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

entering homeschool high school
academics / adolescence / home educating planning / homeschooling / homeschooling in British Columbia

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 girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart
academics / homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling

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

thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history
academics / family life / 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