Lines, Angles and Curves Class!


As most of you know I have been homeschooling, tutoring and running daycamps for 20+ years.  Over that time, I have tried many, many curriculum and resources.  Like everyone, I have my favorites and this is one of them.

While  weeding through curriculum, I found it!  I was pretty excited and this was my victory shot!

Fun with Lines and Curves by Elsie C. Ellison is an artful study of measurement and angles.

I will be offering an eight week class following the concepts in this book.  The culminating activity of this class will be an artistic string art wall hanging designed by each student.  This class is appropriate for students 8-18. Parents are invited to drop off their children or visit in our living room during the class.

Students will learn about measurement, angles, protractor skills and colour design.  There will be take home work each week.

Cost $80 per student (family rates available)

January 9- February 27, 2017

1-2 pm

Week 1 – Intro to our tools.  protractor, rulers and the tools of our class.

Week 2- Making Polygons and intro to your final project.

Week 3 – Making stars and step 2 of the project.

Week 4- From straight lines to curves. Final project design draft.

Week 5-Designs From Squares

Week 6- Working with a Circle and final project designs due.

Week 7-Working with colour in your design.

Week 8- Final Project Show, location to be announced.

E-mail today to register at

And so the adventure begins…

Ah, planning night!

There’s nothing like a little pre-planning shopping to get you excited.  Admittedly, I have a bit of a paper addiction.  Journals, sticky notes, and fancy papers just get me all excited about the coming season of schooling!

I found this beauty of an agenda today!

And So The Adventure Begins

and these lovely sticky notes…

sticky notes

So tonight as I collected my resources both online and hard copy…I went a little crazy with the notes and got down to the nitty gritty of what is happening when and where.

As most of you know, I also work part-time as a rural Library CEO so planning is especially essential for my sanity and a semblance of order.  As you also know-I love to help you all with your homeschooling plans and dilemmas so again….more planning.


For those needing an extra brain to help with the planning (two brains are better than one) I’m offering one hour planning sessions on Monday August 15th for only $20! Book today, spaces will fill up fast.  In person or online sessions are available!

Happy Planning!


August 9th, Homeschool Planning Night!

101_9549Carve out a little time to plan your coming Homeschool season!

This coming Tuesday, August 9th from 5-10 pm. At the Westwood Public Library.

Maybe you are just starting your planning, perhaps you are mid-stream and just need some time to put it all in one place or maybe you need to bounce some ideas off of others.

Bring your books, your computer and a main dish to share!

What you will get:

  • Tables to spread out your work!
  • Wifi access
  • Printing at 25 cents/copy
  • FREE NEW BOOKS to take home, compliments of CrossCan Educational Services
  • An opportunity to order any USBORNE books you may need
  • Pre-registration opportunity for the EVENTS AND CLASSES I am planning for the fall!
  • and best of all…OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS!

Cost is $10/person 

*Please note this is a child-free evening (nursing babies/toddlers always welcome)

For an agenda of the evening or to register e-mail me at, text me at 705-559-3047 or call my home office at 705-639-5663


Coming Home



After a four year sabbatical from Homeschooling, we are heading home again with our education.  We are thrilled! The “who is doing what” and “who is where” part is figured out (I think) as I also work part-time.  I have a general plan for our day to day but now the nitty gritty of the day to day planning is on the table (literally).

As always, I am available to help you with everything from your early questions about homeschooling to monthly accountability partnering and resourcing.

I will be offering piano lessons as usual and I plan to host a few makerspace events throughout the year.

Keep your eyes open!  You just never know what will be offered next!  Check back often!

So glad to finally be Home Again!

Happy Homeschooling!

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.