unschooling Christmas studies
book reviews / christmas / homeschool planning / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

unschooling Christmas studies

Unschooling Christmas studies: a necessity at Christmas break? Not sure if we’re gearing down because we’re mentally gearing up for Christmas, but it seems to me that keeping everyone’s attention is getting more challenging. I don’t think it’s the increased sweets factor, the candy canes coming from every direction, the Hershey’s almond kisses, the gingerbread cookies … Continue reading

Christmas wish list: Brain Food for a kinesthetic, builder learner
christmas / self-directed learning

Christmas wish list: Brain Food for a kinesthetic, builder learner

Lego. (You knew I would add this product.) It’s so versatile, facilitates curiosity, and gets boys and girls thinking. Since it’s made of some form of hard plastic, I’m pretty sure this statement is accurate: a toy for the ages. Gravitrax. A new fascination of my eleven year old son’s. Building, physics concepts, creativity: it … Continue reading

entering homeschool high school
adolescence / homeschool in British Columbia / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

entering homeschool high school

Transition to homeschool high school There’s a bracing moment in each homeschool mama’s world where she realizes that the homeschooled kiddos aren’t staying kiddos forever. They are moving on, moving up, growing into their own persons and deciding to approach their lives independently.  Despite fully acknowledging that I knew I wasn’t going to be ‘mommy’ … Continue reading

homeschool: the traditional season
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning / what is an education

homeschool: the traditional season

The homeschool traditional season looks like school. …In that we have formal study hours and are expected to do stuff… Otherwise, what the stuff is depends on who the kid is, what their goals are and what our goals are for them too. The study day begins at 0830. The kids meet in the Great … Continue reading

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart
homeschooling / self-care-practices / self-directed learning / socialization

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart

I’ve got a homeschool mentor who has spoken more into my life than any other. She’s parented five. They’re all grown up now. She’s been through years and years of curriculum planning, and even years of unschooling, learning to do it right and letting go of that notion: that you can ‘do it right’. She’s … Continue reading

not back to school: a homeschool world
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

not back to school: a homeschool world

What is not back to school in a homeschool world? Despite being invited to a not back to school picnic, it did not dawn on me that public school started that same day. Summer activities occupied our schedule until the first week of September, because the weather was still summer. Since our family is not … Continue reading