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

Ten Years Ago: How I Saw It Then & How I See It Now
home educating planning / homeschooling / parenting

Ten Years Ago: How I Saw It Then & How I See It Now

I began consistently writing at the same time I consistently began homeschooling. I sat in a Starbucks every Wednesday evening, ordered my pumpkin spice latte with whip and biscotti (cliché but true), opened my flip journal and wrote about my days, what me and my four kids did, who was learning what, and how we … 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