Poetry, the Easy Way

“Without poetry, we lose our way.”   —Joy Harjo, current U.S. Poet Laureate & Academy of American Poets Chancellor A favorite children’s book with beautiful illustrations by Jean Pierre Siméon; paintings by Oliver Tallec. … Want to add in some easy poetry to your homeschool world? Start by checking out poets.org.  Housing the works of over 3,000…

Board Games for the Win!

Did you know that “Game-Schooling” is actually a thing? It is! Our school is Travel and Literature-based, but we are not traveling (at all) right now which means we need to shift our focus to something else. This year, we are incorporating more games than ever to fill the travel void. The presence of games,…

Hey Mama, Welcome to the Club!

I want to extend a hearty welcome to all the new Homeschool Mamas out there. And there are a lovely lot of you! There are a thousand reasons to homeschool, all grounded in quality of education, health, safety, travel, opportunity, personal development, experience, sports, etc. But sadly the number one reason many people are driven…

Homeschool Heroes

When we first started homeschooling in 2014, I was excited, but apprehensive. I felt empowered to create a unique school for my then 2nd and 4th graders, and worked diligently to make it fun for all of us, but this was new territory. I knew it had to make sense for everyone in our family,…

Embracing the Inconvenient

In 2018, Sophia wrote a paper for her Grade 9 Writing class titled, “The Secret to Happiness is to Embrace the Odd Inconvenience.” I happened upon it this morning, looking forward to some tips. “Sometimes the greatest moments of our lives are fueled solely by an odd inconvenience. If we allow inconveniences to ruin our…

Distance Learning: Make the Choice to Thrive

We are all doing the right thing, by not catching or spreading a virus which puts our most susceptible at risk. We are all working together to do something BIG. Thank you to all of you who are taking on this bizarre new normal. My family appreciates you. “I imagine all the closures and cancellations…

Feed the Beasts

Are your kids always hungry? My kids are ALWAYS. HUNGRY. . I will fill the pantry and fridge to the brim and just because we are out of bananas, they complain to me there is ‘no food in the house.’  We need to buy stock in Dole Organic Bananas. I’m not sure we could exist…

And, That’s a Wrap.

As I pinch myself, we made it through.  With our oldest in HIGH SCHOOL now (audible gasp), this past school year was a real experiment. I honestly never thought I would homeschool high school – it just seemed to be a natural point of exit, as if what we were doing was not “real school.”…

Movies that Inspire: MATH

Encouraging a love of math is tricky.  Many times I have heard people say, “I’m not a math person.”  Impossible. Everyone is a math person. Math is in everything! It’s like saying, “I am not a water person.”  Um. Yes you are. I have found that movies are a great way to get around a…

Why Teach Poetry?

Why teach poetry? Because poetry is the most compact form of literature. It demands the author to use the least amount of words possible to describe ideas, feelings, sounds, events and more. Putting the right words together is like solving a complex puzzle marrying intellect, intuition, emotion and vocabulary.  Understanding the complexities of poetry is…