Homeschooling, Unschooling/Life Learning, continued…

In my last post we explored the two main approaches to learning at home: homeschooling and unschooling/life learning. Families taking the homeschool approach are following an established curriculum and are working within a schedule for completing it year-by-year. Families taking the unschooling—or life learning approach are following their child’s interests and natural curiosity, building a … Continue reading Homeschooling, Unschooling/Life Learning, continued…

Homeschooling? Unschooling? Life-Learning? Down the rabbit hole we go…

Before I had my son, Chayton, I knew very little about homeschooling. I was a teacher in a school when I first become aware of the term and simply thought that if parents believed that they could do a better job than I was doing—teaching their children—they were welcome to it. Later, I spent some … Continue reading Homeschooling? Unschooling? Life-Learning? Down the rabbit hole we go…

red feather smooth stone on youtube

We started a youtube channel not too long ago as a way of incorporating some video into the blog. Click on the image below to be directed to our introductory video—it introduces our family and explains our approach to homeschooling, or as I prefer to call it, life learning, together with Chayton. I hope you … Continue reading red feather smooth stone on youtube

learning to skate on the lake

We live on Pigeon Lake in central Alberta, Canada. Last winter both Chayton (age three at the time) and I got new skates and we were both excited to learn how to skate on the lake ice! Right after Christmas, we started by clearing a patch of ice. It was a lot of work as … Continue reading learning to skate on the lake

Sarah makes a book

  My friend, Sarah, came over for an afternoon of crafts a few weeks ago. It was the day before her birthday so we decided to make a special book that would be 'all about her'. In preparation for book-making, I went online to find some inspiration and ideas on different types of hand made … Continue reading Sarah makes a book

creating a craft/play space for Chayton

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn. -O. Fred Donaldson One of my favorite jobs as a mom is setting up and providing stimulating learning environments here at home for Chayton as he develops and grows. This is even more fun now that he is 16 months old … Continue reading creating a craft/play space for Chayton

Happy (Belated!) Halloween

Be silent in that solitude, Which is not loneliness—for then The spirits of the dead, who stood In life before thee, are again In death around thee, and their will Shall overshadow thee; be still. From “Spirits of the Dead” by Edgar Allan Poe Hello Dear Readers! It has been a while since I have been able … Continue reading Happy (Belated!) Halloween

Rosemary Gladstar’s honey onion cough syrup

Chayton just got his very first cold: chest congestion, cough and runny nose. I was not prepared with any herbal or home remedies as we simply did not need any until now. And although I usually have a jar of rose hip syrup in the fridge, I had long run out of that medicine months … Continue reading Rosemary Gladstar’s honey onion cough syrup