Mary is a writer, online teacher, and homeschool mother to four kids ranging from middle school to college. She believes that creativity, laughter, and fun are the backbone of engaging and inspiring homeschools.
Mary lives in North Carolina with her husband and four children. She is an enneagram 7 and an extrovert. She enjoys traveling, tea (iced or hot), good conversations, and books.
On her homeschool blog, Mary Hanna Wilson, she shares resources, tips, and ideas while encouraging families to embrace the freedom that comes with homeschooling.
On her bookworm website, Celebrate a Book, she helps parents celebrate and talk about literature with their kids. As part of helping parents celebrate literature, she now offers live book clubs for kids through Outschool.
Sometimes we need to step back and look at our kids and look at them, really look at them. Look at all the ways they’re flourishing, their smiles, and realize theyre not overwhelmed: that overwhelm is just happening to you. Your kids are good. Let the journey happen.Mary Hanna Wilson
Mary & I discuss:
- Being you in your homeschool.
- How it’s different homeschoooling high school vs. homeschooling in the early years.
- Understanding the teenage brain.
- How she came to include book clubs in her homeschool (& continues to have very popular book clubs on Outschool).
- How we include games in our homeschools.
- Why we find homeschool high school an incredible opportunity in personal development for each of our kids (oh, and us!)
- The long-term benefits to homeschooling your high schoolers.
- How enneagram helps us understand each of our family members.
- How to incorporate exercise (& all the important things) in our busy homeschool lives.
Mary encourages homeschool parents:
- If you’re starting out, know that homeschool is a journey.
- It’s okay if you want to change things or do things differently the following year.
- Somewhere along the way, you realize that homeschooling is mostly about your relationships with your kids, the learning stuff is secondary.
You can find Mary at:
- Her personal website Mary Hanna Wilson
- Her bookworm website Celebrate a Book
- Her instagram group Mary (@marywilsonblog)
- Her outschool live book clubs for kids
You can find resources & books we speak about here:
- Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings & Dance of the Dissident Daughter
- Francis Jensen, The Teenage Brain
- Daniel J. Siegel, Brain Storm: The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain
- Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot
- Lisa Jewell, The Night She Disappeared
People also ask…
- A Homeschool Teenager’s Perspective: How to Homeschool High School
- What is an education anyway? You get to decide how to homeschool.
- What’s it like having a high school homeschooler at home?
- Tell me more about your homeschool mama retreat.
- How to Challenge Your Limiting Beliefs in Your Homeschool with Gabe Cox
- I’m a new homeschooler, are you able to walk alongside me and mentor me?
Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod