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

taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead
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taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead

A new year. A time to take stock. Consider the content and meaning of your past year. What did you learn? What did you do? How did you live it? Each year, at just this time, I sit with pen and journal, cup of tea and as much time as I can eke out, and … Continue reading

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

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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