One of the resources you’ll hear me recommending repeatedly as part of the homeschooling or parenting journey are teachings from Fred Rogers. I grew up on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (the show ran from 1968 – 2001). After the premiere of the animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS in 2012 (a show cut from
The holidays are basically here. The impending sense of overwhelm and warm fuzziness is here as well. I’ve dared to drag out the holiday decorations at least a few times. The other morning, I downloaded the Living Well Spending Less Holiday Planner and scrolled to my favorite section: Holiday Goals. In the free planner, there
My story: I started homeschooling about three years ago. I had no doubts that it was in our future. I was already a SAHM (working part time from home) and it just made sense for our family. Growing up, I had a friend who was homeschooled until high school. I was intrigued by the idea,
What matters most to your family? To your homeschool? Ask yourself some simple questions and you’re on your way to drafting a mission statement that will help guide your home education experience.
This is our typical daily homeschool rhythm with plenty of play, rest and free time mixed in. I’ve fine tuned this over the last few years. I have found that it works the best for our family.
I was one of the unlucky kids who had their birthday in the summer. Turnout for celebrations in the warm months were always dismal. We had camp outs in the backyard, plenty of sprinkler time and Popsicles but I always remember friends telling me they couldn’t come to my party because they’d be out of
Last weekend, we headed to Green River College for the WHO conference (Washington Homeschool Organization). Each year, over the course of two days, current and prospective homeschooling families trek to the conference to learn about different curriculum providers, education resources and informative workshops. It was our first year attending the conference and we walked away
I don’t remember exactly how I came across The Artist’s Way for Parents by Julia Cameron. It just sort of fell into my lap, so-to-speak. I put in on my “for later” digital bookshelf and decided one day to put in on my holds list. And one day, I got the email that it was
Last month, I took a Parent Qualifying Course through WHO (Washington Homeschool Organization). Through WA state homeschool laws, I was already qualified (reference the website for more info). But I wanted a better understanding of how to go about homeschooling in the state of Washington and what the requirements were for curriculum. Turns out, there
I am a big believer in continuously learning — and the best way is to keep an open mind and research. In order to survive the many ups and downs of homeschooling (and to mitigate Winter’s doldrums) we have taken many trips to our library to do just that. We tend to need outside inspiration