Best Homeschool Curriculum – Your Children!

When you are engaged in Natural Learning, your home school curriculum looks a bit different from traditional curriculum. Your curriculum becomes a living, breathing, changing plan that revolves around the interests and talents of your children. It should be inviting, attractive, exhilarating. It should help your child feel that they are in their element and … [Read more…]

Dreams Turn Into Environments

Once in a while I highly recommend that you swing big and aim beyond the fence! Plan an extraordinary Environment.  Better yet, encourage your kids to plan an extraordinary Environment. Lexie, my youngest daughter, has dreamed of going to Paris for over a decade now. She just turned 23 AND she just returned from a … [Read more…]

Setting Up Environments

School has begun, or will shortly for all of us! It’s a good time to ask yourself if you have taken the necessary time to Observe your children and record your thoughts in your Observation Notebook. Do you have several little inspirations that have come to you while you have been watching them?  Have you … [Read more…]

My Fair Ladies

This past weekend was our Natural Learning Retreat for the beautiful mothers who keep our Aspen Cooperative going.  Before I tell you a little about our retreat, I have to give a big shout out to all of the dads who stayed home with the kids and allowed us this much-needed time together! We started … [Read more…]

Where Spain, Omelets and Windmills Meet

I couldn’t wait to tell you about our splendid class this week.  We are at that place, historically, where we are discussing Miguel Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote.  Most of my students were not very familiar with Don Quixote (and I had to admit I’ve never read the entire book myself.  Shhhhhhh, that will … [Read more…]

Fun with light – thanks to Galileo!

  There’s a book titled “The Starry Messenger” which shares the story of Galileo Galilei.  It states that, “He was born with stars in his eyes!”  I hope we were all born with stars in our eyes for stars reflect beautiful light and light gives our life hope and healing and happiness! The past few … [Read more…]

Renaissance Guilds and Bubble Gum!

We’re gearing up for our Renaissance Festival this year which means we will be forming our own guilds to share.  This means that we need to understand what a guild was/is and their reason for being.  I decided to do this using bubble gum.  We created our own bubble gum blowing guild. First we drew … [Read more…]