When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a teacher or a doctor, but when I learned that doctors also had to deal with blood, I decided being a teacher was best! And I never stopped feeling that way! I've taught almost every grade, including graduate courses at the college level, and I homeschooled my own kids for 15 years. I'm so excited to be a part of Ocean Alternative as a teacher this year.
When I'm not teaching, I love to knit, sew, spin, weave, and read. I design knitting patterns in my spare time (see a picture of some of my designs below). I love reading fantasy and science fiction as well as YA and middle grade novels.
I like to say that I live a learning lifestyle with my husband and three teens here in Santa Cruz. It turns out that even teens and young adults are not too old to be fascinated by caterpillars turning into butterflies or to ask us to stay up a little later to tell them about chaos theory. Once learning becomes a part of your family lifestyle, it never really ends, even after your kids leave homeschooling and become adults!
Welcome everyone to a new year of homeschooling! I'm so excited to start a new year with everyone!
As we get started on this new year, I encourage you to take time to reflect on your goals for the year. What are the big things you hope to accomplish? What changes do you want to see in what your child can do? What is your child excited about learning right now?
As you add activities to your homeschool day, be deliberate. How will those activities help you accomplish your goals?
Don't forget the "home" part of homeschooling. How can your everyday life become part of a greater learning lifestyle? Do you have the tools for learning in places where your child can access them any time they are needed? Do you model using your computer or phone as a tool for learning something new? Do you make sure to connect with your child before you try to teach?
Homeschooling is a journey and like many journeys, sometimes the trip is more important than the destination! Happy homeschooling!
CLASSES I'M TEACHING
Zooms with K-3 students