California History

Why did you write a curriculum?

You have a MA in Economics. Why did you not continue on with your forensic economics job? You like painting and film. Why not become a full-time artist or filmmaker? You have a degree in art history. Why not work in a museum? You love education. Why are you not teaching in a classroom? Yes, […]

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 […]

Contextualized Learning

Giving up my idea of a “normal education,”

and creating resources for an inspiring one. Ten years ago we were looking at educational options for our kindergartener and noticing the elementary school choices were like a trip to Baskin Robbin’s 31 Flavors. There were lots of combinations and permutations in that ice cream freezer. One factor my husband and I thought was super […]

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 […]

Homeschool

You homeschool. Aren’t you missing socialization?

One of the biggest questions that I get about homeschooling is “What about socialization?”  I’d like to use my 11- year old son’s journey meandering through different schools as a basis for exploring this issue. When my daughter was in the third grade at a full-time charter school close to our home, my son Adam […]

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 […]

Resources

Reflections on Waldorf Education

“Before brain regions are mylenated [and nerves have the outer coating needed to transmit impulses], they do not operate efficiently. For this reason, trying to make children master academic skills for which they do not have the requisite maturation may result in mixed-up patterns of learning. I would contend that much of today’s academic failure […]

Retaining Childhood

Magic in Childhood

One of the most wonderful by products of organic learning is – magic. I am not speaking of bubbling laboratory test tubes or obtaining freshly plucked cat whiskers. What do I mean by magic? Magic is a positive force that draws one towards beautiful goals and unlocking the mysteries of this world. Magic is a […]

Wet Thanksgiving; Beautiful Discovery!

During my childhood, my family often went camping. We went on about five to eight camping trips, mostly within California, each year. Since we did not have a ton of extra money, when vacationing, we often camped. I remember touring northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest in this nomadic way; pitching our tent […]