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

principles for homeschool sanity: ‘the brave learner’ by Julie Bogart
homeschooling / self-care-practices

principles for homeschool sanity: ‘the brave learner’ by Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart is the voice inside my head encouraging me on, providing me tools and empathizing with me every step of my homeschool journey. I’m rereading “The Brave Learner,” Julie Bogart’s recent offering, before I get started at another year of homeschooling. I read from her each morning before I start my homeschool day. Here’s … Continue reading

homeschool planning: what I want my kids to know
family life / homeschool planning / homeschooling

homeschool planning: what I want my kids to know

As I am in the midst of homeschool planning, I am considering what I want my kids to know, really know. Not the lofty, high-minded stuff I had in mind when I first started homeschooling eleven years ago (like memorizing every constellation, university level calculus, SAT essay perfection…this list could travel to infinity and beyond.) … Continue reading

3 guidelines to choosing homeschool curriculum
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning / what is an education

3 guidelines to choosing homeschool curriculum

I went to a homeschool conference last spring, and I didn’t buy a thing. I must be… a. No longer homeschooling. b. Already in possession of enough books to occupy a public school library. c. Homeschooling ten years and have learned that I just don’t need it all. C it is! (Oh, and obviously also … Continue reading

top 8 homeschool blogs 2016
daily life / family life / homeschool in British Columbia / homeschool planning / homeschooling

top 8 homeschool blogs 2016

Even I’m curious. What are people reading? I add to the hosts of bloggers who have gone before me: I am always surprised at the most engaged blog posts. I am learning about you readers! My top ten posts for 2016 are, not surprisingly, discussions on homeschooling. One of my favourite topics to chat over … Continue reading

my new homeschool planner: one of my favourite things
book reviews / homeschool planning / self-directed learning

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 fromĀ 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