7 Lessons I Learned from The Animal School and How They Shaped Our Homeschool

Homeschooling encouragement

During our early stages of homeschooling I did a lot of reading to learn about approaches, learning styles, and such, to create a vision for our homeschool. Somewhere along the way I came across “The Animal School,” a fable that was originally written in 1940 by George Reavis, the Superintendent of Public Schools in Cincinnati, …

In Defense of Leaves

In Defense of Leaves

In Defense of Leaves I love the leaves, leave ’em be. Let them rest where they fall from the tree. I love the way they smell and sound, and the way they look all over the ground. Competing for the lead, they skip and tumble like children freed, racing to play at recess. (Fleeing from …

Learning How to Learn…And Loving It!

Learning How to Learn...And Loving It!

When I retired as Homeschool Teacher, I started blogging because I enjoyed writing and wanted to learn more about using the internet. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, but that was right before the internet came to be, so my education didn’t include anything about it. I haven’t always enjoyed writing, either. I went to …

10 Pieces of Advice for New Homeschoolers

10 Pieces of Advice for New Homeschoolers

Can I really do this? What if the naysayers are right? If you’re new to homeschooling, then you probably have these anxieties and many more. I know how you feel because I spent fourteen years homeschooling my two children, and all along the way I had anxieties and doubts. Now that I’ve reached the end of …

Thinking Outside the Desk while Homeschooling

Thinking Outside the Desk

When we first began homeschooling, I was a voracious reader about teaching styles and methods. I read many books that caused me to rethink education and convinced me that I didn’t need to recreate my own public school experience in our homeschool. Maybe it was even better not to. With my mind opened to new …

Have a Merry and Memorable Flea Market Christmas

Have a Merry and Memorable Flea Market Christmas

As we approach the holiday season your thoughts may already be turning towards Christmas and everything it entails. Most families’ celebrations are steeped in traditions that everyone looks forward to year after year, but just in case you’d like to shake things up a little bit, I wanted to share an idea with you. Several …

Red Thai Roselle ~ A Garden Adventure

Mature Red Thai Roselle Plant

I enjoy trying new things, so this summer I experimented with growing Red Thai Roselle (Hibiscus Sabdariffa). I saw it in the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog and thought it sounded interesting. They listed many uses such as tea, pie, and jelly, but using the leaves to make herbal tea appealed to me the most. …

Warnings from a Retired Homeschool Mom

Warnings from a Retired Homeschool Mom

If you arrived at this post while researching homeschooling, I’m glad I caught you in time. I need to warn you about some things before you make this life-altering decision for your family! Once you begin to see learning everywhere you just can’t unsee it. Once you’ve learned to think outside the box, it’s really …

Greater Inspiration ~ An Interview with David Hunt

Greaterthemovie

While writing about the role of the song, I’ll Fly Away, in Greaterthemovie, I wondered if I might also be able to interview David Hunt, its Director and Co-Writer. Since we are both homeschooling families, we had something in common, and that gave me the courage to contact him. Even though Mr. Hunt had a hectic schedule, …

“I’ll Fly Away” in Greater Role

I'll Fly Away by Albert Brumley

My husband and I went to see the movie, Greater, not knowing what to expect. Greater was co-written by a local homeschool father, David Hunt, so I wanted to support the movie because of the homeschool connection. My husband, a University of Arkansas alum, was interested in seeing it for the football story. It ended up …