Around Town (and Beyond) — February 2019

Mid-winter is always tough for homeschoolers. The excitement of a new homeschool year has long passed and summer break is still so far away. Fortunately, we can fill our mid-year months with fun activities and field trips around town. Below are a few happenings in February to help get you through. Enjoy! Through March 10 Read More

Chinese New Year — Happy Year of the Pig!

Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival) is next week, and we’re looking forward to it. As I’ve mentioned (many times!), we’re a family that loves learning about other cultures. Celebrating holidays, trying foods, learning the history, reading the stories, and keeping up with current events from the places Read More

Super Blood Moon Sunday!

We’re super excited about the Super Blood Moon happening this Sunday night. How about you? It’s a total lunar eclipse during the full moon, which happens to coincide with the perigee (the time when the moon is at it’s closest point to the Earth). So the moon will be big, full, and shadowy red (and Read More

Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Weekends

January Educator Appreciation Shopping Weekends Grab your Barnes and Noble Educator Discount Card and do some discounted shopping every weekend in January. Homeschoolers and teachers get 25% off almost everything in the store. It’s a great way to stock up on books and fun activities to use in your homeschool. (Details below.) Getting your Educator Read More

Lunch and Learn Friday — Family Edition

Just in time for the winter slump that seems to hit homeschoolers this time of year, my husband and soon-to-be-ten year old have come up with a great idea to freshen up our weekly homeschool routine. It’s our own “Lunch and Learn Friday,” and yesterday was our inaugural session. On Lunch and Learn Friday, the 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

Around Town (And Beyond) — April 2018

Happy Spring! If you’re looking for fun, indoor and outdoor, homeschool-friendly, family events around town in April, we’ve put together a short list to give you a few ideas. Enjoy! Ongoing: Stone Summit Climbing Homeschool Teams — Mondays 10am to 12pm and Fridays 1pm to 3pm ; Stone Summit Atlanta location Ninja Quest Fitness Homeschool Parkour 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

Where Does the Time Go?

So, yes, it’s been a while since we’ve posted on this site. What was intended to be a short break, turned into a 9 month extended leave. We’ve spent that time homeschooling, exploring, taking and teaching classes, and then recovering from the flu (it was really bad this year, wasn’t it!?). We also spent those Read More