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As everyone is gearing up for “back to school,” I’m gearing up for a trip to London, to see one of my cousins who is coming to Canada for the first time. Me and my kids get to pick him up in Toronto on our way to London to spend time with our family. We’ll probably do some school while we’re in London, but we won’t get back into the real swing of things until the second week of September.
I’m often asked whether I use a curriculum or other resources in my homeschooling. I thought it was high time I wrote a post about how we homeschool.
Firstly, it’s important to know that I don’t identify strongly with any one particular type of homeschooling. I consider myself a flexible homeschooler. I do follow a curriculum for certain things, but if there is a life experience available, we set the books aside for a while and go live life. I think it’s extremely important for children to live in and interact with the world around them, instead of being restricted by four walls and senseless testing or rigid mandates.
I’m part of a great writing group on Facebook. I love helping out with questions and sharing some of my experiences there. Recently, someone asked if there were any tips on polishing a writer’s resume. I offered to share my resume via e-mail, and a few people chimed in that they’d be interested in seeing it also. Well, if that’s not inspiration for a new blog post, I don’t know what is 🙂
Firstly, let’s talk about whether you need a writing resume at all. If you’re a freelance writer pitching publications or clients, chances are you’ll rarely, if ever, need a resume. Usually a pitch or query, accompanied by links to your published articles (or clips of articles for print publications) is more than enough. However, there are occasions when you’ll need a writer’s resume – for example, if you are applying for a remote position with a company, or if a private client specifically requests it. This latter example is rare, but it does happen from time to time.
I have a pen pal who lives in New Zealand. A while ago, she posted on Facebook that she was doing a bullet journal, and posted a picture. It looked like a very organized to do list. I was curious, so I Googled “bullet journal.”
“It’s too late to start something new.”
“I’m too old to start all over.”
“I’m too old for this.”
“It’s really not the right time for that.”
Be honest: how many times have you uttered one of the sentences above after thinking about a dream?
In my attempt to get my house purged and cleaned out, I’ve been running across some old stuff that I had written down a long time ago, that I didn’t have time to do anything with, and that is actually pretty useful.
When I was first researching homeschooling (a long, long time ago), I wrote down a list of resources I wanted to check out for Early Childhood Education. Then I forgot all about that list, and used different resources instead. I still haven’t tried most of these, because I found other resources that are serving my needs. I think I’ll still check some of them out, though, considered I still have a kindergartener and a preschooler.
Have you tried any of these resources? If so, could you leave a comment letting me know what you think? Thanks!