homeschool: child-led learning
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

homeschool: child-led learning

“A schooled education is a mile wide and an inch deep.” There are things I want to impart to my kids, no question. But learning doesn’t necessarily happen because I said something out loud, or the kids read through a passage, or they watched a video clip. Some days, I expected them to be like … Continue reading

a tale of four grades
homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

a tale of four grades

I don’t have four kids homeschooling anymore. But I did. I have a teenager, studying at a high school level, who is very much as independent as a college student, waking herself for early morning on line classes, tracking her study hours, watching her deadlines, getting to town for her part time job. I have … Continue reading

unschooling for the uninitiated
what we do

unschooling for the uninitiated

I’ll tell you why I talk about unschooling. Or as some call it, child directed learning, child delight learning, eclectic homeschooling, relaxed homeschooling…what other word describes the notion of letting go and letting them learn? Yeah, that’s the reason to talk about unschooling. To let go of control, and let them learn. There’s this notion out … Continue reading

homeschool planning / self-directed learning / what is an education

5 suggestions about buying new curriculum

“…education doesn’t need to be reformed–it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” Sir … Continue reading


trying to capture the charmed life

I’d found a folded paper on the floor of the school desk ahead of me. It was a poem written in calligraphic script. “If I had to raise my child all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting … Continue reading

family life / philosophy / stuff that makes me think

those that go before us…

Our common heart cry–the pursuit of health and happiness. With different circumstances, different political or historical backgrounds, different characters, but throughout humanity, a similar plot. Characters in the backdrop of our lives shift and the plot of our lives don’t unfold like an organized story arc in a literary novel. Truth is stranger than fiction: our lives … Continue reading