a day in the life of pandemic
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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

high school options and post secondary school
adolescence / high school / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

high school options and post secondary school

A homeschool family considering homeschool high school is a different kind of homeschool commitment.  “They say” that homeschoolers must renew their homeschool intent when they cross the threshold from grade 8 to high school homeschooling. A whole new world of commitment. There’s a whole new world of social pressure too. “Let them go to high school. … 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

homeschooling in British Columbia
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homeschooling in British Columbia

Every morning we meet at 8:30 to discuss our plans for the day. Maybe, one kiddo heads to dance at 3, then we’ll see her at 9 in the evening. Another daughter needs to be dropped off at the bus stop for a college English class. One is dropped off at youth group in the … Continue reading