christmas: these are a few of my favourite things
family life / homeschooling / christmas

christmas: these are a few of my favourite things

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorites things” Somehow I know I’m going to see a television replay of the Sound of Music this Christmas season.  It shares the value of home and family. That we … Continue reading

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

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
academics / christmas

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
academics / adolescence / homeschooling / homeschooling in British Columbia

entering 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’ forever, it always comes as … Continue reading