unschooling Christmas studies
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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

my new homeschool planner: one of my favourite things
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my new homeschool planner: one of my favourite things

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Homeschooling Daytimers fresh from Amazon These are a few of my favourite things…“ Can’t you just see Julie Andrews singing that on a Swiss mountain top? She was a homeschooler herself, an unschooler to boot! Because I enjoy writing, pen in hand, … Continue reading

homeschool readalouds we love
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homeschool readalouds we love

There’s nothing like a readaloud to remind us why we love homeschooling. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer. It’s been five years since we travelled to rural Ghana, five plane flights, four kids, boxes of dried pudding and a full sized chocolate bars for kids’ Halloween treats. This story … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: recognize your influencers
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homeschool mama self-care: recognize your influencers

If you’re a homeschool mama and you’re looking after your self-care, you need to recognize your influencers. Books, people and my mind: the three biggest influencers on me and my world of influence. There are a handful of anonymous people that I allow to influence my thoughts on parenting, life, marriage, friendship, the Creator, creativity, … Continue reading

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Food for Creative Thought: Twain Austen

I chose my ‘name’ intentionally. Well, not my given name. That was given to me. I wasn’t named after Mother Teresa, but I like to refer to her when I’m introducing myself. I, a home educating mother of four, a Mother, named Teresa…I always qualify, “just not so saintly”. And I’m not amusing myself — … Continue reading

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finding a writing voice

“ I thought of my own writing career. In my early years I’d written some good poems, even won a fellowship, and had a poetry book published. I wrote about the obvious things: being a Jew, my marriage to a non-Jew, the Holocaust, my grandparents. But I realized…it was when Zen crossed my life that … Continue reading