My essays on parenting and homeschooling have appeared in Mothering, Natural Life Magazine and elsewhere. My book Workshops Work! A Parent's Guide to Facilitating Writer's Workshops for Kids is available here. Because I believe in DIY learning for myself as well as my kids, I’m a self-taught writer; you could say that I’ve been homeschooling my MFA in Creative Writing for the past twenty-plus years. One year I studied a master essayist each month, learning and chronicling it here.
I’ve homeschooled alongside my three kids for the past sixteen years, since my oldest became a preschool dropout. (He’s now a college senior.) Once upon a time I was an elementary school teacher, but my kids slowly beat the schoolteacher out of me, showing me that an adult-driven education isn’t the best way for kids to learn. Instead, I’ve come to value child-led, passion-driven, project-based learning, gently encouraged by enthusiastic adults.
For thirteen years I’ve facilitated writer’s workshops for homeschooled kids. Little thrills me more than helping kids get worked up about the written word! I speak to homeschooling parents about writing, showing them how to make it fun, authentic and meaningful for their kids. I also ramble on about kids’ writing and kid-driven learning on my blog, Wonder Farm.