Obedience, sacrifice, confession, repentance these are deeply personal spiritual practices, best shared in a trusted community. Unfortunately these practices and postures of the heart can become yokes that people are pressured into bearing. But condemnation, fear of failure, inadequacy is not how the Spirit moves us into spiritual discipline.
Love is the foundation of our homeschool. We build a relationship of love with each other, and with learning itself; and everything else falls into place.
Our childrens' education happens in the context of family life. The curriculum, resources, methodology and structure - all of it is designed to support our family values and meet our childrens' needs. The two go hand in hand.
- Drama, homeschool community, and the Holy Spirit - I am so thankful for the influence I have in my teenagers' lives; but that comes at the personal cost of helping to build community and would not be possible (for me) without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in my life.
- Leaning in to the whoosh years (also called homeschooling a household of teenagers) - To co-opt a phrase from the corporate, career track women, now is the time to lean-in.
- The best we can with what we have - It's not about the specifics; it's about doing the best we can with what we have.
- (teen) Kids in the Kitchen - Having my kids involved in the kitchen is about learning important skills, like cooking, but it's also about sharing household responsibilities so I'm not taking on too much of the household burden.
- Training in the Early Years ~ A Foundation for Self-Discipline - I'm a big believer in boundaries and unconditional love, and then total freedom in the loving relationship of those boundaries.
- How to change the world (you know, let's pick something easy for today) - Imagine the world you want to live in and then go through your days like that is the reality.
- Her high school education will be her own - The time has come when the story is no longer mine to share.
- Growing Independence (for all of us) - Growing our children towards independence is one of my parenting goals.
- Choosing a Family Activity over Team Sports - Active and healthy parents raise active and healthy children.
- Show and Share Supper - Interest-led learning and supper time conversations.
- Where They Want To Be (or, you don't need a school-room to homeschool) - My kids want to be where they have always been; close to the kitchen and close to me.
- Saturday Swimming - Yes, our kids need friends; but siblings are first friends.
- Showing my kids how to study - I am studying telemark and in doing so I am showing my children how to study and how to learn.
- The Adventure of Learning - Life is about learning, all the time.
- When You Feel Inadequate - The foundation is important, it's what holds you up in the stormy seasons.
- There Are No Formulas - Looks like we'll be blazing our own trail. Again.
- Listening & Loving - There is freedom and joy in this place.
- Growing Up Looks Like... - spending hours each day to pursue your passions and current interests.
- A Barebones Homeschool Day - I'm a better homemaker than I am homeschooler.
- An Open Hearted Letter To Moms of Young Children - A heart felt letter about my own years as mother to young children.
- What If Is a Two Way Street - Learning how to reframe your doubts and fears.
- Homemaking and Homeschooling - The homemaking/homeschool rhythm from our elementary years.