homeschool mama self-care: how to find quiet, build boundaries & handle overwhelm
family life / homeschooling / parenting

homeschool mama self-care: how to find quiet, build boundaries & handle overwhelm

You’ve got a few voices buzzing around you if you’re a homeschool mama. All day, every day. They’re sing songy voices, chirpy voices, sweet voices, whining voices, barking voices, grunting voices: depends on the age, stage and mood. But there’s always voices. You went into this homeschool thing because you love these voices. You love … Continue reading

homeschool: math u see and math you don’t
homeschooling

homeschool: math u see and math you don’t

When I attempted true unschooling for a time (yep, I really did that), I discovered the unbelievable…there is no way to get away from arithmetic. You need to understand math: add, subtract, multiply, divide, estimate, and understand decimals and percentages. Consumerism requires it. Consumerism teaches math. You want to decide how many apples or asparagus you can … Continue reading

how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review
academics / homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / write

how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review

I ate up Julie Bogart’s recent book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life, but ten years ago, I would have inhaled it and allowed the gems of oxygen to seep into my respiratory cells, so I could breathe, really breathe in my homeschool world. So many gems of wisdom I … Continue reading

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