The older kids now have timetables for school. Fiona wanted one too. So she sat down with me and we came up with something. First we put in the out-of-home things she has to attend. Summit Strings and the trip
One hundred and fourteen years, to be exact. A homeschoolers field trip to the historically recreated Fort Steele was perfectly timed. Less than two weeks after Erin’s exciting departure to Montreal, and four days after Noah and Sophie headed out
My eldest kids occasionally need student cards to get discounts on admission tickets and public transit, but they’re the only two teenagers enrolled in a Distributed Learning Program that has less than two dozen students. What to do? The DL
Erin and Sophie look like the ones making the big moves this year, but Noah is on a new path of his own that represents at least as big a shift. He stopped computer-gaming. He went through a phase early
She’s my only full-time homeschooler this year, and gosh, is she every loving that! She would also love to attend school in the flexible part-time way that Erin did for three years, and that Noah is doing this year, but
It’s the time of year we normally start planning our upcoming unschooling. We’ve found Learning Plans to be a useful tool in our lives. This year Sophie’s learning plan process started in July, and it looked very different from usual. “I
Quick update from the second market. Despite the dreary weather (cool and raining on and off all day) Fiona sold out her teas again quickly (proceeds: $25, initial investment now recouped), and Sophie, who had taken huge quantities of candy
It was a cool day with a little bit of sun and the first Friday Market of the year was fairly slow. The late spring and cool temperatures have kept the tourists away, and the kids are still in school.
So here’s the thing about me. I have a terrible ambivalence about schedules. I love their tidy organizational clarity. I like fussing around making lists and spreadsheets and calendars. But I know that when it comes to living my life
Erin returned from Corazón tour to a whole slew of English assignments. National Youth Orchestra starts before the school year ends because it’s built more around the university academic year than the high school one, so somehow she not only
Last week Sophie and Fiona went to school. It was the week of the Arts and Writers Festival at the local public school, the one that umbrellas us as homeschoolers under their DL program. So they were invited to join
Way back in 2006 Noah discovered Owen Piette’s “Falling Sand Game.” These silly little desktop diversions were quite the rage at the time. You sprinkle virtual coloured sand in a little window on your desktop and it falls, slowly or
Fiona is enjoying learning how to use iMovie and iStopMotion. We made this one together. A couple of her other projects are on her blog.
We had our mid-year meeting a couple of weeks ago at the local public school to discuss how the new Distributed Learning program they created for homeschoolers is working out. If you’re new to the blog, or an occasional reader,
Another perk the result of our affiliation with the local public school and school district — the kids were invited to participate in the science fair. We didn’t have much notice, but Fiona was keen and we lucked into a