What I’ve Been Doing?

I’ve been busy lately, really busy working at my desk on changing some background things at Homeschool Family Life.

  • I have updated all my courses.  (Very big job.)
  • I’ve been looking for a new online store because I know the current one is unfriendly and clunky and I can’t make changes to it.  Hopefully I will find something that will make it easy to shop without having to fill in a long list of forms.  When I find it I will get it up and running as soon as I can. (I lie!  I will be getting my lovely tech person to do this for me.)
  • I’ve joined forces with The Old Schoolhouse review team so that reviewers will be trialling my courses and reviewing them.  Watch out for the reviews coming out from May onwards.
  • I’ve been thinking about what I can offer you next by way of support, because I know that support is needed, and I want to be here to encourage you in your homeschooling adventure. I have a few ideas but please do email me with your ideas.
  • I’ve been asked to be a keynote speaker at a homeschooling conference in Auckland in May.  You can read more about that here: AHE Conference

All in all, it’s been a happy, busy start to the year.  I think of you often, and I love hearing from you. Stephanie


Comments

What I’ve Been Doing? — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks for your latest updates. Lovely to see what you have been up to. I contacted you some years ago, but haven’t done for ages! I moved to NZ over eight years ago and feel so blessed to be introduced To home education because of its prevelance there. I just have to let you know the highlight (well, one of many!) of my current trip to the UK to visit family, friends and places has been the Amritt Museum in Ambleside. I planned it into our three month itinery, determined to see the place where Charlotte Mason lived, taught and was inspired to write such inspiring material. I felt so privileged to have the opportunity to do so and enjoyed browsing in the library, though I didn’t have very long! I asked the kind librarian for an artefacts box and looked through Miss Mason’s diaries, hymn book, prayer book and wallet. My children also were with me, so a wonderful opportunity to learn in that environment from ‘real life’ sources! I was deeply saddened that there was little on display in the museum about Charlotte Mason, Beartrix Potter has taken over! And that the ‘established’ education system in the UK and around the world, has virtually ignored CM’s teachings. So profound and relevant for today. Hey, ho! I thank you so much for helping many thousands of people to use CM’s philosophies in an accessible way and for continuing to inspire me and others along the home ed journey. We have just two weeks remaining here and we will make the most of our trip. Our three boys have experienced so much here, it will take many months to digest I know! Oh, and I love Alpaca’s too!!!! We currently have sheep and not enough land for anything bigger, but upon our return to Nz, we are looking for a larger area of land!! You never know!!!! :-). Take care and many thanks again, Sheena

    • Hi Sheena,

      How lovely to hear from you. :-)

      I was sorry to hear that there is so little in the Armitt Museum about Charlotte Mason. When I was there last they did have some little leaflets, although Scale How had just closed as a place of education. And the education department of Cumbria University, St Martins, seems to have forgotten about their wonderful heritage.
      But I am not discouraged because I think things are going to come full circle, and mainstream education will eventually catch up with the trailblazers – homeschoolers. 😉
      As I mentioned, I have been updating all my courses and the pleasure I have got from working the ‘Charlotte Mason Made Easy’ surprised me. I also felt the challenge of her ideas in my life and cherished that too.
      Talking of alpacas – they need about as much grazing area as sheep, so if you had two less sheep you could fit two alpacas. And the alpacas will come to you when you call – unlike sheep who look at you with confusion written all over their faces.
      Safe journey home, and maybe we will catch up soon.

      Stephanie x

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