Hi! I’m Michelle, and I founded this site after finding my worlds colliding. I’ve been an educator for over a decade, starting as a writing center consultant while I was an undergraduate studying English and creative writing. I ended up completing a PhD in rhetoric and composition and teaching college-level writing while researching feminism, pop culture, and the history of writing instruction.
I hadn’t put much thought into homeschooling as a concept, and I certainly hadn’t put any thought into it as a path for my own household. Then my daughter, a “twice exceptional” child (meaning she has been diagnosed with both giftedness and a condition that makes learning challenging) made me start thinking outside the box. My desire to meet her educational needs opened up a whole new world, and suddenly my years of training in educational approaches and classroom practices were getting called upon in new ways as I embarked on homeschooling a “spirited” child.
The more I learned about homeschooling (especially the contemporary spike in secular, eclectic, academic homeschooling), the more invested I became.
This site is a space for exploration of that homeschooling journey through the lens of my educational passion and expertise: the humanities.
I hope whatever has brought you here–curiosity about homeschooling, a search for curriculum and materials to use in your own teaching, a love for the humanities–you find something useful and thought-provoking.
“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” -Kurt Vonnegut Jr. A Man Without a Country