homeschool science: apologia & beyond
homeschool planning / homeschooling / science study / self-directed learning

homeschool science: apologia & beyond

In this house, we love science. Discovering how things work, how they function, playing with ingredients, memorizing the elements of the Periodic Table, assembling boxes of physics activities, and performing chemistry experiments, reading on plate tectonics or atomic theory, we’ve done a little bit of everything over the years. (And it’s not because dad is … Continue reading

teach your kids poetry
homeschooling / self-directed learning

teach your kids poetry

Every September we study poetry: we read it, we analyze it, we write it. Oh no, you say, my kids wouldn’t enjoy poetry. Ditto for mine. (Or so they thought.) The benefits of poetry: Build neural networks. Learn a new language. Become cultured. These were my original reasons for reading snippets of William Wordsworth as … Continue reading

freedom: the root of homeschooling
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices / self-directed learning

freedom: the root of homeschooling

Mama has freedom to learn with her kids. I have my PhD research paper thesis topic in mind: “Senility in aging homeschooling parents: Is the incidence lower with increased homeschooling years?” My hypothesis: the more years we homeschool, the more likely we develop neural networks in our adult brains; therefore, lower incidence of senility. Ok, so … Continue reading

homeschool: self-directed learning and free play
family life / homeschooling / self-directed learning

homeschool: self-directed learning and free play

Do you need a toybox to play and learn? Four year old Zach and I had one of our only weeks together alone. The girls were at their activities during the day, so we found our way to a beach, a waterpark, and a playground for at least half an hour a day. Bring a single … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: your other identity
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

homeschool mama self-care: your other identity

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings I am a homeschooling mama of four kids. I am organized, empathic, no-nonsense, impatient, spontaneous, fun, methodical, intentional, and I’ll add, occasionally perseverating. I am a philosopher and a natural born encourager. I can talk to anyone, yet I tire of … Continue reading

Dedicated to You, Homeschool Mama: Today is an Ordinary Miracle
family life / homeschooling

Dedicated to You, Homeschool Mama: Today is an Ordinary Miracle

There’s nothing like an ordinary day to remind us of the miracle in the common every day… “It’s not that unusual, when everything is beautiful It’s just an ordinary miracle today The sky knows when it’s time to snow Don’t need to teach a seed to grow It’s just an ordinary miracle today Life is … Continue reading