What to do when You’re Afraid to Unschool

Unschooling is scary! Its damn near terrifying.

Especially if you have gone through the public school system and you have an idea ingrained in your mind of what school should look like.

What to do when You're Afraid to Unschool - Suzy Homeschooler

I believe in unschooling.

110% believe with all my heart that unschooling is the method that works best for my child.
I have seen him thrive, I have seen him excel, when I back off and let him learn naturally.

But I am still afraid. 

I found ways to let go of the fear, to succeed despite the fear, but occasionally, I am still afraid. (more…)

Why Being a Homeschool Group Leader Sucks (But You Should Still Do It)

I am not what you would call a natural leader.

In fact, I would consider myself an excellent follower.
Give me a strong leader and I will lift that person up, support them in any way I can.

Ask me to lead other people?
Well, I can do it but I really don’t like to.
It is outside of my comfort zone to be a leader in almost any situation.

Why Being a Homeschool Group Leader Sucks


Dear Homeschool Mom: The Rules Don’t Apply To You

Today my daughter and I were playing LEGO together for about an hour. I thought we were having fun and getting on quite well. But the moment I let her know that I had to take a break from playing to get some work done, she started yelling, “NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY WITH ME!”

Cue the mom guilt.

Earlier this week my son and I were curled up together eating popcorn and reading aloud our favorite book. Four chapters in my throat started to feel sore and I let him know we could read more later but I needed to give my throat a rest and drink some tea with honey first. He groaned and closed the book in that sort of defeated way that let me know he was no where near ready to be done with our story time.

Cue the mom guilt.

Last month both of my children begged me to play pretend with them. I have never been good at playing pretend. Even when I was a child, it just felt weird to me. I declined. I told my children, “I don’t like to play pretend, but you guys can play without me.” They cried, they felt rejected.

Cue the mom guilt.

Dear Homeschool Mom, the rules don't apply to you - suzyhomeschooler (1)

And as if the messages that my children were sending me weren’t enough, Facebook was there to pile it on even more! (more…)

DIY Bowtruckle and Free Printable Magical Creature Adoption Certificate

My son got invited to a birthday party for a fellow geekling. Birthday invites are a good thing, right?
Except the birthday girl is one of my wonderful Little Leafers nature study students, as well as the daughter of a friend and fellow geeky homeschooling mom… so the gift should be somewhat personal.
And I had no clue what to get her!

Cue mild panic attack.
Then, Geek Dad shared a link to a fully awesome bowtruckle tutorial on their Facebook page.

(If you don’t know what a bowtruckle is, they are teeny tiny little magical creatures, that look like twigs and leaves, who guard the trees whose wood is used to make magical wands.)

I checked it out and I already had everything I needed in my craft supply stash. Score!

DIY Bowtruckle tutorial from GeekDad.com and Free Printable Adoption Certificate from Suzy Homeschooler (1)


Little Leafers: Pumpkins

Little Leafers Nature Study is a year-round class, divided by season, created by Suzy Homeschooler.
You could be a parent with just one or two informal pupils, or you could be a co-op instructor with two dozen children under-foot. Either way, this is a flexible course that you can bend to fit your unique needs.

Little Leafers Printable Homeschool Autumn Nature Study Class by Suzy Homeschooler (6)

The autumn session is 6 weeks long. Each week has printable student packs with nature journal prompts, illustrated nature guides, fun facts, and vocabulary words. Each week also has printable teacher’s guides with subject related tips, lectures, discussion prompts, Montessori-inspired tray work, and a suggested craft.