An (Almost) Unschooling Update

Anyone who says that homeschoolers aren't socialized has not met my children. Or most of the homeschooled children that I know. Even during a pandemic when gathering sizes are limited and social distancing rules are in place, there are plenty of opportunities to interact (safely) with others. Last week: music lessons, hikes with friends, outdoor … Continue reading An (Almost) Unschooling Update

Knotty Wood, Ukulele Lessons and Hopefulness

A friend suggested that I keep a record of our year of relaxed homeschooling, either online or on paper. I've chosen to do both. Let me begin by saying that we started school today with a discussion on hopefulness, the character trait of the week in A Year in the Hundred Acre Wood. Hopefulness. It's … Continue reading Knotty Wood, Ukulele Lessons and Hopefulness

Homeschool Nature Study: What’s so Great about a Vernal Pool?

What's so great about a vernal pool? A lot, it turns out. For us, it all started with a picture book. A beautifully illustrated picture book by Kimberly Ridley called The Secret Pool. It's a book that is absolutely packed with information about vernal pools, seasonal ponds that provide a habitat for a variety of … Continue reading Homeschool Nature Study: What’s so Great about a Vernal Pool?

The Grace-Filled Homeschool: Rituals that Touch the Heart

Slips of white paper curled and blackened as flames licked the edges. We gathered round, my three daughters and I, and watched our handwritten words fade into fire. And then they were gone, and all that was left were a few glowing embers and a bowl full of ash. I added a little bit of … Continue reading The Grace-Filled Homeschool: Rituals that Touch the Heart

Homeschooling Through Difficult Circumstances: When Life Happens and School Doesn’t

Perhaps it's because of illness. Perhaps it's because of grief. Perhaps it's because of a happier event like a new baby or a vacation or a big renovation. Whatever the case, there are times when school just doesn't happen. And you know what? That's okay. Sometimes, life happens and school doesn't. Sometimes, there are more … Continue reading Homeschooling Through Difficult Circumstances: When Life Happens and School Doesn’t