how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review
homeschooling / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning / write

how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review

I ate up Julie Bogart’s recent book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life. Ten years ago, I would have inhaled it and allowed the gems of oxygen to seep into my respiratory cells, so I could breathe, really breathe in my homeschool world. So many gems of wisdom I had … Continue reading

homeschooling / Podcast / Podcast Season#1 / self-directed learning / what is an education

the art and science of an education

“Education cannot make a person into something; it can only provide space for a person to discover who they are. Being fully human is not derived from doing things the way that someone or something has told us to, but by being who we are, the person we were born to be”. Life Learning Magazine … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: ten self-care tips
homeschooling / self-care-practices

homeschool mama self-care: ten self-care tips

Everyone needs self-care, even and especially, homeschool mamas. There isn’t a profession out there that doesn’t require a practice of self care. As a homeschool mama, I wouldn’t claim to think self-care was more necessary for a homeschooling mama, a front line emergency worker, an airline pilot or a landscaper. Unique to homeschooling mamas is … Continue reading

gameschooling: mamas can learn from their kids
a day in the life... / family life / homeschooling

gameschooling: mamas can learn from their kids

We can learn from our children. The other team said I could take a practice slide. Hmm, to show off my imbalance and lack of skill? No thanks. I think I’ll throw that 30 pound rock when I HAVE to, not anytime before. Will I remember how to do this? (It’s been ten years.) And it … Continue reading

homeschool family harmony: the invisible education
daily life / family life

homeschool family harmony: the invisible education

On occasion, our family has been accused of being the Von Trap family. Not sure why, because we don’t all sing, nor do we own matching floral dresses, nor does the lieutenant play scrabble, blackjack and all kinds of games with his kids. I do wish I could strum a guitar, lead a few sing … Continue reading

a season of scheduled neglect
homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-care-practices

a season of scheduled neglect

In July… I’m watering my garden and letting the chickens wander as I drink my morning coffee before the kids wake. Then I’ll walk the dog. So I might not see the kids till eleven. When they’re awake, they will wander down to the riverside beach or run through the sprinkler if it’s especially hot. … Continue reading