This is Harder Than I Thought

Today is a significant day.  Today is the last day that I will be the mother of a teenager.  We’ve been parents of teenagers since February 1992.  That’s 23 years and three months of living with teens. And tomorrow that will end when our ‘baby’ turns twenty. Well she’s pleased about that.  And I’m pleased too, in many ways.  But … Continue reading

Free Easter Book

I’ve made a little book about Easter for you.  It has some passages for you to contemplate on, and some ideas for you to use when working with your children.  There are recommendations for pictures, hymns, books and activities, and some recipes. You can download the book here: Click here I will be removing the link in a week or two, … Continue reading

Do You Work?

Do you ever get asked if you work? Hmmm…  How to answer a question like that? A few years ago one of our young adult children brought a new friend home.  I like meeting people and I was soon chatting with this guy, finding out about his interests and his family.  The big thing that I remember is the way … Continue reading

What Children Really Need At Christmas

In general, people ask Christmas to do too much for them. You just can’t expect Christmas to be everything that all the media hype tells you it could or should be. An important point for me to remember during December is “rest is not selfishness”. It might help to know that research shows what children really need and want for … Continue reading

Christmas Preparations

If you are rushing to get organized for Christmas don’t forget my lovely Christmas Planner which has all you  need to be organized for Christmas 2014. And if you are on my email list you will receive a discount code for these items in my November newsletter. The A4 size planner is here: The Homeschooler’s Christmas Planner. And the American … Continue reading

The Magnificent World of Books

I have been reading Eugene Peterson’s memoir, The Pastor, and one particular chapter really warmed my heart and reminded me of the wonderful experience of home education that we can give our children.  It’s the chapter about his education, entitled, The Carnegie.  Let me quote from this superb book: The Carnegie was the public library in our town … From an … Continue reading

3 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Equipment

We often talk about the academic side of homeschooling – what style of homeschooling, which curriculum, what books and more.  But when you are at home, working with your children in a daily rhythm, there is another aspect which is equally important. And that’s the practical side of the job.  Where you sit to work, what equipment you need to … Continue reading

Why Homeschool Through the Teen Years?

It’s easy to homeschool little people, but when a child is going into the teen years many parents wonder about sending their child to school.  It’s a pity really, because homeschooling through the teen years has many advantages. I asked some young adults who were homeschooled through teen years what they thought of the experience.   The first two I asked … Continue reading

Best Homeschool Advice Ever

A couple of weeks ago I asked what was the best advice on parenting or homeschooling you ever received.  Here are some responses from homeschooling mothers: “Once you have decided to homeschool, choose to be 100% committed to it.  If you blow hot and cold on the idea of homeschool then you will find it much harder on the difficult … Continue reading