Unexpected Loneliness and Jealousy in the Life of a Homeschooler.

Unexpected Loneliness and Jealousy in the Life of a Homeschooler.

It is back to school time again and I am seeing all kinds of posts in my Facebook feed about it. From pictures of kids dressed and backpacked with eager faces to posts about how sad parents are their kids will be gone most of the day. This year back to school season has had a surprising effect on me. I wasn’t expecting to feel this way and honestly I am struggling with it a bit.

Thoughts on Back To School Time

Thoughts on Back To School Time

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”- Fred Rogers
I happen to whole heartedly agree. Here are some thoughts on how we are equipping our kids to live an epic life by allowing them time to play.

Travel, Unschooling and Freedom.

Travel, Unschooling and Freedom.

If you are a fan of this blog than you know we are choosing to live our lives differently than the typical American Dream. We have talked a lot in the past about our unconventional patchwork income approach. There are many reasons why we have chosen to live the way we do and why we choose to forgo many of the modern comforts so many others think are essential but when it comes down to it, we want freedom;  no debt, no “job,” nobody else dictating our schedule. While we aren’t completely there yet, we do have a great deal of flexibility in our life. A few months ago Clark and I were having a conversation about our life and goals and mostly about our kids education. We realized that while we did have a lot of freedom, we weren’t really taking advantage of it. From this conversation a trip was born. We decided to take the off-season in Tahoe, the fall, and take a 6 week trip to  Central America. After All…What good is it to have freedom and not use it.  If we could work from anywhere, why stay at home? If we had the freedom to teach our kids in any manner we thought best, why copy a school model we think is outdated. Why not teach our kids Spanish by spending time amongst Spanish speakers? If we wanted to learn to surf, why wait until summer and brave the cold Pacific California coast?  Why not go to warm waters and great waves? If our kids were interested in volcanos, tropical animals, and ocean creatures, why read...

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