for next year
gardening / homesteading

homestead plans for next year

When I start tiring of watering the garden each morning (and praying for rain twice a week), I know I am at the end of August. I have a kitchen island filled with peaches, tomatoes, oregano and zucchini. I just filled the freezer with bags of raspberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches and rhubarb. The garden is … Continue reading

New to Homeschool? How to Spend Eighteen Years with Your Kids
family life / homeschooling / parenting

New to Homeschool? How to Spend Eighteen Years with Your Kids

I don’t mean the years where half the day is spent finding everything for their backpack, dropping them and their permission forms off at school for 0830, then seeing them again at 3. I mean eighteen years, 8-3 included. I mean bad dreams at midnight turning into five hour cuddles…three people in a queen bed and … Continue reading

homeschool: organizing last year, planning this year
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

homeschool: organizing last year, planning this year

It’s that time of year.  (It took me two weeks longer than other years to think of homeschooling). This is what I started with… …a cup of tea… (& appropriately, a cup of courage) And piles and piles of papers, notebooks, sketches, math workbooks, writing stuff, whatever they did this year on paper. I culled … Continue reading