PRESCHOOL

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the origins of Thanksgiving

I have always appreciated the simplicity of Thanksgiving, how much and how little it requires of me all at once. On one hand it is an elaborate meal, one many families take great care to celebrate with foods, people, and activities that…
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making simple costumes

My children have actually made their own Halloween costumes every year. Although this sounds noble and intentional, it actually began more for economic reasons. I just couldn't imagine spending their clothing budget on cheaply made costumes,…

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…

simple play + several books to inspire it

The girls received beautiful play scarves from Shovava last week, and the timing could not have been better as it has rained almost every day of the last two weeks. We've had almost 30" of rain since January. The boys keep joking that they almost played…

encouraging artful and playful learning

When I first began homeschooling, I always imagined learning fundamentals of math, language, science, and history in a playful and artful way. At that time, my oldest really struggled with writing-and-paper approaches to learning, and although…

all about reading + the moveable alphabet

Reading was (and still is) one of the more intimidating parts for me of teaching my children at home.  On one hand, like so many other parents, I want my children to LOVE reading, not just know how to do it. I want them to enjoy the large…

choosing curriculum

When I was pregnant with Liam over a decade ago, I walked into a local baby store planning to itemize a few things we would need. I had expected the process to be easy. I would enter the store, write down a few favorite items, and leave.…