Author: Kate McConaghy

Modelling self-directed study

Modelling self-directed study

Your interests matter. Make time for them. Model self-study and the cycle of learning for your children if you wish to see them take more ownership of their own learning.

Books for Big Conversations

Books for Big Conversations

All books have the potential for great discussion, or as Julie Bogart calls it, big juicy conversation. This month I’ve reviewed our recent reads that led to the juiciest conversations. We didn’t necessarily love them all, but we’re grateful for the opportunity they provided us to talk about some heavy but necessary truths.

Minimal-schooling for the season

Minimal-schooling for the season

Minimal-schooling isn’t about making a special season of home educating. It is about recognising your own need for a season of self-care. It doesn’t necessarily mean covering less information, it means putting minimal effort into preparing that information for your children.

MEL Chemistry – a review and a handy hack

MEL Chemistry – a review and a handy hack

Not sure if MEL Chemistry is worth the investment? Read this review!

Home ed rituals are magic

Home ed rituals are magic

If you find the children are struggling to stick with the routine going into this holiday season, and you’re not in the routine of including a ritual, it’s worth thinking about.

The Victorian Era – A Six Week Study Guide

The Victorian Era – A Six Week Study Guide

If you’re about to study the Victorian Era, there are some great resources and ideas to choose from in this study guide.

Embracing Autumn (for reluctant transitioners)

Embracing Autumn (for reluctant transitioners)

It’s okay if you’re not psyched to be ‘back to school.’ Autumn isn’t for everyone. But here are some ways you can make it better.

Lessons learned from a tech-free week

Lessons learned from a tech-free week

I had to wonder if a scarcity mindset not only brought Screen Time to the forefront of their minds but also detracted from their ability to enjoy and appreciate the time they had.

Rockin’ Home Ed Record Keeping

Rockin’ Home Ed Record Keeping

Whether you’re off of school or just having an off day; whether you’re on holiday or having a season of life where you wish you were, an app could help you sift home ed gold from the day so you can rest secure in the knowledge your time was not lost even if it wasn’t spent to plan.

How I Narrowly Escaped the Analysis Paralysis of Curriculum Shopping (and you can too)

How I Narrowly Escaped the Analysis Paralysis of Curriculum Shopping (and you can too)

As most of you, dear readers, are preparing for a new season of sowing seeds, my advice is to look forward to the harvest! There are many shiny maths and science and history and English curricula, oh so many, and if you feel your brain melting over which will be the best for your child, stop, take a breath, and ask yourself what you hope to harvest.