Learning Without Labels

Have you given much thought to the labels which infiltrate the education system?   “Gifted” children recieve their label and go on to enjoy academic activities which will help them thrive in a system which otherwise may not adequately challenge them. “Learning support” kids get their label and become eligible for tools and assistance to…

Your Life Moves In The Direction Of Your Strongest Thoughts

Several weeks ago I heard these words and immediately wrote them down. Well, I swiped them into my phone. While they were being presented in an entirely different context, I couldn’t help but to apply this thought to our journey into homeschooling. Today Shutterfly emailed me with “memories from this week five years ago”. A marketing tactic…

State Parks: A Classroom We Love

This time of year my brain starts to shift gears towards longer days and warmer weather. I’m still enjoying the warmth of wood burning in our fireplace, still snuggling on the couch with my knitting, and still savoring the tastes of my kitchen during the winter months. But the itch for spring is here. Scrolling through…

Adventures in Maple Syrup Making: Part 3

In this post we are going to talk about the actual process of tapping your maples tree(s). When I post Adventures in Making Maple Syrup: Part 4 we’ll wrap up the series with what you need to know to cook down your sap. After that, I will likely give a few updates on our 2017…

The Modern Homeschool Movement

The process of becoming a committed, all-or-nothing homeschool family started as a thought when my daughter was about two. That thought blossomed into a potential, which evolved into real possibility. Then we dipped our toes into home-based education to see how it may feel and finally we became fully immersed into this way of life. Ta-da!…

Collected Christmas Advise

Finally the tree is back outside, dropping its needles somewhere other than my livingroom. Nothing remains of the cookies but a few crumbs. And the Wiseman have been squeezed back into the box with the nutcracker. Now, what were we doing before all the Christmas chaos hit? Oh – homeschooling, that’s right. I was shocked…