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 (by the way, I only ever call them ‘kiddo’ here). They are moving on, moving up, growing into their own persons and deciding to approach their lives independently. Apparently, that’s a thing. Despite fully acknowledging … Continue reading

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. I’ve just returned from an anniversary weekend reading, eating, walking on the beach and visiting wineries in southern British Columbia. Summer activities still occupy our schedule, so there’s no shift to a … Continue reading

homeschool philosophies and why you don’t need to care
academics / home educating planning / homeschooling / what is an education

homeschool philosophies and why you don’t need to care

Let’s get to why I’m writing about homeschool philosophies before a haze falls across your eyes as opaquely as the haze of smoke settling into my mountain valley homestead. I am not going to write a blog that details the homeschool philosophies in education. If you haven’t heard that there’s more than one way to … 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

ten lessons from ten homeschool years
academics / home educating planning / homeschooling / parenting / philosophy / what is an education

ten lessons from ten homeschool years

I’ve been around long enough to hit the wall twice. Hit the wall, meaning, I was ready to put my kids into school. That says a lot for someone that is a home education advocate to the core. But I didn’t put them in school. Self-reflection revealed I wasn’t frustrated with homeschooling, I was frustrated … Continue reading

Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture
academics / homeschooling / write

Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture

I  was searching for an accessible way to explain literary device when my oldest was asking for help in her final high school English class. If you’re thinking, what even is a literary device, an abbreviated, succinct version exists here: http://www.literarydevices.com/ And when you sit to watch a few of these videos, include your pop … Continue reading