principles for homeschool sanity by Julie Bogart in ‘the brave learner’
homeschooling

principles for homeschool sanity by Julie Bogart in ‘the brave learner’

I’m rereading “The Brave Learner”, Julie Bogart’s offering, before I get started on another year of homeschooling. This girlfriend is the voice inside my head encouraging me on, giving me tools and generally just getting me at any step of my journey. Check her out on YouTube. Then read one of her half dozen books … Continue reading

homeschool planning: what I want my kids to know
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 before they leave home. 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 … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: your other identity
homeschool mama self care / homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling / parenting

homeschool mama self-care: your other identity

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings I am a homeschooling mama of four kids. I am organized, empathic, no-nonsense, impatient, spontaneous, fun, methodical, intentional, and I’ll add, occasionally perseverating. I am a philosopher and a natural born encourager. I can talk to anyone, yet I tire of … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: taking care of mama’s socialization
home educating and daily life / homeschooling

homeschool mama self-care: taking care of mama’s socialization

Interesting that homeschool moms are questioned about their kids’ socialization. Meanwhile, kids are being transported to many activities every week: co-op, science classes, theatre or piano practice, baseball games, playdates, jobs. It’s the mamas that are driving, coordinating, managing a house, helping small children, and teaching lessons. By the end of the day, mama is … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2
foraging / gardening / health / homeschooling

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2

Purple coneflower, aka Echinacea purpurea, also known as my favourite floral centerpiece, is a natural pollinator attractor, a medicinal and a cottage garden staple. This year, I’m using it for more than my floral centerpieces. The benefits are too impressive. University of British Columbia research suggests that regular consumption will reverse or alleviate inflammation. I knew … Continue reading