Easy Summer Fun

I hope everyone is having a great summer. Ours has been spent staycation style, as usual. There’s something sweet about spending summer days at home (or close to home), instead of trying to travel in peak heat and crowd season. If we take a trip this year it will most likely be a short getaway Read More

Fun! Things to do Around Town May-August

I’ve been filling in our personal calendar with all the fun things to do around town (and particularly OTP in the Gwinnett County area) this summer, and thought I’d share some of our favorites here, in case anyone else wants to check them out. The list is just the tip of the iceberg in terms Read More

Mindful Homeschooling: The Bliss of Under-Scheduling

This piece originally ran in Home|School|Life magazine. It was written near the end of our summer break a few years ago, and was the impetus for the creation of Summerly Homeschool. I thought it might be appropriate to share it here, this time of year, when so many of us feel overwhelmed with the busy-ness Read More

Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers Convention 2018

Have you heard about the 2018 Secular Eclectic Academic (SEA) Homeschoolers Convention coming to Atlanta this summer? This 2nd annual, four-day national homeschooling conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta from July 12-15, and I’m really looking forward to it! Between the workshops, panels, and discussions for parents, the 100% Read More

Old Fashioned, Old-School Summer Camp!

I’m happy to announce that I’m partnering with fellow homeschooling instructor and mom, Brandy Lucas (of Gardens on the Side), to offer two weeks of awesome old-fashioned summer camp for homeschooling families in the Atlanta area this summer. Here are the details: Old Fashioned, Old-School Summer Camp with Brandy Lucas and Shawne Taylor June 4-8 Read More

Weekend Reading and More — Library Edition

We went to the library yesterday for a fun “Castles and Catapults” activity, and ended up finding a few books we had to bring home (of course!). We are spending more time in our local library this summer than we ever have before. In addition to always finding books we want to check out, the Read More

Guest Post — Bring the Outdoors into Homeschooling

A guest post from Val in Real Life (one of our favorite bloggers and adventurers). Being in the outdoors has always come naturally to me. As a mom, it was a no-brainer to me to take my two boys for outdoor adventures early on. So when our homeschooling journey began, folding outdoor activities into our Read More

The Love List — June 2017

Here are a few things we’re loving in our homeschooling — and in our lives — right now: Movies/TV My eight-year-old and I have been completely enthralled with The Long, Long Holiday on Netflix. It is a beautifully written, beautifully animated series about a difficult topic. The creators have done a wonderful job showing the realities of WWII Read More

Around Town (and Beyond) — June 2017

Summer is here (unofficially, at least), and there is so much to do around town and beyond! Let’s get out and have some fun: Ongoing Weekly Frog Feedings at the Atlanta Botanical Garden; come watch the conservation team feed and tend to the rare and endangered frogs housed in the Fuqua Conservatory lobby. An amphibian Read More