Library Homeschool Program!

We are a few weeks into our Homeschool Library fun at ANPL and what an amazingly productive group we have!

Week one, children and parents participated in a library scavenger hunt and after getting to know each other, they made some plans for the coming weeks!

Week two we dove in on research skills and began a plan for creating meaningful projects for the Norwood Fall Fair.

Stay tuned for week three where we take to the hills and field trip to a family property to learn bushcraft and collect supplies for our Fall Fair creations!

Need more info? Call or text Edna at 705-559-3046 or contact the Asphodel Norwood Public Library ar 705-639-2228.

Be sure to check out their fresh website at!

Public Libraries Rock!

Jumping in!

What is a Mom to do when faced with a boy, sunshine, warm temps and a rope swing?

I say, go for it!

We went to explore this park while waiting for John (Daddy, Biker Pastor and Field Trip Manager) who was at an appointment.

This park has been a special place for our family since the early years of our homeschool journey some 20 years ago. Today we were not disappointed.

A few senior couples were relaxing in the water and on benches. As we walked along the waters edge, we saw this swing and he just had to try it. So shoes off, shirt off, pants rolled up and Go!

Isn’t that just how life is? Sometimes we just need to make sure things are safe and Jump In.

Here’s to all you homeschooling parents who are starting week three of their fall schedule. May you feel organized, may your children be mostly co-operative and may you feel the freedom to enjoy spontaneous moments of memory making fun!

Birthday Tulips and Spring Promises

Birthday Tulips and Spring Promises

100_8437My girl knows what her Mama loves, and I love flowers!  

I also love connecting with folks as I speak at Home Education Conventions!   Look for my seminars at Home Education Conferences this spring on the topic of How Homeschoolers can get the most out of their Public Library!
I will be in Kitchener Waterloo
And the Kanata Conference

Coming soon….your chance to be part of my latest research on Public Libraries from a Home Educator’s perspective!



Bedtime Stories-audiobook library style

Bedtime Stories-audiobook library style

Tonight’s bedtime story is Alice in Wonderland from Tumble Book Cloud Jr.audiobooks.  Gideon loves having an audiobook bedtime story from time to time and when I have had a busy day, I love to listen too.  I especially love classics like this (I’m listening right now) and my need to do two things at once can be satisfied while I listen with Gideon and send you this note.  Tumble Book Cloud Jr. is one of the many resources that are part of the Tier 1 e-resources funded by the Ontario government for small Ontario Public Libraries.  If you live in a larger center, you probably have Tumble Book Cloud Jr. or something similar to it, included in the online resources offered on your Public Library’s e-resources.  Tumble Book Cloud Jr. (no they are not paying me to say this) is part of a suite of products that are created by a Canadian Company Tumbleweed.  Feel free to browse their selection through the window of our library at or visit your own Public Library and see what is offered.  Some elements offered by Tumbleweed have lesson plans included and there are both children’s and adult offerings.


Counting the days…

TPhoto_00027Looking for the Libraries and Homeschooling survey? Look no further…just click here.

At the end of January I will be heading to the Ontario Library Association’s SuperConference. After 5 short years working as a librarian I am both humbled and excited to be offered this opportunity to speak up for the homeschooling community. You can check out the conference here . Those of you who are “Friends” of your local library (go! ask your librarian now!) should seriously think about attending on Thursday (Friends day) for the reduced rate of $40. There are some amazing speakers and best of all a trade expo full of books. Many authors are giving away books and signing them on site! Yes, I know you will miss our talk on Friday but you will learn so much about libraries and get some great free books! You might even be tempted to apply to be on your local library board or volunteer at the library!

Yes, I know I’m crazy passionate about libraries but,apparently, I’ve been this way for some time.

Stay posted for more of my craziness after conference as I launch into some new and hair-raising schemes for sharing homeschooling with the world around me and supporting homeschoolers in new and creative ways!