not back to school: a homeschool world
academics / home educating planning / homeschooling

not back to school: 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 bound by provincial outcomes or guidelines, we don’t follow conventional … Continue reading

thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history
academics / homeschooling / travelling with kids

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

how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review
academics / homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / write

how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review

I ate up Julie Bogart’s recent book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life, but ten years ago, I would have inhaled it and allowed the gems of oxygen to seep into my respiratory cells, so I could breathe, really breathe in my homeschool world. So many gems of wisdom I … Continue reading

homeschool science: apologia & beyond
academics / home educating planning / homeschooling

homeschool science: apologia & beyond

In this house, we love science. Discovering how things work, how they function, playing with ingredients, memorizing the elements of the Periodic Table, assembling boxes of physics activities, and performing chemistry experiments, reading on plate tectonics or atomic theory, we’ve done a little bit of everything over the years. (And it’s not because dad is … Continue reading