a season of scheduled neglect
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-care-practices

a season of scheduled neglect

In July… I’m watering my garden and letting the chickens wander as I drink my morning coffee before the kids wake. Then I’ll walk the dog. So I might not see the kids till eleven. When they’re awake, they will wander down to the riverside beach or run through the sprinkler if it’s especially hot. … Continue reading

what propels my homeschool?
homeschool planning / homeschooling

what propels my homeschool?

A homeschool conference encouraged me to think about what is driving my homeschool. You wanna know what I was told? Can you guess? Our needs. Our needs are propelling how we approach our children’s education. Kinda natural to be motivated by our needs: our baseline is ourselves. We understand the world through our eyes. We … Continue reading

the slump month: how to incorporate play into your homeschool day
family life / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning / what is an education

the slump month: how to incorporate play into your homeschool day

The homeschool slump month demands a shift in routine. Easiest way to get buy-in from the kids when you’re trying to counter the slump month? Incorporate play into your day. Y’all know it’s the end of February and routine is getting a little too…well, routine. Since this is about halfway into the season of candy, … Continue reading

Homeschool: How I Saw It Then & How I See It Now
family life / homeschool planning / homeschooling

Homeschool: How I Saw It Then & How I See It Now

Homeschooling: how I saw it then. I know what I thought then, because I journaled it all. I began consistently writing at the same time I began homeschooling. Starbucks was my destination every Wednesday evening. where I ordered my pumpkin spice latte with whip and biscotti. I opened my journal and wrote about our days, … Continue reading

unschooling Christmas studies
book reviews / christmas / homeschool planning / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

unschooling Christmas studies

Unschooling Christmas studies: a necessity at Christmas break? Not sure if we’re gearing down because we’re mentally gearing up for Christmas, but it seems to me that keeping everyone’s attention is getting more challenging. I don’t think it’s the increased sweets factor, the candy canes coming from every direction, the Hershey’s almond kisses, the gingerbread cookies … Continue reading

entering homeschool high school
adolescence / homeschool in British Columbia / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

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