ten lessons from ten homeschool years
homeschool planning / homeschooling / parenting / philosophy / self-directed learning / what is an education

ten lessons from ten homeschool years

I’ve been around long enough to hit the wall twice. Hit the wall, meaning, I was ready to put my kids into school. That says a lot for someone that is a home education advocate to the core. But I didn’t put them in school. Self-reflection revealed I wasn’t frustrated with homeschooling, I was frustrated … Continue reading

Thirteen Things We Know: from a mama and her almost thirteen year old
adolescence / philosophy / travelling

Thirteen Things We Know: from a mama and her almost thirteen year old

Rachel and I just returned from a special trip in the big city of Vancouver. She’s turning thirteen! My husband and I chose thirteen as the year to celebrate our children’s entry into adulthood. We experienced fine dining, visited the spa, had makeovers, shopped and talked talked talked. One meal we sat in a cheap … Continue reading

2017: new words for a new year
family life / life aspirations / philosophy

2017: new words for a new year

Since I was a reading child, I enjoyed stealing clever quotes into a quote journal. I owned two large books of quotes on various topics, and I read them like a novel. Many years later they became handy for college writing. Henry Thoreau might have been my first educator in clever thoughts, and certainly the first quote … Continue reading

the influencers: the people
family life / philosophy

the influencers: the people

Every person is an influence. Each person a character in our life stories. Each represents different things at different times in our lives, if we know them long enough. Sometimes we experience them like characters in a book, remembering them in a significant moment but forgetting daily experiences we had with them, like being awoken with … Continue reading

homeschooling / life aspirations / parenting / philosophy

thrive, daily practicalities

Stuff I’m learning about thriving… 1. Go to bed earlier, get up earlier… I’m a midnight owl…because it’s quiet. I know that most of you know what I mean, because the digital world comes alive after the kids go to bed. But I love, love, love getting stuff done before nine, so early to bed tonight. … Continue reading

homeschooling / parenting / philosophy

what we really want our children to get from 2015

We all have blind spots– those aspects of our lives that might seem obvious to others but shockingly opaque to us. All of it, our children learn. The greatest things they learn from us are not taught by lecture, but the example of our lives. They are sent into the next generation, subconsciously mirroring our predisposition to their daily activities, … Continue reading