This page is sort of an introduction to our journey over the last few years. Some of these posts describe methods we no longer implement, but they're still useful (or popular) entries. I've also included some of my favorite posts, some just-for-fun posts, and a few posts that show how things really aren't always pretty here and how it really is ok to make mistakes and fail miserably now and then.
If you want to know more about me and the girls (or see the dogs), visit my About Page.
If you want to learn more about project-based learning and how we implement it in our house, visit my PBL Page.
A Few of My Favorite Posts
- Momentum Magic - How taking teeny tiny baby steps can snowball into huge accomplishments.
- Letting Go - The beginning of a big shift for us.
- 7 Ways My Daughter and My Dog are Alike - A fun post, but some real insights for me, too.
- Football Geography - Ideas to roll your love of football (or any sport, really) into a family project. I also have a related post on ideas for learning with the Super Bowl.
- Favorite Educational Quotes - Including this one by William Butler Yeats: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." Word.
Proof That Life is Not Always Pretty
- Mother-Daughter Writing Date - Working side by side for an hour with sweet treats can make a world of difference.
- Parent-Child Journal - Writing to each other to express hidden feelings and create bonds.
- A List of Fun Prep Ideas for Writing a Novel
- An explanation of Plot Structure for Young Writers
- Posts about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
- How we use Notebooking - We use this mostly for history & nature studies.
Planning Related Posts
- Planning Less, Doing More - Shifting from planning activities ahead of time to documenting events as/after they happen, and how this led to freedom and abundance for us.
- Making Peace with the 180-Day Mindset - How I balance (in my head) the reality that learning happens every day and those pesky school day requirements.
- Our Daily Rhythm - This post is from 2012. It follows the Waldorf concept of scheduling a day around head, heart, and hands activities. We mostly still follow this, with the addition of extra project time for both in the mid-mornings and a longer computer (aka Minecraft) time before dinner.
- Curriculum 2013-2014 - Our goals for this year. You might also want to visit my curriculum page for a subject by subject breakdown of our plans & resources.
- Make a Cave - This was part of our prehistory unit, back during out first months of homeschooling. It is consistently my most popular post, thanks to Pinterest.
- A Tour of Our Learning Spaces - This is basically a tour of half my house, because we don't have a school room. But I show you how I organize some of our supplies. I think the office wall color gets this post a lot of hits.
- You can find some of my other popular posts in the sidebar and on the Tutorials & Printables Page.
- Why we're gluten-free
- Why we're mostly vegetarian (not vegan now, cheese is back in our diet)
- Gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate scones - Perfect for poetry tea times, if we ever get those going. :)
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