The Top Ten Capturing the Charmed Posts from 2020

Introducing the Top Ten Charmed Posts from 2020!

10. Homeschool Hygge: Top Twenty Self-Nurturing Strategies

I love this post myself, so I’m not surprised that this one is the tenth most popular post of the year!

What is homeschool hygge? A few cozy blankets on the sofa, burnt orange candles lit, fireplace blazing toasty, and a Pelecis piece playing on Spotify.

Homeschool hygge. Those two words go together like synonyms. And those two synonyms speak cozy all over. Yum.

What does hygge even mean?

A quality of coziness, defined by Merriam Webster, that makes a person feel content and comfortable.

See what I mean? Homeschool and hygge, synonyms.


My top twenty happy homeschool hygge practices.

  • Kitty cats.
  • Tea. 
  • Candles. 
  • Fire and candles. 
  • PJs. 
  • Morning skincare routine. 
  • Chocolate and Wine. 
  • Hot food.
  • Fast food. 
  • Spotify playlists. 
  • Hot tubs.
  • Choose your schedule. 

And it’s almost that season when we’re doing the homeschool hygge!

9. The Basics of the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Philosophy

Before we officially took the kids out of school to home educate, I spent two years reading and reading about all things homeschooled.

I read about classical homeschoolingchild-led schooling, eclectic homeschooling, project-based homeschooling, even the confounding unschooling.

The list goes on and on.

I heard that Charlotte Mason focused on nature study. I had come by her ideas on my own accord, by watching my children’s needs and rhythms.

Undergirding Charlotte Mason’s education philosophy, she is quoted:

Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life. Education is a discipline — that is, the discipline of the good habits in which the child is trained. Education is a life, nourished upon ideas; and education is an atmosphere — that is, the child breathes the atmosphere emanating from his parents; that of the ideas which rule his own life”.

Charlotte Mason

Education is a discipline.

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny“.

Education is a life, nourished upon ideas.

To engage a child in ideas and knowledge, the child must be fully present. Overload anyone with too much activity, and they’ll want to curl in the fetal position, or at the very least, not be fully present.

Living books are used as curriculum choices, rather than standard textbooks.

Get the kids something to do with their hands while they read, and they will more likely listen with rapt attention.

Encourage them to narrate what they’ve heard.

The charming Charlotte Mason…

Pursuing the interests of the kiddos, and myself occurs naturally in this approach. (No pun intended.)

Charlotte Mason has certainly charmed me, so she fits well in my attempt to capture the charmed life.

8. Looking at Self-Care Over 30 Years Homeschooling with Bonnie Landry

One of my very favourite homeschool mama encouragers, Bonnie has all the right words to remind us of what is true.

This gal has been there, done that, and knows how to address the homeschool mama’s heart with comfort and encourages us all to make joy normal!

She says her mission is joy. She encourages mamas to live simply, discipline with dignity, foster community, and encourage others are all central to her life. This mission encourages others to be present to the people they love. It is possible to learn how to make joy normal.

Her Simple Self-Care Strategy is this:

“Remove that which creates angst in your life is probably your best operating tool than determining what you can do for me. We need to self-reflect on what that angst is. And if that means therapy, therapy is not a bad word.”

7. Self-Care as She Homeschools Little Kids with Isis Loran

My very first interview on the Homeschool Mama Self-Care Podcast with my local friend and homeschool blogger, Isis Loran, from Nature Homeschooling.

Everyone liked to hear what Isis had to say as she homesteads and homeschools her four kiddos in this podcast interview:

I introduced you to Isis Loran, owner of Nature Homeschool, and homeschool mama of four kids under ten in the West Kootenays of British Columbia.

Isis Loran‘s family spends a lot of time in nature because they also homestead. This is her fifth year homeschooling and she writes at She offers curriculum reviews, book recommendations, and Nature Unit studies that will be available in 2020.

We talk about the desire to work at home but also the desire to homeschool. Since we homeschool mamas are also people outside the homeschool mama identity, we need to be aware of who ELSE we are. We talk balance, her new Nature Unit Studies, and what homeschool is like with littles.

6. Advice for New Home Learners

I had an opportunity to speak in front of provincial and national media this past year. What a hoot THAT was. (And a surprising addition to this year.)

I share a newspaper article that traveled all over my province in this post. I share some encouraging tips for new home learning families:

“Where are you at in your new home learning journey? Ready to send the kids on the big yellow school bus? Oh WAIT, there is no yellow school bus.

I feel you. Whether you’ve chosen to homeschool, had a forced experiencing with your kids at home, or are choosing to homeschool, these last months in isolation have been a challenge for me too.

We’re accustomed to a whole lot of time in dance lessons, curling practice, part-time jobs, youth groups, hanging with friends, or you get the idea…

If you’re new to the home learning environment, you may have quickly discovered that your home is not a school. No classrooms here. No chalkboards or whiteboards. No recess or requirement to ask for the bathroom. You don’t even have to get out of your PJs. Your home is not a school.”

5. Creating a Pandemic Routine

A pandemic brings unique challenges to each of our families.

We might all be paddling on the same rough waters, but we’re all having a very different experience in our boat on the waters.

We all have this one benefit from this time: we’re offered a blank slate to reimagine our lives.

If you’re reading this blog post, I’m going to remind you that this is the time you can reimagine your life and even your family life too.

  • How do you want to experience life?
  • What do you want for your family?
  • What’s your goal in having a family?

We can reimagine our children’s education too.

We can observe our children, learn how they learn, ponder what an education is anyway.

We can reimagine our daily existence.

Instead of trying to fit everything into our world, like a full-time job at home with full-time relationships at home and full-time school at home (all the things we included in our world before the Great Paralysis): we can determine what we want to include in our days going forward.

4. Unexpected Home Learners Coaching page

There were a FEW unexpected home learners this year.

I did a giant pivot, like everyone else in humanity.

I turned my focus from homeschool mama self-care to enabling the unexpected home learner to do their thing with confidence, clarity, and vision. There is even an online course available for those new homeschool families that want to know how to get started.

In the coming year, I’ll be offering a homeschool self-care course too, after the book is released. It’ll be a retreat for the homeschool mama, to evaluate and engage her self-care needs as she does her homeschool thing.

And FYI I’m available for one on one coaching for anyone, new homeschooler or established homeschooler alike.

3. How to Structure an Academic Education for a Six Year Old

If you know me, you know I’m all about a self-directed education.

A self-directed education that is facilitated by engaging, observing parents. This is just a sampling of how I think about actually providing that education. I’ll be adding to this series in the spring.

2. Welcome to the Homeschool Mama Self-Care Podcast

My debut homeschool podcast has been a hit!

And I’ve loved every minute of it! It’s this mama’s homeschool socialization, I’ve met so many interesting people, and no doubt about it, homeschool mamas need a regular dose of encouragement and I’m so pleased to be part of that as I’m helping homeschool mamas turn their homeschool challenges into their homeschool charms. xx

1. How to Homeschool 101: How To Create a Routine, Not a Schedule

No surprise, this is the most popular post of the year!

A. There was a PANDEMIC so the ENTIRE world homeschooled and B. EVERYONE was asking how to create a homeschool schedule. (Good thing I’ve been through a pandemic before, so I could share my knowledge with everyone, right? Nope. But I gave everyone what I knew to give!)

Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod