School for the Soul: 3 Ways to Incorporate Nature Study Into Your Homeschool
Nature Study

School for the Soul: 3 Ways to Incorporate Nature Study in Your Homeschool

“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” – Charlotte Mason

One of the reasons I was so drawn to Charlotte Mason’s philosophies (way back in my school teacher days) was her passion for nature study–not as a fun little extra thing, but as a vital part of a spherical and purposeful education. I grew up with parents that believed this, and spent most of my free hours outside–climbing trees, building shelters, poking around under rocks and logs, and Continue Reading

5 Tips for New Homeschool Planners
Homeschool, Homeschool Planning, Parenting

5 Tips for New Homeschool Parents

August and September are such exciting months for the homeschooling community–the promise of the year ahead; the planning (and the planners!); the shiny, new curriculum; the beautiful stacks of books all over the house; and the arrangement and decorating of homeschool spaces. Even year-round homeschoolers like me can’t help but get caught up in the anticipation of it all. But with this excitement can also come worry, questions, analysis-paralysis, and a whole heaping spoonful of self-doubt, especially for brand-new homeschoolers. Continue Reading

How We Will Be Incorporating the Brave Writer Lifestyle in 2017 - 2018
Brave Writer Lifestyle, Homeschool

How We Will Be Incorporating the Brave Writer Lifestyle in 2017 – 2018

I discovered a lot of amazing things in my first two years of homeschooling: blogs I binge-read until late in the night, libraries bursting with resources like a Christmas stocking, free workshops held at state parks and open spaces almost weekly, and some of the most beautiful books I’d ever laid my hands on (Nature Anatomy comes to mind!) But when I stumbled across Brave Writer, it was a whole new world in the best possible way.

Brave Writer is the kind of program I wish I had been part of as a child. Being the kind of little girl Continue Reading

Blossom and Root Early Years: Reading Readiness
Blossom and Root Early Years, Homeschool, Reading and Writing

Blossom and Root Early Years: Reading Readiness

This summer brings with it a bittersweetness that’s difficult to describe. My littlest daughter is beginning to ask about words on the page, point out letters in street signs, and linger longer at the table as I work with her older sister on math. Her tiny voice is full of questions, her games have become more complex and intricate. She’s growing up.

Okay, she’s three. But to me, it’s a lifetime of change Continue Reading