Tools + Resources

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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…

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…

studying the human body

We've never used a formal science curriculum over here. Instead, we've learned more through reading about and observing the natural world. My children will tell you it is one of their favorite parts of our days. This year, we have primarily…

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…
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a brief homeschooling survey

When I first began this home-education journey with our children seven years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I wasn't homeschooled myself, and I wasn't even sure it was the right thing for our family. Homeschooling with little ones…

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…