homeschool mama self-care: wrinkles, and the stories they tell
family life / homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling

homeschool mama self-care: wrinkles, and the stories they tell

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Mark Twain The first, and only, self-drawing I drew, revealed my sixty year old self…all wrinkles revealed. The drawing instructor frowned at my page and suggested merely, “You are not that old.” Later, it dawned on me that I could not frown and smile simultaneously, so there … Continue reading

Christmas wish list: Brain Food for a kinesthetic, builder learner
christmas / self-directed learning

Christmas wish list: Brain Food for a kinesthetic, builder learner

Lego. (You knew I would add this product.) It’s so versatile, facilitates curiosity, and gets boys and girls thinking. Since it’s made of some form of hard plastic, I’m pretty sure this statement is accurate: a toy for the ages. Gravitrax. A new fascination of my eleven year old son’s. Building, physics concepts, creativity: it … Continue reading

what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization
family life / homeschooling / socialization

what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization

“Power shapes what a person does, influence shapes who they become“. Erwin McManus Apparently we were being watched. We had travelled to a new town and didn’t know many people, so we decided to wander around town. The roasted bean fragrance from the street lured me into a trendy coffee shop. Stranger-watching amused us, but … Continue reading

entering homeschool high school
adolescence / homeschool in British Columbia / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

entering homeschool high school

Transition to homeschool high school There’s a bracing moment in each homeschool mama’s world where she realizes that the homeschooled kiddos aren’t staying kiddos forever. They are moving on, moving up, growing into their own persons and deciding to approach their lives independently.  Despite fully acknowledging that I knew I wasn’t going to be ‘mommy’ … Continue reading

Homeschool hygge: Twenty easy to adopt Self-Care Practices
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

Homeschool hygge: Twenty easy to adopt Self-Care Practices

Homeschool hygge: nothing like an autumn day to entice me with a few cozy blankets on the sofa, burnt orange candles lit, fireplace blazing toasty and a Pelecis piece playing on Spotify. The first day of frost woke with us last week. The puppy’s water froze. The chickens hesitated leaving the coop. I hesitated walking … Continue reading

book reviews

readalouds we love

There’s nothing like a readaloud to remind us why we love homeschooling. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer. It’s been five years since we travelled to rural Ghana, five plane flights, four kids, boxes of dried pudding and a full sized chocolate bars for kids’ Halloween treats. This story … Continue reading