Why Bother With Advent?

Today, 28 November is the first Sunday of Advent.  So what’s Advent and why should we, as homeschoolers, bother with it? Advent is the four weeks leading to Christmas Day. It’s a time for preparing for Christmas from a spiritual point of view. It’s focusing on the why of Christmas, rather than focusing on the what of Christmas. If you … Continue reading

Book Review by Sheena Harris

I was very pleased when homeschooler, Sheena Harris, reviewed my book, Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.  Here’s what she had to say. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy by Stephanie Walmsley Reviewed by Sheena Harris For anyone who has embarked upon the journey of home educating their children, they would know just how daunting it can seem.  For those yet to begin – … Continue reading

Teaching Picture Study to Your Children

On Monday 15 November at 7.30 pm (NZ Daylight Saving Time) I’ll be giving a presentation on a Zoom call for HEART Northland. The topic is How to do a Picture Study with Your Children – A simple, easy and fun way to introduce your children to great works of art. I will talk about the why, how and what … Continue reading

How to Have a Peaceful Christmas

Every December the world moves into a frenzy of shopping, end-of-year preparations, and crazy busy-ness. And this year, despite a three-month lockdown for Auckland Region, restrictions in the rest of New Zealand, and various levels of freedoms around the world, I don’t expect things will be easier or quieter. They’ll be different, but still busy. To help homeschoolers I have … Continue reading

Find Out About Homeschooling 30-minute Webinar

Unsettled times are causing a lot of people to consider whether homeschooling is suitable for them and their family.  Is that you? To help you decide, I am offering a 30-minute Zoom webinar at 7.30 pm tomorrow evening for people to find out about homeschooling in NZ. We will cover what is involved, what the legal requirement is, what sort … Continue reading

Keeping Cheerful

Harsh lockdown continues for those in the Greater Auckland Region.  If you aren’t there, it’s hard to remember or imagine what it’s like.  We all know in our heads that it’s hard, but the young people going through it know. Some are doing okay. Particularly the introverts. They might enjoy the company of their brothers and sisters and are quite … Continue reading

The Power of a Short Story

Today we were given the news that 1.6 million people would stay in one of the harshest lockdowns in the world for a fifth week. Lockdown is tough on everyone. All ages from tiny babies to great-grandparents. All struggle in different ways. And the other day I was thinking about how our children are not able to meet and play … Continue reading

Good News! Firelight Foundation’s NZ Homeschool Conference Will Go Online!

The Firelight Foundation does a most wonderful job of supporting homeschoolers all around New Zealand. Last year I was on the tour (North Island only for me) and it was so good to meet up with homeschoolers from all over the country. I met up with old friends, made new friends, saw second generation homeschoolers, This year, the Firelight Foundation … Continue reading

Making the Best of It

Some people like lockdown. A shop assistant in a fruit and veggie shop who was rushed off her feet serving customers heard about the new ‘level four lockdown’ and said she was looking forward to lockdown and being able to spend some time at home with her hubby and children. A business owner said he was ‘gutted’ and didn’t know … Continue reading