homeschool: the traditional season
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning / what is an education

homeschool: the traditional season

The homeschool traditional season looks like school. …In that we have formal study hours and are expected to do stuff… Otherwise, what the stuff is depends on who the kid is, what their goals are and what our goals are for them too. The study day begins at 0830. The kids meet in the Great … Continue reading

homestead plans: next spring
gardening / homesteading

homestead plans: next spring

My homestead plans for next year. Every year I learn a little more about my outdoor space (mostly the soil) and also what my family will actually eat (fewer vegetables than me). The abundance of parsnips, eggplants and spaghetti squash only dazzle me, not my family. Next year, I’ll grow more peppers, jalapeños and carrots … Continue reading

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart
homeschooling / self-care-practices / self-directed learning / socialization

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart

I’ve got a homeschool mentor who has spoken more into my life than any other. She’s parented five. They’re all grown up now. She’s been through years and years of curriculum planning, and even years of unschooling, learning to do it right and letting go of that notion: that you can ‘do it right’. She’s … Continue reading

not back to school: a homeschool world
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

not back to school: a homeschool world

What is not back to school in a homeschool world? Despite being invited to a not back to school picnic, it did not dawn on me that public school started that same day. Summer activities occupied our schedule until the first week of September, because the weather was still summer. Since our family is not … Continue reading

thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history
family life / homeschooling / self-directed learning / travelling

thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history

I was asked why I wasn’t bringing the kids’ studies on our two month trip, ten time zones away. The school year was not out yet. It was only the beginning of April. Throughout our time home educating, I have borrowed ideas from the classical and unschooling approaches. Every summer I have read solidly from … Continue reading

homeschooling in British Columbia
homeschool in British Columbia / homeschool planning / homeschooling / what we do

homeschooling in British Columbia

Every morning we meet at 8:30 to discuss plans for the day. One kiddo heads to dance at 3, then we’ll see her at 9. Another needs to be dropped off at the bus stop for a college English class. One is dropped off at youth group too. Except for waiting for a Rosetta Stone … Continue reading