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
academics / home educating planning / homeschooling

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

homestead update
gardening

homestead update

Give me less heat, and I will go outside. Even my sunburn turned tan is begging for a reprieve. I easily could water twice a day (but I don’t)–feels all anti-earth and stuff. Having said that, you can’t feed a family without watering the garden. You will find me inside enjoying quieter things, like writing, … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2
foraging / gardening / health / homeschooling

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2

Purple coneflower, aka Echinacea purpurea, and also known as my favourite floral centerpiece. This flower has it going on. It’s a natural pollinator attractor, it’s medicinal and it is cottage garden pretty. This year, I’m using it for more than my floral centerpieces. The benefits are too impressive. University of British Columbia research suggests that regular … Continue reading