Tools + Resources

a simple path to nature study

  Each afternoon, indoors or outdoors depending on the weather, I read aloud with the kids, while they flip through nature books, illustrate and paint. We've always had a simple approach to our study and enjoyment of nature, beginning…
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printing childhood artwork + homeschool notebooks

Childhood art is magnificent, isn't it? Children have a way of seeing and coloring the world in the early years without the constraints of reality, without the pressure of perfection. I'm not exactly sure why or when the majority of us…

English Lessons Through Literature (and Art)

I don't often write about specific curriculum here, mostly because I believe children and parents can thrive together in learning at home regardless of the specific tools they choose. Some homes prefer guides that offer specific directives…
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WEEKEND | 5 FAVORITE PODCASTS ON CREATIVITY

My mother has frequently told me, "We will often do for our children that which we won't do for ourselves. Sometimes that's how we learn." I've witnessed that wisdom in my years of mothering again and again. When I share little instructional…

a gentle beginning to math at home

Although I did well in maths growing up, teaching it is an entirely different story. For me, each class during my childhood to early-adult years was a practice of mastering one section of a puzzle without understanding its connection to…
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a gift guide for the homeschool

We tend to keep the holiday season in our home fairly simple in terms of gift giving, both the quantity and expense. This isn't from a desire to be Scrooge-like or withholding, but instead another way we've learned over the years to simplify,…

recent work

Although it can be challenging to find the time, I really enjoy sharing bits of our homeschooling journey with others here and elsewhere to help encourage and inspire them on their own path. I recently wrote a bit about how we memorize poetry…

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…