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Fertility Awareness & Self Directed Learning

In the last year my interest in learning more about fertility awareness has grown beyond simply what’s needed to effectively fertility chart for myself into something much bigger. I would definitely say it’s now an obsessive, passionate interest of mine! It’s been really interesting for me to think of this interest in the context of unschooling…

Hard Work – Part 4: What does Minimalism have to do with hard work?

In this final part of the series on Hard Work let us think about the source of a lot of our work: the stuff we own.

Hard Work – Part 3: How can we cultivate diligence, grit, and helpfulness in our children?

In Part 3 of the series on Hard Work we get to the the practical question: “I have to get stuff done, am I just supposed to wait around and hope that people will help me?! So far that’s never happened!”

Hard Work – Part 2: Do people do hard things even when they are not forced to do them?

In this part of the Hard Work series I want to think through if people will do hard things when they are not forced to do them.

Hard Work – Part 1: What if my children are never forced to do hard things?

With unschooling the question often comes up: “What if my children are never forced to do hard things? Will they ever learn grit and determination? Will they develop a sense of entitlement?” The argument is often made that doing whatever… Continue Reading →

Insulated Life

I live an insulated life. Sometimes I forget what a wonderfully insulated life God has blessed us with. We get to travel a lot and see many different cultures and ways of living. My husband is able to provide a… Continue Reading →

Best Laid Plans

the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry Robert Burns, To a Mouse

I’m good at planning. I love considering all the pieces and imagining what order they will best fit together. Our first year homeschooling was well planned. We used Five in a Row, Te...

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