Darkness to Light

Sunday 1 December is the first day of Advent, the start of preparing for Christmas in Christian tradition. I thought you might like to see these wonderful photos of the annual “Darkness to Light Procession” at Salisbury Cathedral in England.  It’s absolutely magnificent, and worth a quick peep. Darkness to Light. You might enjoy looking at my eBook, ‘It’s Only … Continue reading

Progress Report

I’ve been ‘on sabbatical’ for just over three months and I’ve been spending very little time at my computer.  I’ve been online since 1995 and I’ve never spent so little time on my computer.  The interesting (and almost scary) thing is that I’ve not been missing it at all. Real life has been (is) full, busy and time-consuming.  I have … Continue reading

What Will I Do in 2013?

It’s now six months since our youngest child finished homeschooling.  After 33 years of mothering and 27 wonderful years of homeschooling, my lovely children are all grown up. And I feel blessed out of my socks to have experienced such a lifestyle! In the past six months I’ve come to fully understand and enjoy the fact that because your children … Continue reading

Long-term Effects of Day Care

I don’t usually discuss or publish this sort of thing at Homeschool Family Life, but for various reasons, this subject is important to me at the moment. So I am stepping out of my comfort zone to share this with you. This little article is from Jonas Himmelstrand, founder and director of The Mireja Institute, Sweden. He has been a consultant in business for … Continue reading

I Can See It!

There was a solar eclipse of the sun last week.  Here in Auckland we got a good view of it.  They say that 83% of the sun’s surface was covered. At its height, we got an impression of looking at the world through sunglasses. And the really big and surprising thing that we noticed was there was no heat in the … Continue reading

Does This Count as Homeschooling?

 “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder. Turning Five My favourite-four-year-old  turned five this month.  It felt so momentous.  Half a decade old.  A milestone birthday, somehow. Five is often the time that some sort of formal academic teaching starts. We did … Continue reading

How I Homeschooled in a Small Space

Have you ever seen those beautiful photographs of wonderful home-school-rooms, beautiful book shelves and lots of play space?  Little desks for everyone and masses of charming pictures and shelves groaning with equipment. I find the pictures pretty scary because there is no way I can compete with that sort of setup.  In fact, when we had a big house and … Continue reading

I Have Stopped Homeschooling

Our youngest child has tidied her desk, sorted her shelves, and packed her best work into a box to go into the attic to be kept. She has tidied her wardrobe and drawers and is preparing to go off to Bible School for six months. It feels momentous, huge and scary. For me, not her. It’s 27½ years since we … Continue reading

Why Bother With Tradition

Tradition Do you remember in the movie, Fiddler on the Roof, what Tevye says about tradition? He says: ‘How do we keep our balance? That, I can tell you in one word – tradition! Because of our traditions we’ve kept our balance for many many years. … Because of our traditions every one of us knows who he is and … Continue reading