Author Archives: Karen Taylor

What Year-Round Homeschooling Looks Like!

Are you considering homeschooling year-round but worried that it would be too exhausting to never have a break? Years ago someone asked how it was different from following the public school schedule with time off from “school”.  My response was: I don’t teach year-round, I respond year-round, and that’s a big difference! So yes, it’s […]

Finding a California Park Day!

Have you found a local homeschool park day in your community?  If you are a new homeschooler, please consider putting it at the top of your list of things to do. Park day groups come in all forms, and most are free.  Some have formal activities and rules, and others are based on an informal […]

Homeschooling Through a Crisis

The unexpected in your life can be messy, terrifying, tragic, distracting, time consuming, or joyous. It doesn’t matter the reason, it throws you off your plan. If your child is in school, life is expected to go on without even an acknowledgement of the stress your family is enduring (and remember even good news can […]

Homeschool Field Trips

In addition to reading a chapter book to your child, finding a park day, and baking a double batch of cookies or pizza (for some math fun), a great way to start your homeschooling year is by participating in a field trip with other homeschoolers!  You’ll have both socialization and education worries checked off in […]

No Regrets, It Was Worth It!

This was originally published at UniversalPreschool.com’s blog in 2012, shortly before we dropped our son off at UC Berkeley and all too quickly said good-by. He was on his own, and our days of homeschooling him were over. Two years later, we watched him graduate with a degree in molecular and cell biology.  It was […]