Spring! The earth coming back to life, the days growing warmer, the light returning! What a beautiful time of year as we turn outwards again. During the spring, all our activities revolve around strength and vitality, abundance and color.
In March, I focus on the theme of caring. This is an excellent time to start a spring garden (assuming the last frost has past)
Today is the Winter Solstice, and the beginning of the winter season! During the darkest time of the year, we find many celebrations of light, symbols of warmth, and gratitude for life. In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, our activities are mostly indoor as the weather becomes cold and unpredictable. Still, there are many ways to incorporate nature into your daily rhythm.
This is a story I have been meaning to share:
A year ago we lost a friend. He was the father in a family within our community and his death was sudden and unexpected. Understandably, this opened a conversation in our house that was both difficult and necessary, and in the end yielded beauty and gratitude.
Our family has been somewhat blessed in this area. My children have not experienced
The Autumn is a lovely time of year. The days get crisper, the light lowers, the colors change into hues of yellow, orange and reds. It is the celebration of the harvest and the preparation for winter, moving into the darkest part of the year. It is an excellent and appropriate time to focus on building and preserving with children. The activities, focus, and book recommendations below are
That is the question.
At least, that is the most frequently asked question I get around this time every year. The question usually is phrased something like “I want to homeschool but I don’t know if I have it in me” or “I want to homeschool but my partner isn’t convinced” or “I am torn because we want to homeschool but we were accepted at the charter school that is impossible
Recently, there was a flurry of emails on a local Unschooling list regarding labels and structure. A friend of mine, who was homeschooled herself, wrote a beautiful response:
Some humbly submitted thoughts on recent debates and why we all deserve a pat on the back…
Back a long time ago, around the beginning of the current homeschooling movement, I was homeschooled all the way through
While one of the benefits of homeschooling is the ability to work with your child one on one, it is certainly beneficial (and fun!) to work in a group towards a common goal as well. We see this model exemplified in classes, sports teams, and co-ops. Another way to accomplish this goal, in home education or in a school setting, is with a Learning Circle. For the past year and a half, several
From his birth almost seven years ago, my middle child has always been more sensitive, more sensory seeking, more- well- everything. He exemplifies Mary Sheedy Kurcinka‘s definition of a Spirited Child as being “normal children who are more intense, persistent, sensitive, perceptive, energetic, and uncomfortable with change than other children.” He experiences life in a series of highs and
When I became a mother, I don’t think I realized how much the journey would change me, how much it would make me a better person, how my art would suffer. I adore my kids but it has been hard at times putting my creative energy on hold because there are only so many hours in the day and only so much energy to get through it. At the same time, motherhood has tapped into a whole new realm of
The other day I was interviewed by NPR about Hacker Scouts and I was asked an interesting question. The reporter asked me my opinion on the DIY program sites that are cropping up for kids like DIY.org and Maker Camp and a few more that are specifically utilizing an online presence to connect with kids and Maker culture. This is a more complicated question than it seems! On one hand,