Advice for New Home Learners
family life / homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling / unexpected home learners

Advice for New Home Learners

We are not trying to create a school in our homes. Homes are not schools. Teresa Wiedrick Where are you at in your new home learning journey? Ready to send the kids on the big yellow school bus? Oh WAIT, there is no yellow school bus. I feel you. Whether you’ve chosen homeschooling, had a … Continue reading

education: an act of discovery
family life / high school / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

education: an act of discovery

One thing I’ve spent my last decade doing, unintentionally, is studying learning. When you’re trying to encourage learning, whether it be numerical literacy or scientific discovery, you quickly learn that everyone is learning differently, that each child doesn’t have the same interests, and that each child wasn’t placed on this earth for the same purposes, … Continue reading

a day in the life of pandemic
a day in the life... / family life / homeschooling / unexpected home learners

a day in the life of pandemic

Every once in awhile I share a day in our life. This would be an interesting time to remember: the first pandemic of our lifetime. 0540 I’m awake. Thank you Violet for being my alarm clock. Time to get you outside and free the chickens. Cluckingham Palace is waiting at the door. 0550 The air … Continue reading

Creating a Pandemic Routine
family life / homeschool planning / homeschooling / unexpected home learners

Creating a Pandemic Routine

A pandemic brings unique challenges to each of our families. We might all be paddling on the same rough waters, but we’re all having a very different experience in our boat on the waters. We all have this one benefit from this time: we’re offered a blank slate to reimagine our lives. Teresa Wiedrick If … Continue reading

homeschool high school, grade 8 & 9: the churning
adolescence / family life / high school / homeschooling

homeschool high school, grade 8 & 9: the churning

Lots of churning and change in the grade 8 and grade 9 years — said a homeschool conference speaker. I didn’t need someone to say that out loud — I have personal experience. (Obviously, because I have a few kids, and also, I was a kid.)  I thought these years were turbulent because they were tough times … Continue reading

homestead in any home
chickens / family life / foraging / gardening / homeschooling / homesteading / unexpected home learners

homestead in any home

The classic term “homesteading” had something to do with the government offering pioneers land for development. But here we are, with motivation to be as self-sufficient as possible, since our grocery stores reveal occasional lapses of items we’re accustomed to purchasing. So let’s get homesteading. But I don’t have any land, you say? Gotcha. I … Continue reading