Contextualized Learning

Wisdom From a Seasoned Homeschool Mom

“Ditch what ‘school work’ does not seem to add value in exchange for real edification out in the world. Learn from people who are passionate and want to share that with your kids! By giving your children such tremendous exposure, they will have a greater ability to understand what they are passionate about in addition […]

Contextualized Learning

Organic STEM Learning: DIY Go-Kart Project

I had this one on my mind for a while before starting anything: I thought it would be great to make a go-kart with my kids—fun to build, fun to drive. But I hesitated because I didn’t want to pursue something canned and boring. I wanted us to get our hands dirty: something that could […]

For Parents

If I could do it over again: 5 things to consider before sending a homeschooled child into full-time school

Some questions for homeschool parents to ponder: What are your academic expectations (read: grades)? Take advantage of the school’s parent portal to help your student navigate the workload. Ask your student about their connection to friends. Remind them to tell you if they are having a hard time or are not feeling good about school. […]

Events

Upcoming Homeschool Mom’s Conference – Monrovia, CA

I want to put in a plug for an awesome conference — “Building Hearts & Homes(Schools).” Organized by Carrie De Francisco from Classical Christian Conservatory (C3), this event is for Christian homeschool families (and those interested in homeschool!) in the San Gabriel Valley and greater Los Angeles area. It will take place on March 29-30, […]

For Parents

2019: Let This be the Year We Let Our Kids be Their Own Quirky Selves

One of the aspects that motivates my educational outlook and choices is—are my sons and daughter more enchanted with the world with our current schooling choice—or are they more disillusioned?  Are they being put down at school?  Are they being told their drawings, or their books, or their clothes are stupid?  Is anything being called […]

For Parents

Life Work About Offering…(Not Perfection!)

As I have pursued my calling and my passions in the last few years in the arts and writing, I have experienced ever increasing fears–What if I am not good enough?  What if my painting or my writing is lame?  Or stupid? Permit me to diverge from my usual writing themes of how to homeschool, […]

For Parents

I’m struggling with homeschooling. Should I stick with it?

I have talked with many moms over the years that feel like they have hit a wall with homeschooling at one point or the other.  Teaching your own child 5 days a week can try the patience of the best of us.  We often expect more out of our own children than we do of […]

For Parents

Mothers: You are Irreplaceable!

It was 5 years ago today that my mother passed away from an aggressive brain tumor at age 69.  I had less than two months to spend with her from the time of diagnosis, to the day of her passing.  In fact, I only had one week between her diagnosis and her first brain tumor […]

For Parents

On Reading Stories Aloud

One of my vivid memories from childhood is that of my Dad reading to the family. For parents to read books to their kids is nothing unusual in itself, but my Dad’s approach was perhaps a bit different for modern times. He didn’t read “kids’ books” and he didn’t do much to simplify the wording. […]

For Parents

Parenting in a World out of Control

As a parent, one of the things that strikes me is how I feel my kids are so close to danger, even hourly. Even at ages 7, 10 and 13, I believe that I must warn them of all dangers, and almost see into the future to warn them about future dangers. One book that […]