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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…

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…