∞ Homeschool ∞

Key Tenets: Full Partnership with Children, Rich Exposure, Intrinsic Draw

Lower San Pedro River Valley, Cascabel, Arizona ∞ A Landscape We Love ∞ Inspiration for Key Homeschool Projects: Environmental Sustainability; Human Geography; Archeology; Letter Writing to Safeguard Ecosystems; Stewardship Mindset (vs. Ownership Mindset); Tracking the Seasons of Flora, Fauna & Weather Patterns ~ 2009

Lower San Pedro River Valley, Cascabel, Arizona ∞ A Landscape We Love ∞ Inspiration for Key Homeschool Projects: Environmental Sustainability; Human Geography; Archeology; Letter Writing to Safeguard Ecosystems; Stewardship Mindset (vs. Ownership Mindset); Tracking the Seasons of Flora, Fauna & Weather Patterns ~ 2009

How I Can Help

  • Consider Homeschool: I can be a conversation partner in discerning whether homeschool is a right fit for your family.

  • Start Homeschool: I can help you sense in to your context, and create a framework that works for your family.

  • Strengthen Homeschool: Reflect, Regroup, Relaunch ∞ If you have been homeschooling for 1 - 5 years, I can help you

    • Reflect on what you’ve learned in homeschool.

    • Regroup to organize practice and approach for the next season of homeschool.

    • Relaunch to meet the next level of partnership, exposure, and intrinsic draw in your family’s learning.

Together, we can

  • Clarify Purpose

  • Discern Values

  • Upfit Environment to fully support synchronous possibilities among vital relationships:

    • People

    • Materials

    • Concepts

    • Experiences

    • Surroundings (school, neighborhood, town)

    • Systems

    • Individual and Collective Knowledge Construction

  • Explore Social Constructivist Practices and Inquiry-based Approaches.

Social Constructivist Practices - In my experience, this means

  • Learning is socially situated.

  • Learning happens in a variety of interconnected relationships (some are listed above).

Inquiry-based Approaches - In my experience, this means that we all have a right

  • To be curious and playful,

  • To try our ideas in the ways that we choose, within supportive, rich environments,

  • To experience relevant feedback that makes sense, and further inspires our research.

  • Dialogue, Process, and Organize Community Engagement

  • How to cultivate and nurture relationships between your learning and the local community?

  • Are there homeschool projects that can support desired local educational culture?

  • Is anything getting in the way?


Our Homeschool Experience

After a few asks from our eldest daughter, I agreed to try homeschool for one year. It was a right fit for that season of our lives. All told, we homeschooled for four years - treasure!

We employed social constructivist practices and inquiry-based approaches to explore our wonderings, identify our interests, and fan our intrinsic flame. Our learning happened in relationship with everything around us, and with full permission to be curious.

I organized our learning (grades Pre-K through 5th) in partnership with our daughters, and with the support of local resources (library, museums, gardens, state parks, contests, festivals, neighbors, businesses, etc.). We also purchased a math curriculum that worked for us.

Our daughters offered something to our learning that enriched it beyond my individual capacity. They steered us in the direction of projects that add value to our community. In their words,


Exploding volcanoes are fun, but what can we do to help our community?

Let’s find those projects.


Key projects were inspired by the concrete landscape of the Lower San Pedro River Valley in Arizona where our daughters roamed free (they would say ferrell). These projects were based in Environmental Sustainability; Human Geography; Archeology; Letter Writing to Safeguard Ecosystems; Stewardship Mindset (vs. Ownership Mindset); Tracking the Seasons of Flora, Fauna & Weather Patterns; and Community Collaboration.

We also explored projects in our urban setting of Tucson, Arizona. A memorable project that won prizes at the Science & Engineering Fair: Compare Ovens for Function & Sustainability: DIY Solar Oven (yes, she DIYed it at age 6!), Commercial Solar Oven, Conventional Oven. The Function Test: Which made the best chocolate cake with blue-and-white marble frosting. A neighborhood poll and graphs were involved :).

Jake and Lu chose to integrate into school systems the same year, grades 6 and 3, respectively. They were ready to spend their days in large packs of peers, and have since explored learning in charter, public, and private schools. They’ve engaged each context with grace, intellect, heart, and friendship.

Our daughters are now 18 and 15 years old. Their reflection: “Mom, homeschool was one of the best things you did for us.” Our eldest graduated from a public high school, and is on her way to Southeast Asia to join local community leaders in raising awareness and developing strategies for environmental sustainability. Our youngest excels in school and extracurriculars, but what’s most on her mind is building an enriching home for soon-to-be pet rats. It’s a Rotel (rat + hotel).

It simultaneously humbles and delights me to observe how Full Partnership, Rich Exposure, and Intrinsic Draw continue to shape the ways our daughters approach and nurture their interests and relationships. It has become a way of being for our family. I’m grateful.

Wert Knowing ∞ Created by Jodi Wert ∞ March 2019