Encouragement

an open letter to a homeschooling mother

Dear mother, I've been thinking lately about the looming school year and also about this oppressive heat, how every living thing seems to wither under it. "And consider, always, every day, the determination of the grass to grow despite…

real talk real moms | on preschool at home

One of the greatest gifts in my thirteen years of motherhood has been friendship, having other women in my life to hash out the hard questions and celebrate the victories of this beautiful, complicated journey. I also appreciate hearing…

handwork: a philosophy + practice in the homeschool

When children are very young, they have natural curiosities about the world and explore them, trying diligently to figure out what is real. As they become "producers " they fall away from exploration and start fishing for the right answers…
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On Introversion and Motherhood

Solitude matters, and for some people, it's the air they breathe. ―Susan Cain, Quiet It feels redundant to mention the messy and loud work of motherhood, let alone with the homeschool. Whether by the practical work of our…

fighting the lull

Around this point in every semester, my children and I tend to hit a lull in our learning together. The enthusiasm of fresh beginnings is waning and other areas of life begin to crowd in, diverting attention and easily sliding us out of…

preparing for another homeschool year

Everyone relates to planning differently. Some depend on it. Others despise it. I'm definitely in the "I love plans" group, but I also love change and spontaneity--go figure. I enjoy re-creating old ideas and nurturing self-directed learning…

on finishing

We just quietly finished our seventh year of homeschooling. We didn't have an award ceremony or any large posters or completed books or projects to show off this year.  Instead we simply wrapped up our lessons--some of them neatly at the…
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Finding Community in Motherhood

Finding friendship as a mother can be challenging.  Our time is so often filled with taking care of our homes and children and work that we can simply forget to reach out to our existing friends, let alone form new ones. Some friendships…