A little more than a year ago, I decided to shift from writing my personal blog – which had morphed into more of a homeschooling blog anyway – to writing a blog specifically geared to where my thoughts seemed to be circulating anyway….mostly, our homeschooling life.
I lost steam fairly quickly. My focus seemed too fuzzy, and in a saturated blog market, I didn’t feel that I had anything worth contributing after all. I grew weary of my own contemplative naval-gazing….after all, I’m one mom with just a few years of homeschool experience under my belt. I’m hardly a sage.
I’ve corresponded with so many people over the years about homeschooling – friends and total strangers. I get emails and messages from friends of friends, all asking for varying but very specific information. Facts, procedures, details. What do your mornings look like? What do you do with your toddler? What IS Miquon? Tell me about Classical Conversations….I don’t get it. What does Kindergarten look like for you? Preschool? How do you keep records?
I really, really like answering these kinds of emails, and I always have. That hasn’t changed as my kids have gotten a little bigger and I’ve added more students to my own little homeschool. I love providing help, and I love being a small piece in the swirl of voices in a mother’s life that all combine to whisper a powerful message to her: you can do this, and you can love it.
Carrying that idea back over here to Slow Treasure, and trying to figure out if I have something worth saying, I realized that maybe I do. I’m good at explaining, at breaking down details, at giving specifics. And I love to create beauty – a work in progress.
I’ve received more emails about my posts on Michael Clay Thompson, Reading Lessons Through Literature, and Story of the World — and to a slightly lesser extent, my posts on how we do poetry and lazy nature journaling— than anything else I’ve written.
I loved creating those posts, and I’m so glad that they’re meeting a need and/or providing encouragement. When I research curricula for my own use, I search and search for details. So often what I find is just an image and a brief mention (“we’re using x-y-z this year”) when what I’m really after is a thorough description. What IS x-y-z? How does it practically fit into your homeschool? How exactly do you use it? What need does it meet?
There are a lot of homeschool blogs out there offering an abundance of wisdom and inspiration. What I want to provide here is something I haven’t quite found yet – beautiful curriculum posts with detailed information, procedural particulars, and some bookish posts (and a few thoughts & stories thrown in). Homeschooling is, after all, a culture and a life more than it is a system.
I hope that I get to keep corresponding with women about homeschooling, and I hope that Slow Treasure grows into a practical, helpful, and lovely resource that becomes useful to many. I have lots of ideas and functional tweaks in mind, and all of those will take time to implement. I want to take my time and do a good job (slow treasure….).
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If you have questions that I might be able to address here, please email me (see the ‘about’ tab above for details). And stay tuned for my post next week on the Institute for Excellence in Writing!