thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history
academics / family life / homeschooling / travelling with kids

thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history

I was asked why I wasn’t bringing the kids’ studies on our two month trip, ten time zones away. The school year was not out yet. It was only the beginning of April. Throughout our time home educating, I have borrowed ideas from the classical and unschooling approaches. Every summer I have read solidly from … Continue reading

homeschooling: out of my depth
family life / homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling

homeschooling: out of my depth

Homeschooling looks a whole lot different than it did than when we started. I have an entirely independent 16 year old working, dancing, singing, independently attacking her academics and killin it. My 14 year old is beginning a focussed, independent approach this year: on-line biology classes and writing efforts will get her a whole lot … Continue reading

principles for homeschool sanity: 'the brave learner' by Julie Bogart
homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling

principles for homeschool sanity: 'the brave learner' by Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart is the voice inside my head encouraging me on, providing me tools and empathizing with me every step of my homeschool journey. I’m rereading “The Brave Learner,” Julie Bogart’s recent offering, before I get started at another year of homeschooling. I read from her each morning before I start my homeschool day. Here’s … Continue reading

homeschool planning: what I want my kids to know
family life / home educating planning / homeschooling

homeschool planning: what I want my kids to know

As I am in the midst of homeschool planning, I am considering what I want my kids to know, really know. Not the lofty, high-minded stuff I had in mind when I first started homeschooling eleven years ago (like memorizing every constellation, university level calculus, SAT essay perfection…this list could travel to infinity and beyond.) … Continue reading