christmas: these are a few of my favourite things
christmas / family life / homeschooling

christmas: these are a few of my favourite things

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorites things” Somehow I know I’m going to see a television replay of the Sound of Music this Christmas season.  It shares the value of home and family. That we … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: wrinkles, and the stories they tell…
homeschool mama self care

homeschool mama self-care: wrinkles, and the stories they tell…

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Mark Twain The first, and only, self-drawing I drew, revealed my sixty year old self…all wrinkles revealed. The drawing instructor frowned at my page and suggested merely, “You are not that old.” Later, it dawned on me that I could not frown and smile simultaneously, so there … Continue reading

what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization
family life / homeschooling / socialization

what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization

“Power shapes what a person does, influence shapes who they become“. Erwin McManus Apparently we were being watched. We had travelled to a new town and didn’t know many people, so we decided to wander around town. The roasted bean fragrance from the street lured me into a trendy coffee shop. Stranger-watching amused us, but … Continue reading

homeschooling: out of my depth
family life / homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling

homeschooling: out of my depth

Homeschooling looks a whole lot different than it did than when we started. I have an entirely independent 16 year old working, dancing, singing, independently attacking her academics and killin it. My 14 year old is beginning a focussed, independent approach this year: on-line biology classes and writing efforts will get her a whole lot … Continue reading

principles for homeschool sanity: 'the brave learner' by Julie Bogart
homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling

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 / home educating 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