Over the past three days, we have seen record downfall in the Greater Montreal area. It’s kept us indoors but it hasn’t dampened our spirits. For one thing, listening to pounding rain on a barn rooftop is quite amazing—and that’s…
Another April, the beginning of a second Spring Session at the Nook, a reminder that us homeschooling families have been coming together to pool our talents and enjoy each other’s company for a year now. A reminder that April, May and June generally…
Before our first year of homeschooling, our family worked hard to set up an inspiring environment. Renovations were done that turned the back half of the garage and a utility room into a home office for Saïd and a bathroom on…
This is a story of 92 goats. And floating heads. And dreamy/nightmarish costumes. And awe and inspiration. Today was the day we went downtown to dot the i on our project that has been the study of Marc Chagall. I…
Last year, I applied for a grant from ECO-Life Conservation and was thrilled when I got news that the Nook was going to receive an aquaponics set-up. A little back and forth with duties and customs annoyances, lots of scanning…
Two early mornings in a row. Two days of zipping around between school, home, friends’ houses and the Nook. Two days of exciting mail delivery. Two days of Chagall. Wednesday, Zahra, Noah and I worked in Leila’s school library in the…
We woke up to -16 degrees this morning, feeling like -26 with the windchill. It felt nearly that cold inside the house since the machine that’s taking the smoke smell out of the house also blows out cold air. Brrrrrrrr….
We’ve been maintaining a really solid rhythm in our more academic subjects, doing a little bit of math and French (reading and writing) every day. Zahra and Noah have even stayed on top of their piano practice and theory workbooks. And…
Math is on my mind these days. Last weekend, I posted a link to a TED Talk where Stanford mathematics education professor Jo Boaler argued that the way math is taught in schools these days forces students to answer all the wrong questions….
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter: The Philosopher's Stone
The Tale of Despereaux
My Side of the Mountain
Le professeur Acarus Dumdell et ses potions incongrues
Le professeur Acarus Dumdell et les chauves-souris de Sleeping Stones
Choose Your Own Adventure series
How to Train Your Dragon series
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
The Family Under the Bridge
My Side of the Mountain
Where the Red Fern Goes
I believe that life should be full of meaningful experiences, adventure and people who you love and who love you back. I believe we should know why we do what we do—and if we don't, to question it until we're satisfied. I don't pretend to know all the answers, but I do know how to search for them with an unflagging spirit. And above all, I'm up for setting off on this adventure with a team of family and friends who want more.